Obama Change You Can Believe In … Obama Taps More Big Campaign Donors for Ambassadorships


More Change You Can Believe in from Barack Obama … NOT!

Barack Obama ran on the platform of change. Obama ran on the platform that he would reform Obama_liarWashington, DC. He ran on the premise that political favoritism from money, lobbyists and the old way of doing things Inside the Beltway would be a thing of the past. A new era of transparency would begin. What a crock that has been in the first 100+ days. So much for those Obama ethics reform promises that he pandered to the American voters.

On Thursday of this past week, President Obama tapped four big Democratic Party donors for plum ambassadorships in Europe and Latin America while naming six career diplomats to posts in Africa, the Mideast and the Pacific. Barack Obama is just another typical “pay for play” politician. Obama does not represent anything more than a “typical politician.” He just happens to be a socialist typical politician.

Washington lawyer Howard Gutman, who raised more than $500,000 for Obama’s campaign and personally contributed the maximum $4,600 to it, was nominated to be the next U.S. envoy to Belgium, the White House said in a statement.

Gutman also contributed $2,300 to now Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group that tracks money in politics.

Obama named former Virginia Lt. Gov. Donald Beyer to be ambassador to Switzerland and Luxembourg. Beyer, who made his money as a car dealer, raised more than $500,000 for Obama and also contributed $4,600 to his campaign, according to the center.

Obama appointed loyal campaign donors to posts in Canada, the Bahamas and South Africa and career diplomats for jobs in Guinea, Haiti and Lithuania

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    11 Responses to “Obama Change You Can Believe In … Obama Taps More Big Campaign Donors for Ambassadorships”

    1. Outrage on June 13th, 2009 11:35 pm

      During the presidency of George W. Bush, nearly four out of every 10 of his nominees for ambassador have been “non-career appointees” — or what many would consider “political” appointees. Neither his father nor President Clinton had such a high percentage.

      President Bush’s 36 percent rate exceeds the 29 percent of President Clinton’s ambassadorial nominees who were non-career appointees. During George Herbert Walker Bush’s presidency, about 31 percent were non-career appointees.

      According to an examination of records at the Office of the Historian of the Department of State, George W. Bush has made 370 ambassadorial nominations — of which 133 have been non-career appointees rather than career Foreign Service officers. President Clinton’s 431 nominations included 127 non-career appointees. The first President Bush made 272 nominations, of which 85 were non-career appointees.

      Consider the U.S. ambassador to Canada, David H. Wilkins.

      President Bush nominated him in 2005. He’s been a South Carolina state legislator. He’s a friend of President George H.W. Bush and raised more than $200,000 for President George W. Bush in the 2004 election. Ambassador Wilkins and his immediate family contributed $33,050 to Republicans over the course of the 2000, 2002 and 2004 election cycles, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Apparently, he’d only been to Canada once — 30 years before his appointment — as part of military service.

      President Bush nominated Michael M. Wood as ambassador to Sweden in 2006. He knew President Bush, too. He used to ride mountain bikes with the president and attended Yale with him. He was a fraternity brother of the president. Ambassador Wood made his money by founding Hanley Wood, a company that produces magazines for the construction industry.

      Ambassador Wood’s predecessor, former Texas state Senator Teel Bivins, ambassador from 2004 to 2006, was a Bush Pioneer in 2000 and 2004. (Pioneers raised at least $100,000 for President Bush in the 2000 and 2004 campaigns. In 2004, Rangers and SuperRangers raised at least $200,000 or $300,000 respectively. This system was designed by Karl Rove, President Bush’s senior political adviser.)

      Many other appointees nominated by President Bush followed this pattern of financial or political familiarity.

      So I am sure you are well aware that Obama is not the first nor will he be the last to play this game.

    2. Greg the Critic on June 14th, 2009 3:01 am

      Who Am I?

      I was born in one country, raised in another. My father was born in another country. I was not his only child. He fathered several children with multiple women.

      I became very close to my mother, as my father showed no interest in me. My mother died at an early age from cancer.

      Later in life, questions arose over my real name.

      My birth records were sketchy and no one was able to produce a legitimate, reliable birth certificate.

      I grew up practicing one faith but converted to Christianity, as it was widely accepted in my country, but I practiced non-traditional beliefs & didn’t follow Christianity, except in the public eye under scrutiny.

      I worked and lived among lower-class people as a young adult, disguising myself as someone who really cared about them.

      That was before I decided it was time to get serious about my life and I embarked on a new career.

      I wrote a book about my struggles growing up. It was clear to those who read my memoirs that I had difficulties accepting that my father abandoned me as a child.

      I became active in local politics in my 30′s then with help behind the scenes, I literally burst onto the scene as a candidate for national office in my 40s. They said I had a golden tongue and could talk anyone into anything. That reinforced my conceit.

      I had a virtually non-existent resume, little work history, and no experience in leading a single organization. Yet I was a powerful speaker and citizens were drawn to me as though I were a magnet and they were small roofing tacks.

      I drew incredibly large crowds during my public appearances. This bolstered my ego.

      At first, my political campaign focused on my country’s foreign policy. I was very critical of my country in the last war and seized every opportunity to bash my country.

      But what launched my rise to national prominence were my views on the country’s economy. I pretended to have a really good plan on how we could do better and every poor person would be fed & housed for free.

      I knew which group was responsible for getting us into this mess. It was the free market, banks & corporations. I decided to start making citizens hate them and if they were envious of others who did well, the plan was clinched tight.

      I called mine “A People’s Campaign” and that sounded good to all people.

      I was the surprise candidate because I emerged from outside the traditional path of politics & was able to gain widespread popular support.

      I knew that, if I merely offered the people ‘hope’, together we could change our country and the world.

      So, I started to make my speeches sound like they were on behalf of the downtrodden, poor, ignorant to include “persecuted minorities” like the Jews. My true views were not widely known & I needed to keep them unknown, until after I became my nation’s leader.

      I had to carefully guard reality, as anybody could have easily found out what I really believed, if they had simply read my writings and examined those people I associated with.

      I’m glad they didn’t. Then I became the most powerful man in the world. And the world learned the truth.

      Who am I?



    3. rightknight on June 14th, 2009 3:06 am

      Altho technically with some merit, I don’t suppose
      the term “Freaking Liar” would be a politically correct
      term to describe the current occupant of the US
      White House! What, with the English Language under
      such attack by the Administration and other Progressives,
      there soon may not be enough original words left to
      choose from. Oh well, back to “Hope” and “Change”
      since they are OK’d for now!

    4. katablog.com on June 14th, 2009 8:52 am

      Surprised? Wasn’t this the change you hoped for?

    5. rightknight on June 14th, 2009 11:23 am

      Claiming to be a truthful being is not
      even close to being a truthful being.
      Claiming to be of Christian persuasion
      is not even close to being Christian. Trust
      arises from one’s consistent keeping
      of one’s words and agreements. As an
      example, I give you Barack Hussein Obama!

      What is he proclaiming Today?

    6. nurturer on June 14th, 2009 2:54 pm

      #2 – Precisely.

    7. katablog.com on June 14th, 2009 4:25 pm

      #1 – so this is the change you believed in?

    8. Alan Gold on June 14th, 2009 10:03 pm

      hey Greg, way to compare Obama to Hitler…Right wing lunatic alert

    9. Dolf on June 15th, 2009 8:20 am

      a) all politicians play this game.

      b) at least he didn’t appoint a criminal as ambasador (like Bush did with the Dutch embassy)

    10. Rusty Bridges on June 16th, 2009 10:34 am

      #8 YOU compared obama to hitler! Wake up call!

    11. Dolf on June 16th, 2009 2:55 pm

      you all realise that this quiet old.

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