by Stephen Lendman
Obama targets humanity at home and abroad. Illinoisans paying attention knew long ago. He served as senator for the state's 13th district.
He sold out straightaway. Real estate interests had their man. Gentrification demolitions rewarded them. Poor folks were driven out. Most were Black.
Banking, finance, insurance, and real estate interests comprised his political base then and now. Needs of constituents he represented were ignored. Community uplift rhetoric disguised harming people who needed help.
Critics called his record kick back cronyism. Convicted felons and big monied interests funded him. Every dollar invested returned multiples.
Pay-to-play was always Chicago's way. City and state politics are notoriously corrupt. Obama played the game down and dirty.
He earned his bona fides. He was well suited for bigger and better things in Washington. He was singled out and took full advantage. Nationally he betrayed the poor and disadvantaged the way he did in Illinois. Globally it's much worse.