Obama’s bundler/ambassador ‘corruption’ is worse than Jon Stewart realizes
posted at 11:24 am on February 14, 2014 by Guy Benson
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.
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.
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:
.@PressSec: “Being a donor doesn’t get you a job in this administration, or preclude you from getting a job”
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) February 12, 2014