Barack Hussein Obama was likely furious this week when a business named after him was raided by the federal government.
Freedom Daily reported that Murad A. Alhanik, owner of the Obama Mart in Columbia, South Carolina, has been arrested and charged with four counts of state tax evasion. Federal investigators say that he did not pay more than $136,000 in sales taxes over four years. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and/or $10,000 fine for each count.
Alhanik bought the station in 2011 and made headlines when he named it after Obama. He claimed that he saw an immediate increase in business after he renamed the store.
“I see more people come in,” Alhanik said. “Excited with the name.”
In January of 2017, Alhanik told reporters that he would never change the name of the store despite Obama not being president anymore because “it’s still history.” It seems that just like his idol Obama, Alhanik thought the rules did not apply to him! Unfortunately for him, however, he just learned he was dead wrong.
This comes after Obama sat down for a deranged interview with David Letterman in which the former president ranted about Russia and slammed Fox News as he desperately tried to make Trump look bad.
“What the Russians exploited, but it was already here, is we are operating in completely different information universes,” Obama told Letterman. “If you watch Fox News you are living on a different planet than you are if you listen to NPR.”
“One of the biggest challenges to our democracy is the degree to which we don’t share a common baseline of facts,” Obama continued. Being the self-centered egomaniac that he is, Obama went on to talk about the way he used social media in his 2007 presidential campaign.
“We were some of the earliest adapters of social media,” he said of his campaign staff. “And we were reliant on a bunch of 22- and 23-year-olds, and volunteers … they were communicating entirely through social media. We essentially built what ended up being the most effective political campaign probably in modern political history. So I had a very optimistic feeling about it. I think what we missed was the degree to which people who are in power … can in fact manipulate that and propagandize.”
Obama claimed that social media has led to political polarization, not acknowledging that it was he himself who divided our entire country like no leader had before.
“If you are getting all your information off algorithms being sent through phone and it’s just reinforcing whatever biases you have, which is the pattern that develops,” he said, “at a certain point, you just live in a bubble, and that’s part of why our politics is so polarized right now. I think it’s a solvable problem but I think it’s one we have to spend a lot of time thinking about.”
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