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I am starting to understand those who want to keep their distance from politics, so as to know too much “how the sausage is made”

Before he was in the position of creating his own TV, Obama was a mere candidate – albeit, one assured by the entire establishment that he’ll get the job no matter what the voters wanted. The number of victory laps he wanted to run – starting with Iowa – always had the whiff of the fix being in for him. Once that established,

there’s little surprise in Politico’s revelation that

It was Barack Obama himself who first proposed that Newsweek reporter Richard Wolffe make a play to be this generation’s Theodore White—the legendary journalist whose insider account of the 1960 election painted John F. Kennedy in heroic light.

Or, as the hired scribe put it himself

He writes that his portrait of Obama is a product of a calmer and less confrontational media age. But it’s also the product of a seduction by a media savvy politician who, Wolffe writes, essentially assigned the book.

For those watching MSNBC during elections, they may know Obama’s scribe

On the public stage, Wolffe is best known for his appearances on MSNBC. During the campaign, he would often play the chortling Ed McMahon role to Keith Olbermann, as the host lacerated McCain

That’s right, Obama’s scribe was delivering commentary under the guise of journalism.

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And unlike the many anonymous donations, this service wasn’t even kept a secret – the expenses were paid by now acrimonious Newsweek

All of that will be good for sales — for the book, but not for Newsweek, which Federal Election Commission records show reimbursed the Obama campaign nearly $170,000 for the cost of flying Wolffe around the country in the candidate’s bubble.

And some Clinton bashing earned him expected praise from the NY Times

He gets Obama accusing former President Bill Clinton of telling “bald-faced lies” – and the news that the candidate met secretly in Chicago with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Those revelations have gotten the book noticed, and it’s received a favorable review from the New York Times.

One has to wonder about the timing of releasing this kind of incendiary talk.

So, just so you, the voter get this: while the rest of the candidates were fighting for your vote, the one that didn’t need it, was preparing his immortality chronicles by assigning writers to portray his awesomeness.

Oh, and one interesting turn of events: after ending his relationship with Newsweek – for essentially withholding information from them, the Obama scribe ended up taking

a position under former Bush communications director Dan Bartlett at Public Strategies. Wolffe said in an interview that he wouldn’t trade on his relationships with Obama and his aides in his new post.

Public Strategies Inc seems to be a lobbyist company. And as for not trading on the relationship with Obama, found this on the front page of Public Strategies Inc:

Our people constantly have their antennae up for public issues that could impede or advance their clients’ success. They are as savvy about the business world as they are about the political process and players. They have deep expertise in public affairs and public relations

They’ve been at the forefront of high-profile campaigns, and they know what it takes to help clients to be prepared and turn public issues to their advantage.

And the quote from Obama’s scribe Politico ends this, provides the right frame – for both propaganda and this so called election

“The idea that journalists are somehow not engaged in corporate activities is not really in touch with what’s going on.

“You tell me where the line is between business and journalism,”

And just so you don’t wonder

In the 2008 version, Obama provided the insider access. And Wolffe lavishly delivered on the heroic-light end of the bargain.

Well, then, run to the book stores now! When was the last time you paid for propaganda? (well, Daily News got a few suckers yesterday with their clever cover)