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White House rips Forbes article

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Dinesh D'Souza has drawn a torrent of criticism with a Forbes cover story that accuses President Obama of adopting "the cause of anti-colonialism" from his Kenyan father.

But while most detractors focus on the author--and Newt Gingrich, who embraced the critique--the White House is aiming its ammunition at the business magazine.

"It's a stunning thing, to see a publication you would see in a dentist's office, so lacking in truth and fact," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs says in an interview. "I think it represents a new low."

Gibbs is meeting with Thursday afternoon with Forbes's Washington bureau chief, Brian Wingfield, to discuss his objections. "Did they not fact-check this at all, or did they fact-check it and just willfully ignore it?" he asks.

The Forbes piece begins by calling Obama "the most antibusiness president in a generation, perhaps in American history." D'Souza then uses long, winding threads in an attempt to tie Obama's policies to his upbringing. "He took his father's dream, his vision, his ideology," D'Souza says in the interview.

Howard Kurtz - White House rips Forbes article
Where to start with this is the question; it could go in so many directions.

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It can't really go in any direction. D'Souza seems more like a truther than anything else. Maybe if she had said 'Obama's stepfather' who had a far more important role in his life than his biological father.
 

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It can't really go in any direction. D'Souza seems more like a truther than anything else. Maybe if she had said 'Obama's stepfather' who had a far more important role in his life than his biological father.
Maybe if he has said Obama's mentor.....

In his biography of Barack Obama, David Mendell writes about Obama’s life as a
“secret smoker” and how he “went to great lengths to conceal the habit.” But
what about Obama’s secret political life? It turns out that Obama’s childhood
mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, was a communist.

In
his books, Obama admits attending “socialist conferences” and coming into
contact with Marxist literature. But he ridicules the charge of being a
“hard-core academic Marxist,” which was made by his colorful and outspoken 2004
U.S. Senate opponent, Republican Alan Keyes.

However,
through Frank Marshall Davis, Obama had an admitted relationship with someone
who was publicly identified as a member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA). The
record shows that Obama was in Hawaii from 1971-1979, where,
at some point in time, he developed a close relationship, almost like a son,
with Davis
, listening to his “poetry” and getting
advice on his career path. But Obama, in his book, Dreams From My Father, refers to him repeatedly as just “Frank.”
Obama’s Communist Mentor

Davis is also the most likely person to have gotten Barry started on Pot and Cocaine.
 

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Obama's basic ideology runs through out his life from his Mother who was a Communist, and an atheist his Father a Devout Muslim as was his Stepfather only he was Radical about it.

Obama attended a Wahhabi Madras in Jakarta and that group hates America. He then hung out in School with people he himself has called Radicals Communists etc.

He joined the Rev. Wright's Church and attended for 20 years he says, and we know the main thrust of the Rev. is to preach, black liberation theology, which is anti-Constitution, anti-American, anti-Capitalism, and anti-white people.

Now he's in the White House and has brought in every kind of Left wing Radical Wacko under the sun including a terrorist bomber as Czars,advisers or something and people wonder why there are questions about Obama's ultimate ideology?

Are they mentally challenged or what? Give me a break that's just nuts.
 

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Obama's basic ideology runs through out his life from his Mother who was a Communist, and an atheist his Father a Devout Muslim as was his Stepfather only he was Radical about it.

Obama attended a Wahhabi Madras in Jakarta and that group hates America. He then hung out in School with people he himself has called Radicals Communists etc.

He joined the Rev. Wright's Church and attended for 20 years he says, and we know the main thrust of the Rev. is to preach, black liberation theology, which is anti-Constitution, anti-American, anti-Capitalism, and anti-white people.

Now he's in the White House and has brought in every kind of Left wing Radical Wacko under the sun including a terrorist bomber as Czars,advisers or something and people wonder why there are questions about Obama's ultimate ideology?

Are they mentally challenged or what? Give me a break that's just nuts.
People didn't buy this picture that was painted in 2008. I don't see why people are still painting it.
 

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Here's the article:

How Obama Thinks - Forbes.com

1) Obama is anti-business....because he didn't stop an export bank loan which will bring in sizable interest to American offers.

The oddities go on and on. Obama's Administration has declared that even banks that want to repay their bailout money may be refused permission to do so. Only after the Obama team cleared a bank through the Fed's "stress test" was it eligible to give taxpayers their money back. Even then, declared Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, the Administration might force banks to keep the money.
Uh this is logical. It makes absolutely no sense to encourage banks that took TARP money to find risky ways of repayment to get out of the TARP stipulations before they are actually stable. By refusing to let them repay earlier, it eliminates the quick incentive to pay off TARP with risky money. The White House does not want to have to bailout them again.

The President continues to push for stimulus even though hundreds of billions of dollars in such funds seem to have done little. The unemployment rate when Obama took office in January 2009 was 7.7%; now it is 9.5%. Yet he wants to spend even more and is determined to foist the entire bill on Americans making $250,000 a year or more.
And Forbes somehow thinks doing nothing would be better. Interesting. And it the article ignores why unemployment is going up despite the drastic decline in layoffs. With fewer workers being laid off and more jobs being gain, unemployment is rising because the total job seeking pool is expanding. This is not a bad thing.

And the article ignores every other tax. Apparently payroll doesn't exist.

Obama's rationale, that "our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable," seems utterly irrelevant to the issue of why the proposed Cordoba House should be constructed at Ground Zero.
Since when was several blocks from Ground Zero "Ground Zero?" And do we REALLY want the federal government getting involved in where people can build what they legally can in places they legally own? Really. Forbes. Fail.

As for Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, they thought he was a dead man walking. There really isn't any more to say about that in an honest fashion.

Pretty ****ty article by Forbes.

If Obama is the most anti-Business President ever, I really wonder what they think of Bush, not to mention TR. After all, Obama is literally in lock step with many of Bush's policies and TR tore down business after business.
 

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Steve Forbes is on the board of directors for Freedom Works. Freedom Works is the organizing engine for the tea parties and is funded by the Koch's. The Koch's are extremist radical Birchers with an agenda to bring down the government. Glenn Beck is the PR frontman for the tea party and he's a Mormon Bircher whose "divine inspiration" is Cleon Skousen's book "The 5,000 Year Leap." Cleon Skousen was a Mormon Bircher and the sheriff of my home town when I was growing up. Skousen was such a nutjob that the mayor had to fire him, the Mormons distanced themselves and the head of the FBI, Herbert Hoover had him under constant surveilance.

I'm just saying.
 

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Forbes is and always has been an idiot. He is no different than Murdoch, using his media outlets to promote his own political views over common sense and fact. Not the first time he and his organisation has done something like this. Under Bush they were huge apologists and backers of the right, and attempted to get flat tax through ..and still are. Of course a flat tax would make Forbes even richer than he is..
 

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Obama's basic ideology runs through out his life from his Mother who was a Communist, and an atheist his Father a Devout Muslim as was his Stepfather only he was Radical about it.

Obama attended a Wahhabi Madras in Jakarta and that group hates America. He then hung out in School with people he himself has called Radicals Communists etc.

He joined the Rev. Wright's Church and attended for 20 years he says, and we know the main thrust of the Rev. is to preach, black liberation theology, which is anti-Constitution, anti-American, anti-Capitalism, and anti-white people.

Now he's in the White House and has brought in every kind of Left wing Radical Wacko under the sun including a terrorist bomber as Czars,advisers or something and people wonder why there are questions about Obama's ultimate ideology?

Are they mentally challenged or what? Give me a break that's just nuts.
So religious wise He's: Muslim, Christian, Atheist
Politically he's: Communist, socialist, marxist, black liberatian(also a religion because you describe it as a theology)
And socially he's anti-American, anti-white, and anti-Constitution

Forget about people believing this, people have to first understand what the hell you are saying before they can even make a choice to believe it or not.
 

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Forbes is and always has been an idiot. He is no different than Murdoch, using his media outlets to promote his own political views over common sense and fact. Not the first time he and his organisation has done something like this. Under Bush they were huge apologists and backers of the right, and attempted to get flat tax through ..and still are. Of course a flat tax would make Forbes even richer than he is..
But of course, they're all "divinely inspired."
 

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Maybe if he has said Obama's mentor.....



Obama’s Communist Mentor

Davis is also the most likely person to have gotten Barry started on Pot and Cocaine.
If this post reflects your understanding of probability, I would like to invite you play poker. Donations are always welcome!

There is no evidence that Davis shared any drugs with Barry. Barry didn't even visit Davis for three years until just before leaving for college. Isn't it more likely that Barry got drugs from other Punahou students? As they say on C.S.I.: "Follow the evidence"!

""Truth is generally the best vindication against slander."
- Abraham Lincoln
 

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Not so sure about the pot and cocaine, but I feel Davis may have had a large part in shaping the Obama we know today.
Despite the right-wing disinformation campaign against the Davis-Obama relationship, empirical evidence substantiates Davis playing a role in shaping Obama's ethnic identity only. Cliff Kincaid and his colleagues have accused Frank Marshall Davis (1905-1987) of being a Stalinist, a lifetime member of the Communist Party, and “Obama’s Communist Mentor.” Kincaid heads “Accuracy In Media” (A.I.M.), an organization dedicated to “fairness, balance and accuracy in news reporting.” Kincaid and his colleagues are all honorable men.

Having asked Kincaid to substantiate some of his accusations, and having received no reply, one can only conclude that Kincaid must be preoccupied with more important questions, because Kincaid is an honorable man.

Although the ironically named “Accuracy In Media” has yet to substantiate that Davis actually mentored Obama (a claim specifically rejected by the Obama campaign), such a relationship could have provided a bi-racial teenager with the key to success in mainstream America. To minimize criticism and maximize their potential, bi-racial African-Americans must walk a narrow identity path between group expectations. Davis was uniquely qualified to show the way. He may have significantly facilitated Obama’s vision of an inclusive society.

Davis may have advised Obama that to succeed in mainstream America, African-Americans must consider worst-case scenarios without wearing a chip on their shoulders, even though this normally requires judgment borne through actual experience. They must learn to give others (such as Cliff Kincaid) the benefit of the doubt. Success within mainstream America requires that abusive behavior should be attributed to bias only when there is no other plausible explanation.

Growing up in explicitly racist America, Davis learned never to immediately trust anybody white, but professional and personal familiarity nevertheless produced many warm interracial relationships. While one could plausibly argue that such stereotype activation is inherently racist, the recent expansion of “racist” to include such thought processes (as opposed to differential treatment) renders virtually everyone similarly culpable.

Although his experience with Jim Crow may have “incurably” limited his expectations of contemporary America, he shared Dr. King’s dream of a color-blind society. He unequivocally rejected racism, and worked tirelessly in support of equal rights for all Americans. He recognized that although victims of racism may have a reason to hate their oppressors, such reasons do not become rights – a distinction often lost on his critics. Collective responsibility is a double-edged sword.

Davis’s crusty radicalism may have perfectly counterbalanced Hawaii’s laid-back lifestyle for an African-American teenager destined for greatness. He provided coherent insight on African-American history, politics, and culture vis-à-vis mainstream America. Davis recognized the folly of cultural nationalism, including Black Separatist movements, long before meeting Obama. Obama’s grandfather may not have recognized the true value of his gift.

Although he may have used CPUSA periodicals as a publishing tool in the 1930’s and 1940’s, along with contemporaries Richard Wright and Langston Hughes, he rejected communist ideology in general and specifically attacked Stalin. He supported a fully integrated mixed economy, because neither laissez–faire capitalism nor collectivism provide the greatest benefit for the greatest number. He also had a libertarian streak that may have made Ron Paul proud.

Davis retired from activism by the 1970’s. His civil rights agenda had become the law of the land. He wrote little. Even if he had remained prolific, the burgeoning black publishing world obviated CPUSA periodical support for African-American writers. Further, the barbarity of communist regimes discredited the CPUSA and Marxist ideology. Newly divorced, he entered his golden years with glee.

As an honorable man, Kincaid must be unaware that by the 1970’s, the twin forces of Hawaiian and hippie cultures had mellowed Davis to the point that “Stalinist” charges are especially absurd. By the early 1970’s, Davis had become a virtual teddy bear, a permanent fixture of the Koa Cottages in the “Waikiki Jungle,” noted for its counterculture residents. Davis was known as a kindly old man, usually sitting on his porch a few steps from Kuhio Avenue, waving at all that passed. Although he had little money, he was always willing to share with those in deeper need.

As an honorable man, Cliff Kincaid must also be unaware that his portrayal of a raving Stalinist could not be further from the truth. Davis deeply loved the United States, despite his occasional flirtation with radical ideology. He recognized, perhaps belatedly, that the United States offers a unique combination of economic opportunity and personal freedom, thus providing sufficient strength and moral authority to champion human rights worldwide. If he HAD been so lucky, Barack Obama could not have found a finer mentor anywhere.

"Truth is generally the best vindication against slander."
- Abraham Lincoln
 
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