You Lie, Mr. President
…[W]e have to recognize that we face more than a deficit of dollars right now. We face a deficit of trust -– deep and corrosive doubts about how Washington works that have been growing for years. To close that credibility gap we have to take action on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue — to end the outsized influence of lobbyists; to do our work openly; to give our people the government they deserve.
In reality, the Obama administration just spit in our face. Yes, Mr. President. You lie:
A day after bashing lobbyists, President Barack Obama’s administration has invited K Street insiders to join private briefings on a range of topics addressed in Wednesday’s State of the Union.
The Treasury Department on Thursday morning invited selected individuals to “a series of conference calls with senior Obama administration officials to discuss key aspects of the State of the Union address.”
A handful of lobbyists told The Hill on Thursday morning that they received the invitations and were planning to call in.
Some lobbyists say they are extremely frustrated with the White House for criticizing them and then seeking their feedback. Others note that Democrats on Capitol Hill constantly urge them to make political donations.
One lobbyist said, “Bash lobbyists, then reach out to us. Bash lobbyists [while] I have received four Democratic invitations for fundraisers.”
Lobbyists say the Obama White House has held many off-the-record teleconferences over the past year.
Of course, just because you’re President doesn’t mean you cut ties with lobbyists who helped fund your campaign—even if the money is coming from those greedy and reckless Wall Street “fatcats” that you hate so much.
At what point do “independent” Obama supporters and Democrats tell themselves that they’re tired of being lied to and treated like trash by “virtuous” Democratic presidents and congressmen? One day after what’s being hailed as a turning point for the Obama presidency, where he purposely demonized bankers, lobbyists, etc., trying to position himself as a populist—and this is how the administration responds?
I, for one, was not shocked at all. I always knew the President was a liar.