Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on March 12, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

If there are two things that Barack Obama hates, it’s loopholes and lobbyists.  Obama promised to clean up Washington by getting rid of both.  Dana Milbank reported last week on how well that project is going:

As a candidate, Obama pledged that lobbyists “will not run my White House.” But on Monday, the president brought in one of this town’s most prominent lobbyists to run his White House — or at least a nice piece of it.

Steve Ricchetti, whose long list of lobbying clients included Fannie Mae, General Motors, the American Hospital Association and Eli Lilly, was tapped to be counselor to Vice President Biden.

Ricchetti achieved this feat — getting around the ban on lobbyists serving in the administration — by using one of Washington’s most-honored traditions: the loophole. Just as Obama won the presidency, Ricchetti de-registered as a lobbyist for his various clients. But he remained president of the lobbying firm that continued to work for many of those same clients, as well as a few more, such as the American Bankers Association.

Only in today’s Washington could a president circumvent his own ban on hiring lobbyists by hiring the head of a lobbying firm.

Loopholes and lobbyists — they’re not just for corporate-jet owners any more!  But don’t worry about the status of Hopenchange.  While Obama demonstrated his commitment to business as usual, the White House rolled out a new website devoted to transparency on … ethics.  Because we all know that Hope and Change means updated websites.

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Bishop?

angrymike on March 12, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Steve Ricchetti…was tapped to be counselor to Vice President Biden.

Counselor…as in mental health counselor?

Trafalgar on March 12, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Ethics schmethics

Don’t take my word on anything I say
-dear leader

cmsinaz on March 12, 2012 at 8:09 AM

The finest ethics money can buy.

kingsjester on March 12, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Because we all know that Hope and Change means updated websites.

If you can’t change the facts, distracting the masses with new bright shiny things is a good diversionary tactic. Be that new websites, new committees, or faux outrage over a slut being called a slut.

Happy Nomad on March 12, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Well, maybe if he just had another term. . .

TimBuk3 on March 12, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Only in today’s Washington could a president circumvent his own ban on hiring lobbyists by hiring the head of a lobbying firm.

Loopholes and lobbyists — they’re not just for corporate-jet owners any more! But don’t worry about the status of Hopenchange. While Obama demonstrated his commitment to business as usual, the White House rolled out a new website devoted to transparency on … ethics. Because we all know that Hope and Change means updated websites.

Joseph Goebbels could learn a few things from this administration.

ITguy on March 12, 2012 at 8:13 AM

… as could Baghdad Bob …

ITguy on March 12, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Not being held accountable is what being barack is all about. What he said yesterday (or last week, or ten minutes ago) is no longer in force. He is smarmy as they come and I can hardly wait for November.

DuctTapeMyBrain on March 12, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Well, you know, Newt Gingrich was a lobbyist… he did all kinds of promotion and stuff for Fannie & Freddie
.
This Joe “Sheriff” Biden… he’s really clueless, isn’t he?
.
This White House is so rank that I just don’t even know what to say anymore! I’ve never seen the outright venality and cynicism, even when Nixon was running the show!
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The presidency has become a “shovel-ready project.” Man-o-man!

ExpressoBold on March 12, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Ed, this is not an obamateurism.

This is a masterclass in arrogance, conceit, and hypocrisy.

An Obamateurism is when the smartest man in the history of the galaxy or even universe talks about the 57 states.

CorporatePiggy on March 12, 2012 at 8:26 AM

As a candidate, Obama pledged that lobbyists “will not run my White House.”

What Obama meant is that no one runs this White House. Obama seizes authority and then delegates it to someone, somewhere. It’s a 21st century management style called “leading from behind.”

Gladtobehere on March 12, 2012 at 8:27 AM

One more thing to add to the list of great talking points that the GOP candidates will completely ignore in their quest to tear each other apart.

KS Rex on March 12, 2012 at 8:34 AM

As a candidate, Obama pledged that lobbyists “will not run my White House.” But on Monday, the president brought in one of this town’s most prominent lobbyists to run his White House
=====================================================

Hopey Bundler Dossier!
(sarc)
******

Barack Obama (D)
2012 Bundlers
*************

Bundlers are people with friends in high places who, after bumping against personal contribution limits, turn to those friends, associates, and, well, anyone who’s willing to give, and deliver the checks to the candidate in one big “bundle.”

Together, 444 elites are directing at least $74,200,000 for Obama’s re-election efforts — money that has gone into the coffers of his campaign as well as the Democratic National Committee..

Top Industries of Obama Bundlers

Barack Obama Bundlers
======================

http://www.opensecrets.org/pres12/bundlers.php?id=N00009638

canopfor on March 12, 2012 at 8:36 AM

The finest ethics money can buy.

kingsjester on March 12, 2012 at 8:09 AM

This thread is over. Nobody’s topping that.

Steve Eggleston on March 12, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Steve Ricchetti…was tapped to be counselor to Vice President Biden.

Steve is a man of many talents: from lobbyist, to CEO, to psychologist.

itsnotaboutme on March 12, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Liar-in-Chief!

KOOLAID2 on March 12, 2012 at 8:41 AM

The finest ethics money can buy.

kingsjester on March 12, 2012 at 8:09 AM
This thread is over. Nobody’s topping that.

Steve Eggleston on March 12, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Uh oh! Are they going to close the thread down?

KOOLAID2 on March 12, 2012 at 8:43 AM

As a candidate, Obama pledged that lobbyists “will not run my White House.” But on Monday, the president brought in one of this town’s most prominent lobbyists to run his White House — or at least a nice piece of it.

The President gave himself a waiver.

mchristian on March 12, 2012 at 8:47 AM

We don’t need no stinkin’ ethics!

mel23059 on March 12, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Only in today’s Washington could a president circumvent his own ban on hiring lobbyists by hiring the head of a lobbying firm.

Wipe the drool off your face, Dana. Your man-crush is showing.

VibrioCocci on March 12, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Uh oh! Are they going to close the thread down?

KOOLAID2 on March 12, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Have you figured out who the dearly departed are yet?

katy the mean old lady on March 12, 2012 at 8:52 AM

The finest ethics money can buy.

kingsjester on March 12, 2012 at 8:09 AM

This thread is over. Nobody’s topping that.

Steve Eggleston on March 12, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Since Mr. Obama can not pay these folks out of his personal checking account, one could say, “Your ethically challenged tax dollars at work”. But I like KJ’s simplicity.

Rovin on March 12, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Lets ReVisit!!
————–

Remember,Bundlers form 2008,are already going to get employment in 2012!!
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27 Obama bundlers have already topped $500,000
Updated: 8:49 am, July 28, 2011
**************************************

More than 40 bundlers from 2008 who received government appointments after Obama’s election have returned as major fundraisers.

iWatch News reported in June how many bundlers from the 2008 campaign had jobs or commission spots from the administration. In total, 43 bundlers from 2008 later received government appointments and have returned as bundlers for 2012. Of those, five were listed as giving $500,000 or more so far in 2012. They are:

John Emerson, of Beverly Hills, who was appointed to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, raised at least $100,000 in 2008.
Michael Kempner, Cresskill, N.J., was named to the Council for Community Solutions. He bundled $100,000 for the 2008 campaign.
Kirk Rudy, of Austin, Texas, was appointed to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. He raised at least $200,000 for 2008.
Andy Spahn, a $50,000 bundler in 2008 who was appointed to the President’s Commission on Arts and Humanities, has raised more than $500,000 so far for 2012.
Jane Stetson, of Norwich, Vt., a $200,000 bundler in 2008, also has reached the $500,000 milestone for 2012. She is a chair of the Democratic National Committee and her husband was appointed to the board of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
More……….)

http://www.iwatchnews.org/2011/07/15/5241/27-obama-bundlers-have-already-topped-500000

canopfor on September 26, 2011 at 6:51 PM

canopfor on March 12, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Me thinks,this reeks of a back-room,and smoke filled,
type of deal,and I think its called,

“Campaign Kick-Backs”!!!!

canopfor on March 12, 2012 at 9:01 AM

While Obama demonstrated his commitment to business as usual, the White House rolled out a new website devoted to transparency on … ethics. Because we all know that Hope and Change means updated websites.

Status quo and HTML FTW!!!!!/

ted c on March 12, 2012 at 9:18 AM

But the Republicans are trying to ban contraception everywhere!

Mutnodjmet on March 12, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Canopfor
“Campaign kickbacks”
Isn’t that the only way to get almost a billion dollars in the kitty?

angrymike on March 12, 2012 at 10:00 AM

He must be good at one of these things for Obama to break his pledge.
1)Golf
2)Smoking
3)Servicing teleprompters

Sticky Wicket on March 12, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Seems normal to me, after all, he did hire a tax cheat to run the IRS.

Schwalbe Me-262 on March 12, 2012 at 10:13 AM

He’s just the warm-up act for the new “Lobbying Czar”.

OkieDoc on March 12, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Look who else bundled for Obama:

Lavine, Jonathan – Weston,MA Bain Capital $1,061,100

Schwalbe Me-262 on March 12, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Only in today’s Washington could a president circumvent his own ban on hiring lobbyists by hiring the head of a lobbying firm.

Most transparently corrupt and lying administration ever.

rbj on March 12, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Ethics is knowing the right thing to do.

Morals is knowing the right thing to do doing it.

I’m sure that 0bama knows ethics (Solid B+), it the acting morally that he has never done.

jukin3 on March 12, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Speaking of “hopenchange”…when you get a chance, roll over to hopenchange.blogspot.com and check out Stilton Jarlsbergs cartoons.

swinia sutki on March 12, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Give the guy a break. He needs more help so he can focus like a laser on the economy./

jazzuscounty on March 12, 2012 at 10:47 AM

“OK for me, but not for thee.” /PBHO

I truly fear for the future of the Republic.

Khun Joe on March 12, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Because we all know that Hope and Change means updated websites.

“Optics”, my man, “optics”.

Tim_CA on March 12, 2012 at 11:49 AM

B.O. credo:

On my honor I’ll do my best to help myself and cheat the rest

ProfShadow on March 12, 2012 at 1:11 PM