"I guess you've never heard of inheritance, nepotism, cronyism."
"Michelle Obama was paid $316,962 to handle community affairs for the University of Chicago Medical Center."
"Whitaker had purportedly offered Rev. Jeremiah Wright — an infamous and challenging weight on Obama’s 2008 campaign — $150,000 to stay silent until after the election was over. Wright refused Whitaker’s offer, Klein said.
Also on Monday, White House Dossier reported that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded the UHI a $5.9 million taxpayer grant.
The UHI was originally inspired by a program created by Michelle Obama when she was a highly paid executive at the University of Chicago Medical Center."
Whitaker now leads that project.
HHS insisted that the decision to award the competitive grant to a program run by Obama’s best friend was free from White House involvement.
Obama’s relationship with Whitaker also intersected politically in 2008 when then-Sen. Obama sought to fend off questions regarding his political proximity to Tony Rezko.
Rezko, in his prior role as former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s fundraiser and adviser, had his business associates appointed to various positions and boards in the state. Using that leverage, Rezko was able to illegally demand financial kickbacks from businesses looking to set up shop in Illinois.
Obama said in a 2008 interview with the Chicago Sun-Times that he could only recall speaking to Rezko about filling a state job one time — when he recommended Whitaker be hired as Illinois’ director of public health.
“Somebody who I do remember talking directly to Tony [Rezko] about was Dr. Eric Whitaker,” Obama told the Sun-Times.
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/05/15/longt ... z1xclxlUEk
June 15, 2005:
Obama purchases home from Fredric Wondisford and Sally Radovick for $1.65 million
The purchase is $300,000 less than the asking price
On the same day, Rita Rezko - Antoin's wife - buys plot next door for $625,000 asking price