William Katz:  Urgent Agenda






SURE, CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN – AT 10:58 A.M. ET:   One of the more depressing things about the current administration is how intensely political it is.  Now, all presidents have to be politicians, but this one has carried the role to an extreme, essentially running a 24/7 political campaign.

The Weekly Standard documents one aspect of the continuing campaign, and how it has trashed the very idea that this presidency is about hope and change:

Access to the Obama White House is in direct correlation to the amount of money donated to the president's reelection effort and the Democratic party, the New York Times reports today.

We grudgingly commend The Times for the report. 

The Times reports: "those who donated the most to Mr. Obama and the Democratic Party since he started running for president were far more likely to visit the White House than others. Among donors who gave $30,000 or less, about 20 percent visited the White House, according to a New York Times analysis that matched names in the visitor logs with donor records. But among those who donated $100,000 or more, the figure rises to about 75 percent. Approximately two-thirds of the president’s top fund-raisers in the 2008 campaign visited the White House at least once, some of them numerous times."

But the most explosive allegation in the news story comes from former Democratic congressman Patrick Kennedy, son of the late Ted Kenney, who calls what the Obama White House is doing "quid pro quo."

Patrick J. Kennedy, the former representative from Rhode Island, who donated $35,800 to an Obama re-election fund last fall while seeking administration support for a nonprofit venture, said contributions were simply a part of “how this business works.”

“If you want to call it ‘quid pro quo,’ fine,” he said. “At the end of the day, I want to make sure I do my part.”

COMMENT:  Republicans should turn this into a major story, and demand investigations into possible White House corruption.  Reading about this must be discouraging for all those young people who really thought they were getting Mr. Wonderful when they worked for Obama in 2008.

April 15, 2011