Posted by: Ann Corcoran | January 24, 2012

Is Alinsky hanging in the White House?

…. his portrait, that is!   I wouldn’t be surprised at anything after reading Kantor’s book.  But, yesterday a Fox News reporter asked press secretary Jay Carney that question.  Below is Carney’s answer.  By the way, I was really pleased recently to hear Newt Gingrich bring up the father of community organizing—Saul Alinsky and Obama’s connection to him.  You would never hear anything like that from Romney (if he even knows who Alinsky is!).

If you haven’t read Alinsky’s ‘Rules for Radicals,’ you should.  What still impresses me so much about the book is that it isn’t so much a how-to book on bringing about change through political strategies as one might think, but one gets the very real impression that Alinsky gets a sort of evil pleasure out of bringing chaos to peoples’ lives.  In fact, he virtually says you can’t bring change without first creating chaos.   And, I am sure you all remember that Alinsky dedicated the book to Lucifer the greatest “radical of all time.”

Fox News (posted at The Blaze):

During a White House press briefing on Monday, Fox News’ Ed Henry asked Press Secretary Jay Carney if the White House displays a portrait of Saul Alinsky for its staff to look up to. Carney’s answer was less than direct, and would seem to hint that there just might be something to the Alinsky portrait rumors.

“I wonder if you could clear something up,” Henry began.

“Newt Gingrich keeps saying on the campaign trail that the President’s vision comes from Saul Alinsky, the community organizer. I haven’t heard you asked about him but… Is there some kind of portrait of him hanging up in the White House that people look up to or is this BS?”

“Look,” Carney said. “The President’s background as a community organizer is well documented in his own books. His experience in that field contributed to who he is today. But his experiences abroad also included alot of other areas in his life. So I’ll just leave it at that.”

By the way, the Maryland Catholic Conference is using the Alinsky organizing model to organize against taxpayers right here in Maryland.  Tomorrow I’ll get to that story.



  1. […] The phrase “community organizer” first came to the attention of the general public in 2008 when we were told that that is what Barack Obama was—first and foremost a community organizer.  Most of us said, Huh?   Sadly, we know so much more now.  [Is Alinsky hanging in the White House?] […]

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