Rush Limbaugh quotes Obama from yesterday's press conference:
"If you're in negotiations around buying somebody's house, you don't get to say, 'Well, let's talk about the price I'm gonna pay, and if you don't give me the price then I'm gonna burn down your house.' That's not how negotiations work."
Me: Oh yeah? Well, how DO negotiations work, Barry? Maybe you could start with the negotiations you had with convicted felon Tony Rezko when you bought YOUR house. I believe you called it a "bone-headed mistake."
In sharp contrast to his tough talk about ethics reform in government, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., approached a well-known Illinois political fixer under active federal investigation, Antoin "Tony" Rezko, for "advice" as he sought to find a way to buy a house shortly after being elected to the United States Senate.
The parcel included an adjacent lot which Obama told the Chicago Tribune he could not afford because "it was already a stretch to buy the house."
.... Obama maintains his relationship with Rezko was "above board and legal" but has admitted bad judgment, calling his decision to involve Rezko "a bone-headed mistake."
Rezko's behind-the-scenes connection in the Obama house deal became public as Rezko revealed personal financial details as he sought to post bail.
While Rezko's wife paid the full asking price for the land, Obama paid $300,000 under the asking price for the house.
The house sold for $1,650,000 and the price Rezko's wife paid for the land was $625,000.
Obama denies there was anything unusual about the price disparity. He says the price on the house was dropped because it had been on the market for some time but that the price for the adjacent land remained high because there was another offer.
Obama then expanded his property by buying a strip of the Rezko land for $104,5000, which the senator maintains was a fair market price.
Obama later told the Chicago Sun-Times, "It was a mistake to have been engaged with him at all in this or any other personal business dealing that would allow him, or anyone else, to believe he had done me a favor."
Obama had known Rezko long before the house deal, calling him a "friend."
Cue the crickets. Obama's loyalists in the media didn't care about these "negotiations" five years ago, and they certainly won't want to revisit his connections to Rezko now.