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Thursday, January 25, 2007





(CHICAGO)(January 25, 2007) “Swift boating” is a term that came into use during the 2004 presidential election to reflect Senator John Kerry’s flaccid response to attacks on his wartime record in Viet-Nam. The term, a noun, adjective and verb, has entered the political lexicon and is usually invoked when liberals and Democrats are stung trying to defend themselves against unpleasantly truthful accusations hurled by conservatives.

Well, “swift boating” is obviously a two-way street in politics. Democrats are equally adept at hurling painful accusations at Republicans and conservatives.

I have no problem with people bringing the truth to light, digging up unpleasant facts and seeking to raise legitimate issues. For the record, has never “swift boated” anyone. Our mantra is: “Just the facts, mam’m.”

Well, what are the facts? When you penetrate Obama’s smokescreen you see that he is completely paranoid about investigation and accusations concerning his religious past.

Obama lined up a gaggle of trained geese yesterday, portraying them as “religious leaders.” They promptly condemned any investigation into Barry’s religion as “despicable,” a violation of “values,” “moral standards” and “malicious.” The “religious leaders” said they were “set[ting] the record straight,” but then admitted they accepted Obama’s version of the record “at face value.” No inquiry or investigation there. Trained parrots would have been more communicative than Obama’s geese.

Two and a half years ago we reported that Obama had been a Muslim and that his family was Muslim. Today Obama admitted as much while still trying to deny the same truth. If Jack Ryan had been as slick as Obama at hiding in plain sight, Ryan and not Obama would be in the senate today.

Obama’s parents registered him as a Muslim at a Catholic school.

It is absolutely true that Obama did not “choose” to be a Muslim when he registered as such at a Catholic school. Parents make those choices for their children. But those decisions nonetheless reflect family facts and practical reality. Parental choices also have developmental significance.

Obama later transferred from a Catholic school, where by his own admission yesterday he studied the “catechism,” to an exclusive public school where the children of Indonesian leaders were enrolled and where he began to study Islam as a mandated part of his instruction. Free will? No. Fact? Absolutely.

All of these small truths were admitted yesterday by Obama and his communications meister Robert Gibbs. Contrary to what Obama claims are “scurrilous” accusations, he has confessed to the core of the Insight article and my own seminal research 2-1/2 years ago on which all subsequent articles about Obama have been based. Even Hillary Clinton began with my research. No surprise; because I was right.

Notably absent from yesterday’s dog and pony show on Obama’s religion was any mention of his quickly forgotten father and grandfather, both of whom were lifelong Muslims and both of whom named their sons Hussein, a very honorable Muslim tradition.

The bottom line: all of the factual material I disclosed in 2004 has been proven 100% correct, grudgingly and gradually admitted, or silently conceded by Obama and his staff.

But ultimately what interests me about Obama is not his religion or lack thereof. I could care less. Rather I am drawn by the fact that Barack continues to fictionalize large portions of his life, including his religious history, and steadfastly denies reality. No man with such a rich fantasy existence can be trusted in the Oval Office.

My political affiliation is not a secret. I am a Republican and generally conservative to libertarian on governmental issues while liberal on social issues. As the late Governor Adlai Stevenson would have put it, “I’ll stay out of your bedroom if you stay out of mine.” And my research manages to offend almost all shades of the political spectrum. I drive both “conservatives” and “liberals” batty. Read my past columns and decide for yourself.

In 2003 in Baghdad I performed similar psycho-surgery on Paul Bremer. He didn’t like it either. Nor did George Bush. They attacked me. But I was right and they were wrong. As a result, I probably get more than my fair share of hate mail.

Nevertheless, while my opinions and conclusions are clearly my own, as an Internet editor and investigative journalist I adhere scrupulously and impartially to the facts I unearth. And, yes, small facts can be assembled to disclose larger truths. I have been doing that all of my life.

In the case of Obama, conservatives and even liberals fail to see the critical trees for the mesmerizing enchanted forest Obama he presents as his persona: way into adulthood Barack maintained a rich fantasy life about his past, and he continued to do so when he wrote his first book, fictionalizing characters and dialog. Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times castigated him for these fabrications in a review dated August 8, 2004.

As a psychoanalytic case study, I believe Obama will prove to be a basket case. But because of the therapeutic culture in which we live, the media and public are willing to ignore Obama’s dysfunctional reality in preference to his fictionalization about his history and himself. Inconvenient facts that intrude on Obama’s fantasy life are summarily erased (Father and Grandfather Muslims? Nope. Name Hussein? So what. White relatives? “Book’em Danno.” And so forth).

Investigative journalism is still about investigation; people such as Obama do not like to be either investigated or analyzed. That is why the “religious leaders” presenting themselves as Dancing Bears for Barack are apologists for his “ask no questions” approach to research and analysis concerning his background. (Their letter can be found at the New York Times blog “The Caucus.”) What will Mr. Obama place off limits next?

Yes, there is “swift boating” going on here. But the swift boats have been launched by Obama to torpedo the truth about his past.

There is much, much more to Obama’s fantasy life. As Barack struggles to place his lies about religion in a concrete crypt he opens himself to accusations concerning other fabrications and fantasies in his life. During Obama Week leading up to February 10th, we will release our CIA-style psychological profile on him; that analysis will cast more light on Barack’s supple psyche and his ability to seamlessly deny objective reality.

In the words of the Psychoed by Hughes Mearns, “As I was going up the stair, I met a man who wasn’t there. He wasn’t there again today. I wish. I wish he’d stay away. Mr. Obama is both the man going up the stair and the man who isn’t there. Obama wishes the real Obama would disappear so the fictional fantasy Obama can prevail. But that will not happen. Barry keeps seeing himself on the stair. And he doesn’t like what he sees.

Or, if you prefer to move from psychology to boxing, as Joe Louis might have put it, “Obama can run, but he can’t hide.”

Stay tuned. Obama Week is only a few days away.

Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and critic Andy Martin is the Executive Editor and publisher of © Copyright by Andy Martin 2007. Martin covers national and world politics with forty years of personal experience. Columns also posted at;; Comments? E-mail: Media contact: (866) 706-2639.


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