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What did Obama say about lobbyists and key positions?

Barack Obama has long decried the corrupting influence of money in politics. As a candidate, he ran against lobbyists and the pay-for-play culture of Washington. As president, he has continued to hammer the theme, most recently in his impassioned attacks on the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v Federal Election Commission

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:45 PM on Feb. 17, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Given this, it’s a little surprising to learn that Obama has not only embraced the sordid money-driven culture of DC, but actually outdone his predecessors. An analysis by the American Foreign Service Association, for example, found that Obama has stuffed the diplomatic corps with more political appointees (i.e., cronies) than any president in the past 40 years. Only a year into the administration, close of half of the president’s biggest donors already have federal jobs. Below is a list of Obama campaign bundlers and the taxpayer-funded positions they’ve received:


    Answer by Anonymous at 3:46 PM on Feb. 17, 2010

  • Of course he does. That's the way Chicago politics work. He just brought it to DC.

    Answer by AngelDawn7 at 3:57 PM on Feb. 17, 2010

  • that Obama has stuffed the diplomatic corps with more political appointees

    Obama better watch out for those corpses (isn't that how he says it?), they will be the end of him.


    Answer by QuinnMae at 5:31 PM on Feb. 17, 2010

  • Well, see, he SAID that, but he didn't mean that HE would do it.......LOL


    Answer by 29again at 7:47 PM on Feb. 17, 2010

  • Eh All politicians lie

    Answer by lady-J-Rock at 9:51 PM on Feb. 17, 2010

  • It's called, I will say what they want to hear and do what I want to do, which means, I LIE!


    Answer by agentwanda at 9:52 PM on Feb. 17, 2010

  • He is on track to be remembered as America's worst president. He will move in front of people like U. S. Grant, Woodrow Wilson, Nixon, Johnson, and Carter. (I know I left out Hoover, but I feel sorry for him. He is credited with causing the Great Depression, but he wasn't in office long enough to have "caused" it.)

    Answer by jesse123456 at 6:07 AM on Feb. 18, 2010

  • Sorry, my computer gets excited sometimes. PBO will have this in common with Hoover though. He was presented an opportunity to take specific actions to avoid certain realities; however, he, like Hoover, choose poorly. Both men continued down that path insisting that their ideas were working when in fact they weren't/aren't. They could not muster enough analytical courage to honestly asses their decisions and adjust them to meet the effects of the bad ones because to do that would mean PBO would have to admit he was wrong. The narcissist in him will not allow that horror to ever occur. So, we pay the price of his over inflated ego and inability to accept everything you do will not turn out as planned. You have to constantly critique and adjust.


    Answer by jesse123456 at 6:13 AM on Feb. 18, 2010

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