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  • Another Empty Ethics Promise Exposed

    U.S. President Barack Obama signs executive order on Executive Branch ethics as Vice President Joe Biden watches on during a signing ceremony in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington on January 21, 2009. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)

    When he signed executive orders which supposedly tightened federal ethics rules for White House officials, President Barack Obama said, “We need to make the White House the people’s house, and we need to close the revolving door that lets lobbyists come into government freely and lets them use their time in public service as a way to promote their own interests over the interests of the American people when they leave.”

    Already the Obama Administration has already signed dozens of waivers that completely undermine their executive orders by allowing lobbyists to work for the Administration. But now Politico reports that the borken promises extend to the flow of Obama personnel to K Street and not just from it:

    The latest news is that the political director for Barack Obama’s campaign, Matthew Nugen, is joining Ogilvy Government Relations as a “strategic adviser.”

    His announcement follows that of Bryan Cave’s hiring of Jeff Berman, who directed Obama’s national delegate operation, and former Health and Human Services Secretary-designate Tom Daschle’s ignominious return to the law and lobbying shop Alston & Bird.

    Ogilvy also made a key concession, allowing Nugen to come on board as a strategist rather than as a registered lobbyist — a title difference that could later allow him to circumvent Obama’s general ban on hiring lobbyists at the White House.

    “I wanted to reserve my right to join the administration,” Nugen readily acknowledged. Daschle had plotted a similar course, serving as an adviser to Alston & Bird lobbying teams but never officially joining them.

    So just like Daschle, Nugen is going to be a “strategist”, not a lobbyist, and this completely semantic change is expected to allow him to skirt the Obama Administration’s executive orders too. Do Obama’s executive order’s mean anything?

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    5 Responses to Another Empty Ethics Promise Exposed

    1. Kelly, Texas says:

      NO. Obama's executive orders or HIS WORD TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MEAN "NOTHING"…ABSOLUTELY SQUAT!!!

      Our forefathers are turning over in their graves, I just know it!

      We're all just "letting it happen" to ourselves…we should be rising up against this hypocrit!

    2. Kelly, Texas says:

      Barack Hussein Obama is going to bed every night laughing his rear-end off at Americans. First of all, because he didn't even have to PROVE to the American people to begin with that he IS a "natural born citizen of America" as OUR CONSTITUTION STATES and was able to run, be elected and inaugurated into OUR White House as President of the United States of America to run our country, and we just sit idly by and let it happen among all the other MESS he is creating. I do not BELIEVE for one second that this man has anything GOOD in store for AMERICA….in fact, QUITE THE OPPOSITE.

      I'm ready to put a sign in my front lawn that states some of my feelings on all this garbage, and that's just what it is too….GARBAGE!

    3. Ozzy6900, CT says:

      The actions of the Obama Administration have rendered the phrase

      “We need to make the White House the people’s house,

      to mean nothing more than the words uttered by Nikita Khrushchev "the Government belongs to the People….." or Fidel Castro who stated "the House of the People will be open to all….". Just another Socialist statement to please the masses.

      Lobbyists being know as Strategists is nothing more than "A rose by any other name…." still stinks! Change? Nothing has changed other than our Government is becoming "A Government by the Government" instead of "A government by the People".

    4. ra,ohio says:

      What did Obummer say during his campaign speeches when confronted with accusations from "the other side" ?

      WORDS, JUST WORDS.

      the AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DECEIVED.

      a link for you.. .www.obamadeception.net

      it is all the stuff he said during the campaign, and all the stuff he's doing now.

    5. Blake, Whittier, CA says:

      Another broken promise. Go figure. Welcome to the wonderful world of socialism. Obummer.

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