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  • White House Won't Disclose Cost of Obama's Promotional Videos

    The White House is being very tight-lipped about a staffer who produces videos designed to paint President Obama and his policies in a positive light. Observers note that the videos advance some key themes of the president’s reelection campaign.

    Both individuals who have worked as the White House’s official videographer also served on President Obama’s campaign, according to the Washington Guardian, which first reported the story. “And some of the weekly videos,” the Guardian’s Phillip Swarts notes, “match the messages of the Obama re-election campaign ads or the week’s political events.”

    The West Wing Week video series, for instance, chronicles official presidential events and “behind-the-scenes” goings-on in the White House. The series was created by Arun Chaudhary, who worked in new media on the preisdent’s 2008 campaign.

    Unsurprisingly, West Wing Week looks to paint the president and his efforts in the best possible light, often tying them to recent political events. But the synergy between the videos’ messages and the president’s campaign points is striking, Swarts reports:

    Many clips are from the president’s speeches, often on subjects his re-election campaign is also advocating.

    For instance, on the same day that Obama told a campaign rally that presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s “top-down” economic approach would hurt the middle class, the White House videographer released a video with excerpts from one of the president’s speeches, warning against “top-down economics” that would hurt the middle class.

    While any president’s public expressions of opinion are likely to remain the same while campaigning and acting as president, the similarities between the political footage and the taxpayer-funded official footage add to the suspicions of those who see a political motive to the operation.

    White House officials refuse to say how much the official videographer is being paid. His name does not appear on the periodic list of White House staffer salaries, and Swarts reports that more than a dozen White House officials declined to comment on the issue.

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    7 Responses to White House Won't Disclose Cost of Obama's Promotional Videos

    1. Bobbie says:

      It's a good thing many people not as wise yesterday are much wiser today!

      Obama's campaign of an uninsured man who lost his wife to cancer.
      How dare his administration exploit a man's emotions to convince the man to publically blame someone totally unassociated to the situation, imply murder! For one: he neglected to pick up on his wife's symptoms of her illness or that she was ill. For two: insurance doesn't care. It's a piece of paper that never stopped anyone from getting medical attention before obama. For three: no one should use the lack of insurance to hold them back from getting medical care! Health care is only as good as the hands you put it in.

      5 people close to me died since Obama's been president. NONE of old age or naturally. The social care as obamacare has been infiltrating private insurance for years. All 5 were insured. All 5 were living independently, self reliant, not tax burdens to society. ALL but one experienced great medical neglect observed by visitors whom also observed horrific manipulation of the conditions enduring, CAUSING their death. To suggest insurance saves lives or cures cancers is misleading and distorted! People save or kill lives and cure or create cancers!

    2. Isn't this against the law, oh I forgot Obama doesn't care about the law.

    3. ToucheTurtle says:

      IF Big O is paying these folks out of his own pocket, it is NONE of our business. HOWEVER, if they are being paid out of the taxpayers' coffers, THEN it is public information covered by the "Freedom of Information Act." Perhaps there is a way to get this information after all . . . how about we SHUT OFF THE MONEY until the POTHUS and his minions TELL THE TRUTH for a change!!! Are they paid out of a secret checkbook or something? Why can't we just ask for the information and receive it without such a struggle every single time?

      And lastly, where have the watch dogs been for the past four years that this is only coming to light now and the questions are FINALLY being asked?????

    4. Blair Franconia, NH says:

      The most "transparent presidency" in history, isn't. Obama said that just so he could get elected. He's as transparent as Nixon.

    5. Junk Bin says:

      barrys rule: it does not matter what you do as long as you win. the laws be damned"

    6. Lloyd Scallan says:

      Wow! You mean Obama's regime is not the most "transparent" in history? What a surprise!

    7. soldiermom11 says:

      This what happens when the progressive elite run the country. They use our money to promote themselves. The "Word is out" this photographer is being paid twice; once by the white house and again by the obama campaign. and maybe even a third time since: WASHINGTON, March 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — After leaving the Obama administration where he recorded the historic first years of the 44th presidency as the first official White House videographer, Arun Chaudhary has joined Revolution Messaging as their Senior Vice President of Communications. Revolution Messaging is the leader in cutting-edge progressive strategies for mobile technologies. As Senior Vice President, Chaudhary will be responsible for developing clients' digital and television plans, training young political operatives on constructing messaging for their campaigns, as well as continuing to make creative videos for Revolution Messaging's clients in his unique and celebrated style. The only thing I couldn't find is who in the white house he is related to.

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