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Does Obama get scrutiny or not?

Let's take him at his word. This time.

Compare these two. Speaking to a group of African-American journalists, he says:

What I would ask is that I am treated like other candidates in terms of expectations and that people look at my entire record.

But his staff is “terrified” of people looking into his history:

Reporters who have covered Obama’s biography or his problems with certain voter blocs have been challenged the most aggressively. “They’re terrified of people poking around Obama’s life,” one reporter says. “The whole Obama narrative is built around this narrative that Obama and David Axelrod built, and, like all stories, it’s not entirely true. So they have to be protective of the crown jewels.” Another reporter notes that, during the last year, Obama’s old friends and Harvard classmates were requested not to talk to the press without permission.

Somehow, I think that the lack of transparency may continue regardless of what Obama says about his record

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