In the 2008 elections and now again in 2012, Sean has been the leading proponent of the need to vet Barack Obama and go through his past with a fine toothed comb. That past, however, is very difficult to find. No transcripts, no exes, no college papers; really not much more than his own autobiography “Dreams from My Father” in which he admits to having been somewhat of a free spirit and experimenting with drugs.
Due to his vaporous past, Sean has focused on the next closest thing: his closest friends and mentors. Amongst the most important and controversial is Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Rev. Wright was known for racist, anti-American rants, proclaiming that the tragedies of 9/11 was “Americans’ chickens come home to roost.” Obama sat in this man’s church for over 20 years who he himself referred to as his “spiritual adviser” and mentor.
Now we are continuing to learn about more members of Obama’s inner circle, famously known as “FOB’s” for friends of Obama’s. Jodi Kantor of the New York Times reported in 2008 that during Obama’s presidential campaign, the Obamas implemented a “no new friends” rule surrounding themselves only with their closest friends, allowing no one unknown in. Who were those friends? Valerie Jarrett, Martin Nesbitt and Dr. Eric Whitaker. In Kantor’s book “The Obama’s” she reported Nesbitt and Whitaker had a special role in the White House: “They were the ones who were supposed to keep him normal while in office. They were black men in a sea of white advisers, a Midwestern businessman and a doctor among Washington regulars.”
We come to understand how Whitaker was appointed such an important role; he had earned his stripes. Kantor wrote “It wasn’t the first time they had served a protective function: during the painful fracas over provocative statements made by their pastor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright Jr., during the campaign, they had rotated, along with Valerie Jarrett, traveling with the candidate, so he would never be without a friend close by.”
Ed Klein’s shocking new book “The Amateur” released today tells us Whitaker did more than protect. In an interview with Reverend Wright he told Klein that Erik Whitaker sent an email to him asking him no to preach until after the November elections, and that Whitaker, through another member of the Church, offered $150,000 in hush money.
Klein told Sean about other bombshells including how Obama apparently begged Wright to attend a secret meeting with him and the lengths to go to trying to keep it a secret. Only one piece of evidence existed; the secret service logs.