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No lobbyists for Obama... except this one guy

In this new era of Hope 'n Change, Obama quickly asserted that no lobbyists would be allowed to serve in his administration. 24 hours later, that rule was bent for William J. Lynn III, a Raytheon lobbyist. How so, you may wonder? Well, it's simple. There are no lobbyists allowed in the Obama administration... except the ones that Obama has sign a waiver.

So what exactly did Lynn do for Raytheon?

According to the company's disclosure forms, Lynn was part of a team that lobbied on a wide range of defense issues, including acquisitions policy, force protection, space and intelligence, command and control, simulation and training, missile defense, sensors and radars, and munitions and artillery. The breadth of the work reflects the reach of Raytheon throughout the Defense Department.

Interesting. See, this is why Lynn needs a special waiver from Obama -- because if he was excused from all of the above, there'd be no job left for him to do. Therefore, ta-da! He gets a super-special waiver.

Now, I'm not arguing that Lynn wouldn't be a good man for the job. On the contrary, he seems like he'd be the only person in the Obama administration with experience relatable to the job he'll actually be doing. What is notable here is how quickly the new Hope 'n Change policies are proving to be superficial and shallow once they're tested by reality.

Hat Tip: Ace of Spades


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Comments (19)

Rule #1 Libs are hypocrites... (Below threshold)
GianiD:

Rule #1 Libs are hypocrites.

Rule #2 When in doubt, refer to rule #1.

Change we need.Cha... (Below threshold)
Aye Chihuahua:

Change we need.

Change we can believe in.

Rule #1 Libs are hypocrites... (Below threshold)
Marc:

Rule #1 Libs are hypocrites.

Rule #2 When in doubt, refer to rule #1.


Possibly Rule #3: B. Hussien Obama wants/needs a close adviser for the continuance or expansion of the Bush EU Missile Defense policy.

Related.

In Raytheon We Trust.... (Below threshold)
epador:

In Raytheon We Trust.

Obama is stupid and naive. ... (Below threshold)

Obama is stupid and naive. Let's hope he can learn quickly.
http://www.rightklik.net/

I choose rule #3, Obama isn... (Below threshold)
tyree:

I choose rule #3, Obama isn't stupid. After all he has the same IQ as President Bush.

However, the Progressives who hated President H. W. Bush because of his "Read my Lips.. " pledge are going to have a lot of explaining to do about all the pledges that President Obama has already broken.

No lobbyists for Obama<b... (Below threshold)
Brian:

No lobbyists for Obama
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Obama quickly asserted that no lobbyists would be allowed to serve in his administration
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There are no lobbyists allowed in the Obama administration

Rule #4: Cassy either doesn't know what the hell she's talking about, or she does but prefers to post bald-faced lies instead of facts anyway.

This one could go either way.

Brian, why don't you tell u... (Below threshold)
Rodney:

Brian, why don't you tell us how Cassy lied rather than saying she lied. What in her writing is a lie?
Is the gentleman she wrote about not working for President Obama ? Was he not a lobbyist ? Did the President not say he would not have lobbyist working for him?

why don't you tell us ho... (Below threshold)
Brian:

why don't you tell us how Cassy lied rather than saying she lied.

I figured that by excerpting her statements and calling them lies, that would be obvious.

Nothing in Obama's executive order cited by Cassy (but clearly not read by her) says "no lobbyists". Quite the contrary... it lays out the rules for how lobbyists WILL be allowed.

You can argue that Lynn's appointment doesn't follow the rules, but starting out by lying about the rules convinces people only to ignore you.

So, Brian, you are saying l... (Below threshold)
Rodney:

So, Brian, you are saying lobbying for Raython in the Defense Department the becoming Deputy Defense Security doesn't run afoul of the Presidential order?

I am saying that the execut... (Below threshold)
Brian:

I am saying that the executive order does not say "There are no lobbyists allowed in the Obama administration". I thought I was pretty clear.

You are right it does, but ... (Below threshold)
Rodney:

You are right it does, but it also states (from your link)

3. Revolving Door Ban Lobbyists Entering Government. If I was a registered lobbyist within the 2 years before the date of my appointment, in addition to abiding by the limitations of paragraph 2, I will not for a period of 2 years after the date of my appointment:

(a) participate in any particular matter on which I lobbied within the 2 years before the date of my appointment;

(b) participate in the specific issue area in which that particular matter falls; or

(c) seek or accept employment with any executive agency that I lobbied within the 2 years before the date of my appointment.

Please, explain how he can work for the Defense Department if he lobbied the defense department. Please be mindful of all the areas company has dealings with the Defense Department.

As I said, you can reasonab... (Below threshold)
Brian:

As I said, you can reasonably argue that Lynn's appointment doesn't follow the rules, but you can't lie about what the rules are.

So, Cassy was correct you j... (Below threshold)
Rodney:

So, Cassy was correct you just don't like the way she stated it. It is reasonable that Lynn's appointment breaks the executative order and stating "I will not for a period of 2 years after the date of my appointment:

(a) participate in any particular matter on which I lobbied within the 2 years before the date of my appointment;"

Which, basically states that if you lobbied youcan't work for the goverment in the area you lobbied. So no lobbyist in positions in which they lobbied is accurate.

So, Cassy was correct yo... (Below threshold)
Brian:

So, Cassy was correct you just don't like the way she stated it.

No, she was incorrect. All three times she said it. You stated, "if you lobbied youcan't work for the goverment in the area you lobbied." That's accurate. And it implies that there could be reasonably be 1,000 lobbyists in the government. Cassy said, "No lobbyists for Obama... except this one guy". Clearly not the same thing, if one is being honest.

Look, you even told me "You are right". You admit it. You just don't like that she used the wrong argument to make a point that you subscribe to. If you say "Obama is a Muslim, so therefore he won't be a good president", even if you have valid arguments for thinking he won't be a good president, that doesn't give you a pass for your statement being a lie. Unless you subscribe to "fake but accurate".

Brian, She was and is corre... (Below threshold)
Rodney:

Brian, She was and is correct. More accurate would have been saying no lobbyist will work in the area in which they lobbied, except this guy.

Can you be honest and the spirit of what President Obama stated and what he is doing is different? That he has broken what he promised?

Sorry, "There are no lob... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Sorry, "There are no lobbyists allowed in the Obama administration... except the ones that Obama has sign a waiver." That's just flat out false. There's just no way you can spin that to be accurate.

I am being honest. I admitted "you can reasonably argue" what you're saying. You're the one stubbornly refusing to be honest about what Cassy said. And I have nothing further to say about it.

Hey, Brian. Long time liste... (Below threshold)
Kelly:

Hey, Brian. Long time listener, first time commentor. You're starting to sound like a goddam twat! Now whaddya say to that?

A lie means when a person k... (Below threshold)
John:

A lie means when a person knowingly make a false statement at the time of the statement is made. Does that mean president Obama lied?




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