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Greatest Story Ever Sold: “Working for the Enemy”

The “Greatest Story Ever Sold” series intends to look into the distortions, exaggerations and falsehoods in Barack Obama’s past. Yes, he was born in Hawaii and is a citizen, but he has not been properly vetted, by any means. His personal story is in many ways a mystery, and in too many ways, it’s “made up”. Get to know the real President of the United States.

Aside from being a community organizer, State Senator, Senator and now President, how much do you know about the President’s professional background? The answer is, not much, unless you delve into the oft-exaggerated pages of his biographies and accounts from the people who “knew him when”. Hot Air shares some stories from Obama’s short-lived career in international business. Some excerpts from various news stories:

Obama spent very little time in business, but he did have a job at a company called Business International for about a year after he graduated from Columbia University in 1983. The book contains new details about the future president’s brief stint in corporate America.

Obama was a low-level editor in Reference Services, working on reports describing economic conditions in various foreign countries. By all accounts, he disliked the work, not just because it was pedestrian and boring, but because it was in business.

“He calls it working for the enemy,” Obama’s mother, Ann, wrote after a phone conversation with her son, “because some of the reports are written for commercial firms that want to invest in [Third World] countries.”

Can you imagine, the candidate who attacks his opponent as a “pioneer of outsourcing” working at a firm that prepared briefs for companies looking to outsource. As someone who has left a job because of ideological differences and taken the hit of losing a paycheck, I can attest to how hard it is, but how true believers know what must be done. What’s incredibly interesting, however, is how Obama misrepresented his own job:

In his book Obama described B.I. as a ‘consulting house’ to multinational corporations. ‘I had my own office, my own secretary, money in the bank,’ he wrote. ‘Sometimes, coming out of an interview with Japanese financiers or German bond traders, I would catch my reflection in the elevator doors – see myself in a suit and tie, a briefcase in my hand – and for a split second, I would imagine myself as a captain of industry, barking out orders, closing the deal, before I remembered who it was that I wanted to be and felt pangs of guilt for my lack of resolve.’ It was an exaggeration to define B.I. as a consulting house. One of his former colleagues described it as ‘a small company that published newsletters on international business. . . . It was a bit of a sweatshop. . . . Sure we all wished we were high-priced consultants to internationals.’ Another called it ‘high school with ashtrays.’ Obama’s office was the size of a cubicle, barely large enough to fit a desk, and faced an interior hallway; he had no secretary, and the dress code was informal; people in his position rarely if ever wore suits.

So not only did the President not leave a job he felt was “the enemy”, but he went as far as to exaggerate his role in the enemy’s camp and give himself a factitious secretary, fabricate his job duties and overemphasize his business attire when it’s obvious from accounts of B.I. employees that it wasn’t that formal. Was the passage in Obama’s book intended to make us think he spent time in the evil private sector and felt it too disgusting to stay there? No wonder the man demonizes business. He was a glorified copywriter and had to stroke his own ego while at the same time villifying his employer.

I look forward to sharing with you the long list of exaggerations, ironies and hypocrisies in Obama’s background. If only we knew more.