Wednesday, May 5

Vera Baker - Roland Burris??????

Vera Baker is the person whose name is floating around as a person who some say had a fling with President Obama.

Roland Burris is the Senator who replaced Barack Obama in the Senate.

Now, this article claims that one of the first things Roland Burris did when he became a Senator, was to hire Vera Baker. I have to say that this sounds suspicious.
• So here is Sneed's stranger-than-fiction scoop: Sneed is told Baker, who is the focus of the story -- and who denied any romantic relationship with Obama in the past -- was hired by U.S. Sen. Roland Burris shortly after he was appointed to Obama's old Senate seat in January 2009.

• Buckshot: Not only did she become Burris' deputy chief of staff, but she abruptly resigned in February. Quoth Burris spokesman Jim O'Connor: "I can confirm Vera Baker worked for us for a year."

• Update: "She [Baker] came with a pretty impressive resume, and we were naturally impressed," a Burris source said.

• Upshot: "But it wasn't an Obama suggestion to hire her," he added. "It was a friend of Burris who suggested it. . . . I don't think Roland even knew her personal background, just that she knew her way around Washington . . . and he needed all the help he could get."

• Top shot: A top Sneed source claims Baker informed Burris staffers shortly after she was hired about why she lost her Obama job, wanting to prepare them for any fallout. "She claims she lost her job and Michelle Obama had an issue with her closeness to her husband and ended up losing her job . . . and she subsequently moved to the island of Martinique. She never said she had an affair with Obama, but she did say they were very close."

• The kicker: Baker was also the executive producer of a play in D.C. called the "Obamanologues," the story of Obama's journey to the White House. - Chicago Sun-Times
I wonder, if there was nothing bad going on between her and Obama, why would she have to warn her new employer against possible fallout for hiring her? What, was she banned from working in DC by Mrs Obama?

This seems all too strange and something tells me that it is about to get stranger. Better yet, it sounds like Vera Baker has been hanging around Washington, DC and not hiding in exile in the Caribbean.

Assuming that there was no inappropriate behavior, I feel sorry for her. then again, it is not like the press are hounding her down for answers...

Quick Update:

HillBuzz says that there are no legs to the Vera Baker rumors, but adds:
We never believed Obama had an affair with a woman, because Obama does not appear to like women.

As American Standard recently wondered, there are no former girlfriends, either on the scene or noted in any of the books William Ayers or Jon Favreau wrote for Obama. No high school girlfriends. No college sweethearts. But, there sure are plenty of men he’s spent an odd amount of time with.

Baker was a red herring in the campaign — but it was strange she disappeared to Martinique. We have no idea what she was doing down there, but she’s one of the top fundraisers for black political candidates in the world. She’s smart, she’s the best there is in her field, and she’s actually a very nice lady.

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There’s been a huge uptick in searches for “Vera Baker” on Google in the last two days, and we could not figure out why — until we saw that Globe magazine is running the old Obama affair story again. There’s nothing new to report — Globe’s just rehashing the same story from 2008, but now alleging Baker was given a job with Roland Burris as some sort of hush money to keep from talking about an affair with Obama.

That’s ridiculous.

Baker works for Burris because she’s damn good at what she does, is incredibly bright, and Baker’s well-connected with Burris’ team in Chicago. And, we repeat, she did not have an affair with Obama

This is all really suspicious, though, because during the campaign we truly believe the Obama team pushed the Baker affair story because they wanted people not to talk about Obama’s gay relationships.

Larry Sinclair, Reggie Jones, Kal Penn, Donald Young, nameless men at Man’s Country. You name it.

Who’s pushing the Baker business now, and why? Is there a himbo eruption coming for the White House, so they want to preemptively start rumors the current president is such a stud he’s bedding down a woman like Baker?

Could this have anything to do with the fact that, surreally, even people like Maureen Dowd have been hinting at a sexual relationship between Obama and his “basketball buddy” and “body man” Reggie Love…or is it linked to Kal Penn’s firing?

Is Penn threatening to talk?

Was he really robbed at gunpoint coincidentally in Dupont Circle, or was someone sending Penn a message not to talk about what went on with Obama?

It wouldn’t be the first time a man romantically linked to this president found himself in front of the business end of the gun.

Curiouser and curiouser. - Hill Buzz
you know, I am not the right kind of person to write about this kind of crap. Guess I need to get back into the swing of writing about things that matter to me. It just caught me by surprise when my Google news search alert noted new news about Vera Baker. Guess my 'new' house renovation projects are rotting my brain.

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2 comments:

John said...

http://www.legistorm.com/person/Vera_Baker_Merlini/75449.html

http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/May-2009/Burris-rsquos-People/

:)

John said...

http://www.suntimes.com/news/sneed/2236384,CST-NWS-SNEED05.article

Buckshot: Not only did she become Burris' deputy chief of staff, but she abruptly resigned in February. Quoth Burris spokesman Jim O'Connor: "I can confirm Vera Baker worked for us for a year."