As a candidate, Obama criticized President George W. Bush for rewarding his donors and friends with key positions. Now, however, the Obama administration has unequivocally dismissed criticism of the president's business-executive and big-time-bundler ambassador nominees, including an old college roommate, former Sen. Tom Daschle's ex-wife and the chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers football team.
"It would be disingenuous for me to suggest that there are not going to be some excellent public servants but who haven't come through the ranks of the civil service," Obama said at a Jan. 9 press conference, according to a report from Bloomberg News Service.Fast forward to yesterday, where Jen Psaki, State Dept Spokeschick, replied to a question from ABC's Jon Karl about another non career appointment in 2014..
By the way, if you watch the entire exchange it appears that two AP reporters attempt to come to the rescue of Ms Psaki to some degree after Karl's questioning, including the normally sharp Matt Lee who questioned whether Obama said he would appoint more civil servants as opposed to foreign service personnel, which really made no difference to the point. This same kind of rescue attempt occasionally happens when Fox reporters get too frisky with their probing questions. Both Lee and AP reporter Arshad Mohammed are good overall and ask many probing questions themselves. But it's as if they have some kind of of instinctive mechanism to protect their own when someone else roots beneath the liberal skin.
So what, this is just another Obama bash, McCloud? Well yes, yes it is, but it helps to prove that the 'change' promised was never about changing politics as usual, it was about changing America into a quasi-European socialized state while scaling back our influence in the world. That's what "ending the wars" was all about; that's what O-care was all about. As everyone has now witnessed, a few lies to help those causes did not fall under the 'change DC' promise.