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'The Obama You Don't Know'

9:10 AM, Sep 20, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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The Washington Examiner has published a ten-part series titled "The Obama You Don't Know": 

  • Introduction: The Obama you don't know

    Few if any of his predecessors took the oath of office with higher public hopes for his success than President Obama on Jan. 20, 2009.

    Obama Photo

    No sweat—I’ll just make a speech.

    Millions of Americans hailed his election as an end...

  • Chapter I: A childhood of privilege, not hardship

    First lady Michelle Obama told the Democratic National Convention that "Barack and I were both raised by families who didn't have much in the way of money or material possessions."

    It is...

  • Chapter II: The myth of the 'rock-star professor'

    Time magazine gushed in 2008 about Barack Obama's 12-year tenure as a law lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, saying, "Within a few years, he had become a rock-star professor with...

  • Chapter III: The 1997 speech that launched Obama

    Few doubt that Barack Obama's stirring oration before the 2004 Democratic National Convention vaulted him into the national limelight.

    But another, less-heralded Obama address --...

  • Chapter IV: For the slumlord's defense, Barack Obama, Esq.

    Writing in his 1995 autobiography, "Dreams from My Father," Obama said he became "a civil rights lawyer" because "to lend meaning to a community's suffering and take part in its healing -- that...

  • Chapter V: Obama's toughest critics on the Left

    Barack Obama's carefully constructed image as a civil rights lawyer who wanted to heal the black community was greeted with skepticism by some Chicago activists.

    "I never drank the...

  • Chapter VI: The poor people Obama left behind

    Four years after Barack Obama's historic election as president, little seems to have changed for the African-American communities on Chicago's South Side.

    The lack of change -- or the...

  • Chapter VII: The myth of Obama as state Senate reformer

    Shortly after Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election, Prairie State Blue, a liberal blog, attributed his victory to the fact that Illinois' deeply entrenched government corruption had...

  • Chapter VIII: Obama's state pension scheme

    State Sen. Barack Obama and members of an Illinois lobbying group representing politically connected minority-owned businesses launched a campaign in 2000 to pressure state pension funds to help...

  • Chapter IX: The Arab-American network behind Obama

    President Obama's controversial relationships with radical figures like Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi have been well-publicized in recent years.

    Prior to his academic...

  • Chapter X: Obama brings Chicago politics to Washington

    Chicago has been called the home of "gangster government." How bad is it?

    Consider the following facts about the city from which President Obama rose through the ranks of American public...

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