Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Obama Doesn't Remember Meeting Arms Dealer Auchi At 2004 Rezko Party
Osama Hussein Obama meets Nadhmi Auchi at Tony Rezo party in 2004. Chicago Tribune:
Just weeks after winning the Democratic U.S. Senate primary in 2004, Barack Obama was the guest of developer Antoin "Tony" Rezko at a party for a controversial British billionaire whom Rezko was trying to lure into an investment, a witness testified Monday at Rezko's corruption trial.
Stuart Levine, the government's star witness, said Obama and his wife, Michelle, were among the guests at Rezko's home on April 3, 2004, for the party honoring Nadhmi Auchi, an Iraqi-born tycoon currently appealing a fraud conviction in France.
Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt repeated what the senator has said: "Sen. Obama does not recall meeting Nadhmi Auchi at any time or on any occasion, and this includes any event that may have been held for Mr. Auchi," LaBolt said.
Here's what Wiki says about Nadhmi Auchi:
Nadhmi Auchi is a British billionaire businessman who was born in Iraq.
In the Sunday Times Rich List 2007 ranking of the wealthiest people in the UK he was placed 18th with an estimated fortune of £1,995 million.
Nadhmi Auchi was charged along with Saddam Hussein for conspiring to assassinate Iraqi President Abdul-Karim Qasim in 1959. Qasim was injured while his bodyguard was killed; Saddam managed to flee the country. Auchi was arrested for delivering weapons to the assassins but was later pardoned by President Qasim.
Mr. Auchi is a business partner of Syrian-born businessman Antoin "Tony" Rezko, who has supported US Presidential candidate Barack Obama financially since his first run for the Illinois state senate in 1996.
Federal prosecutors allege a $10,000 contribution made by Mr. Rezko to Sen. Obama came from a $250,000 kickback.
Nadhmi Auchi graduated in Economics and Political Science from the Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad in 1967. He also worked with the Iraqi Ministry of Oil, becoming Director of Planning and Development.
Mr. Auchi is also the president of the Anglo Arab Association (AAO), which is a private non-profit making organisation, promoting the integration of British Arabs into mainstream British society, whilst retaining their identity.
Back to the Chi Trib story:
Levine testified that he was at the Auchi party and saw the Obamas there as well as other political luminaries, including Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn and various cabinet officials in the Blagojevich administration. The governor was not in attendance, Levine said.
Monday's testimony from Levine was not the first time it has been suggested that Rezko may have tried to capitalize on Obama's growing celebrity in 2004 to impress potential investors in the Roosevelt Road project.
In other news, the poodle kissed a baby. Isn't that precious?
In other scandalous news, some Lefties still talk about McCain being born in Panama! OMG, he CANT be president if he was born in Panama!
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