Obama’s campaign promise: “I am in this race to tell the corporate lobbyists that their days of setting the agenda in Washington are over.” November, 2007
Obama’s reality: Raytheon lobbyist, William J. Lynn, III, has been appointed by President Obama as the #2 man for the U. S. Defense Department.
Obama’s campaign promise: “No political appointees in my administration will be permitted to work on areas that directly and substantially related to their employer for two years.”
Obama’s reality: Lynn stopped lobbying in July, but not before he spent $1.15 million in 2008 to lobby the defense department to influence issues including missiles, sensors, radar, advanced technology programs, and intelligence funding – only six months before his appointment.
President Obama will soon learn how difficult it may be to keep campaign promises. Once elected, politicians often believe they are immune to promises made during an election. This fact leads us to the familiar saying, “Politics As Usual”.
President Obama issued an executive order immediately after taking office to ensure lobbyists who were active within the last two years would not be allowed to serve in public office. Now, a waiver is on the table for Lynn.
So, here we find ourselves in the same political boat that Obama promised he would not sail. Obama plainly states on his website this would not happen. But here we are.
Perhaps ObamaWorld will not be so different than promised? Could it be that he is the consumate politician with unfulfilled promises?
In less than one week in office, Obama has found another challenge regarding the closing of Guantanamo.
Approximately 250 detainees are currently held at “Gitmo”. Of this number, there are natives of Yemen, Saudia Arabia, China, etc. that currently will not be allowed back into their country. About 12 are targeted for trials and must be incorporated into prisons in the U.S.
If moved to U.S. prisons and our justice system, there are further complications regarding Miranda rights that were not given and treatment of prisoners that are not allowed in our prison system. The alleged mastermind of 9/11, Khaled Sheikh Mohammed is an example.
Will President Obama incorporate these terrorists into our U.S. prison system? Where?
Things are not always as easy as they appear. President Obama ran for office with promises that we would see a different management style – a real change in Washington. Instead, right out of the gate he proves that he is willing to make exceptions for lobbyists and that Gitmo is more involved than he realized.
Is ObamaMania just more Politics As Usual?
Until next time,
Red Stick Republican