The New York Times released late this week a seven-page, 63 question job application that the President-elect’s transition team has designed for anyone interested in working for Barack Obama. Obama had said in his victory speech that his win was everybody’s win. His website asks supporters to send in their ideas on policy. He had multitudes chanting, “Yes We Can” at rallies for months. But can that same spirit be found within the pages of this application? Could President-elect Obama even work for himself?
Question 6: “If you or your spouse have performed any work for, received any payments from and or made any payments to any foreign government, business, non-profit organization or individual, please decribe the circumstances and identify the source and amount. Also please specify if you or your spouse have ever been registered as an agent for a foreign principle.”
President-elect Obama, could you please describe your relationship with current Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga? You know the man who lead a bloody coup in Kenya in 1982. You know the man reported by The Washington Times as this, “Mr. Odinga had the backing of Kenya’s Muslim community heading into the election. For months he denied any ties to Muslim leaders, but fell silent when Sheik Abdullahi Abdi, chairman of the National Muslim Leaders Forum, appeared on Kenya television displaying a memorandum of understanding signed on Aug. 29, 2007, by Mr. Odinga and the Muslim leader. Mr. Odinga then denied his denials. The details of the MOU were shocking. In return for Muslim backing, Mr. Odinga promised to impose a number of measures favored by Muslims if he were elected president. Among these were recognition of “Islam as the only true religion,” Islamic leaders would have an “oversight role to monitor activities of ALL other religions [emphasis in original],” installation of Shariah courts in every jurisdiction, a ban on Christian preaching, replacement of the police commissioner who “allowed himself to be used by heathens and Zionists,” adoption of a women’s dress code, and bans on alcohol and pork.” You know the man who graduated from East Germany’s Magdeburg University in 1970 on a scholarship provided by the East German government and is considered a Marxist. You know the man who named his oldest son after Fidel Castro. You know the man who’s supporters slaughtered hundreds of people when he was defeated in the recent presidential election. I’m pretty sure you campaigned for him, didn’t you? Sorry, can’t hire you.
Question 9: Please provide the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references.
Let’s see, there is William Ayers – oh better not write him down. Theres’s Tony Rexco, oh wait, bad idea. There’s Jeremiah Wright except maybe those racist, hateful tirades he calls sermons might not go over well. Father Pfleger would be a good one, nope that guy won’t work. How about Rashid Khalidi? Man, Obama is running out of references here. Guess he can’t be hired.
Question 16: “Please list each membership, including any board memberships, you or your spouse have or have had with any political, civic, social, charitable, educational, professional, fraternal, benevolent, religious organization, private club or other membership organization during the past 10 years.”
Let’s see, there is Trinity United Church of Christ with a racist, America-hating preacher that served while you, President-elect Obama, attended and teaches a Marxist Black Liberation theology. Then there is that New Party of which you were a member when running for political office in Chicago – wasn’t that a socialist party? How about those boards you served on with William Ayers. Let’s not even get into Michelle’s connections. Can’t hire you.
So Obama couldn’t hire himself, but what about you? I can’t think of anyone that could pass this incredibly invasive “test”. Perhaps Obama just wants all of the ghosts out of the closet, but I don’t think so. And why does he want or need to know all of your internet “handles”, things you have written in your diary (!?), whether you own a gun and all of the registration material in regard to those firearms, information on every email and text you have sent that could be embarrassing and pretty much anything you have ever written, said, thought, dreamed… Good Lord! I know Obama promised to be more transparent, except for during this transition time with all his secret meetings and taking his agenda off his transition website, but this is a bit ridiculous. Especially in the face of the people he has already put in his administration (31 of the 47 are Clinton throwbacks) and the friends he has had and does have.
Yes we can (‘t work for Obama)!