October 29, 2011

Obama's lobbyist flip flop

I just posted on Mitt Romney flip flopping on climate change, and I don't want to contribute too much to the idea of the GOP eating their own - not when president Obama does his own flip flopping and is deserving of far more criticism.

The president's purity on lobbyists falls far short of his political rhetoric and what's worse, it appears that the White House is deliberately trying to skirt the president's promises.

Shocking, or just par for the course?

The Evidence

2008 - Not taking money from lobbyists (but he already did)

2011 - From the National Journal;
Then there was the applause line he returned to again and again on the campaign trail. "I have done more to take on lobbyists than any other candidate in this race," candidate Obama said. "I don't take a dime of their money, and when I am president, they won't find a job in my White House."

Who's sorry now?

Today's New York Times report detailing the Obama campaign's financial relationship with Washington's influence industry is just the latest in a series of examples of pesky reporters and political opponents pointing out how the president has fallen short of his lofty campaign goal.

The president made himself a hypocrite by over-promising. You'd think a Harvard Law grad would know better.

Right from the get-go, the awkwardness of this no-lobbyists-in-the-White-House rule was evident. Obama's transition chief, the guy assigned to enforce the no-lobbyists edict was John Podesta. OK, he was not a lobbyist but he co-founded the Podesta Group, one of DC's top lobbying firms, now headed by his brother, Tony.
No lobbyists? Really? How about this? (from March this year).

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