Barack Obama’s Scandal Ridden Golf Buddy, Eric Whitaker
by Ulsterman on December 30, 2013 with 3 Comments in News
A press release today indicated Barack Obama is playing his fifth round of golf in Hawaii since arriving there last week. Among the president’s foursome is longtime friend/associate Eric Whitaker, who seems to coordinate his own vacations with those of the president. And like Obama, Mr. Whitaker too has quite an interesting history of Chicago-related shenanigans…
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(Via Carol Felsenthal)
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On September 19, 2011, Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell wrote about assorted scandals that, in effect, took funds and programs out of the hands of low-income people who desperately needed them. Crediting Sun-Times investigative reporters Chris Fusco and Dave McKinney, Mitchell described federal probes of “a range of `faith-based initiatives’ and health-outreach programs that were overseen by Dr. Eric Whitaker, President Barack Obama’s vacation buddy.
Included in that group was a former program director of the Chicago chapter of the National Black Nurses Association whose alleged crimes Mitchell described as “diverting hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds … Prosecutors allege that of the $1 million in grants [she] received under Whitaker and other state-agency directors, she siphoned off $500,000 for her personal use.”
The next day, the Sun-Times’ Fusco and McKinney wrote about an AIDS-awareness program, the nonprofit Working for Togetherness—under the control of the Illinois Department of Public Health then headed by Whitaker—aimed at reaching people in “poor African-American neighborhoods.” In 2004, Fusco and McKinney wrote, “Whitaker’s department and the Illinois Department of Human Services gave Working for Togetherness $150,000 to raise awareness about AIDS in African-American communities by driving around and providing HIV test kits and information.” The attention-grabbing vehicle was a used $45,196 red, fully loaded, and “blinged” Hummer—featuring “game consoles, custom sound, television, DVD, public address, custom paints and tire rims”—bought, at least partly, with state funds.
If the name Quinshaunta Golden sounds familiar, it should. Golden was indicted earlier this month on seven federal counts including bribery, theft, witness tampering, mail fraud and obstruction of justice for allegedly “conspiring with state grant recipients to divert federal money [as much as $433,000] into her own pockets and then trying to cover it up,” according to Chicago Tribune reporters Ray Long and Hal Dardick.
Eric Whitaker left the Illinois Department of Public Health in late 2007 to work with Michelle Obama at the University of Chicago Medical Center. (She was vice president of community and external relations
…as reported by the Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet, while a state senator in 2003, Obama did recommend to now incarcerated Gov. Blagojevich—Obama’s go-between was none other than the also incarcerated Tony Rezko—that Blago appoint Whitaker to the job as director of the Illinois Department of Public Health.
…Finally, Ed Klein, magazine editor (Newsweek, New York Times Magazine) turned biographer, writes in The Amateur, his harshly negative book about President Obama published in the spring of 2012, that the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, told Klein on tape that, during the 2008 campaign, a close friend of Obama’s—who Klein later identified him as Eric Whitaker—offered him via email $150,000 if the controversial Obama family pastor would stop preaching and giving interviews about his relationship with candidate Obama. According to Klein, Wright refused the offer.
The Obamas and those who surround and promote them, bilked Chicago and Illinois for millions of dollars via several dubious “outreach” and community organizing programs all paid for via taxpayer funds. This exact same model was quickly put in place after Barack Obama was elected President of the United States in 2008.
Why would anyone change their stripes when those stripes have proven so profitable?
The Obama way… -UMhttp://theulstermanreport.com/2013/12/30/barack-obamas-scandal-ridden-golf-buddy-eric-whitaker/