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Obama pal part of fed probe (Dr. Eric Whitaker)
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | May 8, 2010 | DAVE McKINNEY, CHRIS FUSCO AND TIM NOVAK

Posted on 05/08/2010 5:02:14 AM PDT by maggief

E-mails and other records of Dr. Eric Whitaker -- one of President Obama's best friends -- have been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.

The investigation involves "faith-based initiatives" and health-awareness campaigns funded by the Illinois Department of Public Health when Whitaker ran the agency for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, according to copies of subpoenas obtained under the state's Freedom of Information Act.

Obama has said he recommended Whitaker for that job, which Whitaker landed in April 2003. The president's friend resigned in October 2007 to join Obama's wife, Michelle, as an executive at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

(Excerpt) Read more at suntimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: ericwhitaker; whitaker

1 posted on 05/08/2010 5:02:15 AM PDT by maggief
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To: onyx; Liz; hoosiermama; Velveeta; STARWISE; LucyT; LibertyRocks; penelopesire

Ping!


Hmmmmm ...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2509284/posts

W.H. waives ethics rules for counsel (Robt Bauer)
Politico ^ | 5-7-10

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2509008/posts

White House Deputy Counsel Resigns
new york times ^ | May 7, 2010 | CHARLIE SAVAGE


2 posted on 05/08/2010 5:08:01 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

Gosh, it would be such a shame if this investigation uncovered a trail of state money flowing to Whitaker that culminated in sizable donations to Obama’s presidential campaign (which curiously began in January 2007, the very starting date of documents being subpoenaed).

Or some similar tidy arrangement that “enriched” Michelle Obama through her overpaid hospital job. Such a rich network of corruption, so little time...


3 posted on 05/08/2010 5:09:16 AM PDT by DrC
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To: maggief

Bob Bauer, husband of Mao admirer Anita Dunn, mentor of Baghad Bob Gibbs

a pot of stinking ooze has filled our govt


4 posted on 05/08/2010 5:12:00 AM PDT by silverleaf
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To: DrC

ruh roh

more chicagocides on the horizon...


5 posted on 05/08/2010 5:12:42 AM PDT by silverleaf
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To: DrC

IIRC, Mrs. Wookie’s salary suddenly tripled when her husband became a senator. Probably just a coincidence. Happens all the time. Or, at least whenever Chicago politicians can get with arm’s reach of public funds.


6 posted on 05/08/2010 5:13:30 AM PDT by Clioman (wHAT)
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To: sarasota; BillyBoy; chicagolady; Dr. Sivana; Graybeard58; Impy; BlackElk; PhilCollins; TitansAFC; ..

*IL Politics Ping*


7 posted on 05/08/2010 5:17:58 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: maggief
Finding corrupt politicians in Chicago is like turning rocks over looking for potato bugs in August - you'll hit the jackpot every time.

The FBI needs a full time crew like the Untouchables investigating their politicians until the place is clean. Now - there is a jobs program I could support.

8 posted on 05/08/2010 5:29:17 AM PDT by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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To: Clioman

“Mrs. Wookie’s salary suddenly tripled when her husband became a senator.”

I’ve never seen a shred of evidence that the hospital thought that it didn’t get a very handsome return on its “investment” in a Chicago senator’s wife. Money is the mother’s milk of politics and Chicago apparently is the land of milk and honey.


9 posted on 05/08/2010 5:43:50 AM PDT by DrC
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To: maggief

Whitaker chief of staff also subpoened...Quin Golden...
http://romanticpoet.wordpress.com/2010/05/08/obama-pal-part-of-federal-probe/


10 posted on 05/08/2010 5:53:15 AM PDT by biggredd1
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To: maggief

quin golden is niece of danny davis...
http://secondeffort.blogspot.com/2008/11/fearless-election-prediction-obama-will.html


11 posted on 05/08/2010 6:12:50 AM PDT by biggredd1
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To: biggredd1

That explains a lot.

: o /


12 posted on 05/08/2010 7:03:56 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief
Whitaker, 45, of Chicago, met Obama when the two were in graduate school at Harvard. He often traveled with the president on the campaign trail and has vacationed with him in Hawaii.

In 2003, Obama -- then an Illinois state senator, gave a "glowing" reference for Whitaker to Tony Rezko -- the now-convicted political fixer who helped Blagojevich find people to run state agencies.

Corrupt Chicago group

13 posted on 05/08/2010 10:37:42 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: maggief; Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ..

The list, ping


14 posted on 05/08/2010 10:55:50 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: maggief

The Leftist media was not interested in exposing the Democrat cesspool of corruption in Chicago before the ‘08 election. They certainly will not cover it now, when BO’s polls are tanking and the Dems nationwide are in deep do-do. It will be up to the conservative media to pound this home before Nov.


15 posted on 05/09/2010 3:51:22 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: maggief

2008 FR thread:

Obama’s pal Eric Whitaker, his Tony Rezko tie

http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2008/10/obamas_pal_eric_whitaker_his_t.html ^ | October 28, 2008 | Lynn Sweet

Posted on Tuesday, December 23, 2008 6:14:14 PM by Shermy

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2153466/posts


16 posted on 05/09/2010 5:30:50 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Nachum

PolitiPage.com

One of Obama’s closest friends, Dr. Eric Whitaker, under investigation

Posted by Jeff J Latest News May 9, 2010

E-mails and other records of Dr. Eric Whitaker — one of President Obama’s best friends — have been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.

The investigation involves “faith-based initiatives” and health-awareness campaigns funded by the Illinois Department of Public Health when Whitaker ran the agency for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, according to copies of subpoenas obtained under the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

Obama has said he recommended Whitaker for that job, which Whitaker landed in April 2003. The president’s friend resigned in October 2007 to join Obama’s wife, Michelle, as an executive at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

http://politipage.com/2010/05/09/one-of-obamas-closest-friends-dr-eric-whitaker-under-investigation/


17 posted on 05/09/2010 5:33:49 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: maggief

Bump for later. I need a scorecard. Sigh.


18 posted on 05/09/2010 5:38:13 AM PDT by mewzilla (Still voteless in NY-29.)
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To: maggief

19 posted on 05/09/2010 5:39:02 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

April 27, 2010

Presidential playdate

President Obama hit the links over the weekend in Asheville, N.C., and one of his foursome was Dr. Eric Whitaker of the University of Chicago Medical Center. Whitaker and Obama have been friends since they were students at Harvard.

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Dr. Eric Whitaker, an urban health care pioneer and self-described “country doc” who goes back more than 15 years with Obama, and whose personal and professional life is closely interwoven with the 44th president’s.

Since Obama’s victory, Whitaker has hit the links, the gym, the basketball court, the beach and the zoo with the president-elect.

He’s also been grazed by some of the scandals that touched Obama — with fleeting references to Whitaker during the Tony Rezko corruption trial and Obama’s review of contacts with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Whitaker has, at times, bristled under the spotlight reflected from his good friend but has grudgingly become a kind of gatekeeper and spokesman for Obama’s inner circle.

Whitaker’s ideas likely will be reflected in Obama’s health care plans, which makes sense given that Obama once recommended Whitaker as director of the Illinois Department of Public Health.

After leaving the department for the University of Chicago hospital in 2007, Whitaker expanded an effort — first pushed by Michelle Obama — to steer uninsured patients with non-life-threatening conditions from the hospital’s emergency room to local clinics. Expanding health clinics in poor neighborhoods is almost certain to be part of Obama’s plan.

Obama had vouched for Whitaker’s candidacy for state health director with Rezko, who prosecutors alleged engineered a pay-to-play scheme with Blagojevich.

The trial focused partly on Rezko’s use of a state board his associates controlled to try to extract kickbacks for state contracts to build new hospitals. Whitaker’s department provided the board’s staff and budget.

Obama in March told the Sun-Times that Whitaker “had expressed an interest in that job. He did contact me, or Tony contacted me, and I gave him a glowing recommendation because I thought he was outstanding.”

Then, in August, Whitaker was mentioned in a Washington Post story highlighting criticism of the University of Chicago hospital’s emergency-room-to-clinic initiative, as well as the role that a public relations firm co-owned by Obama political guru David Axelrod played in promoting it.


20 posted on 05/09/2010 5:46:08 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl

What’s “an urban health care pioneer”? Is that a medicaid doc who fraudulently bills using fake SS#’s so he can up his income? Maybe it is some sort of variation on “community organizer”? Golf & basketball seems to be the thing of these “types”.


21 posted on 05/09/2010 5:49:47 AM PDT by hal ogen ($10 (I think) amounts through the internet from all over the world.)
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To: kcvl
Good gad. Who haven't they subpoenaed? It'd be a shorter list.
23 posted on 05/09/2010 5:54:25 AM PDT by mewzilla (Still voteless in NY-29.)
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To: hal ogen

The mission of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Urban Health Program is to recruit, retain, and graduate underrepresented racial/ethnic minority

Recently, partnering community health centers have received nearly $1 million from the Urban Health Initiative

The Urban Health Initiative is a long-term commitment to strategically improving health and access to quality care on the South Side of Chicago

Through the Urban Health Initiative, the University of Chicago Medical Center funds a program called Repayment for Education to Alumni in Community Health, or REACH

through REACH, alumni can receive $40,000 a year for four years toward education loan repayment, a maximum benefit of $160,000

Urban Health Initiative = the hospital patient dumping and ignoring poor patients for wealthier ones.

Urban Health Initiative was crafted in part by former UCMC executive Michelle Obama.

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Michelle Obama — currently on unpaid leave from her $317,000-a-year job as a vice president of the prestigious hospital — helped create the program, which aims to find neighborhood doctors for low-income people who were flooding the emergency room for basic treatment. Hospital officials say such patients hinder their ability to focus on more critically ill patients in need of specialized care, such as cancer treatment and organ transplants.

Obama’s top political strategist, David Axelrod, co-owns the firm, ASK Public Strategies, that was hired by the hospital last year to sell the program — called the Urban Health Initiative — to the community as a better alternative for poor patients. Obama’s wife and Valerie Jarrett, an Obama friend and adviser who chairs the medical center’s board, backed the Axelrod firm’s hiring, hospital officials said.

Another Obama adviser and close friend, Dr. Eric Whitaker, took over the Urban Health Initiative when he was hired at U. of C. in October 2007. Whitaker previously had been director of the Illinois Department of Public Health. Obama has said he recommended Whitaker for the state job, giving his name to Tony Rezko, who helped Gov. Blagojevich assemble his Cabinet. Rezko, a former fund-raiser for Obama and Blagojevich, was convicted in June on federal corruption charges tied to state deals.

Whitaker, who has traveled with Obama on the presidential campaign trail, chalked up the criticism to people opposed to change.

the Urban Health Initiative is improving the university’s finances. Fewer poor patients are showing up at the U. of C. emergency room for basic medical treatment and are no longer admitted to the hospital.

Axelrod’s firm also suggested the program’s name be changed. “Some participants view the word ‘urban’ as code for ‘black,’ “ according to a poll the firm commissioned.

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The Obama Administration announced $508.5 million awarded in Facility Investment Program grants to community health centers nationwide to address the pressing needs of health center facilities and expanded their capacities to serve an additional 500,000 patients. The funds were made available by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act). The Facility Investment Program (FIP) grants support major construction and renovation at our nation’s health centers. These funds will help health centers build new facilities, modernize current sites and create employment opportunities in underserved communities.


24 posted on 05/09/2010 6:15:30 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: hal ogen

Eric Whitaker
Table of contents

1. 1. Why He Matters
2. 2. At a Glance
3. 3. Path to Power
1. 3.1. Illinois Public Health Department Director
2. 3.2. University of Chicago Medical Center
4. 4. The Issues
1. 4.1. Project Brotherhood
2. 4.2. Urban Health Initiative
3. 4.3. Stem Cell Research
5. 5. The Network
6. 6. Campaign Contributions

Current Position: Associate Dean and Executive Vice President, University of Chicago Medical Center (since 2007)
Why He Matters

A member of Barack Obama12’s tight-knit circle of friends from Hyde Park in Chicago, Whitaker was a fixture on the 2008 presidential campaign trail, often sitting with Obama13 on the campaign plane, serving as a sounding board for the candidate and helping to keep him grounded with frequent basketball games.

Whitaker, who has been friends with Obama14 since both were in graduate school, works at the University of Chicago Medical Center, where Michelle Obama15 also worked.

Whitaker is a medical doctor and served as Illinois Department of Public Health director from 2003 to 2007 and now serves as executive vice president of the University of Chicago’s Medical Center. Obama has said he put in a good word for his friend to political fundraiser Tony Rezko, a conversation which Obama was asked about after Rezko was convicted of bribery and fraud.Sweet, Lynn, “Obama’s pal Eric Whitaker, his Tony Rezko tie,” The Chicago Sun-Times, October 28, 2008(1)Sweet, Lynn, “Obama’s pal Eric Whitaker, his Tony Rezko tie,” The Chicago Sun-Times, October 28, 2008

“People scarcely know I went to medical school,” Dr. Whitaker told the New York Times. “Now I’m some creation of Barack Obama16.”Kantor, Jodi, “Obama’s Friends Form Strategy to Stay Close,” The New York Times, Dec. 14, 2008(2)Kantor, Jodi, “Obama’s Friends Form Strategy to Stay Close,” The New York Times, Dec. 14, 2008

In the Times profile of Obama17’s First Friends, Whitaker figured prominently, along with new White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett18; campaign treasurer Martin Nesbitt19; John W. Rogers20, president of Ariel Capital Management; Rogers’ ex-wife, the new White House social secretary Desiree Rogers21; and Craig Robinson22, Michelle Obama’s23 brother. The group has vacationed together, enjoys football games at each other’s homes and plays Scrabble. The group is making plans to frequently visit their close friend in the White House, but Dr. Whitaker, for one, says he doesn’t plan to stay in Washington.

http://www.whorunsgov.com/Profiles/Eric_Whitaker


25 posted on 05/09/2010 7:50:47 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: kcvl; maggief; hoosiermama
Jarrett connection...

From the article

"Somebody who I do remember talking directly to Tony about was Dr. Eric Whitaker," Obama told the Sun-Times in March 2008. "He and I played basketball together when he was getting his master's in public health at Harvard, while I was in law school there.He had expressed an interest in that job. I did contact Tony, or Tony contacted me, and I gave him a glowing recommendation because I thought he was outstanding."
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She [Valerie Jarrett] is closely tied into Obama’s Chicago network. Her father mentored Eric Whitaker and Anita Blanchard at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Both are good friends with the Obamas, and Blanchard is married to Martin Nesbitt, another close Obama friend, who served as the 2008 campaign treasurer.

http://www.whorunsgov.com/Profiles/Valerie_Jarrett

26 posted on 05/10/2010 7:51:21 AM PDT by thouworm
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