On one fateful night in Boston, two dynamic speakers made waves at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Both men, young, black, and products of hardscrabble Midwestern cities, were considered rising stars and were getting major exposure on one of the country’s biggest stages. One of those men was a first-term state senator from Illinois named Barack Obama. The other was the charismatic first-term mayor of Detroit: Kwame Kilpatrick. To say that the fortunes of those two men have gone in opposite directions is an understatement. Obama’s DNC speech, which followed Kilpatrick’s that night, helped propel him
The only difference between Obama and Kilpatrick was Obama was a lot slicker at keeping his fingerprints off criminality..Kilpatrick´s self greed and ghetto mentality did him in while Obama was more of a long term thinker.
Obama has made an art form out of plausible deniability.Kilpatrick was more enamored with the culture of bling and self help on reparations,just like Jackass jr. Obama wanted a family image to make himself more acceptable to more people.
There´s no doubt that Obama greased the wheels for Solyndra but acts like he never heard of it and moves on.
Reading the comments after this article gives one the feeling a race war is in our future. Bush´s two unfunded wars, no WMD´s, Romney´s entitlements blah blah blah. Reminds me of during the OJ trial, my black friend and I were discussing it one time and she said something to the effect of ´I´ve not seen anything yet that would make me think he was guilty.´ The twain shall never meet.
At least, finally, some of the political blacks are having to pay for their thievery. Maybe Charles Rangel could be next.
2 of a kind. The ONLY difference between the corrupt, deceitful, incompetent Kilpatrck and Obama is that Obama has the media in his pocket. Being a black mayor of a black city...ho-hum. Being a black POTUS, on the other hand, is a big thing and the media became Stinky´s cheerleaders and campaign supporters.
Kwame Kilpatrick has proven once again that "Pride goeth before the FALL". For now, obama has the power to "rule" and pillage a far greater number of the ignorant among us, and so far has not only gotten away with it, but been praised by the lap-dog-knee-pad-wearing "msm" in this country for getting over on "the man"....so far. If there is justice in this world, and I believe there is, obama´s future will follow the path of Kilpatrick and his "legacy" of disgrace will end up in the trash heap of history.
I know nothing about kilpatrick´s background. But obama´s masters since he was a child have been very good at creating the little monster. The grooming that started at a very early stage and proceeded throughout his life, and the chicago gang ushering him into the upper echelons of power is an amazing story. And his chosen companions were always the enemies of the USA. I´m sure kilpatrick was in it for the graft, obama wanted more than just graft (which I´m sure he is collecting as we speak)he wanted the destruction of the USA. And that was a huge difference.
No, Obama will never suffer for his corruption. He can never be impeached as he is protected by a lap dog press and a lockstep Democrat Senate. Both will forever find excuses even when they know his guilt.
Obama will eventually cripple out of office under a dark cloud into speaking fees of $200,000 a pop. My guess is he will then attempt to head the UN. His admirers will be no different than the useful idiots of the Third Reich; raising their arms in adoration.
Bath House Barry was up to his big ears in the same corruption that brought down first Rezko, then Blago. His house purchase was facilitated by Rezko himself. The prosecutor (Fitzgerald) somehow took a pizza cutter and cut Barry´s portion out of the dirty pie and set it aside. Amazin´ ain´t it!
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In their new book ”Who’s Bigger: Where Historical Figures Really Rank,” computer scientist Steven Skiena and former Google engineer Charles B. Ward rank the 100 most significant people in world history using an algorithm they created. What goes into the algorithm? It’s complicated. If you really want to know the math behind it, read the book. Or you can learn a little about it here. But click below to see who makes the top 100 — then let us know who the list should and should not have been included in the comment section.