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Breaking News BOMBSHELL: Obama Admits He Was Born in Kenya in Public Speech

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Barack Obama admits he was born in Kenya

Copyright 3.7.2011-3011 By Chase Kyla Hunter, All Rights Reserved.

Once again thousands  of truth researchers in America are not only vindicated but also are now outraged beyond description, as Barack Obama openly admits to an audience of young people in a speech that he was not born in Hawaii, and that yes,  he WAS born in Kenya. It’s the insanely infuriating “Bill Clinton moment” all over again. What truth researchers and truth research outlets like my own Alternative News Forum, Orly Taitz, World Net Daily, Alex Jones, Coast to Coast AM, dozens of Christian Truth radio broadcasters have known by our own deep digging all along, this consummate fraud and liar now openly admits. I am calling again for the impeachment of Barack  Obama, law breaker, usurper to the presidency of the United States and ultimate betrayer of the American people. Here’s the video. I am still gauging public reactions and will update this post shortly:

Read http://www.morningliberty.com/2010/06/23/barry-soetoro-clips-publicly-admits-he-was-born-in-kenya-indonesia-confessions/

A poster on The Conservative Activist website reports that Twitter yanked the research links which were posted as evidence Obama was born in Kenya and censored them. Here is the information and those links. Please share this post:

Dear Twitter, The Truth Has No Agenda…
« on: March 04, 2011, 12:42:15 PM » I posted the Kenyan Minutes and a story on soon-to-be Senator Obama on Twitter last night. Several people retweeted this story, then POOF, gone. The Tweet Police censor free speech, a violation of our First Amendment rights. The truth has no agenda….

Kenyan Minutes, 3/25/10: “How could a young man born here in Kenya, who is not even a native American, become the President of America?” (p. 31)


Huckabee was right! Kenyan Minutes, 3/25/10 (p. 31)


Kenyan-born Obama all set for US Senate


Kenyan-born Obama all set for US Senate

John Bolton Essay Indicts Obama Presidency on National Security

Copyright 12.10.2010 By Chase Kyla Hunter

The piece below by John Bolton actually stopped me in my tracks. It’s funny how another writer’s observations will often help to coalesce one’s own discomfort with a situation.  I have taken an unpopular position for an internet pro and citizen journalist blogger regarding Wikileaks, in that I feel what Julian Assange did was both narcissistic, shortsighted and reckless.

The ends do not justify his means and actions in my opinion. I am well aware that thousands of other “truthers” do not feel this way, but when it comes right down to genetic patriotism, the Cherokee Warrior Queen and American patriot in me trumps the internet blogger who was mildly intrigued by absolute unfettered free spewing of  ” FED diplomatic cables”. As a truth researcher of 20 years experience, finding ugly little piles of lies buried somewhere under a false flag event is just another day’s work. Why should the content of those cables be anything that would even surprise someone like me? It’s just another day in the life… I haven’t much bothered to study them.

For me, the bottom line is this:  I don’t want to see my country hurt and humiliated any more than it has been to date in this charade of a presidency with Obama as the hood ornament. There is a huge part of me that is standing aside and watching this melee who doesn’t buy the story as it’s being told anyway. Our government “allows” certain things to take place for their own good reasons. Look at what the FED is gaining in all this: perfect justification to crack down like never before on internet free speech, the free and relatively private process of registering and administering a domain name, I could cite dozens more benefits for a fascist leaning FED that is salivating to take over the web and run it with the efficiency of Obama’s socialized medicine. I can almost hear the elites rubbing their hands together in glee in Washington, NYC, UK while they watch these “cyber-riots” spreading over the web. It’s most likely exactly what they wanted all along, and they will use these events as more pretext to strip away civil liberties online when the dust settles.

Further, my political science mind clearly knows that what Assange did in releasing those cables has imperiled the American nation. That is MY nation, MY America, MY American friends and neighbors, and after all, Assange really has no clue about who and what America is if he did not grow up here on the mainland, native born. We all have before us daily the peculiar new world odor of our own President’s utter lack of interest in defending American interests, religious heritage, or national security in a sudden event like Wikileaks latest disclosures. They should have seen this coming. It was not as if we were not warned by Assange’s earlier actions. But John Bolton points out that funny uncomfortable, “who’s in charge?” feeling, that sense of navigational drift that now emanates from the Obama presidency.

It was as if in reading his piece, my subconscious fixed finally on the point of “Oh, so I am not the only person who feels very uncomfortable with how this Wikileaks / Assange mess is all being so adroitly NON-handled” by the White House.”

When you choose to go white water rafting with a group of strangers, you look around rather nervously to see who will be sitting at the lead point in the raft, calling out the instructions for how to keep the thing afloat and above water all the way down. Barack Obama stopped calling out those instructions to the nation a long time ago, in fact, it occurs he never did take the safety first defensive position for our country. It’s just a very deep gut feeling I have that his inner contempt for America and true American values is now really starting to spill over into all kinds of decision making moments when the moment comes, and goes, and no decision is the action taken. It’s surreal politically, and strategically rather self loathing, perhaps even self destructive.

I’ll just be honest. I want his presidency to end, and sooner rather than later. Barack Obama’s style of empty looking glass leadership is really hurting America. Everyone everywhere who is awake at the helm can feel it. And John Bolton [not that I am particularly a fan, he’s in the UN globalist fan club from way back ] just gave voice to some of my deepest worries and concerns. Thanks John. Oddly, I don’t feel much better now.

Chase Kyla Hunter, the Witness

Article reference:

John Bolton: “Barack Obama is a bigger danger than WikiLeaks”

Also Noteworthy from the WSJ:

We have not in our lifetimes seen a president in this position. He spent his first year losing the center, which elected him, and his second losing his base, which is supposed to provide his troops. There isn’t much left to lose! Which may explain Tuesday’s press conference.

Observing the State of Obama’s Mental Health: What’s Wrong?

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Copyright 11.22.2010-3010 By Chase Kyla Hunter Supporting re-post courtesy World Net Daily at http://www.wnd.com

Is Barack Obama Mentally Unstable? His Bizarre Comment Made on Air force One Stunned Those Close By

I had already logged off from reporting today [it is Sunday after all] when I ran across this item that seemed important. Two years ago I wrote rather extensively about my observations of Barack Obama’s personal narcissism, and the clinical symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

In brief, when the personality of Barack Obama is lined up with the clinical checklist of psychiatric symptoms displayed by persons who suffer from NPD, he fits the checklist at about 80%. Of course we bloggers who observe these things are often reviled for such speculation. But there are more serious reasons now to stand back and take a long hard clinical psychiatric look at Barack Obama than there were two years ago, when just about anything that any writer produced which was in any way critical of him was tossed into the broad bucket of “You must be a racist is you disagree with Obama.”

I have been gravely concerned about the man and his screaming NPD symptoms since I first laid eyes on him. I have had some experience in my life with persons who are gripped with NPD, and sadly, the diagnosis is pretty much final, pretty much not treatable, nor can it be reversed or necessarily well managed with medication.

Suffice it to say that someone suffering from this disorder should NOT become the President of the United States, but it is way too late to do anything about that now.

Below is the article from today’s World Net Daily website. Apparently many more observers are now noticing and commenting on some things that I noticed a very long time ago, back in the spring and summer of 2008.

Chase Kyla Hunter on.11.21.2010

Earlier in 2008, 2009 I wrote……

Obama The Beautiful Frankenstein King


[August 2008] Obama: Narcissist or Merely Narcissistic? By Sam Vaknin Ph.D.

From World Net Daily:  Is Obama Unhinged?

Obama going off the deep end

12 April 2010 by lockdoc1 on Secondhand Soapbox
…  of PJTV Media maintains that Obama is showing signs of mental illness. A wide variety of commentators have observed that Obama …  occurred in front of a friendly audience. Overall, Barack Obama seems to be slipping into a slightly more delusional state these …

Barack Obama – Narcissist or Merely Narcissistic?

Barack Obama – Narcissist or Merely Narcissistic? The Global Politician ^ | 13 …  appears to be a narcissist. Granted, only a qualified mental health diagnostician (which I am not) can determine whether someone suffers …


Is Obama unhinged?

Quip about landing Air Force 1 in Chavez backyard stuns press

Posted: November 21, 2010
6:53 pm Eastern

© 2010 WorldNetDaily

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) smiles as Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron checks documents during a NATO-Russia Council meeting at the NATO Summit in Lisbon November 20, 2010.          REUTERS/Paul Hanna (PORTUGAL - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)

WASHINGTON – On the flight home from the European Summit today, Barack Obama stopped in the press cabin of Air Force 1 and joked that he was stopping the plane in South America to see Hugo Chavez.

That according to CNN’s Ed Henry, who Tweeted the message to anyone who might be paying attention, editorializing that the president appeared to be “a little punchy.”

Chavez is known as a leading anti-American socialist leader in Venezuela.

Within minutes the blogosphere was aflame with concerns not only about the propriety of the remark but about Obama’s state of mind.

The flippant remark wasn’t the only trigger for such concerns:

  • Shortly after his meeting with European Union leaders, Obama offhandedly remarked: “This summit was not as exciting as other summits.”
  • Some observe he seems distant from the nation’s economic challenges, the rising tide of anger sweeping the country over enhanced airport security checks and the secrecy over what top military officials characterize as an unexplained missile launch over Southern California Nov. 8.
  • Pundits and talk-show hosts, including Rush Limbaugh and top-rated Sean Hannity, have cited White House sources as saying the president is “unhinged,” “detached,” “bored,” “losing it” and obsessed with critics.

“There are some Democrats that cue me into things,” said Hannity on his show Thursday. “The feeling among some people in the White House is that this president is unhinged, that he’s detached, that he’s losing it, he’s obsessed with critics, very specifically obsessed with Fox News, he can’t stand [Vice President Joe] Biden, he hates the Clintons, the Clintons hate him. Infighting, apparently, and finger pointing is at an all-time high; if the president is brought bad news on the economy, he has a meltdown every time he hears it. And this is what people – and I’m telling you, my sources are reliable – are telling me.”

Millions of Americans sense there is something very wrong with the president of the United States, but they don’t know exactly what. “The Manchurian President” answers that question. Now available autographed at WND’s Superstore!

Before Air Force 1 landed, American bloggers were weighing in through cyberspace with their opinions of the latest remark from Obama:

  • “Is he finally losing it? I think that people who joke and laugh about inappropriate things, or at inappropriate times are having trouble dealing with something.”
  • “The guy is certifiable.”
  • “He must be bored again.”
  • “If CNN is noticing Obama is mentally ill, that’s a big deal. CNN has to be careful or get their press card pulled. They are being as open as they can be.”
  • “He’s cracking. By spring he’ll be a complete mess.”
  • “‘Punchy’ is an interesting choice of words. It usually means drunk to the point of being stupid. That seems to fit the context.”

Hannity’s comments can be heard below:

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India: Obama Celebrated Hindu Diwali As Irate Americans Fume Over His Cavalier Disregard For US Electorate

Copyright 11.12.2010 By CK Hunter

Is it just me, or is anyone else fuming over Obama’s decision to skip ever so blithely away on an extended an overseas junket in the days right after one of the most significant and historic elections of the last 50 years? WTF? America’s mack-daddy long legs needed to stay home, and soothe his own livid people, not flounce overseas on yet another inflated vacation junket, disguised as a jobs & trade mission. We’re not stupid Mister. We may yet find a way to impeach your decadent ass before 2012. Don’t push the envelope any further than you have already. We are out of work, out of voting energy, out of patience, and we are out of putting up with your bizarre non-presidential behaviors and whoring yourself around on demeaning TV talk shows like some’ out of work actor’. Get a grip man. Make an effort to at least appear as if you understand what “presidential” means!

Boom Boom, jingle jingle, boom: off we all go to India.

 [Obama, sitting on the plane, in his own head: What… those irate American Christian masses – my national constituents – who… them? Let them eat unemployment rations. I’m off to the Taj Mahal to party with the Hindus, Muslims, pay my respects to Buddha and otherwise flee from reality for just a few days longer. Never mind America – pass the Diwali djal and flat bread. They should understand… we even gave them a new pro-India sitcom on NBC, made to order for average American Joes and Janes to try to begin to accept the fact that their old jobs are now PERMANENTLY OUTSOURCED to India. We even named it “OUTSOURCED“. It’s all part of the New World Odor. And I am the President of the New World Odor. Look at me. Weeeee. I get to go to India with a staff of 3,000, just to eat dhal, stroll like a tourist, dance with the Hindu kids, and pretend for just a few days that I am not utterly loathed, hated and despised in the USA where my fake Manchurian presidency is unravelling at it’s make believe seams.]

After the astounding election results, I looked to D.C., expecting to see, for once, some really amazing new resolve and dignified presidential behavior coming out of the former Indoneisan Barry Soetero. I actually had to find out what could possibly, quite suddenly, be so urgently politically important in India that Obama not only took half of Washington D.C. with him on the trip, but took over the entire Taj Mahal hotel complex with his colossally unnecessary travelling entourage. The White House worked hard in the days right before they departed to dispel the rumours that the per day cost of this faux presidential journey would run somewhere between 2 million and 200 million dollars a day, all on the backs of the American people, once again.

I also noted with acid stomach ire that right at the very last minute, after various alternative news outlets had openly speculated about the peculiar timing, cost and perhaps not so necessary need for such a lavish overseas trip, that Obama hastily re-branded the junket as a preplanned  jobs and trade mission. Yeah, right. Liar, liar pants on fire all over again.

Obama and spouse Michelle celebrated the hindu holiday Diwali while they were on their trip, and also visited a Muslim mosque. This does no good at all for Obama’s weak and feeble attempt to convince American voters at home, now and again, that he is, in fact, a real [not another cardboard cut-out] Christian.

How many devout Christians do you know who also celebrate Hindu holy days, or even understand the myriad complex of strange mythological Deities and lesser Gods that Hindus venerate? Some may reply, “when in Rome” , or postulate that it’s all just part of the PR of the overseas journey. But come on! This man has just been given a political high colonic here in the states, by a devoutly Christian and tea party inspired voting public, who turned out in numbers not seen  in 40 years to make a point.

Obama: Pay attention to the American economy, to the need for jobs at home, to the besieged southern US border, to the national hoarse  scream to overturn Obamacare, and to the national bitch slap that you just got from furious American voters to step up to the plate and start behaving like an actual president, not some celebrity on a popularity sprint from TV show to TV show, trying to build ratings.

You are not a damn struggling  sitcom, pleading for better ratings, Barack Obama. You are the f—-king president of the United states of America. Act like it. Your cavalier comportment of the office of the President is embarrassing us all, and you are further embarrassing yourself, daily, and are apparently too politically stupid to even realize it. If I had my way, I would love nothing more than to say to you:

Barack Obama: You are SO fired!!! Pack up and run, don’t walk to the nearest Air Force One and LEAVE, while we are still patient enough not to want to storm D.C. all over again to the tune of 5 million people and torch the White House, just to be rid of you.

CK Hunter

Below, for the enlightenment of readers, are a few videos revealing what Obama did on his grotesquely over-inflated, obscenely ill timed and expensive, overseas “stress management and self esteem re-building” working vacation:

Giant Buddha statue nears completion in India





Do you remember the hysteria of 2008?




To get a stomach turning gutfull of the sinister organization, [formerly named The Lucifer Trust], which is the intellectual and pseudo-religious fountainhead for all UN plans [past, present & future]  to foist and enforce their own version of one world religion onto Americans and the world, visit and study this site: The Lucis Trust.

Every American Christian needs to read and study this site and then read, study and subsribe to my other blog at:


It Might Be “Fucknutsville” For You Rahm, But For Us It’s Something Else

3.8.2010 By Chase K. Hunter

A Few Choice Morsels Pertaining to the Current State of Affair’s in Rahm Emanuel’s “Fucknutsville”

The daily headlines about Rahm Emanuel are getting more and more bizarre. That’s never a good sign. Here are just a few that stood out this morning.

I  broke out laughing while reading these headlines, and I cannot stop laughing. I just spilled coffee all over myself, laughing uncontrollably.

These are the people who run our country. These are the names they call each other. This is what’s it’s come to. It’s so sad, and utterly tragic that it’ has now become high comedy, dark comedy, no less – and truly laughable.

Speak Like A Thug, Act Like A Thug, Get “Thugged About” in the End. It’s Called Karma.

Rahm Emanuel’s so called “style” of leadership, if you want to call it that,  his every day diction, the way he actually peaks to people, as quoted by those who write about him and who know him, sounds more like the everyday street “trash talk” of a mafia Don’s closest attending head thug, than it does someone who is working daily in the White House to serve the American people. [If the shoe fits….]

Turnabout is fair play, Rahm. Eat it, then leave town.  You got your hands on some power again, and you went nuts with it. “Fucknuts”, to be exact. No one ever elected YOU to be the President. We’re all pretty sick to find out – thanks to the truthful writing and reporting of America’s bloggers, that you have mostly been running the country for the past year and a half, or trying to. It’s no wonder that I have seen recent headlines, asking Obama to either lead or leave. WTF. I reiterate my call for the impeachment of Barack Obama.

I’ll take Joe Biden any day of the week over this mess of an administration. It’s bringing our country to shame, danger,  and a highly publicized ongoing international embarrassment, in fact, one after the next. And that is NOT GOOD for our national security. It leaves other countries with a lingering perception of weakness at the helm in America. And that’s the LAST thing we need right now. The other LAST thing we need is ay more attempts by Rahm Emanuel to be secretly leading the country from his gatekeeper’s post as Chief of Staff.

I don’t know too many successful CEOs or high executives that allow their secretaries to make policy decisions for them. But that is exactly what appears to have happened here in the first year and half of the Obama administration. I believe America needs to move forward, and impeach Barack Obama. Enough damage has been done. We cannot afford another 2.5 years of Barack Obama and his clownish, inept presidency. Enough is enough. I’m not laughing anymore.

Chase K. Hunter

The Left Rages At Rahm Emanuel

White House Staff Battling White House Staff

Has Rahm Emanuel Become A Liability for the White House?

Rahm Emanuel: Hero or Goat?

Rep. Eric Massa Calls Rahm Emanuel “Son of the Devil’s Spawn”

Rahm Emanuel:  “I Wake Up Some Mornings Hating Me Too.”

From “Fired Up and Ready to Go” to “Tired Out and Staying Home”

What Obama Should Have Realized About Rahm Emanuel

“Hail to the Chiefs” [of Staff] – The Real Power in the White House

Is There A White House Resignation in the Works?

Did Rahm Emanuel Use Dana Milbank As An Amanuensis?

[ amanuensis [əˌmænjʊˈɛnsɪs]n pl -ses [-siːz] a person employed to take dictation or to copy manuscripts ]

Palin Reiterates Call for Rahm Emanuel to be Fired

Democrats Point Finger at Rahm Emanuel

Obama Nukes: [ Another classic Obama Flip-Flop on A Position of Key Importance

to All Americans – thanks to Rahm Emanuel’s Counsel]

Palin Bashes Family Guy and Rahm Emanuel [ Does this mean that Rahm Emanuel is also a cartoon character? ]

The Sag Harbor Express:

“Why has Obama changed his stance? Consider his two top aides: Rahm Emanuel, now Mr. Obama’s chief of staff, who as an investment banker was in the middle of the $8.2 billion merger that created Chicago-based Exelon. With 17 nuclear plants, it’s the biggest nuclear utility in the nation. David Axelrod, a senior Obama advisor, was an Exelon consultant. Candidate Obama received sizeable contributions from Exelon executives including John Rowe, Exelon president and chief executive officer.”

Sean Hannity:

Now that health care reform seems to have fallen by the wayside, Democrats are doing what they do best: pointing the finger. Many are pointing it straight at Rahm “Rahmbo Dead Fish” Emanuel, blaming his lack of Senate experience for his failure to orchestra a government health care takeover.

Iowa Senator Tom Harkin put his finger on the problem, saying the president’s advisers lacked “a feeling for what’s going on around the country, the populist sentiment.”

You think?

Pejman Yousefzadeh:

“Dana Milbank wrote a story where he said: ‘If only the president had followed Rahm everything would be okay.’ It certainly sounds like Rahm was leaking like a sieve to Dana Milbank,” said Scarborough. “It appears that Rahm has become quite promiscuous in telling anybody who will listen to him about how he tried to coach the president.”

Rupert Cornwell:

As gatekeeper to the Oval Office, he is the man who shapes the president’s schedule and determines who the president sees. He is in day-to-day charge of the estimated 2,000-strong staff of the Executive Office of the Presidency. He is also usually a close personal confidant of the president, sometimes even a source of policy ideas. On top of that, he is chief liaison officer of the White House with Congress and the other departments of government.

Colbert King:

Eighteen months ago, I warned then-presidential candidate Barack Obama that should he get elected, he should not allow his administration to fall into the clutches of Washington insiders [“A Heretic’s Advice To Obama,” June 21, 2008]. The caution sign was raised based on years of observing this town’s political movers and shakers at work……the last thing Washington insiders want is association with anything resembling a bumbling failure. Their immediate concern is to salvage their reputations and maintain their A-list standing in this ever-so-status-conscious town.

Bruce Chapman:

There’s no war like a civil war, and one seems to have broken out in the Obama White House. Now the public is learning about it. Every president has numerous assistants, of course, and, being human, they tend to compete. Sometimes it is over ideology (as under FDR, who encouraged it), sometimes it is over tactics (as under Reagan, who couldn’t figure out how to stop it). In the Obama White House it seems to be worse–it seems to be personal revenge as well as rivalry.

Paula Begala:

“A conversation with Rahm can be as little as 30 seconds. He calls, drops a few F-bombs, makes his point and hangs up.”

From Huffington Post:

In 2008, there were millions of people “fired up and ready to go.” But after a year plus of the Beltway-Rahm Emanuel strategy of never exposing oneself to political risk the grassroots energy of the campaign has been allowed simply to dissipate.

From Donald Borsch Jr:

Rahm Emanuel, for President Obama’s Health Care Bill to pass, would sell his own Mother, according to as of yet completely unconfirmed reports.

From Daniel Macht:

The knives are out for Rahmbo.

President Obama’s top aide, Rahm Emanuel, has become a lightening rod within his party for criticism of the administration. While liberal Democrats complain that Emanuel has failed his boss by trying to be too conciliatory with Republicans, moderates argue Obama’s agenda has stalled because Emanuel’s pragmatic advice has been ignored too often.

From Tara Lynn Thompson:

His attitude, described by political insiders as “profane” to “effective”, has yet again brought an unlikeable view of the President’s Chief of Staff to the forefront, like dross to the surface. From his “f—ing retard” comment made last month to the recent Eric Massa allegations that Rahm is the “son of the devil’s spawn”, Emanuel apparently isn’t the beloved quarterback viewed from the opposition or his own teammates. In short, no one seems to like him, not even himself.

Open war over Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama’s master of the dark arts

Rahm Emanuel, the president’s tough backroom operator, has found himself at the centre of a career-threatening row

Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s outspoken chief of staff, has become embroiled in a public row with his critics amid accusations that he has damaged the standing of the presidency and undermined his boss.

Emanuel has become the subject of an intense war of words between those who blame him for the failings of Obama’s tough first year in office and those who insist that Obama should have listened to him more. If the controversy deepens any further, some feel that he may be forced to resign.

The development has been remarkable for a man in Emanuel’s job, which calls for him to adopt a behind-the-scenes role similar to that of a Mafia boss’s consigliere, whispering advice in the ear of the president and then strong-arming political targets into obeying his master’s will.

But critics say the row shows just how much of a strain Obama’s first year of office has taken on his top White House team after a series of political setbacks, especially over healthcare. Officials in Obama’s administration, who once appeared so united, now seem to be in siege mode and starting to fight among themselves.

“It was inevitable that this would happen on one level. You have a president with an ambitious agenda and they have not been getting as much done as they had hoped,” said John Geer, editor of the Journal of Politics and a political scientist at Vanderbilt University.

The worsening atmosphere could become particularly difficult for Emanuel if November’s mid-term elections turn into a Democratic rout. “Rahm Emanuel is burning the candle at both ends. I would not be surprised if he steps down after the mid-terms,” Geer said.

By the standards of the Obama White House, the fight around Emanuel has been unusually public and appears to have employed many of the dirty tricks of media manipulation. It began when some public figures on the left of the party, including prominent bloggers and members of thinktanks, began to call for his resignation, accusing him of being a closet conservative who had failed to get meaningful healthcare reform and other liberal policy through Congress. One, the influential Jane Hamsher of the blog Firedoglake, even said the Justice Department should investigate him.

That growing chorus appears to have forced Emanuel – or, more likely, his supporters – to launch a counter-attack. A column in the Washington Post by the highly respected sketch-writer Dana Milbank reported that Emanuel had set up his own press outreach operation, separate to that of other top White House aides such as press secretary Robert Gibbs and top adviser Valerie Jarrett. It also stuck the knife into those aides and other senior Obama advisers, blaming them for Obama’s problems.

“Obama’s first year fell apart in large part because he didn’t follow his chief of staff’s advice on crucial matters,” Milbank wrote. The piece concluded bluntly: “Obama needs fewer acolytes and more action. Rahm should stay.”

Other pieces followed in which sources attacked Obama’s top aides and repeated the line that Emanuel was the spurned saviour of the Obama White House, not its downfall. But there was a backlash, too. Anonymous sources reported that Michelle Obama had been furious at the Milbank column. “A knife in Obama’s back?” thundered a headline in the Los Angeles Times.

There was much speculation that the pro-Emanuel pieces had done damage to Obama by undermining his authority in the frank way that they had spelled out that Obama’s first year had been a disappointment. “The defence of Rahm favoured by some Washington Democrats is evidence of everything that is wrong with Washington … no wonder people hate this city,” fumed the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein.

Indeed, the civil war between pro-Rahm and anti-Rahm forces has also dragged in the Post. Not only did Milbank’s column trigger much of the dispute, but soon Post columnists were attacking their newspaper for taking too much of a pro-Rahm line in its news stories.

At the end of last week the Post’s longstanding political columnist, David Broder, used his column to attack Milbank and his fellow reporters. Broder called the pro-Rahm argument a “remarkable fiction” and was withering in his critique of his paper’s reporting. Not surprisingly that, too, gave the story a fresh burst of life.

It was perhaps inevitable that Emanuel would end up being the centre of attention. “He is clearly a very strong chief of staff. He has very strong preferences for what should be happening,” said Geer.

Emanuel’s supporters hail him as a master of the political dark arts who gets things done. He is abrasive and renowned for his foul-mouthed tirades, like a real-life American variation on The Thick of It‘s fictional Malcolm Tucker. “Fucknutsville” is apparently his preferred nickname for Washington, and he was recently forced to apologise for referring to liberal activists as “retarded”.

Emanuel is known for his ability to dominate and intimidate politicians and cabinet members. No wonder he has made enemies. But he has also now broken one of the cardinal rules of his job: to control the story, not be the story.


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