President who appoints lobbyists, donors doesn’t want youth to get demoralized by government that rewards lobbyists, donors

posted at 9:31 pm on May 6, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

A passage from the president’s commencement speech at The Ohio State University. The speech’s greatest sin was betraying the president’s incredibly narrow, tired view of what constitutes citizenship and helping others and a painful lack of imagination in formulating that hackneyed thought.

More on that later, but this bit of hypocrisy was notable for its, ahem, audacity:

The founders trusted us with this awesome authority. We should trust ourselves with it, too. Because when we don’t, when we turn away and get discouraged and cynical, and abdicate that authority, we grant our silent consent to someone who will gladly claim it. That’s how we end up with lobbyists who set the agenda; and policies detached from what middle-class families face every day; the well-connected who publicly demand that Washington stay out of their business — and then whisper in government’s ear for special treatment that you don’t get.

Let me offer a few headlines from this week as a chaser for this shot. Take it away, Mother Jones, lest anyone assume I’m cherrypicking from conservative-friendly outlets:

Obama to Nominate Former Lobbyist Tom Wheeler for FCC Chair

Wheeler’s critics say he is too much of an industry advocate, especially given the 12 years he spent heading up the CTIA, a telecommunications trade group whose membership includes nearly every major industry player. Mother Jones’ David Corn reported on this when Wheeler’s name was first circulated back in March:

[Wheeler] is no consumer advocate, but he has this advantage: He has raised a lot of money as a campaign bundler for Obama. Wheeler is also a member in good standing with the Washington establishment; he sits on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board and is a trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center. During 2009, he led the Obama-Biden transition’s working group overseeing science, technology, space, and arts agencies.

And, the New York Times:

Cabinet Pick’s Finances May Foreshadow Battle

In November 2008, as President-elect Barack Obama began putting together his cabinet, reports emerged that he was considering nominating Penny Pritzker, the billionaire Hyatt Hotels heiress and businesswoman who had served as his chief campaign fund-raiser, as commerce secretary. But faced with awkward questions about her financial dealings, she declared that she did not want the nomination.

Last week, however, on Ms. Pritzker’s 54th birthday, she stood beside Mr. Obama as he announced her nomination for that same position, investing his administration’s political capital in trying to get her confirmed amid a far more toxic political atmosphere than he faced at the start of his first term.

So, perhaps the cynicism about the federal government—both the president and Congress—that has grown among young people during President Obama’s tenure isn’t just paranoid delusion or mean-spirited nihilism, as he’d have you believe, or even ideological disagreement, which would be the more charitable explanation the president never employs. Perhaps it’s about experience with Obama’s utter inability to change the way things work in Washington, which often looks like a determination to double down on the way things work in Washington because he knows he can still go to commencement speeches and proclaim forces beyond his control are foiling his bold visions. Nonsense. Obama never intended to change politics as usual, but his lofty promises and blatant betrayal of them have been quite illuminating. If people are frustrated, he’s certainly partly to blame.

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The Ohio State University.

I see what you did there.

Jackalope on May 6, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Remember who his audience was.

CW on May 6, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Transparency..

Or a YouTube video..
Take your pick.

Electrongod on May 6, 2013 at 9:39 PM

The Oiho State U lmao

Scrumpy on May 6, 2013 at 9:39 PM

If people are frustrated, he’s certainly partly to blame.

Jackalope on May 6, 2013 at 9:40 PM

If people are frustrated, he’s certainly partly to blame.

Teflon Obama can’t be blamed..
He’s on the outside..
Until he needs to be on the inside to fund golf or vacations..
But then after that..
He is on the outside..

Electrongod on May 6, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Garbage in
Garbage out
The sooner this guy gets file 13′ed the better…

*spit*

Scrumpy on May 6, 2013 at 9:41 PM

You didn’t build that..
Or..
You won’t get credit on building that..
And..
Government is your daddy..

Electrongod on May 6, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Perhaps it’s about experience with Obama’s utter inability to change the way things work in Washington, which often looks like a determination to double down on the way things work in Washington because he knows he can still go to commencement speeches and proclaim forces beyond his control are foiling his bold visions. Nonsense.

This is the kind of stuff that I bring up to Leftist ‘friends’ all the time, and all I get back are MoveOn talking points and utopian platitudes. Nobody can defend O agains a charge of being a fraud.

Jackalope on May 6, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Most transparent ever!

MikeknaJ on May 6, 2013 at 9:44 PM

The speech’s greatest sin was betraying the president’s incredibly narrow, tired view of what constitutes citizenship and helping others and a painful lack of imagination in formulating that hackneyed thought.

It wasn’t a sin for all the nodding heads in the audience. It was low information gospel.

Curtiss on May 6, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Why is why conservatives consistently wonder why no one on Wall Street has been prosecuted for the massive fraud involved in the housing bubble crash. Oh wait…conservatives never ask those questions.

libfreeordie on May 2, 2013 at 10:32 AM

We are waiting.

nobar on May 6, 2013 at 9:49 PM

President Choom must not own a mirror. The irony is overwhelming.

RoadRunner on May 6, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Dog eater still pretends he’s a powerless outsider working to change the system and he’s the freaking president.

And many college goobers slurp it all up uncritically like they are Moochelle feeding free buttered lobster into her woodchipper jowls.

SparkPlug on May 6, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Nice takedown of Juan and Bill, on topic.

Schadenfreude on May 6, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Wait a tic,Campaign Fund Bundlers who have Zero
Experience gets plum Government jobs!!!

Thats Crazy Talk!
(sarc)

canopfor on May 6, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Obama is a divisive charlatanic thug, not president.

Moochelle feeding free buttered lobster into her woodchipper jowls.

SparkPlug on May 6, 2013 at 9:50 PM

For emphasis alone

Schadenfreude on May 6, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Got to hand it to Barry, he excels at talking out of both sides of his mouth. And the sheeple just nod their heads in agreement.

GarandFan on May 6, 2013 at 9:56 PM

When I saw this all I could think was that it was another passive-aggressive way in which Obama showed his contempt for people.

He’s Mr. Cynic himself, and I’m sure he enjoyed the spectacle of himself warning the students off cynics as he stood there taking them in.

INC on May 6, 2013 at 9:56 PM

Why is why conservatives consistently wonder why no one on Wall Street has been prosecuted for the massive fraud involved in the housing bubble crash. Oh wait…conservatives never ask those questions.

libfreeordie on May 2, 2013 at 10:32 AM

We talked about the GSEs, their Democrat committee patrons, and changes to mortgage policy extensively.

Axe on May 6, 2013 at 9:59 PM

He’s Mr. Cynic himself, and I’m sure he enjoyed the spectacle of himself warning the students off cynics as he stood there taking them in.

INC on May 6, 2013 at 9:56 PM

Yep.

There is no devil.
-the devil.

SparkPlug on May 6, 2013 at 10:01 PM

Obama rewards big bundlers with jobs, commissions, stimulus money, government contracts, and more

2:00 am, June 15, 2011
Updated: 5:09 pm, March 8, 2012
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These “bundlers” raised at least $50,000 and sometimes more than $500,000 in campaign donations for Obama’s campaign. Many of those in the “Class of 2008” are now being asked to bundle contributions for Obama’s re-election, an effort that could cost $1 billion.

As a candidate, Obama spoke passionately about diminishing the clout of moneyed interests and making the White House more accessible to everyday Americans. In kicking off his presidential run on Feb. 10, 2007, he blasted “the cynics, the lobbyists, the special interests,” who he said had “turned our government into a game only they can afford to play.”

The iWatch News investigation found:
************************************

• Overall, 184 of 556, or about one-third, of Obama bundlers or their spouses joined the administration in some role. But the percentages are much higher for the big-dollar bundlers. Nearly 80 percent of those who collected more than $500,000 for Obama took “key administration posts,” as defined by the White House. More than half the ambassador nominees who were bundlers raised more than half a million.

• The big bundlers had broad access to the White House for meetings with top administration officials and glitzy social events. In all, campaign bundlers and their family members account for more than 3,000 White House meetings and visits. Half of them raised $200,000 or more.

• Some Obama bundlers have ties to companies that stand to gain financially from the president’s policy agenda, particularly in clean energy and telecommunications, and some already have done so. Level 3 Communications, for instance, snared $13.8 million in stimulus money. At least 18 other bundlers have ties to businesses poised to profit from government spending to promote clean energy, telecommunications and other key administration priorities.

Some bundlers trade on their campaign largesse for Obama to further career aspirations or business plans. Others, already successful, simply enjoy the exclusive stature bestowed by ties to the White House. Lena L. Kennedy, for instance, papers her Southern California consulting website with photographs of herself with Obama. She put out a press release announcing a June 13 fundraiser featuring Michelle Obama in Los Angeles; ticket prices ran from $1,000 to $10,000, the latter “allowing a photo opportunity and private time with the First Lady.” She declined to comment for this article.

“Some people just crave attention and some people just like getting the notoriety or attention of being a big player,” said Thomas M. McInerney, a San Francisco lawyer who bundled at least $100,000 for Obama. He said he didn’t ask for or get anything in return, though he knew others who did. “There was so much money this time, and there were so many people involved in raising the money, the number of people looking for something was exponentially more.”
Rewarding the donors

While the Obama administration tightened restrictions on hiring lobbyists, the deference it has shown major donors contradicts its claims to have changed business as usual in Washington, critics said.

Others said Obama strains credulity in claiming to bring reform to Washington while carrying on the patronage practices of past administrations. They added that many big donors aren’t shy about asking for specific favors, which gives candidates of both parties little choice but to keep patronage alive.(More…)
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http://www.publicintegrity.org/2011/06/15/4880/obama-rewards-big-bundlers-jobs-commissions-stimulus-money-government-contracts-and

canopfor on May 6, 2013 at 10:01 PM

There is no devil.
-the devil.

SparkPlug on May 6, 2013 at 10:01 PM

Excellent!

Axe on May 6, 2013 at 10:02 PM

And many college goobers slurp it all up uncritically like they are Moochelle feeding free buttered lobster into her woodchipper jowls.

SparkPlug on May 6, 2013 at 9:50 PM

“At some point, I think you’ve had enough lobster.”

chewmeister on May 6, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Axe on May 6, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Cheerio chap. Hey what about those Londoners?

O_o <—evil laugh inserted by evil laugh inserter daemon

SparkPlug on May 6, 2013 at 10:06 PM

There is no devil.
-the devil.

SparkPlug on May 6, 2013 at 10:01 PM

SparkPlug:Hehe,your firing all cylinders done good!:)

canopfor on May 6, 2013 at 10:14 PM

O_o <—evil laugh inserted by evil laugh inserter daemon

SparkPlug on May 6, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Hate daemons. All lurking in the background. :)

I love London, and the people of London, and the UK, and everything in the UK, and Doctor Who, every one, even that blonde guy, and the Sex Pistols, and Tea, and the comedic stylings of Muffin, and the word “LibLabCon,” and . . . well, too much to mention, really.

Limey’s are really cool. :)

Axe on May 6, 2013 at 10:17 PM

*Limeys. No apostrophe. –lol, I was nervous.

Axe on May 6, 2013 at 10:18 PM

The founders trusted us with this awesome authority. We should trust ourselves with it, too. Because when we don’t, when we turn away and get discouraged and cynical, and abdicate that authority, we grant our silent consent to someone who will gladly claim it.

Yessir, Zero is all about the founding fathers (and their pesky documents) when it suits him. Well, for once he’s right – twice now too many have gotten discouraged, cynical and abdicated their authority (not to mention their civic duty); granted heir silent consent and sure enough, someone has gladly claimed it…

ghostwalker1 on May 6, 2013 at 10:19 PM

canopfor on May 6, 2013 at 10:14 PM

I laugh every time you say hopeychangey. Thanks for the linky thingy.

SparkPlug on May 6, 2013 at 10:30 PM

The founders trusted us with this awesome authority. We should trust ourselves with it, too. Because when we don’t, when we turn away and get discouraged and cynical, and abdicate that authority, we grant our silent consent to someone who will gladly claim it.

This statement shows how very, very little he knows about the Founders or how very, very much he ignores.

The Founders didn’t entrust authority to any one person or group, much less an unknown posterity. They were profoundly aware of the lure of authority and power and the propensity of each of us to abuse it, and they purposefully split it up to bring some gridlock into the system. That was their gift to posterity.

INC on May 6, 2013 at 10:32 PM

The bi-polar Obama supporters can’t fathom why Obama is lying to them or does the exact opposite of what he condemns.

There must be a good reason.

So they excuse it.

Like his stance on gay marriage.

They knew he was bamboozling them… for the progressive good.

So they applaud whatever he says or does… knowing that it is for the hive …no matter how rotten, crooked or deceitful it is.

profitsbeard on May 6, 2013 at 10:33 PM

The bi-polar Obama supporters can’t fathom why Obama is lying to them or does the exact opposite of what he condemns.

There must be a good reason.

So they excuse it.

Like his stance on gay marriage.

They knew he was bamboozling them… for the progressive good.

So they applaud whatever he says or does… knowing that it is for the hive …no matter how rotten, crooked or deceitful it is.

I think that says it pretty well. The libs I talk to talk about the dichotomy of what is said versus what is done on Capitol Hill, but they still pulled the lever for the “O”. It almost makes a thinking, cogent person give up….almost. :)

iowapatriot on May 7, 2013 at 12:01 AM

The founders trusted us with this awesome authority. We should trust ourselves with it, too. Because when we don’t, when we turn away and get discouraged and cynical, and abdicate that authority, we grant our silent consent to someone who will gladly claim it.

Translation:

Please do not decentralize the power we progressives have seized over the last century. I LOVE having my a$$ kissed. Oh yeah, and who really cares what a bunch of dead white guys who wore wigs thought anyway.

WryTrvllr on May 7, 2013 at 1:17 AM

Wheeler is also a member in good standing with the Washington establishment; he sits on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board and is a trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center. During 2009, he led the Obama-Biden transition’s working group overseeing science, technology, space, and arts agencies

pain train on May 7, 2013 at 2:40 PM