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Obama Golfed in Hawaii with Former Rezko Crony

by Keith Koffler on January 9, 2013, 9:29 am

While on vacation in Hawaii this month, President Obama played golf with Allison Davis, a former business partner of Tony Rezko who also helped give Obama his start in the legal profession.

Rezko is the former Obama associate and fundraiser who was convicted of corruption and fraud and currently sits in prison.

Davis, who is male, partnered with Rezko on a series of government-funded low and mixed income housing development projects in Chicago. While Davis himself has never been charged with wrongdoing, a number of the projects were high-priced failures that resulted in poor living conditions for residents.

According to a June 2008 exposé in the Boston Globe, one of the most egregious projects Davis helped create was Grove Parc Plaza, an assembly of “squat brick buildings” located in Obama’s former state senate district. According to the Globe:

About 99 of the units are vacant, many rendered uninhabitable by unfixed problems, such as collapsed roofs and fire damage. Mice scamper through the halls. Battered mailboxes hang open. Sewage backs up into kitchen sinks. In 2006, federal inspectors graded the condition of the complex an 11 on a 100-point scale – a score so bad the buildings now face demolition.

Davis, the Globe wrote, “has used government subsidies to rehabilitate more than 1,500 units in Chicago, including a North Side building cited by city inspectors last year after chronic plumbing failures resulted in raw sewage spilling into several apartments.”

Davis’s son Cullen, who was also involved in the North Side project, attributed the problems to restrictions on the way it was financed.

Allison Davis’s legal firm hired Obama out of law school, leading some to describe him as a “mentor” to the future president. Along with Rezko, Davis was a major contributor to Obama’s early political campaigns.

Obama, according to the Globe piece, in 2001 sponsored successful legislation that increased state subsidies for private developers. In 1998, after Rezko and Davis created a limited partnership to build an apartment for seniors, Obama “wrote letters on state Senate stationary supporting city and state loans for the project.”

Obama, who is a supporter of public-private development initiatives, has denied the letters were a favor to Rezko and Davis and has said he ever did any favors for Rezko.

Obama played golf with Davis January 2 at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Also in on the foursome were Marty Nesbitt, another of Obama’s Chicago associates, and Obama Hawaii pal Bobby Titcomb.

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Scottso January 9, 2013 at 9:38 am

Barack serenades Mr. Davis on the putting green.

Oh Allison…I know this world is killing you.
Oh Allison…My aim is true.

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DeniseVB January 9, 2013 at 9:49 am

All this information has been out there for years. Valerie Jarrett’s got a long list of slumlord failures too.

Why does the media choose to destroy successful people (Romney and other conservatives) yet give a pass to those massive failures that are part of Obama’s history ?

I guess it’s simpler to call the Boston Globe a raaaaacist newspaper ?

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Michael January 9, 2013 at 10:28 am

You could ask hundreds of questions similar to yours.

In a nutshell, the all-inclusive question is: why has the media totally abdicated its responsibility and provided four years of almost constant tailwinds for Barack Obama?

This will have a profound impact on our country.

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DeniseVB January 9, 2013 at 11:24 am

This is a good site, well documented.

http://www.theobamafile.com/BarackObama.htm

The information is out there, the lack of and failed accomplishments of Pre-preezy Obama are proven over and over, yet all the media malpractice out there gave us the low information voter and Obama’s second term :(

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Girly1 January 9, 2013 at 11:50 am

Beckwith (The Obama File) was one of the first to expose Obama. I stumbled upon his website in 2007 – it blew my mind. Much of it is documented in the Library of Congress – yet it was deemed to be propaganda/lies. Half of the country still cannot put their heads around the fact that Obama really is a bad seed. Too bad!

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cincycinco January 9, 2013 at 2:50 pm

“will have”? Don’t you mean “is”?

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Julie Brueckheimer January 9, 2013 at 11:19 am

Sorry I didn’t scroll down to your comment before posting. The contrast between how the media treated decent man Romney and Obama still makes me sick. Unfortunately I remember Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan trying so hard to put forth a positive campaign that a few times they called Obama himself a decent man during the election. It’s the only lie I fault them with.

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Julie Brueckheimer January 9, 2013 at 11:14 am

Very interesting. Valerie Jarrett must tie in somewhere, and it’s interesting to me that the Boston Globe was writing this way in 2008. Today they are complete Obots.

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srdem65 January 9, 2013 at 11:44 am

Corruption, cronyism, and treasury pilfering in Chicago! Shocking.!

The level of frustration and outrage at the MSM for abdicating their power of investigation and truth-telling to a sickening cover-up and suck-up to the Obama machine is massive. We have a sitting President who lied about his own name, who hides his personal past, who gets to slide on dubious relationships with known criminals and the zombie Press ignores it all.

Nationally prominent news media spent a great deal of time trying to unearth anything questionable about MittRomney’s past, they printed and spoke of any slanderous and untrue statements by his opponents as if they were factual. If MrObama misspoke, or even told the truth that the Press felt would cause him political harm, they either ignored it or covered it up.

The lastest outrage against the people is the call for disarment by the very government that secretly sent thousands of real assault weapons into a foreign country that caused the deaths of hundreds of innocent lives.
Nary a word is spoken or written about this hyprocisy, but rather the MSM is investing their own coin into a publicity campaign that supports this anti-constitutional move.
The NYT allowed an opinion piece to appear on their national website that was written by a dimwit college professor who thinks the American constitution that has guided us for hundreds of years should be thrown out like last year’s obsolete computer. Such an opinion could be considered an act of treason or an overt attempt to inspire the population to overthrow our current govenment if such a thing were to appear on a right-wing media.

We know that the Obama administration was built on lies and half-truths, but now all we can do is wait it out.

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RickW January 9, 2013 at 11:45 am

Why categorize these projects as failures? I’m certain Davis et al got paid and, lets be honest, that was the whole point. The public be dammed.

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Susan January 9, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Thank you for researching this connection, Keith. Got frustrated after chasing a bunch of missing links to investigative articles written by Tim Novak for Chicago Sun Times. One thing I’m sure of – the current WH occupant has many shady connections to the Chicago underworld. It would be quite a tale of intrigue if all the dots could be connected. Too bad nobody other than you seems to be interested…

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Keith Koffler January 9, 2013 at 12:57 pm

I agree. If it wasn’t Obama, the New York Times would have had a team of investigators on the ground in Chicago in 2007 tracking all this down.

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Julie Brueckheimer January 9, 2013 at 1:26 pm

It also raises questions about why Mr. Fitzgerald only went after one fall-guy, Rezko, and not after Jarrett and Davis. BTW, I think your friends at Politico ought to give you a spot for this post.

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Kimbly January 9, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Who paid to fly these guys to Hawaii?

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MichelleIndependent January 9, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Was it the Crooks and Cronies Invitational?

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movintothefarm January 9, 2013 at 5:08 pm

Didn’t he golf with a friend last week that was busted for prostitutio?

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Jason Edward Prather January 11, 2013 at 6:26 am

Why was G.W. Bush considered a boob for golfing to relax, but somehow Obama’s relaxation is saving the country?! Could we get some apologies to Former President Bsh for the arbage people did to him while he was golfing but hypocritically believe that Obama is a good president for golfing?!

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Whistleblower January 11, 2013 at 12:01 pm
itsy_bitsy January 11, 2013 at 10:58 pm

So what else is new! Now that he’s won reelection he doesn’t have to hide his connections with corrupt Chicago movers and shakers!

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