None of which deals with:
1. Obama making getting lobbyists and former lobbyists out of the government system part of his campaign.
2. Obama making a campaign promise not to have former lobbyists in his white house.
3. People who were railing agaisnt McCain and Bush about having lobbyists on staff now doing anything from giving Obama to a pass to actually saying its a GOOD thing.
I actually don't personally mind lobbyists in government. I don't instantly think "Lobbyist = bad". I've said as much in other threads, and before the election. I think choosing someone that's less qualified to be in a position simply because they've not been a lobbyist would be idiotic. I think you can be a good person and an honorable civil servent and have lobbyed for something before.
The problem is, my position is consistant. I've said it before the election, I've said it after before this happened, I've said it now, and I will likely continue to say it unless something substantial happens to make me change my mind.
Apparently though, for many people like PeteEU, that "something substantial" is simply "Someone I like is in power".
It was poor judgement by Obama at best for making the campaign promise, and a flat out lie at worst. Its absolute hypocracy on the part of people who blasted Bush for having lobbyists in his white house, blasted Mccain for having lobbyists on his campaign staff and likely to be in the white house, but then talk glowingly about lobbyists when Obama puts them in and says its okay. Its hypocritical to complain, for 8 years, about all of Bush's "Lies" but when a very clear and evident contradiction is presented for the guy they support and suddenly there are "percentages" that one can break a promise by.