A post by on his blog, Personal Liberty Digest, (October 26, 2009) by Bob Livingston is titled, "If You Are Known by the Company You Keep, What do Obamaâ€™s Associates Say About Him?"
Livingston cites the Aesop's Fable, The Ass and His Purchaser, to make his point. "A man looking to buy a donkey wanted to test the animal before completing the purchase. So he put the donkey in his field with the other donkeys to see what would happen.
The donkey immediately strayed from the majority of the herd and cozied up to the laziest donkey of all.
Seeing that, the man led the donkey back to his owner. When the owner asked how he could judge the donkeyâ€™s character so quickly the man explained, â€œI didnâ€™t even need to see how he worked. I knew he would be just like the one he chose to be his friend.â€
A person is known by the company he keeps."
Livingston goes on to say, "So who are President Barack Obamaâ€™s friends, and who has he put in charge of the effort to enact his policies? And what do the friends he has chosen and the people he has put in position of authority in his administration say about him?"
He then gives one of the most complete lists I have seen of the President's questionable friends and appointees in alphabetical order from Ayers to Wright as follows:
?William Ayersâ€”Now a professor of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Ayers spent 10 years as a fugitive in the 1970s when he was part of the domestic terrorist organization known as the Weather Underground. In the early 1970s the Weather Underground was responsible for bombing the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C., and setting a bomb that didnâ€™t go off at a military induction center in Oakland, Calif. The group also murdered two policemen and a Brinkâ€™s truck driver in a botched armored car robbery, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigationâ€™s (FBI) website. Ayers surrendered to face charges in the 1980s, but the charges were dropped because of improper surveillance. Coincidentally, on Sept. 11, 2001, Ayers was being interviewed about a book he had written and he told the interviewer he didnâ€™t think the Weather Underground had done enough. Ayers and Obama first crossed paths in Chicago in the 1990s and served together on the board of the not-for-profit Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a boondoggle to spend tens of millions of dollars for their pet â€œeducationâ€ projects. Obama downplayed his friendship with Ayers as casual, but evidence indicates their relationship was much more. Many now believe that Ayers penned Obamaâ€™s â€œautobiographyâ€ Dreams from My Father.
?Carol Brownerâ€”Obamaâ€™s Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, Browner is an avowed socialist. She served as one of 14 leaders of Socialist Internationalâ€™s Commission for a Sustainable World Society, which calls for global governance and says rich countries must shrink their economies to address climate change, according to an article in The Washington Times. The group supports socialism and has been harshly critical of U.S. policies. She is also a supporter of smart growth policies, as we have described previously. Browner also served on the board of Al Goreâ€™s Alliance for Climate Protection, though her name was scrubbed from the site after Obama tapped her for the directorâ€™s position. Not surprisingly, Obamaâ€™s transition team told The Times Brownerâ€™s membership in a socialist organization was not a problem.
?Frank Marshall Davisâ€”You wonâ€™t find Davisâ€™ name on an organizational chart of White House staff, but he was instrumental in forming the political philosophy of Barack Hussein Obama. Called â€œUncle Frankâ€ in Dreams from My Father, Davis was a member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA), according to a 1951 report of the Commission on Subversive Activities to the Legislature of the Territory of Hawaii. Obama has admitted to spending time with Uncle Frankâ€”who he cryptically describes as being a person of some modest notoriety at one timeâ€”and listening to his poetry and getting career path advice. Davis may also have been a pedophile. Writing under the pseudonym Bob Greene, Davis wrote a debased pornographic novel entitled, Sex Rebel: Black (Memiors of a Gash Gourmet), in which he describes group sex encounters and sex he and his wife had with a 13-year-old girl named Anne. Davis died in 1987.
?Anita Dunnâ€”As White House Communications advisor, Dunn has been seen a lot lately as the face of the Obama administrationâ€™s strategy to try and discredit Fox News. She is described on Politico.com as a veteran Democratic strategist and top advisor on Obamaâ€™s presidential campaign. As the war between the Obama White House (see more under Rham Emmanual) and Fox has escalated, videotape has surfaced showing Dunn gloating over how the campaign â€œcontrolledâ€ the media. Another videotape surfaced showing Dunn speaking at a June high school graduation ceremony where she praised Marxist/Communist Chinese Premiere Mao Zedong as one of her favorite philosophers and one of the two people she turns to most. Itâ€™s difficult to understand how Mao had time to philosophize as he was busy killing somewhere between 50 million and 70 million of his countryâ€™s citizens during his 27-year reign of terror.
?Ezekiel Emanuelâ€”The presidentâ€™s Special Advisor for Health Policy, Ezekiel is brother to White House Chief of Staff Rham Emanuel. Ezekiel is the source of Sarah Palinâ€™s death panel idea. This Emanuel has written that he believes many healthcare treatments should be denied to those under 15 and over 65 to save money, the rationale being that only people between 15 and 65 are beneficial to society.
?Rahm Emanuelâ€”Obamaâ€™s White House Chief of Staff, Emanuel is a thug Chicago politician who once sent a two-and-a-half foot long, dead and decomposing fish to lobbyist Allen Secrest to express his displeasure. Heâ€™s known for his full-time use of gutter language and once told then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair just before an appearance with Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal: â€œThis is important. Donâ€™t f**k it up.â€ He also coined the phrase, â€œYou never want a serious crisis to go to waste.â€ Heâ€™s also behind the ridiculous policy of starting a fight with television news agency Fox News.
?Chai Feldblumâ€”Nominated by the president to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Feldblum signed a radical 2006 manifesto which endorsed polygamous households and argued traditional marriage should not be privileged â€œabove all others,â€ according to a report in Catholic News Agency. According to a statement from the White House, Feldblum has worked on advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rightsâ€¦â€ She is co-director of Workplace Flexibility 2010, which she described at a UCLA symposium as a homosexual rights group that aimed to change the American workplace and revolutionize social mores, according to a report on the WorldnetDaily website.
?Patrick Gaspardâ€”White House Political Director, Gaspard was formerly a lobbyist for Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the organization that sent its thugs out to disrupt Tea Party protests and stir up trouble at town hall meetings in August. Prior to that, Gaspard worked as national field director for American Coming Together (ACT), a sub-group of the Association for Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). ACT was fined $775,000 in civil penalties by the federal government for various voter fraud offenses. You can read more about ACORN here.
?Eric Holderâ€”The Attorney General of the United States is an anti-gun racist who earlier this year referred to the United States as â€œa nation of cowardsâ€ on race relations. He also has an interesting take on justice. He worked to convince President Clinton to pardon billionaire fugitive Mark Rich (convicted of fraud and racketeering), Weather Underground (where have we heard of that organization before?) terrorists Susan Rosenberg and Linda Evans, and he declined to prosecute New Black Panther brutes who stood over a Pennsylvania polling station with baseball bats intimidating voters. Oh yes, he also wants to bring Guantanamo Bay prisoners to the United States.
?John Holdrenâ€”Obamaâ€™s Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is not only an abortion supporter, he is an abortion nut who believes that compulsory abortions could be sustained under the existing U.S. Constitution if a population crisis arose. He also supports mass sterilization of the U.S. population through lacing the countryâ€™s water supply with drugs. Holdren authored with two other people a book called Ecoscience promoting their loony ideas about population control and One World Governmentâ€”or what they called a Planetary Regimeâ€”to regulate international trade, the food supply and determine the optimum population for the world.
?Valerie Jarrettâ€”The New York Times called Jarrett, Obama Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, the ultimate Obama insider. She has also been called the other half of Obamaâ€™s brain. Sheâ€™s another one of those Chicago thug politicians who has gamed the systemâ€”including operating as a slum lordâ€”for her own benefit. Her company, Habitat, Inc., managed the Grove Parc housing complex which was located in the district represented by State Senator Obama. As state senator, Obama coauthored a bill to give tax credits for developers which Jarrett used on the complex. As U.S. senator, Obama pressed for increased federal subsidies for like projects. Despite receiving government funds and tax credits, Grove Parc was ordered demolished because of its deplorable condition. She also served the administrations of Chicago mayors Harold Washington and Richard Daly, both scandal-plagued. Washington, by the way, was backed in his bid for mayor by Chicagoâ€™s Communist Party and the local branch of the Democratic Socialists of America. Called by the Washington Post a tutor to Obama and his wife Michelle, Jarrett is the step-daughter of Chicago journalist Vernon Jarrett. Vernon Jarrett was an associate of Frank Marshal Davis, Obamaâ€™s mentor, when Davis lived in Chicago prior to moving to Hawaii.
?Kevin Jenningsâ€”This former school teacher and long-time gay rights activist was named Obamaâ€™s Safe Schools Czar. He has accused Baptists, the Boy Scouts and sports fans of anti-gay bias, and advocates a special high school for gay teens and gay-straight alliance clubs for every high school in America, according to a report in CNSNews.com. He believes that kindergartners should be taught to respect all sexual orientations while insisting that â€œex-gay messagesâ€ and â€œChristian valuesâ€ are misused to isolate or denigrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and have no place in the nationâ€™s public schools, CNSNews.com reported. Oh yeah, he also supports pedophilia. While Jennings was a teacher, a minor student told Jennings that he was having gay sex with an adult. Jennings covered it up. He also has praised Harry Hay, a defender of the North American Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA), which promotes legalization of sexual abuse of young boys by older men.
?Van Jonesâ€”Once Obamaâ€™s White House Environmental Advisor, Jones was fired in the dead of night on a holiday weekend after a video surfaced in which he called Republicans a bodily orifice, and after a controversial document he signed was revealed. That document accused former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney of either planning or knowing about ahead of time the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. In addition to being a 9/11 Truther, Jones is an avowed Communist. He was appointed to his position by Valerie Jarrett, who has been seen on video praising Jones and saying she and Obama had been watching Jones for a long time.
?Mark Lloydâ€”FCC Diversity Czar, is also known as the man who wants to stifle free speech in America like Hugo Chavez does in Venezuela. He has been videotaped saying the Chavez revolution in Venezuela was almost lost because of the privately-owned media. Chavez, of course, is the Marxist dictator of Venezuela, personal friend to Communist dictator Fidel Castro of Cuba and Islamic terrorist dictator Mahmoud Ahmadenijad of Iran. In 2006, while at the liberal Center for American Progress, Lloyd wrote a book entitled, Prologue to a Farce: Communications and Democracy in America. In it he presents the idea that all private broadcasters should be charged licensing fees at a rate equal to their operating expenses and that money should go to the Public Broadcasting System (PBS). In a 2007 report entitled The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio, Lloyd complains about the fact that people want to listen to Christian and conservative talk radio rather than liberal radio, and lists ways the Federal government can fix the â€œproblem.â€ His solution would include caps on the number of local stations a corporation can own, ensure greater local accountability on radio licensing and require owners who fail to fulfill their obligations to pay a fee to support PBS.
?Cecelia Munozâ€”Now White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Munoz was previously Senior Vice President of The National Council of La Raza, the largest Hispanic lobbying organization in the country, which has called national anti-immigration groups â€œhate groups.â€ La Raza, which literally translates The Race, funds extremist groups and supports illegal immigration as a way of obtaining political power. The group advocates taking the Southwest U.S. for the purpose of creating a new Hispanic state.
?Cass Sunsteinâ€”Recently confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Administrator of the White House Office of Administration and Regulatory Affairs, Sunstein is a Harvard Law School professor and dingbat who hasâ€”in writings and speechesâ€”called for a ban on all hunting and claims that animals should be represented by lawyers in animal abuse cases. He is a socialist who has advocated for gun control and heavy regulation of the Internet. He also wrote in his 2008 book, Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth and Happiness, that he believes peopleâ€™s organs can be harvested without their consent. Sunstein would like to see personal email communications regulated by the government and believes the Internet is anti-democratic because of the way users can filter out information of their own choosing.
?Rev. Jeremiah Wrightâ€”Obama sat in Wrightâ€™s church for 20 years yet claims to have never heard any of the hate-filled racism that crossed his lips. Wrightâ€™s anti-Semitic, anti-American sermons came to light during the campaign. Among his claims: the U.S. government was responsible for infecting blacks with the virus that causes AIDS, America was responsible for the 9/11 attacksâ€”â€œthe chickens have come home to roostâ€â€”and Jews are responsible for ethnic cleansing in Gaza and are pressuring Obama associates to keep Wright and Obama separated.
These are just a few of the folks who have occupied or currently occupy Obamaâ€™s inner circle. He was passed off by the mainstream media as being a centrist and moderate, but many of friends are anything but that, and some are quite radical. And when you parse some of his words or find video or audio from several years ago you know that Obama himself has some radical views.