Election ‘08: Barack Obama lies about his ACORN past while agreeing to let the group shape the policies of his administration. He hopes his community organizer pals will help him make America “less mean-spirited.”
As far back as Harvard Law School, Obama dreamed of transforming America in the image of community organizations such as ACORN with whom and for whom he trained.
In the May 3, 1990, edition of Chicago’s Daily Herald newspaper, there’s an article in which Obama, while attending Harvard Law School, gives his skewed view of American society and his plans for it. “I’m interested in organizations, not movements,” the young Obama said, “because movements dissipate but organizations don’t.”
Through these organizations, Obama hoped that “more and more people will begin to feel their story is somehow part of this larger story of how we’re going to reshape America in a way that is less mean-spirited and more generous.”
Obama appreciates ACORN’s work so much, and vice versa, that Obama last December promised to implement ACORN’s agenda as president. On Dec. 1, 2007, Obama spoke at the Heartland Democratic Presidential Forum organized by Deepak Bhargava, executive director of the Center for Community Change. When asked if Obama would sit down with community organizers in the first 100 days of his presidency, Obama said, “Yes, but let me even say before I even get inaugurated, during the transition we’ll be calling all of you (community organizers) in to help us shape the agenda.”
Obama pledged before leaders of community organizing groups including Gamaliel and ACORN: “We’re gonna be having meetings all across the country with community organizations so that you have input into the agenda for the next presidency of the United States of America.”