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Welcome To Watergate Hotel, Mr. President

I hope you will enjoy your stay. Oh, and I hope you don't mind a few bugs in the bedroom, after all, they're harmless, right? Speaking of hope, I really hope you are able to leave the Watergate Hotel with a little bit more dignity than some of our former residents, you know, like President Clinton and President Nixon

The legendary Watergate Hotel in Washington

(Whilst is is now a term synonymous with corruption and scandal, in 1972 the Watergate was one of Washington's plushest hotels. It also houses office complexes and residential apartments. In more recent times, Watergate has been home to former Senator Bob Dole and was once the place where Monica Lewinsky laid low as the liaison that led to President Bill Clinton's impeachment became news. It was here that the Watergate Burglars broke into the Democratic Party's National Committee offices on June 17, 1972.)

What I have been suspecting for a while is now being confirmed by German website SPIEGLE Online. Current US President, Barak Obama, used the governments data surveillance program to manipulate the second election process in his favor. With all due respect, Mr. President, I think that is cheating.

Here's what Gregor Peter Schmitz at DerSPIEGEL writes:

Obama recruited the smartest people from Google and Facebook to categorize American voters by up to 500 different personal proclivities. His IT foot soldiers were able to determine their age, gender, education and favorite beer or magazine - they even data mined their online surfing habits. By hunting voters with algorithms, they were able to create profiles so complex that they could address them in a precisely targeted manner. Obama's election workers knew exactly which doors they needed to knock on in swing states and where canvassing would be pointless.

FULL STORY@SPIEGEL Online.

If this turns out to be accurate, it is almost the same thing as former US president, Mr. Richard Nixon, did back in June 1972 when he authorized a break-in at the Washington Hotel, housing the Democratic Party's National Committee offices.

The burglars stole information from President Nixon's opponents and used it to gain leverage during the ongoing presidential campaign, resulting in a landslide victory in November the same year. President Nixon tried to cover up the burglary (like Clinton tried to cover up his affair with Ms Monica Lewinsky), but as we all know; some snowballs can not be stopped once they start rolling.

And this snowball has the potential of a bomb.

Social Blowback

"We do not spy on you people!" sound just as good as "I'm not a crock" or "I did not have sex with that woman". The two last statements have made ground for many great jokes; the US surveillance program is about to make Mr. Obama the prime target for entertainers around the world.

The Rolling Stones gave a concert in Washington recently, just a few kilometers away from the White House. "I don't think President Obama is here, but I'm sure he's listening in," the Stones frontman quipped from stage.

Click to watch on YouTube

Obama's social media strategists are about to experience their toughest test so far if this issue goes viral charged with negativity towards the president and his administration. Barack Obama's strong present in the social media may backfire, seriously.

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Cover-ups

The one thing that could make this case any worse, is evidence of some kind of cover-up operation. Including evidence of lying or misleading the US Congress and the American people.

Up until now, the US president have tried to make the whole matter seem insignificant. However, the questions will be tougher, the pressure will be harder, and a political "soft landing" is just as unlikely as an economical "soft landing." At one point the President will have to sort this out, both domestically and internationally,

That will be crucial when it comes to defining Mr. Barack Obama's role in history. When it comes to the expectations of great changes for common people, I'm sorry to say, but that hope is gone.

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The Watergate Chronicles.