President Obama made the following video at the beginning of his presidency.
In the video he promises to listen to the American people and wants us to share our ideas and solutions. He says the door will always be open to the American people. In the video he says the people should have a say in the way America works and the policies that have an impact in their communities. He goes on to say that is at the heart of our democracy (it’s a republic, Mr. President) and at the heart of his administration.
Is this some alternate universe? Are you kidding me? They leave this video up and probably laugh every time someone plays it.
The Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement
Our government has put together a little book for us, as noted in the video. He calls it the Citizens Briefing Book. I call it another colossal waste of taxpayer money. In it, he gives the number of emails he had on various issues. It does say a lot about those willing to take the time to write the white house.
Remember hearing those people in the audio above standing in line in Detroit waiting for their free Obama money? Yeah, well, apparently they know how to write emails better than the average folks. Check this out:
1.) Ending marijuana prohibition – 92,970 “points”
2.) Commit to being the “greenest” economy in the world – 70,470 “points”
3.) Stop using federal resources to undermine states medical marijuana laws – 66,170 “points”
4.) End govt sponsored abstinence education and replace with age appropriate sex education – 65,350 “points”
5.) (we want) Bullet trains and light rail – 65,100 “points”
6.) Permanently close all torture facilities – 61,250 “points”
7.) Revoke the George W Bush tax cuts – 57,080 “points”
8.) Get insurance companies out of Health Care – 55,080 “points”
9.) Revoke tax exempt status for the Church of Scientology – 52,470 “points”
10.) Bring back the Constitution! – 50,160 “points”
11.) Boost economy with legal online poker (no kidding) – 56,890
12.) Restore Net Neutrality Protections to the Internet – 56,220
Who the hell filled this thing out????? College students? Sex, drugs and rock-n-roll (and online poker)!!! Really???
The constitution came in just ahead of online poker? Real Americans did not fill out this questionnaire.
Also interesting to me was no matter how they worded “service programs” run by government, those came in at under 10,000 “points” each.. yet Service.gov wasted no time in starting indoctrination proceedings.
Vote and debate bills online and show industry lobbyist contributions to campaigns came in at number 19. End pay to play Washington culture came in at 30, just above installing white house solar panels at 31. This is very interesting reading. The pdf is available at this link:
Looking at who staffs this department may provide guidance as to the results of the “survey”.
Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement
Prior to her current position, she served as Co-Chair of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team, and Senior Advisor to Obama’s presidential campaign. Prior to joining the Obama administration, Jarrett served as a Director of corporate and not for profit boards, including Chairman of the University of Chicago Medical Center Board of Trustees, and Vice Chair of the University of Chicago Board of Trustees, and the Chicago 2016 Olympic Committee. Jarrett received her A.B. from Stanford University in 1978 and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1981.
Communist sympathizer introduced as top adviser?
Valerie Jarrett’s family worked closely with Obama mentor Frank Marshall Davis
By Aaron Klein © 2009 WorldNetDaily
Was Valerie Jarrett, one of President Obama’s closest advisers, introduced to the president’s political circles by her father-in-law, a communist sympathizer who worked with the radical Obama mentor Frank Marshall Davis? …
Jarrett’s father-in-law, Vernon Jarrett, was an associate of Frank Marshall Davis, the controversial labor movement activist who has been identified as an early influence on Obama.
Vernon Jarrett and Davis worked together in 1940 in a Communist Party-dominated organization, the Citizen’s Committee to Aid Packing House Workers. The group’s own correspondence, previously uncovered by the New Zeal blog, describes its communist influence. Many of it’s leaders were tied to the Communist Party.
The pair also frequented the South Side Community Art Center, which was dominated by communists. In addition, Davis and Vernon Jarrett worked in the late 1940s on the communist influenced, black-run Chicago Defender newspaper.
In 1948, Jarrett started a radio show, “Negro Newsfront,” and went on to become the Chicago Tribune’s first black syndicated columnist.
A Washington Post obituary of Jarrett notes he “stoked the political embers in Chicago that led to the 1983 election of the city’s first African-American mayor, Harold Washington.”
“Vernon Jarrett was a key influence in Washington’s decision to run for the Chicago mayoralty and remained a key supporter through his four-year tenure,” the newspaper reported.
Obama has hailed Washington’s victory as a motivation for him to move to Chicago from New York. Washington was involved in communist-dominated circles in Chicago.
Jarrett clearly watched the rise of Obama as an activist. When Obama worked for Project Vote to register black voters with the intent of aiding the senatorial campaign of Carol Moseley Braun, Jones took note. Obama later took over Braun’s senate seat.
Writing in the Chicago Sun-Times in 1992, Jarrett noted: “Good news! Good news! Project Vote, a collectivity of 10 church-based community organizations dedicated to black voter registration, is off and running. … If Project Vote is to reach its goal of registering 150,000 out of an estimated 400,000 unregistered blacks statewide, ‘it must average 10,000 rather than 7,000 every week,’ says Barack Obama, the program’s executive director.”
Valerie Jarrett married Vernon’s son, William Robert Jarrett, in 1983.
In 1987, she got her start in politics, working for Washington as former deputy corporation counsel for finance and development. She was deputy chief of staff for Mayor Richard Daley, during which time she hired Michelle Robinson, then engaged to Obama. …
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Part of who Jarrett is can be seen in her obsession with racial issues. After the Jeremiah Wright tapes threatened to sink his campaign, it was Jarrett who encouraged Barack to give his “race speech” at Constitution Hall (the speech that sent the infamous thrill up Chris Matthews’ leg). African-American administration staffers have said without her patronage “their opinions and the often-legitimate concerns voiced by black leaders like [Al] Sharpton would have been thoroughly disregarded by the white-dominated senior staff.” (Emphasis added.) A black staffer claimed “there’s a cultural nuance” white Obama officials “just didn’t get.” If so, it’s not for Jarrett’s lack of hectoring. When Robert Gibbs tried to downplay Obama’s statement that Republicans were emphasizing that Obama “doesn’t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills,” Jarrett instructed white staffers, “You guys, you’re not getting this issue right.” After Jarrett’s intervention, the allegedly post-racial candidate Obama brought the white staff into line, telling them they were too “gun-shy on race issues.” A campaign source revealed, “moving forward, the candidate made it very clear to us that we were just a bunch of white people who didn’t get it – which, by the way, was true.”
After the inauguration, Jarrett successfully pushed to loosen restrictions barring officials from meeting with lobbyists, a rule enshrined in Obama’s executive memo on the Recovery Act, for fear other “legitimate” concerns – raised by “civil rights organizations whose directors happen to be registered lobbyists – will not be heard.”
Without her patronage, it seems Van Jones would not be heard. A White House official told Politico Jones “did not go through the traditional vetting process”; instead, Jarrett interviewed Jones, a signal she bucked for his appointment. Jarrett gushed to the Netroots Nation conference: “We were so delighted to be able to recruit him into the White House. We were watching him…for as long as he’s been active out in Oakland. And all the creative ideas he has. And so now, we have captured that, and we have all that energy in the White House.”
Jarrett lobbied Obama to create the office of Chief Diversity Officer within the FCC, a position filled by Mark Lloyd, an Alinskyite and former senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, who appears fixated on silencing conservative talk radio. Her intent, according to some, was to change policy by altering the structure of the FCC. Jarrett also helped recruit Cass Sunstein, who believes in the Fairness Doctrine, has argued we should “celebrate tax day,” and believes animals should have legal standing to sue humans. (This is a growing movement on the Green Left. As I note in chapter seven of my book Teresa Heinz Kerry’s Radical Gifts, the Heinz Endowments gave $25,000 to the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, which complains that “trees and forests and streams and cougars and bears – they have no rights under our structure of governance.”) As David Horowitz has noted, Saul Alinsky wrote, “From the moment an organizer enters a community, he lives, dreams, eats, breathes, sleeps only one thing, and that is to build the mass power base of what he calls the army.” Part of that motion involves burrowing into existing structures and changing them from the inside out – as has been done in academia, the major tax-exempt foundations, the Democratic Party, and now the U.S. government.
MICHELLE MALKIN TALKS OFTEN ABOUT THE CORRUPTION SURROUNDING VALERIE JARETT
Here is a perfect example of why I wrote Culture of Corruption (where she speaks of Valerie Jarett in detail)
Jarrett has a gift for rationalizing the increasing gap between what Obama promised and what he’s delivering. A Times magazine profile mentions her advocacy of reversing lobbying restrictions on stimulus projects — and spins it as a “civil rights” issue……
Michelle has many columns on her site on the subject of Valerie Jarett
Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement
“Tina” Tchen, a high-powered veteran lawyer at a premier Chicago law firm, is making her first foray into the public sector as the new White House Director for Public Liaison. Tchen, who will report to close Barack Obama ally Valerie Jarrett, will advance the president’s policies with interest groups through briefings, meetings and large events. She will also serve as executive director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, which Jarrett will chair.
Chief of Staff to the Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Relations and Public Engagement
Strautmanis is one of Barack and Michelle Obama’s closest friends. He met them at Sidney Austin LLP in Chicago when he was a paralegal. He later went to law school and became involved in politics. He worked on a variety of campaigns and in the Clinton administration before joining Obama’s staff in the Senate.
He is known as someone who can get things done, and Obama describes him as “a utility man.” Strautmanis joined the transition team after Obama was elected president and was later named chief of staff to senior Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. His job in Obama’s Senate office included serving as an ambassador to unions and African Americans, two key constituencies. The Office of Public Liaison meets with interest groups to discuss and promote the president’s policies.
The Chicago Tribune reported in December on the appointment of the three people above:
And when Obama becomes president, the three hometown pals will be his liaisons to the public—the “front door” of his White House, as one aide put it.
Naming longtime family friend Valerie Jarrett as his assistant for Intergovernmental Relations and Public Liaison was one of Obama’s first orders of business after the election.
On Friday, he picked two other Chicago friends to join them in the White House. Christina Tchen will be director of the Office of Public Liaison, and Michael Strautmanis will serve as chief of staff for both of the offices Jarrett will oversee.
“They all share a true sense of the significant change that an Obama administration will bring,” Jarrett said in an interview with the Tribune. “I was looking for people who have a track record of being inclusive, being transparent and engaging people who often feel left out.”
Tchen and Strautmanis will join Cecilia Munoz, a veteran of the advocacy group National Council of La Raza, as Jarrett’s top three staffers.
Tchen was a top Obama fundraiser for both his 2004 U.S. Senate race and his presidential bid. A partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, she has worked on cases involving shareholders, intellectual property, constitutional matters, insurance, real estate and breach of contract.
In 1992, Tchen successfully argued a case for the State of Illinois before the U.S. Supreme Court. She has represented such public agencies as the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, the Illinois Department of Public Aid, and the Chicago Housing Authority.
Strautmanis came to know the Obamas when he was a paralegal for Michelle Obama at the Chicago law firm Sidley Austin.
In Obama’s U.S. Senate office, Strautmanis was chief counsel and deputy chief of staff, serving as an ambassador to key constituencies, such as African-American leaders and unions. He played a similar role during the presidential campaign among members of Congress and political leaders.
Strautmanis practiced complex litigation and employment law in Chicago before joining the Clinton administration at the U.S. Agency for International Development. He also served as legislative director and counsel to then-Rep. Rod Blagojevich and helped the Illinois governor win election in 2002.
White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs
The civil-rights advocate has long fought for immigrant rights and better treatment for Hispanic Americans, taking on President Clinton’s welfare reform and conservative attacks on amnesty programs for illegal immigrants. It is a skill she learned from her Bolivian father, who rounded up friends to send letters to Congress to opposed various bills.
A former organizer who has never served directly in government, Munoz will bring her passion and organizing skills to the White House as director of intergovernmental affairs, where she will work with municipal and state governments. Munoz’s appointment was praised by the left, but has been ferociously attacked by the right. A guest host on Rush Limbaugh’s show described Munoz as an “amnesty fetishist” and blogger Doug Ross accused Munoz of “seeking the overthrow of the U.S. government.”Doug Ross Web site
She is now one of the highest-ranking Hispanic officials in the White House.
She supported parts of the 2007 Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, particularly the measure that would have created a clear path to citizenship to illegal immigrants. However, La Raza wrote it would not support any bill unless it included “a path to citizenship for the current undocumented population; the creation of new legal channels for future immigrant workers; a reduction of family immigration backlogs; and the protection of civil rights and civil liberties.
Associate Director, White House Office of Public Engagement/Deputy Associate Director, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs
In his current position, Blake is responsible for coordinating outreach efforts to elected officials at the county and state levels, except for governors. He also spends a lot of time reaching out to African-American communities throughout the country, addressing issues like education, jobs and health care.WhoRunsGov.com Interview with Michael Blake, October 7, 2009.
One of Blake’s main job responsibilities is African-American outreach, an issue that he said he cares deeply about. From a policy standpoint, Blake said there are some major problems he hopes to address through talking with the community and discovering its needs.
“There are structural inequalities that exist,” he said. “You have educational disparities that are out there. You have minority business practices and fairness issues that you’re constantly having to deal with…How do you educate people about green jobs and the green economy of the future? How do you make sure that people are aware of how to get H1N1 vaccinations?”WhoRunsGov.com Interview with Michael Blake, October 7, 2009.
Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement
Bond has an extensive background in constituency outreach and coalition bridge-building. Most recently he served as the National Constituency Director for the Obama for America Campaign in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to that, he served as the Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee’s Gay and Lesbian Leadership Council. He also served several years as the Executive Director of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, an organization committed to training and electing Out LGBT candidates for public office. A former Executive Director of the Missouri Democratic Party, Bond is a Missouri native has a degree in Public Administration from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.
Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement
Wicks has a long history in grassroots organizing and civic engagement. Most recently she was the Director of the Renew America Together effort (serve.gov), the call to service issued by then President-elect Obama. She also served on the Obama for America campaign in a variety of roles, including California Field Director and Missouri State Director, and helped develop the national grassroots field strategy. She has also worked in the labor movement, fighting for better health care and wages for disenfranchised workers. She is originally from California and graduated with a double major in Political Science and History from the University of Washington.
Big Hollywood reported:
On August 10th, the National Endowment for the Arts, the White House Office of Public Engagement, and the Corporation for National and Community Service hosted a conference call with a handpicked arts group. This arts group played a key role in Obama’s arts effort during his election campaign, as declared by the organizers of the call, and many on the call played a role in the now famous Obama Hope poster.
Much of the talk on the conference call was a build up to what the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) was specifically asking of this group. In the following segment, Buffy Wicks, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, clearly identifies this arts group as a pro-Obama collective and warns them of some “specific asks” that will be delivered later in the meeting.
Big Hollywood has the audio from the call posted at the link above.
Canada Free Press reported:
The story comes from Patrick Courrielche of Andrew Breitbart’s Big Hollywood.
What’s new here is the proof Courrielche just now revealed that the Obama White House was actually participating in and coordinating the conference call.
It turns out Buffy Wicks, deputy director of President Obama’s Office of Public Engagement, was on the teleconference call.
Wicks is a political operative who has worked with ACORN.
My sources in the progressive movement say Wicks handled the Obama campaign in Missouri last year. Obama lost in Missouri and activists in that state and people within the Obama campaign placed the blame for the defeat squarely on her shoulders.
After failing to win Missouri for Obama, Wicks had a very hard time finding a job but somehow she landed a job in the Obama White House. It’s unclear how she did that.
Wicks used to work for Wake Up Wal-Mart (wakeupwalmart.com), which is not a formal affiliate of ACORN but is an ACORN-sponsored spinoff group. The group works very closely with ACORN and is modeled after ACORN’s own anti-Wal-Mart affiliate W*A*R*N* (Wal-Mart Alliance for Reform Now).
Wake Up Wal-Mart entered into a national partnership with ACORN in 2005. In a Wake Up Wal-Mart press release from 2005, ACORN national president Maude Hurd said: “This is a new day in the fight to change Wal-Mart. We have created an unprecedented, bottom-up force for change which will demonstrate why Wal-Mart needs to change now.”
The group’s legal name is Change Wal-Mart Association. It has a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) of 20-2643179. It is a 501(c)(5) nonprofit, which means it is a labor-oriented organization. The group was formed in 2006 but no tax return (IRS Form 990) is available for the group at guidestar.org. This is unusual.
Donations to the group do not appear in philanthropy databases. Fortune reports that the group is funded entirely by UFCW.
Nexis reports that its office address is 1775 K St. NW, Washington DC 20006. This is the same address as the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW). This is not surprising because Wake Up Wal-Mart is a project of UFCW.
Wicks is identified as a Wake Up Wal-Mart employee in a press release issued by the group, saying the “principles for change” letter was personally handed to Lee Scott by a WakeUpWalMart.com staffer, Buffy Wicks.
Maybe this is why ACORN, unions, special interest groups and illegal immigrants can be heard by this administration and the good hardworking citizens of America can’t. Perhaps the department would be more transparent by borrowing Orwell’s title of Ministry of Truth.
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