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Barack Obama defends Huma Abedin at Iftar Dinner

The list of Huma Abedin defenders continues to grow; the latest person to do so publicly is none other than President Barack Obama himself – at the recent White House Iftar dinner with Huma in attendance. Such high praise in light of the facts about Abedin is indeed curious.

Via David Nakamura at the Washington Post:

President Obama on Friday voiced strong support for Huma Abedin, saying the top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has been “nothing less than extraordinary in representing our country and the democratic values that we hold dear.”

Obama praised Abedin during remarks at a White House iftar dinner to mark the end of the fasting during the Ramadan holiday observed by Muslims. Abedin has been subject to unproven accusations by some House Republicans, including Michelle Bachmann (Minn.), that she is part of a conspiracy by the Muslim Brotherhood to infiltrate the top reaches of the U.S. government.

That last sentence printed by Nakamura is a bald-faced lie. Of the five letters sent to various Inspectors General back on June 13th – all signed by Bachmann and four other congressmen – reference is made to Huma Abedin in only one of those letters – the one addressed to the Deputy IG at State. In that letter, there are two sentences that refer to Abedin. They are as follows:

…the Department’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Huma Abedin, has three family members – her late father, her mother and her brother – connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations. Her position affords her routine access to the Secretary and to policy-making.

Both of those sentences are entirely factual. What Nakamura is doing is what the left, in general, has been doing with this story all along – distorting it and smearing those with legitimate questions. Nakamura would have you believe that the two aforementioned sentences from Bachmann, et. al. are accusations. How can statements of fact be accusations? All we’re left to conclude is that Nakamura is inferring from those statements of fact, a certain motive he believes to be behind the letter. That would mean, as a journalist, Nakamura is questioning motive. Chris Matthews once said of journalists who question motive…

“It’s the worst thing you can do in journalism is try to figure out motive; there’s no way to determine it.”

See for yourselves:

We have laid out the case – and continue to do so – that the concerns about Huma Abedin’s background are more than mildly legitimate. Based on her affiliations, a security clearance should not have been issued to her. Again, as both Andrew McCarthy and Cliff Kincaid have stated repeatedly, associations may not matter when you’re talking about criminal cases but they most certainly do matter when you’re talking about security clearances.

Said McCarthy:

A person is not required to have done anything wrong to be denied a high-ranking government position, or more immediately, the security clearance allowing access to classified information that is necessary to function in such a job. There simply need be associations, allegiances, or interests that establish a potential conflict of interest.

It is simply not possible for this reality to be lost on every one of Abedin’s defenders, to include Nakamura and now the President of the United States.

By the way, we’re not questioning motive here; we’re calling Abedin’s defenders out for doing so.

Read Nakamura’s article here.

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  • MrNightmare

    Of course Obamanov is going to defend Huma. He signed on with the Brotherhood in 1981 when he travelled to Pakistan as Barry Soetoro with his Indonesian Passport. He spent over a month in Baluchistan at a training camp run by the Brotherhood.

  • Tatersalad

    Plain As The Nose On Your Face (please read)
    By Alex Gonzalez in TeaParty Patriots Of Florida (Files) · Edit Doc
    I received this as an e-mail and HAD to share with my fellow patriots. Terrifying, to say the least…..

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    TO: Americans everywhere

    I was sitting at my keyboard halfway through my writing a letter to you about how Barack Obama was fulfilling his pledge to “Transform America” by “Changing the fundamentals of America”, so that our government would become the plantation, he the owner, and we the slaves, when this article by Steve McCann appeared in my
    in box. After checking it for accuracy, and finding it so, I am presenting it to you, for I could not say it better.

    …Is it already too late?

    Obama’s Second Term Transformation Plans

    The 2012 election has often been described as the most pivotal since 1860. This statement is not hyperbole. If Barack Obama is re-elected the United States will never be the same, nor will it be able to re-capture its once lofty status as the most dominant nation in the history of humankind.

    The overwhelming majority of Americans do not understand that Obama’s first term was dedicated to putting in place executive power to enable him and the administration to fulfill the campaign promise of “transforming America” in his second term regardless of which political party controls Congress. That is why his re-election team is virtually ignoring the plight of incumbent or prospective Democratic Party office holders.

    The most significant accomplishment of Obama’s first term is to make Congress irrelevant. Under the myopic and blindly loyal leadership of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, the Democrats have succeeded in creating an imperial and, in a second term, a potential dictatorial presidency.

    During the first two years of the Obama administration when the Democrats overwhelming controlled both Houses of Congress and the media was in an Obama-worshiping stupor, a myriad of laws were passed and actions taken which transferred virtually unlimited power to the executive branch.

    The birth of multi-thousand page laws was not an aberration. This tactic was adopted so the bureaucracy controlled by Obama appointees would have sole discretion in interpreting vaguely written laws and enforcing thousands of pages of regulations they and not Congress would subsequently write.

    For example, in the 2,700 pages of Obama Care there are more than 2,500 references to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. There are more than 700 instances when he or she is instructed that they “shall” do something and more than 200 times when they “may” take at their sole discretion some form of regulatory action. On 139 occasions, the law mentions that the “Secretary determines.” In essence one person, appointed by and reporting to the president, will be in charge of the health care of 310 million Americans once Obama Care is fully operational in 2014.

    The same is true in the 2,319 pages of the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act which confers nearly unlimited power on various agencies to control by fiat the nation’s financial, banking and investment sectors. The bill also creates new agencies, such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, not subject to any oversight by Congress. This overall process was repeated numerous times with other legislation all with the intent of granting unfettered power to the executive branch controlled Barack Obama and his radical associates.

    Additionally, the Obama administration has, through its unilaterally determined rule making and regulatory powers, created laws out of whole cloth. The Environmental Protection Agency on a near daily basis issues new regulations clearly out of their purview in order to modify and change environmental laws previously passed and to impose a radical green agenda never approved by Congress. The same is true of the Energy and Interior Departments among many others.

    None of these extra-constitutional actions has been challenged by Congress. The left in America knows this usurpation of power is nearly impossible to reverse unless stopped in its early stages.

    It is clearly the mindset of this administration and its appointees that Congress is merely a nuisance and can be ignored after they were able to take full advantage of the useful idiots in the Democrat controlled House and Senate in 2009-2010 and the Democrat Senate in the current Congress.

    Additionally, Barack Obama knows after his re-election a Republican controlled House and Senate will not be able to enact any legislation to roll back the power previously granted to the Executive Branch or usurped by them. His veto will not be overridden as there will always be at least 145 Democratic members of the House or 34 in the Senate in agreement with or intimidated by an administration more than willing to use Chicago style political tactics.

    The stalemate between the Executive and Legislative Branches will inure to the benefit of Barack Obama and his fellow leftists.

    The most significant power Congress has is the control of the purse-strings as all spending must be approved by them.. However, once re-elected, Barack Obama, as
    confirmed by his willingness to do or say anything and his unscrupulous re-election tactics, would not only threaten government shutdowns but would deliberately withhold payments to those dependent on government support as a means of intimidating and forcing a Republican controlled Congress to surrender to his demands, thus neutering their ability to control the administration through spending constraints.

    Further, this administration has shown contempt for the courts by ignoring various court orders, e.g. the Gulf of Mexico oil drilling moratorium, as well as stonewalling subpoenas and requests issued by Congress. The Eric Holder Justice Department has become the epitome of corruption as part of the most dishonest and deceitful administration in American history. In a second term the arrogance of Barack Obama and his minions will become more blatant as he will not have to be concerned with re-election.

    Who will be there to enforce the rule of law, a Supreme Court ruling or the Constitution? No one. Barack Obama and his fellow-travelers will be unchallenged as they run roughshod over the American people.

    Many Republicans and conservatives dissatisfied with the prospect of Mitt Romney as the nominee for president are instead focused on re-taking the House and Senate. That goal, while worthy and necessary, is meaningless unless Barack Obama is defeated. The nation is not dealing with a person of character and integrity but someone of single-minded purpose and overwhelming narcissism
    . Judging by his
    actions, words and deeds during his first term, he does not intend to work
    with Congress either Republican or Democrat in his second term but rather
    to force his radical agenda on the American people through the power he
    has usurped or been granted.

    The governmental structure of the United States was set up by the founders in the hope that over the years only those people of high moral character and integrity would assume the reins of power. However, knowing that was not always possible, they dispersed power over three distinct and independent branches as a check on each other.
    What they could not imagine is the surrender and abdication of its constitutional duty by the preeminent governmental branch, the Congress, to a chief executive devoid of any character or integrity coupled with a judiciary essentially powerless to enforce the law when the chief executive ignores them.

    Conservatives, Libertarians, the Republican Party, and Mitt Romney must come to grips with this moment in time and their historical role in denying Barack Obama and his minions their ultimate goal. All resources must be directed at that end-game and not merely controlling Congress and the various committee chairmanships.

    I would add but 6 words to those above mentioned, Conservatives, Libertarians, the Republican Party and Mitt Romney, to say “and we the American people also”, must come to grips with this moment in time and our role in denying Barack Obama his lifelong goal of “transforming” us into his slaves working on his government plantation.

    Please forward this to all you can, maybe together we can save America for ourselves and those who will follow after us.

    May God bless America!

  • terrymoore

    Every one needs to see this…. And obama celebrating the end of ramadan in the White House while he ignores Christan celebrations spells out his religious alliance.

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