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Corsi Finds New ‘Mystery’ to Obsess About

The ever-industrious Jerome Corsi has found yet another story related to President Obama to wonder aloud about, using a mishmash of half-truths and distortions to create some vague mystery to leave the wingnuts scratching their collective heads over. This time it’s an interview with Reggie Love, who used to be the president’s personal assistant.

The former personal aide to Barack Obama known as the president’s “body man,” Reggie Love, resurfaced on the eve of the Republican National Convention to support his old boss.

Hired as Obama’s “deputy political director,” the Duke University basketball and football star was the constant companion of the president for two years before resigning last November.

The White House explained Love had decided to pursue further studies at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, but the Internet, at the time, was abuzz with speculation that Love was dismissed because of the wide circulation of compromising photographs of him when he was a college student. The photos purported to show a heavily inebriated Love surrounded by fellow students assisting him in engaging in a homosexual act at a party on the rival University of North Carolina campus.

Now that’s a cleverly idiotic way of phrasing the situation. I remember this well when it happened because it was the talk of the college basketball message boards (yes, I’m a college basketball nut and a Duke fan specifically). Love went to a party at the University of North Carolina, got drunk (he was of legal age) and passed out. This is hardly unusual for a college student. And a bunch of drunken frat boys from UNC drew on his face with markers and took pictures of themselves waving their dicks in his face. Given that Love is 6’7 and about 250 pounds, that probably wasn’t the smartest thing they ever did. Corsi, always anxious to make his targets look bad even if he has to lie to do it, manages to turn Reggie being the victim of a college prank into being “assist[ed]” in “engaging in a homosexual act.”

Ah, but back to the mystery:

The embarrassing photographs first gained wide circulation March 16, 2009, when the blog Booker Rising, a self-described “news site for black moderates and black conservatives,” linked to them.

Three photographs of the incident began appearing and disappearing on various Internet websites.

False. Those embarrassing photographs were widely circulated on the internet in 2005, before Love ever got hired by Obama’s Senate office in the first place. But why let facts get in the way?

So what’s the point of all this? Somehow, Corsi thinks it ties back into his latest conspiracy theory that Obama is a gay communist. I have no idea how.

Drew, who founded the Marxist-socialist club at Occidental to which Obama belonged, said he met the future president in December 1980 when Drew was a 23-year-old second-year graduate student at Cornell University.

Obama, a 19-year-old sophomore at Occidental at the time, was with diminutive Pakistani roommate Mohammed Hasan Chandoo.

“I really had the feeling that Obama was Chandoo’s ‘boy toy,’” Drew told WND…

In previously published accounts of his meeting –dating from the 2008 presidential campaign – Drew made clear his conclusion that Obama and Chandoo were both Marxist revolutionaries. Contrary to Drew, who remarked he was not as radical as Obama, Obama believed a violent, communist revolution was coming to the U.S.

And somehow the fact that his former assistant was once the victim of a college prank provides evidence, in the festering sewer of Corsi’s mind, for that conclusion. Yes, this is what the loony right is left with.

Comments

  1. matty1 says

    So an unconscious person is sexually molested* and this reflects on his morality?

    Wingnuts – did they ever see a victim they couldn’t blame?

    *OK he may not have been as traumatised by it as some victims are but it was done without consent and involved sexual humiliation, lets call this what it is.

  2. jamessweet says

    Corsi, always anxious to make his targets look bad even if he has to lie to do it, manages to turn Reggie being the victim of a college prank into being “assist[ed]” in “engaging in a homosexual act.”

    Perhaps this explains the Republican confusion over “legitimate rape”. Women who became pregnant as a result of being penetrated against their will are simply being “assisted in engaging in a procreative act”.

    (Seriously, waving your dick in somebody’s face when they are passed out is sexual assault, guys. That ain’t cool.)

  3. d cwilson says

    Of course, when Corsi talks about Obama’s college days, he always comes back to John Drew, a man who by own admission only met Obama a grand totals of two times, yet is the unquestioned authority that Obama is a gay Marxist revolutionary.

  4. TGAP Dad says

    Corsi reminds me of David Brock v1.0. The politically-motivated extrapolation of innuendo into conspiracy reminds me much of Brock’s The Real Anita Hill.

  5. baal says

    In my college days, it was downright dangerous to pass out or fall asleep anywhere but behind a locked door. One of my friends, who was also exceedingly hairy, was duck taped in his underwear to a sofa and then placed in the dorm elevator (15 stories of dorm). This event doesn’t mean my friend is into bondage. done to =/= done by

  6. says

    Thank you for dredging that sewer for us. I always wonder, when encountering people like Corsi: do they ever disgust themselves? Sadly, probably not.

  7. Ben P says

    In my college days, it was downright dangerous to pass out or fall asleep anywhere but behind a locked door. One of my friends, who was also exceedingly hairy, was duck taped in his underwear to a sofa and then placed in the dorm elevator (15 stories of dorm). This event doesn’t mean my friend is into bondage. done to =/= done by

    I was once taped to a lawn chair and placed outside where the sprinklers would wake me up at 5 a.m.

    I don’t ever recall anyone taking pictures of them waving their dicks in someone’s face. Although there were a number of incidents that involved the drawing of “phalluses” with a sharpie on the face of a passed out person.

  8. says

    Didn’t we all know someone in college who thought that everyone was secretly gay? He might as well ask the fanfiction.net forums about who’s gay.

  9. Michael Heath says

    Ed writes:

    And somehow the fact that his former assistant was once the victim of a college prank provides evidence, in the festering sewer of Corsi’s mind, for that conclusion. Yes, this is what the loony right is left with.

    Well, along with conservative voters eager to believe such tripe. Someone I know and used to consider one of the sane mainstream Christians, and Episcopalian I didn’t even think of as conservative, is now promoting a host of lies about the president. Where a racism hid from at least me for my entire 52 years is now on overt display. It starts with the president being a Muslim, as if that’s someone a disqualifier for consideration, and then quickly descends into this sort of swill.

  10. jnorris says

    The University of North Carolina has 17 campuses, one of which is in a small town known as Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill’s only industry is UNC, like any 1920’s mill town in the once textile Piedmont section of North Carolina. Some of the campuses are in larger cities and even more interesting cities (Asheville).

    Those who have attended UNC-CH believe that the Chapel Hill campus is all there ever was, ever is, and ever will be. It is in fact only the first campus on UNC and the its only real rival in the NC legislature is North Carolina State University; all the worst for the others.

    Needless to say, I have visited both and attended neither.
    Go 49er’s!

    Back to the story, I’m just wondering why Mr Corsi is interested in Mr Love and Mr Obama’s sex lives. Please tell me professor, do you obsess on black men’s sex practices often? Just asking.

  11. says

    matty1 “So an unconscious person is sexually molested* and this reflects on his morality?”
    Well you know, people always want to try to make that as one of those things, well how do you, how do you slice this particularly tough sort of ethical question. First of all, from what I understand from photographers, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate picture taking, the body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down, to prevent the photos from turning out. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the photographer and not attacking the passed-out partier.

  12. iangould says

    How many of Corsi’s Religious Right associates have been outed as gay and what should we infer abou corsi from his realationshipa with them?

  13. dan4 says

    “…was with diminutive Pakistani roommate Mohammed Hasan Chandoo.”

    What’s with the utterly irrelevant “diminutive” inclusion here? I don’t think Corsi would be too thrilled if people wrote about “corpulent anti-Obama investigative reporter Jerome Corsi.”

    “-Drew made his conclusions that Obama and Chandoo were Marxist revolutionaries. Contrary to Drew, who remarked he was not as radical as Obama, Obama believed a violent, communist revolution was coming to the U.S.”

    Maybe this is just poor writing on Corsi’s part, but is the second sentence supposed to be “evidence” of the claim in the first (that Obama was a “Marxist revolutionary”)? For pete’s sake, a prediction of x of something does not automatically mean you fucking SUPPORT x.

  14. Christoph Burschka says

    So to keep up with the Republican universe, Obama is now not just Muslim, atheist and foreign, but also gay. I’m still waiting for the revelation that he is from Mars and personally faked the moon landing using his innate psychic powers.

  15. StevoR says

    @3. lordshipmayhem :

    a Duke fan specifically
    Randolph or Mortimer?

    Or how about Apollo 16 (or was that 15?) astronaut and Moonwalker Charlie Duke who also served as capcom on Apollo 13 too?

  16. KG says

    I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the photographer and not attacking the passed-out partier the photograph. – Modusoperandi

    Surely, to maintain the analogy?

  17. matty1 says

    Modusoperandi

    don’t put too much thought into it. I didn’t.

    Isn’t that the Republican campaign slogan?

  18. johndrew says

    #4 d cwilson

    I was closer to young Obama than you assert in your comments. According to David Maraniss, my college era girlfriend – Caroline Boss – was the inspiration for Obama’s composite character Regina in Dreams from My Father. Her grandmother’s name was Regina. I stand my by statement that the young Obama was an ideological extremist and that my first impression of him was that he was gay. My take on young Obama’s Marxist revolutionary views is now featured in Paul Kengor’s new book, The Communist.

  19. Michael Heath says

    johndrew writes:

    I was closer to young Obama than you assert in your comments. According to David Maraniss, my college era girlfriend – Caroline Boss – was the inspiration for Obama’s composite character Regina in Dreams from My Father. Her grandmother’s name was Regina. I stand my by statement that the young Obama was an ideological extremist and that my first impression of him was that he was gay. My take on young Obama’s Marxist revolutionary views is now featured in Paul Kengor’s new book, The Communist.

    Evidence that God exists and he’s granted Barack Obama Voltaire’s prayer.

  20. says

    To be fair, I also dated his college era girlfriend, and from what she told me John Drew was, and I quote, “wildly, outrageously flaming”(*1).
    And my take on young John Drew’s [Groucho] Marxist revolutionary views is featured in my own book, Things I Pulled Out of My Ass(*2).

    *1. Not that there’s anything wrong with that(*3).
    *2. Differing from Paul Kengor’s book, mine is no longer in print. Also unlike his, mine isn’t a coloring book.
    *3. And also he’s a furry.

  21. blf says

    I’m still waiting for the revelation that [Obama] is from Mars and personally faked the moon landing using his innate psychic powers.

    Well, he did steer — or at least ordered it to be steered — hurricane Isaac into the thugs’s wankathon in Tampa Bay.

    And of course he faked the moon landings. That’s why he ordered Commander Armstrong killed with the orbiting laser cannons (an upgraded model of the ones which blew up the twin towers in New York): He was about the reveal Teh Hoax! Geesh, it’s obvious… just ask the ninja alien in the UFO over there in the corner.

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