Obama’s Spoiled Bushel of Appointments
Yesterday the “liar” Susan Rice, Ambassador to the United Nations, formally asked the president to remove her from consideration for Secretary of State. Her confirmation to the position should have been a sure thing. That is, until she chose to lie on behalf of the Obama administration over the Benghazi disaster on the Sunday morning talk show circuit. This move was so egregious even the RINO Senator from Maine, Susan Collins, could not support her.
Lacking integrity would not normally disqualify someone from this administration; however, the American public has grown weary from a president with a sordid history of selecting advisors who’ve had to pull back or submit resignations over controversies. Unfortunately for Ms. Rice, not only is she a victim of being a poor choice, she is a victim of being the latest in a series of poor choices.
So who were the other bad apples who helped spoil the bushel of future Obama appointments?
They were Tom Daschle and Anthony “Van” Jones. Former Senate Majority leader Daschle was Obama’s first choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Like Rice, he should have been an easy pick-up. Unfortunately, Daschle had to pull his name from consideration after it was revealed he failed to pay over $130,000 in taxes. Ironically, failing to pay taxes does not disqualify a person from being Treasury Secretary and presiding over the IRS.
Even advisors who have managed to get their foot in office have had to leave under questionable circumstances. Van Jones was appointed to be Obama’s Green Jobs Czar. Since Czars don’t have to face a Senate approval process, he was actually able to work for nine months before his true colors came out. Van Jones is a self-described communist and had signed a petition asking the government to look deeper into 9/11 believing the government attacked itself on that day.
Another person who left their position abruptly was White House Communications Director Anita Dunn. The White House claims she had only agreed to work for a short time; however, the timing of her resignation is suspect. It came shortly after a video surfaced showing her speaking to a group of high school students. In it she claimed that Mao Zedong was one of “her favorite political philosophers.”
Even those who have lasted such as Eric Holder and Kathleen Sebelius have had significant lapses in judgment. Holder submitted false information in a letter to congress over the Department of Justice’s role in the fast and furious scandal. Sebelius violated the Hatch Act when she used her position in government to influence the 2012 presidential election.
It should come as no shock that the public now takes a closer look at who this president chooses to advise him. Obama is simply untrustworthy in this area. Not even the main stream media’s advancing the left’s trump card of race and sex discrimination could save Susan Rice. Americans remembered the Republicans had previously appointed Condi Rice, another African-American female, to the very same position.
Presidents have long used government departments to force unpopular agendas through regulations that circumvent the legislative process. This was easy with a largely apathetic nation. However, with a nation now engaged in who is sitting in these positions, presidents must now consider appointing upstanding, qualified people, or risk losing political capital by appointing those with poor judgment but who are willing to advance their political ideology.
- Susan Rice withdraws name from consideration for Sec. of State (suntimes.com)
- Why Did Obama Give Republicans a Scalp? (motherjones.com)
- Obama’s loss: Susan Rice gives up (suntimes.com)
- White House Advisor Van Jones Talks About Overthrowing Capitalism (independentsentinel.com)
- Barack Obama wimping out already on key appointments like Susan Rice — GOP will be delighted that he failed to stand by his top pick for State (irishcentral.com)