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Obama’s bundler/ambassador ‘corruption’ is worse than Jon Stewart realizes

posted at 11:24 am on February 14, 2014 by

Erika posted this clip last night, but the extent of Obama’s incandescent hypocrisy merits another go ’round.  Ed isn’t impressed with this whole spectacle, and neither, evidently, is Jon Stewart:

He just couldn’t resist the dumb shot at Hannity at the very end, but the rest of the segment is pretty tough on Democrats, especially Pelosi.  It looks like Stewart is still processing his disgust over her catastrophic Daily Show appearance last week.  In any case, liberals often object to these sorts of attacks on Obama with cries of, “b-b-but Bush did it, too!”   True.  The tradition of handing out ambassadorships to big donors has a long history in both political parties.  What makes Obama’s indulgence in the practice uniquely noteworthy is the comprehensive expiration of his previous self-congratulation on the issue.  Hope and change, 2009:

Rewarding donors and political allies with ambassadorships is nothing new, but Obama vowed to buck the tradition, promising shortly after he was elected to “have civil servants, wherever possible, serve in these posts.” “My expectation is that high quality civil servants are going to be rewarded,” he said in a January 2009 news conference.

Reality, 2014:

In fact, Obama has rewarded political supporters plum ambassadorships more than his predecessors. So far, 37 percent of Obama’s appointments have been political, compared to 30 percent under George W. Bush and 28 percent under Bill Clinton.

More:

Internal financial documents obtained by The New York Times suggest the price per post is also at an all-time high

Shameless. Not only did Obama break his high-minded promise, he’s become a worse violator than any of this recent predecessors — both in terms of percentages and dollar amounts.  I’d say I’m shocked, but I’m basically done being taken aback by the degree to which this guy is a complete fraud:

I’ll leave you with this insult to your intelligence, courtesy of the top White House spokesman:

 

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Wow the cajones on this one

cmsinaz on February 14, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Obama vowed to buck the tradition, promising shortly after he was elected to “have civil servants, wherever possible, serve in these posts.”

Well, it WAS hard to find civil folks among the Occupy protestors. And they weren’t very servant-like, either.

When you get down to it, basic civility and servanthood are pretty rare commodities these days. So, all other things being equal… go for the money, right?

Marcola on February 14, 2014 at 11:47 AM

“Being a donor doesn’t get you a job in this administration, or preclude you from getting a job”

Right, it just happens that the most qualified American to serve as Ambassador to Argentina is a guy whose never been to Argentina. It’s all because of his stellar qualifications, not because he was an Obama fundraiser.

SoRight on February 14, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Right, it just happens that the most qualified American to serve as Ambassador to Argentina is a guy whose never been to Argentina. It’s all because of his stellar qualifications, not because he was an Obama fundraiser.

SoRight on February 14, 2014 at 12:09 PM

I heard he doesn’t even speak Argentinish.

bigmacdaddy on February 14, 2014 at 1:30 PM

There used to be a word for secretaries who were hired despite the fact that they couldn’t type.

IndieDogg on February 14, 2014 at 2:38 PM

John Stewart is doing that anti-American fool in the WH a favor by talking about this. It distracts him — and us — from the real disasters.

And it provides cover for John Stewart to not have to say, “I’m sorry I voted for him.”

Powers or Fournier saying “I’m tired of having to defend this” means nothing unless they come out for repeal, root and branch.

And Stewart chastising this bit of corruption, while the staggering IRS and FBI corruption and its intimidation of conservatives continues — this is what we should be worried about.

Instead of John Stewart pretending to be just a bit objective, and then conservatives pretending that matters somehow.

We seemingly are all too willing to follow the left’s spinmeisters and stooges down blind alleys.

EastofEden on February 14, 2014 at 7:46 PM

His attack on Hannity is par for,the course for that TV clown Stewart. Whenever he does a story concerning dimocrats it always segue ways into an attack on Republicans or Fox News. The mindless fools that love him actually think he’s providing real news.

Mr. Curly on February 15, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Ok! all you BitHeads in NanoLand. So your concerned about an
Ambassadorship. Here is a simple question that I bet no one can answer.

How Much does an Ambassador get paid.

NOTE: The question is not “HOW DOES AN AMBASSADOR GET PAID” but “HOW MUCH DOES AN AMBASSADOR GET PAID”.

HINT: No two Ambassadors get paid the same. So you get to pick one, any one.

AND THE ANSWERE IS ?????????

jpcpt03 on February 15, 2014 at 11:48 AM

http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/219805.pdf

Your “answere” may be here…… or not. Who gives a shit how much they’re being paid?

They are being paid off for bundling millions of dollars for Obama.

Fathom on February 15, 2014 at 5:08 PM

NO it’s not and SFTU

/Objective left-leaning US liberal (Were not taking sides) Media.

hawkdriver on February 16, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Wow the cajones on this one

cmsinaz on February 14, 2014 at 11:42 AM

…like OC’s… Ratso?
…it must be something else!

KOOLAID2 on February 16, 2014 at 1:13 PM

My expectation is that high quality civil servants are going to be rewarded,”

This is supposed to sound good, but it is not. An ambassadorship should not be an “award” for years of service in the State Department anymore than it should be a payoff to a donor/bundler. It should be occupied with someone who has knowledge of the country, speaks the language, and is of good character.

corona79 on February 16, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Whether or not the “high quality civil servant” is a good idea, the main point here is that we have yet-another example of the extraordinary hypocrisy of our President…hypocrisy that would certainly be pointed out by the MSM if he were a Republican. It’s not just that Obama is doing it (he’s not the first, even if he is arguably the worst offender), but that he specifically campaigned against the practice.

Joe Wilson: A prophet who was not appreciated in his time.

philosoph0123 on February 17, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Shameless. Not only did Obama break his high-minded promise, he’s become a worse violator than any of this recent predecessors — both in terms of percentages and dollar amounts. I’d say I’m shocked, but I’m basically done being taken aback by the degree to which this guy is a complete fraud:

Obama campaigned on NOT engaging in political donor appointments. Yet he’s engaged now in doing just that.

It’s a usual practice in Presidencies to appoint big donors, supporters, to ambassadorships, it’s not unusual, but in Obama’s case, he’s been highly deceitful about this practice.

Obama appears to not believe the public will notice his betrayals of his own promises. Not just betrayals but outright contradictions to his promises. I think he’ll say anything, whatever works, he doesn’t care what as long as it “sounds grand” when he says it.

Yes, a fraud.

Lourdes on February 17, 2014 at 11:21 PM