Obama taking heat for NAFTA, Rezko

A few parts of the media have finally begun doing their jobs looking into some of Obama’s past. First of all, the Rezko issue has reared it’s ugly head for him in the form of the trial starting in Chicago.

Here’s the info on the Rezko issue from The Swamp:

SAN ANTONIO – On the opening day of the federal corruption trial of Antoin “Tony” Rezko, a pack of Chicago reporters descended here today to grill Sen. Barack Obama about his relationship with the real estate developer.

Obama challenged a suggestion that he is not living up to the level of transparency in government that he often claims to be crusading for in his presidential bid.

Still, there are many questions that linger about their longtime relationship. In 1995, Rezko was one of Obama’s first political donors.

The Illinois Democrat did not offer any new specifics, despite being asked some specific questions, such as how many fundraisers Rezko held for him.

In trying to make his case for openness, Obama pointed to a previous press conference in suburban Waukegan in 2006 as his best effort to answer Rezko-related questions.

Also, here’s a video report on Rezko/Obama from CNN:

I don’t think this issue is going to hurt him much unless some major news comes out that’s damning to him personally or contradicts statements he’s made. Still, it is interesting to watch him try to answer questions for which he doesn’t have fluffy answers for.

Next, he’s had some issues with the Canadian government and what may or may not have said concerning the issue, here’s the scoop on that from Reatuers:

OTTAWA(Reuters) – Canada defended Democratic front-runner Barack Obama Monday over accusations from rival Hillary Clinton that he is secretly at ease with a hemispheric trade accord which he publicly blames for losing U.S. jobs.

Clinton’s criticism, on the eve of make-or-break presidential nomination contests for her in Ohio and Texas, stemmed from a report by Canadian television station CTV that an Obama economic adviser told Canadian officials the candidate was not seriously considering disrupting the trade accord.

But the Canadian Embassy in Washington released a statement essentially backing up the Obama camp’s version of the meeting between adviser Austan Goolsbee and officials at the Canadian consulate in Chicago.

“There was no intention to convey, in any way, that Senator Obama and his campaign team were taking a different position in public from views expressed in private, including about NAFTA,” the embassy statement said. “We deeply regret any inference that may have been drawn to that effect.”

Here’s a video report on this as well from CNN:

I would say this story, more than Rezko, could have traction if there appears to be dishonesty on the part of Obama. So far he’s steered it clear of being anything more than accusations and rumors.

More on these stories as they develop since I’m doubting the Clinton campaign will be eager to let them die.