Thursday, January 28, 2010

Administration Hypocrisy Watch (Financial Version)

"The Hill" titles a must-read piece as follows:

After Obama rips lobbyists, K St. insiders get private briefings.

Here are excerpts:

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.”

In his State of the Union on Wednesday, Obama once again targeted K Street: “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.”

Hypocrisy we can believe in?

Moral to the president: People who run as a saint/Messiah are held to at least ordinary standards of consistency. "The Hill" mightn't bash you with such a pointed title and text had you not posed as other than a Chi-town pol, which is how you have been behaving.

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