(blue shirt) at his Obama fund-raiser.
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the spring of 2004, Barack Obama began his run for an
open seat in the U.S. Senate, and
on March 16, 2004, Jack Ryan won the GOP primary.
Obama began his campaign by having his backers email reporters
about alleged controversies in Jack Ryan's divorce and custody
records. The Chicago Tribune newspaper and WLS-TV, the
local ABC affiliate, agitated and then sued to have Ryan's "sealed" court
records released. It was unprecedented in American
politics for a newspaper to sue for access to "sealed"
On March 29, 2004, Los Angeles Superior Court
Judge Robert Schnider, a Berkeley-educated jurist, who was
appointed by Democratic governor
ruled that several of the Ryans' divorce records should be
opened to the public.
In June 2004,
announced that he would support Barack Obama. Soros threw a
fund-raiser at his New York home for Obamaís Illinois Senate
campaign. Soros and family personally chipped in $60,000.
On July 29, 2004, Ryan's
"sealed" records were released, and the embarrassed and
politically damaged Ryan officially filed the documentation to
withdraw from the senate race. He was replaced on the GOP
ticket by Ambassador Alan Keyes.
In August, 2004, Obama delivered
his now-famous DNC Convention speech. (video)
In the fall, responding to
questions about his intent to serve out the six year senate
term, Obama said in a video that has since disappeared from the
I've been very clear. Ah-ah-mumble-mumble, there's a
presidential election in four years. I'm not running for
president in four years."
After his election to the U.S. Senate, during a
meeting with reporters at his Illinois campaign headquarters,
he ridiculed as "a silly
question" whether he would run for president or vice president
before his term ends in 2011. "Iíve never worked in
Washington," he said. "I can unequivocally say I will not
be running for national office in four years, and my entire
focus is making sure that Iím the best possible senator on
behalf of the people of Illinois."
One has to appreciate
the irony. Barack Obama, who has his entire life
from the American People, won his first national office by
having his opponents "sealed" records released to the public.
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