During his 2008 campaign, President Barack Hussein Obama said that he was the enemy of K Street (where most lobbyists have offices). He said many times that lobbyists would not run his White House, and that he refused to accept campaign contributions from registered lobbyists or special interests. Well, guess what happened? Obama’s reelection campaign has hired former lobbyist Broderick Johnson to serve as a senior adviser to the 2012 reelection campaign. Johnson is a former partner at the law firm Bryan Cave and was registered as a lobbyist until April, 2011. He is a veteran of Senator John Kerry’s (D-MA) 2004 presidential campaign, and the Clinton White House. Johnson left Bryan Cave in April, 2011, to found the Collins Johnson Group with Art Collins, a former adviser to the Obama 2008 and Kerry 2004 presidential campaigns. Johnson described himself as an “informal adviser” to the Obama 2008 campaign. He is also considered by other lobbyists to be quite close to the Obama White House.
An Obama reelection campaign aide said that, unlike the Republican presidential candidates, Obama is not accepting campaign contributions and fundraising help from K Street. Money, no; influence, yes. Personal observation: Can that influence be counted on to convince big money people to donate to Obama? He again is telling half the truth! In the military and in a court of law, not telling the whole, complete truth is considered lying. Lying here? Your call.
Obama has voiced support for the Occupy Wall Street movement. Yet, in a move that defies logic, Wall Street and its bankers are among some of the largest contributors to Obama’s reelection campaign. Is Obama hypocritical by taking campaign contributions from people and institutions he has excoriated? I say yes, but it’s your call. Lie? No. Distortion? Yes.
President Obama, in his State of the Union address, emphasized creation of American jobs. “What’s happening in Detroit can happen in other industries. It can happen in Cleveland and Pittsburgh and Raleigh. We can’t bring every job back that’s left our shore…Meanwhile, America is more productive,” he said. And, on January 12, 2012, he made a big deal about “insourcing,” bringing jobs back to America, and job creation.
Obama promised middle class America that more jobs would be coming their way, to rely on him and the government to help create jobs so that families could keep their homes and recover from the slow economy. But while he was saying one thing, he was doing just the opposite. The Obama controlled Pentagon awarded a contract to Sierra Nevada Corp., which will work closely with Embraer, a Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, to produce a light attack aircraft for the US military. The contract would have provided work for 1,400 Americans, but since it appears that Embraer will be doing most of the work on the aircraft, those jobs will be leaving the country. Only 50 jobs are scheduled to be in the US. Now 1,400 jobs is not a big deal (unless you are unemployed), but for Obama to say one thing and do something else is simply lying.
BTW, Kansas based Hawker Beechcraft Corp, has reportedly filed suit against the Air Force to stop all work on the aircraft. Their suit claims that their company was blocked from presenting a bid for the contract. They also claim that their AT-6 aircraft performed better than the Brazilian made counterpart and that it was more popular with the pilots who tested the planes.
Is Obama so used to lying that he no longer know the difference between lying and telling the truth? Writing about Obama distortions, inconsistencies, and lies is just too easy, because there are so many from which to choose.
But that’s just my opinion.