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And How Many Houses Do You Have?

By Michael D. Shear
Democrats continued to pound Sen. John McCain for his comments about his houses, releasing a man on the street Internet video mocking his inability to remember how many homes he owns.

In the video, an interviewer asks random people how many homes they own, and whether they've ever forgotten.

"Did you ever forget that?" the interviewer asks a woman who said she has two homes.

"No," the woman replies.

"Has anyone in your family ever forgotten that?"

"No."

"Could you understand someone forgetting?"

"No."

"John McCain continues to find new ways to show how out of touch he is with the challenges facing the American people," DNC spokesman Damien LaVera said.

By Web Politics Editor  |  August 22, 2008; 6:49 AM ET
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That McCain is a sorry sap. How can any self-respecting Christian vote for McCain after discovering what he did to his sick wife and their children? A Christian man should love his family as God loves the church. McCain is not even a fair-weather Christian, he's a temporary Christian. Once this election is over, he's going to go back to calling Cindy the "C" word in public. He's fooled most of you evangelicals. And Rick Warren, what a joke!

Posted by: Joey | August 27, 2008 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Hey Mike H.:

Do you then believe that McCain should be ashamed of himself for not taking care of his first wife and the kids he fathered with her??????? Or does your bashing only go one way???????

Posted by: : Former McCain Constituent | August 24, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

The news reports seem to be that some of Mr. McC's "houses" are actually condominium apartments and some may be investment properties. McC, or son (grandson) of Admiral who never had to scrounge for a living off the Navy or US payroll, could have Bidenesquely referred to some British monarch who must have once said, "if you know how many houses you have, you don't have enough."

But he didn't, and it was enough of a later riposte to mention (in the tradition of Honor, Duty, Country) that not one of those properties had been obtained by the subterfuge of an indispensable coordinated purchase of part of the same property at an inflated price by a long-time associate now finally convicted of fraud.

Son of Admiral probably would also have the courtesy to not say the obvious, that the upcoming event in Denver will be one of the biggest gatherings of fraudsters ever. If people think that the Halliburton cleaning out of the US Treasury was outrageous (and it was), they can wait and see how Biden's relatives and the other Denver vultures pick at what will be left of the American fiscal cadaver, while squawking about Halliburton but ultimately failing to make it disgorge the excesses.

Posted by: reformthesystem | August 24, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Houses An Issue:

Bidden himself living in SECURE LUXURY might equate to 10 homes. Then there is Harry The Landlord, and ad infinitum Senators and Congress persons who are steeped in real estate holdings. But there are very few threadbare Washington elected.

Senators McCain, Kerry and Kennedy gained their wealth the old fashioned way, through marriage, and, or inheritance; likened to numerous Presidents.

Obama made his millions, HOW????

All of the aforesaid would not meet the criterion, Being One Of The People.

Posted by: 3rd-Party Advocate | August 23, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Gator-Ron called me ignorant on this blog yesterday at 9:58.

I only passed on information that Vanity Fair and the Chicago Sun Times reported this week regarding Obama's youngest brother.

I still believe that Barack Obama should be ashamed of allowing this young man to live in a slum dwelling in Nairobi. I also doubt that he has contributed anything to help him survive.

My opinion is Senator Obama, with his four million dollar income, should help his siblings out instead of contributing to support the Reverend Jereemiah Wright!

Posted by: Mike H | August 23, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Can you see her? Judy Garland in her red shoes, clicking her heels and repeating the mantra: “There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home.” Voila! She wakes up in her very own little bed in her very own little shack out on her very own little Kansas farm, surrounded by family and farm hands, all safe and sound. Kitsch doesn’t get any more All-American than that.
What would happen, do you think, if John McCain clicked his heels together and mumbled, “There’s no place like home”? Apparently he might wake up in any one of about eight different places. I’ll bet none of the eight is located in Kansas.
Obama hopes to make political hay out of McCain’s inability to remember exactly how many houses he has. This is reminiscent of the elder George Bush’s expression of amazement about bar codes in a local supermarket during the 1992 campaign. Both gaffs make the candidate seem out of touch.
Obama boasts of having only one home. He hasn’t mentioned that his crib set him back a reported $1.65 million. That amount just about equaled the Obamas’ combined income for the year they made the purchase. The Chicago Tribune reported in November 2006, “They were drawn to a 96-year-old Georgian revival home that has four fireplaces, glass-door bookcases fashioned from Honduran mahogany, and a 1,000-bottle wine cellar, according to real estate listings and an interview.”
Obama’s book deals and his wife’s $300,000 a year vice presidency with Chicago University Hospitals together accounted for their seven-figure gross annual income.
Well, heck, Olympian Mike Phelps is expected to gross $30 million in product endorsements during the year ahead. So what’s the big deal about Obama and spouse pulling down $1.67 mil? Phelps no doubt will start accumulating real estate, too.
Meanwhile, he’s taking some heat for adding Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes to his list of clients. Writes one web pundit, “The deal has earned Phelps harsh criticism from some doctors, such as nutritionist Rebecca Solomon of Mount Sanai Medical Center. In a Daily News article posted this morning, Solomon said, ‘I would not consider Frosted Flakes the food of an Olympian.’ That's the understatement of the day. I would consider Frosted Flakes to be the food of a generation of obese, diabetic, ADHD kids who need real role models they can follow, not sellout junk food promoters who trade fame for unethical profits.” (http://www.naturalnews.com/023914.html)
This guy’s rap on fatties reminds me of the last time McCain got into trouble, but not for anything he said. A McCain advisor, Phil Gramm, created the flap by calling America “a nation of whiners.” Well, sorry folks, but I tend to agree that the overweight whiner has become an American archetype. If the shoe fits (and the pants don’t), I say wear it.
But let’s stop whining for a minute here and take a reality break. McCain is rich. Obama is rich. Even a kid, whose only apparent distinction is the ability to move from one end of a swimming pool to the other faster than anybody else, is rich. If you’re rich, too, then more power to you.
The simple truth is, ain’t no poor folks likely to run for president, or senator, or most any other important post. The last poor president, I guess, was Harry Truman. As a sitting U.S. Senator seeking reelection, Truman sometimes slept in his car while on the campaign trail. Once upon a time he had gone bankrupt. When his term in the White House was over, he and wife Bess moved back to the home in Independence Missouri that they had shared for years with her mother.
They just don’t make ‘em like old Harry any more, folks. Senator Obama may play the “poor mouth” card against Senator McCain, but in reality his feet are just as firmly planted on the Yellow Brick Road as are his opponent’s.

Posted by: Dr. James Ottavio Castagnera | August 23, 2008 6:02 AM | Report abuse

So the average WaPo is a socialist. Nothing new.

Posted by: rasheri | August 23, 2008 2:16 AM | Report abuse

That's the American Delusion.

The American Dream is to have happy and healthy family and friends who love you for you, to sleep well at night, and to do a job you love during the day. Making ends meet until you meet the end is just the numbers part of the game.

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 22, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

I wish I owned just one house. But I don't begrudge anyone who owns more than they can count. Heck, I want to be like them. I'd even settle for a house next to Tony Rezko's. It's the American Dream to be rich, isn't it?

Posted by: David | August 22, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Why beat around the bush?

This is the begining of the sad, public end for Senator McCain's career. Everybody knows it, but nobody likes to say it - his senior moments are coming too close together. As the pressure of the race builds, and as the questions get harder and more factual, Mr. McCain is going to have an increasing problem holding 'it' together.

I'm very appreciative of his service to our country. But people need to get out at the top of their game,

Posted by: Judie | August 22, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

pete:

So when John McCain divorced his disabled first wife, he disavowed the children he had with her??????? And for what? To please himself?????? THAT is the mark of a GREAT man!!!!!!! lol pete, do you have any morals or are they they just completely corrupt?????????

Posted by: Former McCain Constituent | August 22, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

FLORIDA 2000 - Jeb and George W.Bush; OHIO 2004 - Karl Rove and George W.Bush; Dick Cheney, Rumsfeld, WMD(???)in Iraq, hundreds of thousands of dead iraqis, Guantanamo, Abu Ghraid, Patriot Act; economic crisis; Fundamentalists: "Pro-life"... for Americans, but "Pro-death" for iraqis civilians and "Pro-death-penalty" for convicts... Are Americans sick? And do they want more of this?

Posted by: brazilianRio | August 22, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

When Obama disowned Rev. Wright, he disowned every man, women and child who are the congregation of Rev. Wright.
...And for what?
To please the white college yuppie voters.

Posted by: pete | August 22, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

What is with all the envy and resentment? Is it really so hard for every man here to find himself a hot blonde heiress? Maybe you could head over to Hawaii sometime, like me?

Just a thought, my friends.

Posted by: Mac is Back! | August 22, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

pete:

Here we go again. First, John McCain can be known by his friend Charles Humphrey Keating, Jr. And as for how he treats his friends, I would refer you to three. First, the previously mentioned Charles Humphrey Keating, Jr. After he and Cindy vacationed with him over a half dozen times, did John go visit him in prison, obviously his time of greatest need of friendship? No. Now let's talk about how he treated his first wife. After she became seriously injured in a car accident, John dumped her for Cindy. Have you ever looked up the dates of John's divorce from his first wife and that of when he married Cindy? They are not very far apart. Less than 2 months if I remember correctly. Finally, John, in public, called Cindy a name so vile that if I put it here, this post would be removed. So, pete, if people are judged by their friends and how they treat them, I would say John McCain is worse than most people I know.

Posted by: Former McCain Constituent | August 22, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

This was why Republicans are so uncomfortable with McCain. They can't defend him because they are not 100% with him. Deep down they really wish they chose someone else because the Wingnuts know this is not going to be their election year.

Here's some Latte Sipping Elitists...my friends:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjJGudkju0g&eurl=http://www.dailykos.com/comments/2008/8/14/105528/983/199
.

Posted by: ZappoDave | August 22, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

What did you expect JM to say when asked that question. "Now let me see, there's one in Arlington for sure, and of course Arizona, and two or three on some beach or maybe its an island, and uh, New York there's that high rise thing and . . . . "

Posted by: Mullens | August 22, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

A man is known for the friends and companions he has.
And Obama has been continuously disowning old friends and close associates. Go figure.

Posted by: pete | August 22, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Here's something most people with family budgets don't have to worry about, either:


"The McCains increased their budget for household employees from $184,000 in 2006 to $273,000 in 2007, according to John McCain’s tax returns."

http://nitpicker.blogspot.com/2008/08/who-says-john-mccain-is-out-of-touch.html
.

That's right. The McCains pay $270,000 per year for butlers and maids--that's $50,000 more than the median value of an American home.

http://www.realestateabc.com/outlook/overall.htm
.

Ohhhh, Johnny! A quarter million on servants?!?!

Posted by: Agent Orange | August 22, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Latte Sipping, Elitist John McCain:

"American's won't work jobs that only pay $50/hr"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpB9OoOU02M&eurl=http://www.jedreport.com/

Posted by: astral99 | August 22, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

""When I bought the first one, my husband, who is not a beach person, said, 'Oh, this is such a waste of money; the kids will never go,'” [Cindy McCain] told Vogue. “Then it got to the point where they used it so much I couldn't get in the place. So I bought another one.”"

"The McCains increased their budget for household employees from $184,000 in 2006 to $273,000 in 2007, according to John McCain’s tax returns."

That's right. The McCains pay $270,000 per year for butlers and maids--that's $50,000 more than the median value of an American home.

In touch with American needs!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

McCain and his fellow latte sipping elitist wealthy Republicans see the middle and lower class as their " worker ants" We are the pool that they take the income from to support their lavish life styles. The move our jobs out of the country. They give themselves huge tax breaks. Vote down any health plan that would cover all Americans. Want to control our private lives and own our bodies, strip us of our constitutional rights

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP-0pedQeGw&eurl=http://www.dailykos.com/comments/2008/8/22/0515/04723/10

Posted by: McCain = Bush | August 22, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

McCain theme song. (Bluegrass. cp2008 by Mike Nobel, Gorham, Maine)(Would love to record this with the Dixie Chicks, all proceeds to Habitat For Humanity)

"HOW MANY HOUSES DO YOU HAVE, SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN!?"

How many houses do you have, Senator John McCain
"Well. I ain't sure I kin count that high, could ya give me a couple er days!?
My wife is worth a hunderd million dollars so they say
She mighta-done-bought a house (or 8), whilst I was lookin' the other way!"

Gigo-lo-go-go, gigo-lo-go-go -- go, gigolo, go go!

Well, how many houses do you have, Senator John McCain
"My friends, I'm sennty two years old, jimminy, gimme a break!
I-left-my old wife in the hospital, she was a-lyin' there in pain
Then I married Cindy, she's rich as sin, whoo-weee, and-a yippy-yi-yay!"

Gigo-lo-go-go, gigo-lo-go-go -- go, gigolo, go go!

How many houses do you have, Senator John McCain
"Jessa minute, Cindy's one the phone, she's a-gonna help me splain
Allright, there's 2 or 3 in Phoenix, $5 million we had to pay
And a couple more BIG ones on the beach in Cali-for-ni-yay"

Gigo-lo-go-go, gigo-lo-go-go -- go, gigolo, go go!

Well, how many MORE houses do you have, Senator McCain
"Well, shoot, I got me a juicy ranch, a six-house hide-a-way!
Up in Sedona, where my billionaire buddies a-come to play
And a few more condos, here 'n' there, Cindy, make 'em go aWAY!"

Gigo-lo-go-go, gigo-lo-go-go -- go, gigolo, go go!

Yes, how many houses do you have...

"TEN!!, DAMMIT!!, TEN!!!!"

Sen-a-tor John McCaaaaain, Yeeeeh - Hahhhh!!!

cp 2008 by Mike Nobel, Gorham, Maine

Posted by: Mike Nobel | August 22, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

When McCain's lifestyle is held up against his policies, it serves to inform voters about his perspective and his poor judgment.


That McCain is divorced from the struggles of the American middle class has become patently obvious. In 2006, McCain made clear that he didn't think Americans would pick lettuce for $50 an hour (some $100,000 a year). In June of 2008, McCain couldn't remember the last time he actually had to pump gas, and he didn't answer the question as to what the price of gas was at the time. In the same month, while conceding that offshore drilling would not have an immediate effect on gas prices, McCain argued that drilling in such a manner would have a "psychological impact" that would be "beneficial." In other words, there would be no direct relief to the middle class, but it would make us feel as if "something"-albeit a meaningless "something"--was being done. I suppose if you don't have to pump your own gas, you can feel good about offshore drilling that doesn't lower the price of a gallon.


A month later, in July, we learned more about McCain's perspective when his friend and co-chair of his campaign, Phil Gramm, stated that America was a "nation of whiners" and that current economic woes reflected only a "mental recession." While McCain quickly distanced himself from the comments of his most trusted economic adviser, significantly, McCain did not withdraw or modify the economic plan that Gramm himself had crafted. In other words, while Gramm was quietly shoved to the sidelines of the campaign to ensure McCain's political survival, his economic plan, which reflects the view that America is a "nation of whiners," is still embraced wholeheartedly by John McCain.


And just what is that economic plan? Token tax cuts for those "whiners" while the wealthy receive true relief from the federal government.
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The Tax Policy Center, a joint project of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution, Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain are both proposing tax plans that would result in cuts for most American families. Obama's plan gives the biggest cuts to those who make the least, while McCain would give the largest cuts to the very wealthy.
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Why is McCain's "Housing Crisis" is so relevant?


Note that 60% of taxpayers would see less than a 1% cut in taxes under the McCain/Gramm plan.


If McCain's plan mirrored that of Barack Obama--in other words, if his economic philosophy reflected the notion that the government should aid those Americans who need it the most, not those who need help the least--then whether McCain remembers if he owns one house or one dozen houses would be a simple campaign gaffe rather than a major story.


However, where, as here, a candidate's economic worldview is so skewed in favor of the super-rich like McCain's is, of those 147,000 families which make of the top .1% of taxpayers, and when that candidate's economic policy provides no real relief to millions of American families struggling to make ends meet in one home, then a gaffe becomes an inadvertent confession of irrelevancy.

Posted by: smintheus | August 22, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Reflections on Leaving the Party
by Susan Eisenhower
08.21.2008
I have decided I can no longer be a registered Republican. For the first time in my life I announced my support for a Democratic candidate for the presidency, in February of this year. This was not an endorsement of the Democratic platform, nor was it a slap in the face to the Republican Party. It was an expression of support specifically for Senator Barack Obama. I had always intended to go back to party ranks after the election and work with my many dedicated friends and colleagues to help reshape the GOP, especially in the foreign-policy arena. But I now know I will be more effective focusing on our national and international problems than I will be in trying to reinvigorate a political organization that has already consumed nearly all of its moderate “seed corn.” And now, as the party threatens to trivialize what promised to be a serious debate on our future direction, it will alienate many young people who might have come into party ranks.

My decision came at the end of last week when it was demonstrated to the nation that McCain and this Bush White House have learned little in the last five years. They mishandled what became a crisis in the Caucusus, and this has undermined U.S. national security. At the same time, the McCain camp appears to be comfortable with running an unworthy Karl Rove–style political campaign. Will the McCain operation, and its sponsors, do anything to win?
This week, I changed my registration from Republican to independent. The two political parties as they exist today, and the partisanship that they foster, reflect the many fights of the cold war, the Vietnam era, the post–cold war and the 9/11 periods. Today we are in a different place altogether, where our security as a nation is challenged not just from abroad but also close to home. The energy, health-care and financial crises threaten our national prosperity and well-being, just as surely as any confrontation overseas or an attack by radical terrorists.

As an independent I want to be free of the constraints and burdens that have come with trying to make my own views explainable in the context of today’s party. Hijacked by a relatively small few, the GOP of today bears no resemblance to Lincoln, Roosevelt or Eisenhower’s party, or many of the other Republican administrations that came after. In my grandparents’ time, the thrust of the party was rooted in: a respect for the constitution; the defense of civil liberties; a commitment to fiscal responsibility; the pursuit and stewardship of America’s interests abroad; the use of multilateral international engagement and “soft power”; the advancement of civil rights; investment in infrastructure; environmental stewardship; the promotion of science and its discoveries; and a philosophical approach focused squarely on the future.

As an independent I will now feel comfortable supporting people of any political party who reflect those core values.

It was not easy taking this step, since politics, like religion, is something learned on the knee of one’s parents and grandparents. And like anything else inherited, it is imbedded in one’s own identity. This makes leaving even harder.

But there will be some joy for me in my new status since I will be able to speak for myself, and not as a member of a party that has, sadly, lost its way.
Susan Eisenhower is president of the Eisenhower Group, Inc., and chairman emeritus of the Eisenhower Institute.

Posted by: Sheridan1 | August 22, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

pete, I will repeat for you:
For those of you who are bashing Obama about Rezko I would say that people who live in glass houses, no matter how many you cannot remember owning, should not throw stones. Everyone writing about Rezko should look up Charles Humphrey Keating, Jr. and Lincoln Savings and Loan. He went to prison for fraud. McCain took a bunch of money from Charley and his cronies and even helped him to commit fraud. So, do you still want to keep yelling about Rezko?????????

Posted by: Former McCain Constituent | August 22, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

What all of the comments posted seem to suggest is that if you are a true red republican your candidate could be a child molester and you would defend him.
Between spouting bigoty and closet racism about Obama, you get blinded to any objective fact about Mccain or any other republican. That style ideology worked the past 8 years, but you are in for a rude awakining this time around.

Posted by: Earl | August 22, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

This is America. If McCain can own more houses than Donald Trump and be richer than Warren Buffett, good for McCain.
How many senators like Obama who have had or are having close connections to so many bad felons but are still serving in Washington is what I like to know.
If Obama is the only one that he should be driven out, but if a whole bunch of senators are like Obama then Washington is corrupted. John McCain should be driven in.

Posted by: pete | August 22, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

After eight years of a Republican administration which has shamelessly misused the power of the Executive Branch for partisan purposes, failed in Afghanistan, ignored science, consistently favored the interests of corporations over people, rolled back environmental protections, hired partisan toadies instead of qualified prosecutors, ignored clear warnings about bin Laden, cooked up a fraudulent case for an unnecessary war, bragged endlessly about supporting our troops while abusing and misusing them in every possible way and lied constantly about absolutely everything, how any American could want the Executive Branch of government to remain in the hands of the amoral and discredited Republican party is beyond me, no matter how many houses McCain's wife has.

Posted by: Michael | August 22, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Porr analymous, he/she still doesn't get it

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

For the record, as of last year, MITT Romney did not personally own any houses either (his and his wife's blind trusts own those ; )

http://pfds.opensecrets.org/N00000286_2006_Pres.pdf

Posted by: JakeD | August 22, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

"Michele" Obama... cannot even spell Michelle correctly.

What a poor attempt at trolling.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Damn Straight!

Posted by: Ludicrous | August 22, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

When Barack and I purchased the house and were fortunate enough to get the lot next door, I must admit this was the first time in my life that I was proud of my country.

Posted by: Michele Obama | August 22, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

yes Pete, very much so. I love to look at the shady trees, and I marvel at how much is going on underground that makes it all possible. It makes me weep when I think how one day the trees won't be there and there will be even more light shed on the lot.

Posted by: Michele Obama | August 22, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Clearly the republicans identify what a colossal mistake was made by McCain. The 'every man' with 10 homes painting 1 house Obama as an elitist!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

"I agree Willy, the house is very nice and Barack has a beautiful large lot.

Posted by: Reverend Wright | August 22, 2008 11:43 AM

Obama's house is very nice,I have been there many times to discuss strategies on how to "change" the government

Posted by: William Ayers | August 22, 2008 11:39 AM "

More damage control!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Damage control damage control damage control!

JakeD, david and Barry to damage control!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Re:I am extremely proud of our house, and yes, we have a lovely lot.

Posted by: Michele Obama | August 22, 2008 11:44 AM

Is the lot 'shady'?

Posted by: pete | August 22, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

For those of you who are bashing Obama about Rezko I would say that people who live in glass houses, no matter how many you cannot remember owning, should not throw stones. Everyone writing about Rezko should look up Charles Humphrey Keating, Jr. and Lincoln Savings and Loan. He went to prison for fraud. McCain took a bunch of money from Charley and his cronies and even helped him to commit fraud. So, do you still want to keep yelling about Rezko?????????

Posted by: Former McCain Constituent | August 22, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I am extremely proud of our house, and yes, we have a lovely lot.

Posted by: Michele Obama | August 22, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

From factcheck.org

In response to the post below, you might as well know what actually happened so you can make up your own mind without the lies.
If you are interested read below.

Q: Does Obama have a real estate problem?

A political patron from whom he bought a strip of land is under federal indictment, but there's no evidence Obama did anything improper.
Here’s what happened: In 2005, Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, bid $1.65 million for a house on the south side of Chicago. According to newspaper reports, the owner was also trying to sell an undeveloped parcel of land adjacent to the property Obama was buying, and he wanted the sales of the two to close on the same day. Obama has said that he mentioned he was buying the house to a longtime political patron, Antoin (Tony) Rezko, a developer. Rezko’s wife wound up buying the lot adjacent to Obama’s. At the request of the Obamas, who were seeking a bit more space for their yard, she later sold them a 10-foot wide strip, or about one-sixth, of her land. The Obamas paid $104,500 for it, or about one-sixth of what Mrs. Rezko had paid for the entire property.

Obama doesn’t appear to have reaped any financial advantages from the transactions. The reason the deal has received a good bit of attention is that Tony Rezko – whose political contributions to Illinois’ former governor, Obama and others totaled in the hundreds of thousands of dollars – was known to be under federal investigation at the time the Obamas were purchasing their home. In 2006, Rezko was indicted in three federal cases: Two involved fraud schemes in which he allegedly demanded payments from firms wanting work from the enormous Illinois teachers’ pension fund and from those wanting favorable rulings from a state board that regulates the building of new hospital facilities. In the third, he was charged with fraudulently obtaining more than $10 million in loans for a pizza restaurant business; in December 2007, prosecutors added more fraud counts to that indictment.

Obama has a relationship with Rezko that dates back many years, but there’s no indication Obama did anything improper. Shortly after finishing law school, Obama, who had turned down a job offer from the developer, went to work at a law firm where he represented some community groups that partnered with Rezko to apply for housing rehabilitation loans. As a state legislator, he wrote letters to city and state officials in support of Rezko’s efforts to build apartments for the elderly with government money; the senator asserts that this was a project the community wanted. Obama got together with Rezko a couple of times a year, he has said.

Obama has donated campaign contributions from Rezko and his associates to charity, and he said in 2006, when the real estate transaction was reported by the press, that he made a “boneheaded” mistake by participating in the deal when it was known that Rezko was being investigated. “I regret it,” Obama said. “I’m going to make sure from this point on I don’t even come close to the line.”
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The hell do I know how many houses my family owns.

I own 1, but the family is in real estate, in building, selling and renting properties - I have no idea how many they own and under what names they are under.

As long as he bought them legally, and is paying off the mortgages, I don't care. All these politicians are better off than the standard American and as along as they accumultaed their wealth legally and are paying their taxes, who are we to judge them?

If people don't liek it, then those same people should work harder to increase their income so they can live more comfortably.

I dont judge Obama for the 1.65 mill house he bought, I'm just pizzed he got a sweet deal from a convicted criminal in exchange for state money going his way.

Posted by: Truth | August 22, 2008 10:37 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I agree Willy, the house is very nice and Barack has a beautiful large lot.

Posted by: Reverend Wright | August 22, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Obama's house is very nice,I have been there many times to discuss strategies on how to "change" the government

Posted by: William Ayers | August 22, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Remember John Complains many, many remarks about "elitist"? I guess the old goof won't be saying that again!

Posted by: tanaS | August 22, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

The Truth. Read the news. They did fail to pay taxes on one of their california homes. it was all over the news a few months back. so, does that mean you have a problem with him now? or are you going to make more excuses since you are clearly an anti-Obama troll?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

I can confirm that Barack Husein Obama has only one house on an extremely large lot.

Posted by: Tony Rezko | August 22, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Now we have the explanation why Stepford Wife and Old Man River did not pay property taxes on their California condo for four straight years. They FORGOT they owned it!

Shame on you John McCain, Cindy McCain and your financial advisor!!

Sincerely,

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Posted by: The Franchise | August 22, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

greenfun, how about how many years a president has to live? do you care about that? or how about the type of person would leave his invalid wife and mother of his children for a very young and rich trophy wife? care about that?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

The hell do I know how many houses my family owns.

I own 1, but the family is in real estate, in building, selling and renting properties - I have no idea how many they own and under what names they are under.

As long as he bought them legally, and is paying off the mortgages, I don't care. All these politicians are better off than the standard American and as along as they accumultaed their wealth legally and are paying their taxes, who are we to judge them?

If people don't liek it, then those same people should work harder to increase their income so they can live more comfortably.

I dont judge Obama for the 1.65 mill house he bought, I'm just pizzed he got a sweet deal from a convicted criminal in exchange for state money going his way.

Posted by: Truth | August 22, 2008 10:37 AM

Most people consider only the home as their house and they don't count condos and vacation beachhouses as being real house.

Posted by: pete | August 22, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I could care less how many houses any President has. I want to know they have enough experience to be effective in the White House.
Bo has bigger problems. 52% of HRC supporters don't want him.

Posted by: greenfun | August 22, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Marsha. Good to see you will give McCain a pass on whatever misstep he makes because he was a POW. Good way to pick a leader!

Posted by: christian | August 22, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I want McSame to penetrate me. I get moist just thinking about it.

Posted by: JakeD | August 22, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

My husband and I have one house, one travel trailer, and 2 tents. I don't care how many houses John McCain has. He lived 2 1/2 years in solitary confinement for this country. He's earned the right to have as many houses as he wants.

Posted by: Marsha Boeck | August 22, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

My earlier comment used the word 'Depends'. I'm sorry if anyone thinks McCain is in need of adult diapers.

Posted by: JakeD | August 22, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

It is not how many houses you own, stupid.
It is how many friends you have had who are now locked away in jail.

Posted by: pete | August 22, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

McCain said he'd sell Obama one of his for half-price and buy the lot next door like Resco.

Posted by: George Machock | August 22, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

What fools. McCain dupes you into believing hes "a maverick" a real "everyman" - he's exposed as being the elitist that he tried to label obama and you keep defending him. Have you no shame???!!! Or is it just live brain cells your lacking. Time for a reality check maroons!!!

Thanks for the entertainment - your verbal gymnastics to try and defend him are really amusing.

Posted by: Still laughin' | August 22, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

McCain doesn't know how many houses that are in his wife's name? What's the big deal. So his wife runs the family finances. John McCain will run the country. Depends on it Obamalunitics

Posted by: JakeD | August 22, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

The hell do I know how many houses my family owns.

I own 1, but the family is in real estate, in building, selling and renting properties - I have no idea how many they own and under what names they are under.

As long as he bought them legally, and is paying off the mortgages, I don't care. All these politicians are better off than the standard American and as along as they accumultaed their wealth legally and are paying their taxes, who are we to judge them?

If people don't liek it, then those same people should work harder to increase their income so they can live more comfortably.

I dont judge Obama for the 1.65 mill house he bought, I'm just pizzed he got a sweet deal from a convicted criminal in exchange for state money going his way.

Posted by: Truth | August 22, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Depending how far a news person wants to go on this. I think there is a good case to be made he is in the early stages of Alzheimer's. All it would take would be a panel of experts to examine him over the last year in just what is on tape. There must be hundreds of hours of tape of him. I am far from an expert but I certainly see the decline over the last year and it is huge if you go back to 2000. He is undoubtedly a sick man and getting worse quickly. Now in the last few weeks he has developed a bad facial tic where he opens his eyes real wide then tucks his chin into his chest. This is very bad and needs to be looked into. You would think the possibility of a man being elected president who may be losing his mind would be an issue. WTF is going on here?
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Leave the poor old man alone. You get to that age, your mind doesn't function as well as it once did. Don't any of you McCain bashers have eldery parents. I've witnessed first hand the ravages of Alzheimer's. It starts innocently enough and then in the blink of an eye, the person you've known your whole life no longer exists. You people should be ashamed of yourselves for making fun of the elderly.

Posted by: McCain/Lieberman 08 | August 22, 2008 8:47 AM


Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

It's easy to understand McCain's not knowing how many homes he owns. He has never had to buy one for himself. He lived in govermnent housing paid for by taxpayers until he hit the jackpot and hooked up with Cindy, heiress to the Henley holdings.

Posted by: JockD | August 22, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

John Mccain made up the Mother Teresa story not his wife. She actually had so say it never happened.

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Well, yes, if you consider ditching your disabled wife who waited for your return, and then marrying a rich heiress who doesn't recognize her own sisters and who made up a Mother Teresa story to make herself look better "honest", then you have a point. Otherwise, NOT.

Posted by: Susan | August 22, 2008 8:48 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

I will answer that for you. He own one and it is worth about 400 thousand less then he paid for it now.

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A story that was trivial and dumb on the first day now merits a follow-up story? Give us a break. Am still waiting for the Post to give us details on what home(s) Obama owns, their market value, and how he afforded them on his income.

Posted by: beachcomberT | August 22, 2008 10:01 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Senator McCain cannot remember how many mansions he has...wow I wish I had that problem! This is clearly someone who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and is too arrogant, elitist, and dumb founded to be President.

Posted by: Marc | August 22, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

A story that was trivial and dumb on the first day now merits a follow-up story? Give us a break. Am still waiting for the Post to give us details on what home(s) Obama owns, their market value, and how he afforded them on his income.

Posted by: beachcomberT | August 22, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Senator Obama should be careful regarding the housing issue.

The Chicago Sun Times picked up a story from Vanity Fair yesterday regarding Obama's half-brother residing in a shack in the slums of Kenya. The story reports that the young man has an income of one dollar a week and Barack Obama has met him at least twice.

Senator Obama made at least four million dollars last year and he should be ashamed of allowing his sibling to exist in conditions like this.

Posted by: Mike H | August 22, 2008 9:48 AM

You have investigated this thoroughly and know what the relationship is and that Obama has not offered or contributed in some way to his brother.

What you are is ignorant and judgmental and the facts reported may not be accurate.

Posted by: Gator-ron | August 22, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Senator Obama should be careful regarding the housing issue.

The Chicago Sun Times picked up a story from Vanity Fair yesterday regarding Obama's half-brother residing in a shack in the slums of Kenya. The story reports that the young man has an income of one dollar a week and Barack Obama has met him at least twice.

Senator Obama made at least four million dollars last year and he should be ashamed of allowing his sibling to exist in conditions like this.

Posted by: Mike H | August 22, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

KEATING FIVE!

Fair game now that McCain wants to go there on Rezko.

You Republicans are such damn hypocrites. Rick Warren and all-A preacher that lies. You are need to go in a cone of silence--cheaters!

Posted by: Conrad | August 22, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse

How does anyone know if these homes were acquired honestly? No one even knows for sure how many there are.

Whether you like Obama or not, do we really need someone in the White House that is 72 and cannot remember simple things?

Posted by: awmahn | August 22, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

This is good for Obama. If McCain does not own any homes he should have stated that. If his affairs are so complicated that he does not know the answer then he is an elitist. If he felt awkward that he owns a large number of homes then he has misrepresented himself as being one of us. Does not matter how you spin it JakeD this looks bad for McCain.

David you do not know squat about how he acquired his home. You don't even know for sure who is on the deeds. You are babbling.

Poor John, has to ask his wife how many homes he owns, what a sad sack he is.

Posted by: Gator-ron | August 22, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

"At least he acquired his home(s) honestly, unlike BO!"

Posted by: david | August 22, 2008 7:31 AM
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Well, yes, if you consider ditching your disabled wife who waited for your return, and then marrying a rich heiress who doesn't recognize her own sisters and who made up a Mother Teresa story to make herself look better "honest", then you have a point. Otherwise, NOT.

Posted by: Susan | August 22, 2008 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Leave the poor old man alone. You get to that age, your mind doesn't function as well as it once did. Don't any of you McCain bashers have eldery parents. I've witnessed first hand the ravages of Alzheimer's. It starts innocently enough and then in the blink of an eye, the person you've known your whole life no longer exists. You people should be ashamed of yourselves for making fun of the elderly.

Posted by: McCain/Lieberman 08 | August 22, 2008 8:47 AM | Report abuse

I think someone should ask Rep. Laura Richardson-Batts this question!

Posted by: LBMike | August 22, 2008 8:12 AM | Report abuse

This is clearly a gaffe that the Dems won't let McCain, well, forget...

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: mpp | August 22, 2008 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Mccaiun may not know how many houses he owns but I am sure he knows how many states make up our country. For the Obama maniacs it is 50 not 57!

Posted by: Barry | August 22, 2008 7:33 AM | Report abuse

At least he acquired his home(s) honestly, unlike BO!

Posted by: david | August 22, 2008 7:31 AM | Report abuse

I own 2 1/52 houses (but, since we have a family trust and live in a community property state, the trust is the legal owner -- the most I could legally claim is just half of those currently -- we don't have a prenup either). As I understand the latest news, McCain does not legally own ANY houses.

Posted by: JakeD | August 22, 2008 7:13 AM | Report abuse

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