The National Enquirer has been down this road before.Â But this time their allegations aren’t about a former senator or a famous golfer, it is about President Barack Obama.Â Still, the tabloid claims to have sources that say that President Barack Obama had an affair with political fundraiser Vera Baker, a woman who helped get him elected as the junior senator from Illinois.Â Â The National EnquirerÂ reported FridayÂ that their sources can put then Senator Obama and Vera Baker in the same Washington, D. C. hotel together.Â Â There also seems toÂ be footage from aÂ video surveillance camera at the hotel that can place the two at the hotel at the same time…
Now everyone wants to see what Vera Baker looks like, hence the search forÂ her photo.
The National Enquirer is claiming that top anti-Obama operatives are offering $1 million for witnesses to come forward with information, photos, anythingÂ about the alleged affair.Â Â A source told the National Enquirer that a limo driver had come forward, insisted on remaining anonymous, and said that he had driven Obama and Vera Baker to several locations in Washington, D. C., as they campaigned for funds.Â He said he later dropped the two off at the hotelÂ where Obama was staying.Â
“My services for the evening were done – and there was no indication she was going to leave the hotel that night.”
Supposedly, the limo driver’s story has been corroborated by independent witnesses.
TheÂ article goes on to say that the National Enquirer has learned that a video surveillance cameraÂ ”could provide indisputable evidence” that the two were at the hotel together.Â
But does any of it prove anything?Â Â Â As circumstantial evidence, it does not.Â Insinuations made by a limo driver that were relayed by a source does not make for the most reliable stories.Â Nor does the fact that a politician and aÂ political fund raiser were at the same hotel together and might actually appear on a video tape together mean anything.Â It certainly doesn’t spell out “sex scandal.”
However, even with such ambiguous information, the hint of a sex scandal can be damaging to the president.Â And deniability only goes so far, especially if the National Enquirer actually has unequivocal evidence or proof that an actual affair was taking place.Â The last time such allegations were made, former North Carolina senator andÂ DemocraticÂ presidential candidate John Edwards deniedÂ them until he was caught in a Beverly Hills hotel where his mistress, Rielle Hunter,Â was staying at the time.Â
Could this be such a scandal?Â Or is the Vera Baker / presidential mistress story simply a set of circumstancesÂ either composed by the president’s political opponents or extrapolation by the tabloidÂ in order to get a good story?Â
This isn’t the first time allegations have been madeÂ that theÂ PresidentÂ wasÂ having an affairÂ with Vera Baker.Â Â The accusations have haunted Obama fromÂ the Senate to the presidency.Â The allegations at present have remained too vague to count as actual proof of an affair.Â However, the power of insinuation can ignite a powerful sex scandal and sometimes be as effective as photos and Â
And people will say just about anything for $1 million.