Obama: Trust me, that was not a favor
In the now-discarded "build credibility first" Phase One of his long term strategic plan to become President of the United States in 2012 or 2016, Barack Obama performed like a journeyman, doing favors for the politically connected the way anyone coming up through Chicago politics would. Not necessarily important, except that it contradicts Obama's pose as an idealist, far above the dirty business of cynicism.
The letters appear to contradict a statement last December from Obama, who told the Chicago Tribune that, in all the years he's known Rezko, "I've never done any favors for him.''On Tuesday, Bill Burton, press secretary for Obama's presidential campaign, said the letters Obama wrote in support of the development weren't intended as a favor to Rezko or Davis."This wasn't done as a favor for anyone," Burton said in a written statement. "It was done in the interests of the people in the community who have benefited from the project.