“Silence is a true friend who never betrays.” —Confucius
Barack Obama: Keeping It Radical?
Right after Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the United States, Barack Obama began helping the Left in its efforts to organize against the Trump presidency on every level. The organization Obama would use was his very own Organizing for Action (OFA), which he started back in January of 2013. Apparently, Mr. Obama wanted to train some 30,000 activists in leftwing community organizing, according to the methods of Saul Alinsky, the communist Godfather of Community Organizing who inspired the entire radical agenda of Barack Obama, who said back on October 30, 2008, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”
Obama still wishes to pursue his radical agenda. However, now that Clinton has been defeated—and, along with her, Obama’s dream of quickly completing the construction of a totalitarian police state—Obama’s plan has been to continue in his fight to upend America’s Constitution. And Obama has seemed very much committed to pitting himself against President Trump during the time since the president’s inauguration. But now Obama has drastically changed course, retreating to an atoll of French Polynesia once used as an escape by none other than Marlon Brando himself.
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Obama on Tetiaroa
According to the Washington Post, “To escape the spotlight, the Obamas have taken multiple vacations since leaving the White House—to Palm Springs, the Caribbean and Hawaii. After meeting with tech executives about his presidential center recently, Obama headed to Oahu, where he golfed with friends and dined at Buzz’s Lanikai steakhouse in Kailua. Three days later he jetted off in a Gulfstream G550 to Tetiaroa, a South Pacific island once owned by Marlon Brando.” To correct the Washington Post on the finer point of their reporting, it might be pointed out that Brando did not truly “own” Tetiaroa in perpetuity, but had, in actuality, entered upon a ninety-nine year lease of the tiny island.
Obama landed on the island of Tahiti, on March 16, 2017, before flying off to Marlon Brando’s beloved Tetiaroa atoll , now being sold as “a luxury, eco-friendly resort called The Brando. Room rates reportedly start at $2,150 per night.” Apparently, the ex-president is planning to stay at least one month on the islet, which is only two square miles, but has the distinct advantage of being protected from unwanted visitors by what are described as “thirteen coral islets” surrounding it. Obama is probably also looking forward to a luxury yacht cruise, at some point, while he is spending time on this valuable French real estate.
Interestingly, the fact that Tahiti belongs to France makes it a fantastic choice for an ex-chief executive who may have committed crimes while in office, which he might easily be called to answer for. Being on French soil gives Obama the particular advantage of being in a place which often resists extraditing people to the United States. According to Slate, “Although France does have an extradition treaty with the United States, it also has a history of reluctance to send people into the U.S. criminal justice system. France has refused to extradite filmmaker Roman Polanski, a French citizen, back to the United States, where he faces charges for the 1977 rape of a 13-year-old girl. More recently, a French court decided not to extradite Michael and Linda Mastro, who were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of bankruptcy fraud and money laundering, unless American authorities would promise not to imprison them.” (Although the extradition treaty France has with the US precludes the extradition of French citizens, it also states that the citizenship of the criminal perpetrator at the time of the crime is what is important in deciding on extradition; Polanski was an American at the time of his rape of Samantha Gailey, yet, despite this fact, he was still never extradited back to America to stand trial for his crime.)
According to Article Four of the extradition treaty the US has with France, which is called “Political Offenses,” it appears to be problematic to request the extradition of politicians: “Extradition shall not be granted by France when the offense for which extradition is requested is considered by France as a political offense or as an offense connected with a political offense or as an offense inspired by political motives.” Given France’s proclivity to protect rapists and politicians, Obama is on pretty safe ground. Even Cheyenne Brando, when fleeing America to escape testifying against her brother, for killing her Tahitian boyfriend, fled to French Tahiti.
Susan Rice Makes a Tahitian Vacation a Good Option
Susan Rice has been singing to the press recently, and, in so doing, has managed to implicate many higher-ups in the Obama Administration who received the Presidential Daily Briefing in digital format, including Barack Obama. Here is a posting by Sundance, at The Last Refuge, dated April 4, 2017:
“From the MSNBC transcript, emphasis mine: Susan Rice @00:51–
…‘Let me explain how this works. I was a National Security Adviser, my job is to protect the American people and the security of our country. That’s the same as the Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense and CIA Director; and every morning, to enable us to do that, we receive – from the intelligence community – a compilation of intelligence reports that the IC, the intelligence community, has selected for us –on a daily basis– to give us the best information as to what’s going on around the world.’”
The words chosen by Sundance for boldface would seem to indicate, pretty clearly, a reference to the Presidential Daily Briefing. As Rice continues, she says, “I received those reports, as did other officials, and there were occasions when I would receive a report in which, uh, a ‘U.S Person’ was referred to. Name, uh, not provided, just ‘U.S. Person’. And sometimes in that context, in order to understand the importance in the report – and assess its significance, it was necessary to find out or request, who that U.S. official was.” This is a description of Rice’s request for the unmasking of US persons, in the context of the Presidential Daily Briefing. If this was done inappropriately, and was done at the request of the president, then there could be possible criminal ramifications along the lines of fraud in the way these requests were made.
Writing Is Much More Attractive than Answering Questions
Rather than answer questions of the American press (even the Leftist CNN), Obama seems to have chosen to interrupt his post-presidency community-organizing initiative for the more peaceful option of writing his presidential memoirs on a remote South Pacific atoll, at The Brando, where at least one room is priced at $13,000 per night. This option, it would seem, proves much more attractive to Obama than making himself available to the likes of Andrea Mitchell for an interview. Silence on Obama’s part is nothing if not wise. Indeed, for Barack Obama at this moment in time, discretion is the better part of valor.
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