About that No Lobbyists Pledge, Mr. President
Yeah, you’re a liar.
Before 9 a.m., a group of lobbyists began showing up at the White House security gates with the chief executives of their companies, all of whom serve on President Obama’s jobs council, to be checked in for a roundtable with the president.
At 1 p.m., a dozen representatives from the meat industry arrived for a briefing in the New Executive Office Building. At 3 p.m., a handful of lobbyists were lining up for a ceremony honoring the 2011 World Series champions, the St. Louis Cardinals.
And at 4 p.m., a lobbyist for Goldman Sachs arrived in the Old Executive Office Building for a meeting with Alan B. Krueger, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.
It was an unremarkable January day, with a steady stream of lobbyists among the thousands of daily visitors to the White House and the surrounding executive office buildings, according to a Washington Post analysis of visitor logs released by the administration. The Post matched visits with lobbying registrations and connected records in the visitor database to show who participated in the meetings, information now available in a search engine on the Post’s web site.
The visitor logs for Jan. 17 — one of the most recent days available — show that the lobbying industry Obama has vowed to constrain is a regular presence at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. The records also suggest that lobbyists with personal connections to the White House enjoy the easiest access.
Who has the easiest access to the White House? Not your Congressmen, Governor, or even you. Nope – it’s the very people Obama promised to keep out of the White House and eliminate their influence: lobbyists. The President is a lair. And a politician. But I repeat myself.
This is why President Obama can’t run on a hope and change message again. There has been no hope and no change during first term, so a negative campaign is all he has left. So when a guy like Cory Booker goes on Meet the Press and doesn’t stick to the script on attacking Romney on private equity, they have to be shut down.