Matthew 10:34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
Obama finds room for lobbyists - Yahoo! NewsFormalized in a recent presidential executive order, it forbids executive branch employees from working in an agency, or on a program, for which they have lobbied in the last two years.
Yet in the past few days, a number of exceptions have been granted, with the administration conceding at least two waivers and that a handful of other appointees will recuse themselves from dealing with matters on which they lobbied within the two-year window.
Its a technicality, its a loophole, its a bush-esque move that would likely have many Democrats screaming "bull****" and claiming he's lieing and will actually be involved just not "officially".
Its not change, its more of the same.
"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.
What so hard about this??? Obama lied/"changed his mind". Just admit it. It doesn't mean he will do it in the future with other campaign promises. Only time will tell.
Why is it so hard for Obamaphiles to be honest? Admit it and move on!
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I love this effort to dismiss this issue by noting that everyone does it.
No, not everyone runs for President and no, not everyone who does run for President makes change a central campaign theme, and, no, not everyone who does run for President and makes change their central campaign theme then promises to run lobbyists out town, except for those lobbyists that candidate happens to want on his campaign staff or in the White House.
Obama could have at least told us which lobbyists were the bad ones and promised to run them out...
Obama certainly doesn't agree with the statement above. That's why he promised to rewrite the rules regulating how lobbyists move in and out fo government (see, again, the campaign declaration I cited earlier from Obama).
Semantics???This is why I don't see this as a big issue. At this point, there are much bigger fish to fry, IMO. If people here want to staunchly hold the position that Obama is a big liar, fine I'll go with it. I guess I just see things differently as this issue is not a big whoop to me. Semantics bore more, while I find results most interesting and important.
What did Obama say? That lobbyists would not find jobs in an Obama White House.
He didn't say that he'd only some lobbyists. He said none would.
There is no semantic problem here.
The problem is yet, again, Obama has completely reversed himself on a campaign issue that he determined was important to have expressed an unconditional and unequivocal promise about.
This is an indisputable pattern: FISA telcom immunity, NAFTA, public campaign cash, immediate closure of Gitmo, immediate withdrawal from Iraq, not having lobbyists on his campaign staff, a divided Jerusalem, playing the Washington game differently with different people, etc., etc.
How some of you brush this off as "everyone does it" (they don't), a semantics game (it's not), or just partisan rancor (it may be but you guys were the ones calling Bush a liar for eight years) is simply amazing.