Obama promised an administration free of lobbyist influence, however he is not living up to those words based on his selections so far. Now I was surpised to see Campbell Brown reporting this. Then I thought about why she would be reporting this and it dawned on me, the media is trying to “ease” the expectations of an Obama presidency. They are doing nothing more than making it palatable to the public in stages so when Obama does take the post, the burden of living up to his promises would be eased, which if you remember was one of the things his camp was trying to do in the last weeks of the campaign. This is nothing more than a sympathy criticism, with the aim of making the people understand how hard it is for Obama to do the things he campaigned on and not to expect him to…
More Change You Can Believe In!
I want you to hear something President-elect Barack Obama said just about a year ago:
“I am running to tell the lobbyists in Washington that their days of setting the agenda are over. They have not funded my campaign. They won’t work in my White House.”
Just this weekend The New York times published a list of names — a rather long list of names of people — who are working on Obama’s transition team or who have accepted jobs in his White House who are either former lobbyists or who have close ties to lobbyists.
The Times reports that some of those people were lobbying as recently as this year.
Now, the Obama team is quick to point out that their rules and restrictions on lobbying ties are far stricter than any previous administration.
And the Obama folks concede that eliminating anyone in Washington who had ever lobbied Congress or who has a family member who lobbied Congress would be foolish.
And it’s true, you could argue the reality of Washington and our government is that lobbyists are often the most informed people on a given issue.
But we certainly never heard Obama articulate it quite that way when he was candidate Obama. What he said then was:
“That’s what happens when lobbyists set the agenda and that’s why they won’t drown out your voices anymore when I am president of the United States of America.”
And that is a promise that he may already be struggling to keep.