Sunday, March 22, 2009

Dear President Obama: Here's the Cliff's Notes on your lobbyist lies.

Mr. President, your shameless lies are right up there with your shameless incompetence.

I've already dough-popped you on the issue of your rank lies over hiring lobbyists for positions in your Administration. It was just one of many lies you spewed to get elected, but I thought I'd take this opportunity to provide the Cliff's Notes version for easy reference.

BTW, Mr. President? It's NOT that you hired lobbyists. After all, lobbyists are not the same thing as "dope-smoking fly bait," and YOU were hired as PRESIDENT!

No... it's that, like on so many other things, you felt compelled to lie to us about it. And that sir, ain't EITHER the Hope, OR the Change we were told we were going to get.

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Candidate Obama:

"I have done more to take on lobbyists than any other candidate in this race - and I've won. I don't take a dime of their money, and when I am President, they won't find a job in my White House."

National Journal:

a National Journal look at 267 Obama nominees and appointees found that at least 30 — or about 11 percent — have been registered lobbyists at some point during the past five years.

Among them are some top officials: Attorney General Eric Holder was registered as a lobbyist at Covington & Burling as recently as 2004; Tom Vilsack, the former Iowa governor who is Obama's Agriculture secretary, was a registered lobbyist for the National Education Association in 2007; Ron Klain, chief of staff to Vice President Biden, was a lobbyist at O'Melveny & Myers until 2004; and David Hayes, deputy secretary of the Interior, was a lobbyist at Latham & Watkins through 2006.

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