The Insider caught up with a few of Hannity’s guests in the green room to find out what they think the average American really knows about President Obama and what they think we should know. Check out what they had to say, and tune in to Hannity tonight at 9p/12a ET for more.
How informed do you think the average American is about President Obama’s past?
Erik Rush, WorldNetDaily Columnist: “Extraordinarily uninformed — The establishment press for the most part, what a lot of folks call the mainstream media, has been, for whatever their reason, they did not do their due diligence, whether it’s because they’re complicit or whether it’s because they’re just incompetent. They like Obama. They’re ideologically aligned with him and they let a lot of things go that folks should have known. As far as his upbringing and associations, his vision for America, it’s not the vision that he speaks to wanting to have for America. It’s basically a very hard-line Socialist vision that he has for the United States, and that has been well concealed because he doesn’t want people to know … It’s been a very, sort of, perfect storm of confluence and events that have allowed him to get as far as he’s gotten without people knowing these things.”
Jedediah Bila, author and conservative political commentator: “Americans know very little about President Obama. In terms of his background, probably almost nothing. I think if you went out there and listed all of the things he’d done and asked them ‘Do you know that he increased the debt by X amount’ or did this, I think you would get a stunned face. I think if they can give us his name, that’s a lot.”
David Bossie, president of Citizens United: “I think most Americans believe that they know about Barack Obama, but when they are informed of the facts, they really begin to understand, especially Democrats and Independents who were sold a bill of good that were not understood.”
Deneen Borelli, political commentator: “I really think if people had done some basic research, they would’ve known that a) the man is a radical, and b) that he has a problem with the Constitution. He doesn’t think the Constitution goes far enough for government to redistribute wealth and I have a problem with that. So, these are big things really that people really could’ve found out on their own. They would’ve known where his policies were — that he’s a big government redistribution kind of guy and those policies are not helping our country.”
Jim Geraghty, conservative blogger and National Review contributor: “They know a lot about his presidency because they’ve been living under it. They know a lot about who he is from about 2007 on. They may remember Obama’s Democratic National Convention speech in 2004, when he popped up on their radar. Newsweek put him on their cover before he even entered the US Senate, so he was a celebrity from about that first Senate bit and on. What they do know comes from “Dreams From My Father,” a little bit of investigative reporting about that, but I think that there are very large gaps in that knowledge. Periodically, people will reencounter something that’s in his autobiography, the composite girlfriends for example and people react with ‘oh my goodness.’”
Sol Stern, contributing editor to City Journal: “I think they’re somewhat informed but they don’t understand, because partly it’s been obfuscated by the media. In other words, they know about Reverend Wright but it’s been explained away by the media, so they don’t understand it. They know it but they don’t understand it. They don’t understand the significance of it; they think it’s all just a trifle. So they’ve heard about Bill Ayers and they accept the explanation there that was given at the time four years ago by Obama, “He’s just an English professor,” and they accepted that. But he’s not just an English professor — first of all, he’s not an English professor so he was lying about that — and they don’t understand that apart from the issue of Ayers’ own past as terrorist there was what he was doing at the time with Obama, which was so-called education reform that really in reality was radical indoctrination of students.”
Pamela Geller, American blogger, author, political activist, and commentator: “The American people are the object of a campaign of disinformation and there’s a war in the information battle space, in the war of ideas. They’re painfully and abysmally unaware. My book ‘The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America,’ honestly the majority of that book was written late 2007/ 2008. It was all out there and here we are four years later, the warnings were all there and we’re witnessing the poisonous fruit of his egregious both domestic and foreign policy and there’s a reason. So we have to give major kudos to Sean Hannity because really he’s been singular in this in exposing the subversive and dangerous allegiances and alliances Obama has. And it’s breaking every day.”
David Freddoso, journalist and author: “I’m always surprised at how little the American people know despite all that Obama wrote about himself and all that’s out there. There are several very well-publicized things, just as an example at the beginning of my book ‘The Case Against Barack Obama,’ I wrote about how he had won his first election by throwing all of his opponents off the ballot. I’m surprised at how many people I run into who had never heard that before. It’s true of an awful lot of things, many of them that Obama himself wrote and many of them that have been widely covered in the media about him.”
What do you think is the most important takeaway from President Obama’s book?
Erik Rush, WorldNetDaily Columnist: “It’s synthetic; it’s a promotion not an autobiography. It’s all marketing. There’s very little of it that I personally believe is true.”
Jedediah Bila, author and conservative political commentator: “I think people have to look at Barack Obama for who he actually is, meaning if you associated with people all of your life, then that had an impact on you. If you chose to sit in a church with someone for 20 years, there’s an impact there. There are a lot of people who, like it or not, shaped his ideology and his thoughts. So, people may read this and they may think the same about him and vote for him anyway, they may read and uncover something — but I think if you’re going to be a media that we can respect and we’re going to vet our candidates fully, then let’s find out. Republican, Democrat, Independent – let’s find out who they are and what they represent, and then we can make an informed decision after that.”
David Bossie, president of Citizens United: “To be honest, I would urge people not to read his book; I would urge people to read other books about him by independent authors, no matter who it is.”
Deneen Borelli, political commentator: “How credible is it? There’s been so much controversy and so many questions about it; so really, there’s a question of trust as far as I’m concerned from America’s view point. How can we trust him? He’s been in office for four years now, already, and it’s a little too late now.”
Jim Geraghty, conservative blogger and National Review contributor: “We always knew this was an edited version of his life, a self-selected narrative that he wanted to tell of his life, not made up, but clearly certain things were empathized, certain things deemphasized. This was a very key part of his election strategy of introducing himself to the country. His campaign was very clear, if you want to know more about his life, go read the book. Well the book is not quite fiction, but it’s not pure nonfiction either.”
David Freddoso, journalist and author: “That story of Obama, of someone who comes from a very … I guess you could say a sort of hybrid political ideological heritage is kind of the great untold story of Obama, as opposed to the one everyone knows where he comes from literally a sort of hybrid lineage. But his political background, where he formed his sense of what’s right and justand then where he formed his sense of how to get ahead in politics, they come together to form a man that I think is kind of a mystery to all of us and maybe even a little bit to himself.”
Why do you think it’s important right now for Americans to take a closer look at the revelations in the book?
Erik Rush, WorldNetDaily columnist: “I think people would be a lot better served to investigate him on their own. You know the sort of kicking back and watching the big three or the big four news isn’t going to do it. The information is out there, it’s just that people have to be proactive in looking for it, rather than reading the book.”
Jedediah Bila, author and conservative political commentator: “I think listening to Obama in his own words is important because then that really is unfiltered. That’s him telling us what he wants us to know about himself and his life and his growth and his experiences. I think, as someone who wrote a book in first person, I can tell you I put that out there because it was honest. So, let’s have people read his book, but also let’s have people look at his record, look at the money that he spent, look at what the stimulus did, look at the facts. Look at the facts of his presidency and I think that what’s tricky about this president is that he’s a very likable guy and people treat that as a separate issue from whether or not he’s a good president. We need to combine those two things.”
David Bossie, president of Citizens United: “It does matter, but it should’ve mattered before he was in office. I find it very concerning that it really wasn’t a true vetting process from voters and especially from the media. It’s been four years already and this is what we’ve been up against.”
Sol Stern, contributing editor to City Journal: “The mainstream media is again distorting it and again is covering up. The media is on the Obama team, the mainstream media, so they’re of course going to continue to deny the reality of the past and who he was and who he is now.”
Pamela Geller, American blogger, author, political activist, and commentator: “Because we’re losing the greatest nation that ever was in the history of mankind. The first moral government, the very first government in human history based on individual rights and everything noble and magnificent that we achieved was a logical fidelity to that principle. We have a collectivist in the White House, we have a statist in the White House … people are throwing away with both hands the greatest gift in the history of man. That’s why people should care.”