Report Looks into Pres. Obama's Life Before WH
- Duration 1:49
- Date Sep 20, 2012
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That's right John the examiner the special report on President Obama is the result of a four month long investigation by the newspaper.
And it challenges some widely held assumptions about the president it found that contrary to that narrative.
That Obama was a reformer during his political apprentice -- days in Chicago many saw him as a part of the Chicago political machine.
For all of his critics on the right community organizer Obama left many colleagues on the left disheartened the late radical journalist Robert -- said quote.
What we seize the Chicago core of the Obama coalition is made of blacks who moved up.
By moving -- blacks out to -- a Carter a neighborhood activists singled out the president's closest aide Valerie Jarrett for criticism.
-- was CEO habitat company a low income real estate firm that made millions of dollars in part by leveraging federal programs like the low income housing tax credit.
With sub prime lending to poor people.
Carter said quote they were never interest to -- poor people it would sell poor people bill of goods.
The developers would profit from of the political activist and political candidates.
Like Obama himself.
Would receive votes and of course political contributions.
And it was a win win for everybody except the -- people.
We are five there's -- -- From fundamentally transforming the united states of -- -- Some argue the President Obama won office on his strength as a reformer.
But the examiner found as a state senator he rejected overtures to reform the Chicago machine quote.
He made it pretty clear he wasn't interested in risk taking.
We're challenging the Chicago machine's lock on a lot of mechanics of government in Cook County in Chicago said one frustrated former colleague.
And the later this afternoon we'll look at how the examiner found it rather than fight the Chicago machine states Senator Obama embraced it and then as president but a lot of it to Washington.