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Explanation of White House 'job offer' energizes doubters
WorldNetDaily.com ^ | 5/29/2010 | By Bob Unruh

Posted on 05/29/2010 12:51:17 AM PDT by JohnHuang2

White House lawyer Robert Bauer's statement today on the "job offer" to Rep. Joe Sestak carefully explained it was really only an unpaid advisory position that would allow Sestak to stay in his U.S. House seat representing Pennsylvania.

But the words did nothing to remove critics' doubts, and one commenter on the blog of conservative columnist Michelle Malkin may have touched a nerve when he wrote, "When you are telling the truth you do not have to prepare a response. The truth does not have to be manipulated. It does not have to be reviewed by attorneys. It does not have to be prepared. Calls don't have to be made to get the story straight."

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Even as Obama tried to miraculously plug a hole a mile deep in the Gulf by having a press conference defending the government's slooooooooow response and by visiting the Gulf Coast to pick up tar balls and explain his administration's methodical approach to screwing things up, now comes his underwhelming explanation for why a bribe offered to Joe Sestak was not a bribe.

After months of innocently gathering all the 'facts', the White House chaps now claim they tried to bait Sestak into not running for the U.S. Senate with the irresistible lure of service on an irrelevant panel without pay and that this enticing job offer wasn't a bribe because the position is unenticing, unpaid and because ballerina dancer Rahm Emanuel used a conduit to offer the bribe.

According to the White House's just-released thorough review of itself, morally upright and ethical Bill Clinton innocently approached Sestak last year to discuss tempting "options of service" on an "advisory board" if he agreed to eschew the Senate race. Clinton: Don't run for Senate and you'll enjoy the lavish trappings of a dream job on an obscure board without compensation!

The White House's story is so unconvincing that the media are convinced it's true! According to the diligent press which hasn't been on top of this story for months, the allegation of misconduct involving a job offer to Sestak in exchange for his dropping out of the race is 'thoroughly' 'refuted' by a memo confirming a job offer to Sestak in exchange for his dropping out of the race. White House: It took us February, March, April and most of May to offer up our innocent little story. And this is not damage control. Trust us!

White House counsel Robert Bauer's memo claims nothing improper happened because no White House staff was used to make the job proposition since the proposition was made by White House staff through Bill Clinton.

Liberals insist this self-serving conclusion from a discredited 'investigation' somehow exonerates the White House because (a) the White House conducted the 'investigation' and (b) a White House bribe isn't a bribe if the White House uses an outside emissary or fixer to offer the bribe, which would only make it a criminal conspiracy. See? All innocent. Relax.

Liberals scream that this is Washington, this kind of stuff goes on all the time, relax, no big deal, grow up, man. In the next breath, libbies affirm belief in the cock-and-bull tale the White House concocted -- a volunteer position without pay on some snore-fest advisory board was all that tiny dancer Rahm dangled to buy off a Congressman seeking a U.S. Senate gig.

University of Virginia honcho Larry Sabato insists that nothing improper happened, just "garden variety politics," and that he's "too old and cynical" to be shocked by any of this totally 'proper' conduct and believes the White House's fairy tale completely. Liberal Fox News analyst Lis Wiehl says she doesn't understand why the White House took so "long in coming out with this memo from Bauer" and "I don't understand why they didn't come out with it sooner," but believes every word in it is true. Really? The memo says the White House spent two months trying to get Sestak to back out. But Sestak said in his presser he chatted with Clinton only once about Rahm's job offer and touched on it briefly at that. Even after the heads-up Sestak's brother got from the White House to get everybody to parrot Bauer's cooked-up alibi, Sestak gave the game away by going clumsily off script with that itty-bitty discrepancy. Only chatted once with Clinton about a job? Memo says June and July. Who else did you chat with about a job you're highly ineligible for? (President's Intelligence Advisory Board gigs aren't open to sitting Congressman under current rules.)

And what about the gig on USAID offered to you by Obama's deputy chief of staff Jim Messina? Oops, hold on -- that's another bribe, this one a failed effort to buy off Andrew Romanoff from a primary run against U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet. Sorry. Hard to keep all this totally 'above board' and 'proper behavior' straight.

Anyway, that's...
My Two Cents...
"JohnHuang2"

1 posted on 05/29/2010 12:51:17 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: Forgiven_Sinner; xm177e2; mercy; Wait4Truth; hole_n_one; GretchenEE; Clinton's a rapist; buffyt; ...

Saturday morning ping!


2 posted on 05/29/2010 12:51:58 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2

ping back.

:)


3 posted on 05/29/2010 12:55:02 AM PDT by GeronL (Political Correctness Kills)
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To: JohnHuang2

YOU are...DA MAN!!!


4 posted on 05/29/2010 12:56:08 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Remember November...I can see it from my house!)
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To: JohnHuang2

The only problem is that in an early press interview about this, a reporter named Kane asked Sestak whether he had been offered a job by someone IN the White House. Sestak said YES>. The part about Bill Clinton has been made up in recent days to “save the Dem party.” He wasn’t IN Obama’s White House.


5 posted on 05/29/2010 12:56:38 AM PDT by browniexyz
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To: JohnHuang2

According to another thread, the ‘volutary position’ is one Sestak isn’t even eligible to hold!


6 posted on 05/29/2010 12:58:36 AM PDT by SatinDoll (NO Foreign Nationals as our President!!)
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To: SatinDoll
According to another thread, the ‘volutary position’ is one Sestak isn’t even eligible to hold!

That little discrepancy hasn't stopped Obama before.

7 posted on 05/29/2010 1:03:46 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The Last Boy Scout)
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To: UCANSEE2

Never stopped Clinton either, just ask Monica.


8 posted on 05/29/2010 1:42:52 AM PDT by Merrittk
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To: JohnHuang2
...libbies affirm belief in the cock-and-bull tale the White House concocted -- a volunteer position without pay on some snore-fest advisory board was all that tiny dancer Rahm dangled to buy off a Congressman seeking a U.S. Senate gig.

I think the Tooth Fairy story is more believable.

9 posted on 05/29/2010 1:46:12 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: JohnHuang2

On target and right between the eyes!


10 posted on 05/29/2010 1:58:23 AM PDT by Enterprise (Katrina was rough. The BP blowout is Katrina on steroids. Deal with it libs.)
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To: JohnHuang2
Today, Kane threw another wrench in the works, telling National Review Online the White House originally denied there was any offer.

He recalled asking for confirmation of Sestak's statement.

"When the White House finally called back, they denied it," he told NRO. "Strategically, the White House press person I spoke with said Sestak's statement 'was not true.' So I pressed: Was anything, at all, dangled? She repeated that all she could say was that Sestak's words 'were not true.'"

Lie, lie, lie!

11 posted on 05/29/2010 1:58:28 AM PDT by TigersEye (0basma's father was a British subject. He can't be a "natural-born" citizen.)
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To: Yaelle
"I think the Tooth Fairy story is more believable."

Much more believable.
Unfortunately they will get away with it. Even using the #1 Liar.

12 posted on 05/29/2010 2:01:30 AM PDT by DeaconRed (Zero is trying to spend US out of a Recession-He is spending US into a major Depression)
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To: JohnHuang2
The memo says the White House spent two months trying to get Sestak to back out. But Sestak said in his presser he chatted with Clinton only once about Rahm's job offer and touched on it briefly at that.

Can't get their stories straight.

13 posted on 05/29/2010 2:03:52 AM PDT by TigersEye (0basma's father was a British subject. He can't be a "natural-born" citizen.)
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To: TigersEye

bump


14 posted on 05/29/2010 2:19:25 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: JohnHuang2

We are a Nation of Laws*.

(*unless you are a Democrat Politician)


15 posted on 05/29/2010 2:21:56 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Obama, proving Hillary right that it takes a Village Idiot.)
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To: JohnHuang2

For you attorneys out there...Isn’t this one of those surrogate/alter ego situations? If Emanuel is Obama’s alter ego, anything he does would be as if it’s done by Obama.


16 posted on 05/29/2010 4:04:20 AM PDT by ryderann
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To: JohnHuang2
Well said, JohnHuang2!
17 posted on 05/29/2010 4:16:56 AM PDT by srmorton (Deut. 30 19: "..I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing;therefore choose life..")
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To: JohnHuang2

The BS meter is pegged totally to the right and straining to be a spinning dial.

If it were a pressure guage, a dangerous blowout would be inevitable.

The bad thing in this is the use of Clinton. Not only does it shout, “This thing is a lie!”, but it also shouts, “In your face, screw you, we know that using Clinton is our way of telling you that we don’t care what you think.”


18 posted on 05/29/2010 4:20:10 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and proud of it. Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: Merrittk
Never stopped Clinton either, just ask Monica.

I bet there were a lot of positions Clinton had Monica hold.

19 posted on 05/29/2010 4:22:37 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is <strike>fading</strike>gone.)
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To: JohnHuang2

bttt!!!!


20 posted on 05/29/2010 4:31:54 AM PDT by Guenevere (....)
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To: UCANSEE2

depends on what your definition of “In” is.


21 posted on 05/29/2010 4:39:16 AM PDT by bdfromlv (Leavenworth hard time)
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To: JohnHuang2

Isn’t Bob Bauer Obama’s personal attorney that sealed his school records, from an FOIA, Then was given White House counsel job just when the ACORN scandal broke.


22 posted on 05/29/2010 4:40:54 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: JohnHuang2

Excellent essay as always. Thanks for the ping


23 posted on 05/29/2010 4:43:00 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: JohnHuang2
Don't worry John.

The State Conrolled Media is ALL OVER this story! They will leave NO STONE unturned to find something! I heard there are over 1,000 reporters assigned to this!




Oh wait......different story.......never mind......

24 posted on 05/29/2010 4:43:26 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: browniexyz

The only problem is that in an early press interview about this, a reporter named Kane asked Sestak whether he had been offered a job by someone IN the White House. Sestak said YES>. The part about Bill Clinton has been made up in recent days to “save the Dem party.” He wasn’t IN Obama’s White House.

DNC newest defense - it depends on what the definition of IN is....


25 posted on 05/29/2010 4:59:58 AM PDT by Cyclone59 (I ROCK, Guitar Hero said so........)
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To: JohnHuang2

Excellent write up, John. I’m curious as to your rhetorical bend on the “high crimes and misdemeanors” going on in DC. We have a President who’s supposed to be leading and taking responsibility for EVERYTHING happening in our nation, yet he cherry picks his issues, those that are most politically expedient and convenient to him. Is it your opinion that the WH is using strongarm tactics through Rahm, et al. to surreptitiously push away the press from the bete noire issues while Obama acts as the “good cop,” if you will, to bring attention to those that bolster his presidency?

My take on this is that Obama is gallivanting around the country for himself while Rahm is acting as a giant shield covering his backside from attacks from the Republicans and the media. It’s downright frightening how effective one man has become in shuffling issues off into a dark dusty corner of the media market. There’s no legal accountability, no fait accompli, no responsibility for any issue that would tarnish “the One’s” reputation.

I often wonder if this is how the Left saw Rove, but at least Rove was honest.


26 posted on 05/29/2010 5:14:45 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: browniexyz

“The only problem is that in an early press interview about this, a reporter named Kane asked Sestak whether he had been offered a job by someone IN the White House. Sestak said YES>. The part about Bill Clinton has been made up in recent days to “save the Dem party.” He wasn’t IN Obama’s White House.”

Exactly! And everyone with eyes can SEE all of this. And yet, many do not even care. I received an email this morning with the following: “This quote was translated into English from an article appearing in the
Czech Republic as published in the Prager Zeitung of 28 April 2010 .

“The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of
entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier
to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore
the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate
willing to have such a man for their president.”

“The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who
is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the
fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that
made him their prince.

The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool.

It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who
made him their president.””


27 posted on 05/29/2010 5:18:03 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: JohnHuang2

BTTT


28 posted on 05/29/2010 5:21:49 AM PDT by varon (Allegiance to the constitution, always. Allegiance to a political party, never.)
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To: JohnHuang2
"The White House's story is so unconvincing that the media are convinced it's true!"

YUP! Big surprise there ha? The result of the Lame Stream Media's mass consumption of the anointed ones Kool-Aid!

29 posted on 05/29/2010 5:48:13 AM PDT by dokmad
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To: JohnHuang2
Partial Clinton time line...
Feb. 4, 2010 - conference call with House Democratic leaders to tout the passage of pay-as-you-go legislation
Feb. 5, 2010 - In Haiti as UN envoy
Feb. 11-15 2010 - Heart surgery
Feb. 11-17, 2010 (?) - conference call/meeting to coordinate a push-back to the burgeoning tea party movement (Breitbart)
Feb. 21, 2010 - Good Morning America/Major Garrett interviews
Feb. 24, 2010 - UC Berkeley Global Citizenship - speech

Any help greatly appreciated.

30 posted on 05/29/2010 6:10:41 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: JohnHuang2

Next they will have to flood the fake news with a red herring.


31 posted on 05/29/2010 6:13:43 AM PDT by bmwcyle (NJ Governor Chris Christie for Pr sident)
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To: JohnHuang2

He can always say that his memory of the events was cloudy because of the anesthesia he was given for the surgery (if the “conversation” happened after the surgery)


32 posted on 05/29/2010 6:21:00 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: JohnHuang2

Thank you so much for this excellent wrap-up!


33 posted on 05/29/2010 6:22:10 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: JohnHuang2
Oops...
Sestak says federal job was offered to quit race
After yesterday's taping, Sestak said he recalled the White House offer coming in July, as he was preparing to formally announce his Senate candidacy in August.
Have to go back to June/July 2009.
34 posted on 05/29/2010 6:35:40 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: SumProVita

The Czechs have nailed it! Big time!


35 posted on 05/29/2010 6:37:04 AM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "Gun Free Zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: JohnHuang2
July 7, 2009 - In Haiti.
36 posted on 05/29/2010 6:46:32 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: philman_36
June 1, 2009 - Ethanol Summit in Brazil
37 posted on 05/29/2010 6:48:54 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: philman_36
June 14, 2009 - American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee annual convention speech
38 posted on 05/29/2010 6:55:38 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: philman_36
June 2, 2009 - It is gossiped that funds for the Clinton Global Initiative weren't the only thing raised in Argentina...
...she gave Bill Clinton a private dance

A Clinton spokesman in New York, however, said yesterday that her story "is completely false. They were at the hotel playing cards with the former and current presidents" and "a small group of staff and friends." They were playing "Oh, Hell," he said.

Oooookay...I believe that! /sarcasm

39 posted on 05/29/2010 7:19:30 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: philman_36
June in general - Payback: Bill Clinton's loyalty tour
ongoing effort that has involved him in campaigns in at least eight states...
Snip...Clinton’s loyalty has its limits. Though he’s close to Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak, who appears set to challenge Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter in the 2010 Senate primary, Clinton plans to avoid the Pennsylvania contest, according to a source.

If that's true he didn't follow through. (or the "source" doesn't know squat and should never be used again!)

40 posted on 05/29/2010 7:27:35 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: JohnHuang2
tiny dancer Rahm

Bwaahahahah!!

41 posted on 05/29/2010 7:27:52 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Build a man a fire; he'll be warm for a night. Set a man on fire; he'll be warm the rest of his life)
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To: JohnHuang2
After months of innocently gathering all the 'facts', the White House chaps now claim

After months of innocently gathering hiding all the 'facts', the White House chaps now claim... There, fixed.

Liberal Fox News analyst Lis Wiehl says she doesn't understand why the White House took so "long in coming out with this memo from Bauer" and "I don't understand why they didn't come out with it sooner,"

Because they just created it Lis. Lis? I never heard THAT first name before... but she is hot for a lib so she's an anomaly.

42 posted on 05/29/2010 7:28:50 AM PDT by b4its2late (Why does a slight tax increase cost you $200 and a substantial tax cut save you 30 cents?)
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To: philman_36
July 8, 2009 - Campus Progress National Conference speech in Washington where he came out in favor of same-sex marriage.
43 posted on 05/29/2010 7:35:07 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: philman_36
July 5-8 (6-9?), 2009 Former U.S. President Bill Clinton wrapped up a three-day visit to Haiti today.
44 posted on 05/29/2010 7:42:05 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: JohnHuang2

Excellent!!


45 posted on 05/29/2010 8:22:05 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: SumProVita
Kudos to the Czech Republic!

It's always been those behind the curtain that make the decisions.


Exhibit One

The veil has been rent, Czechmate! (oh that's right this will never see the light of day except here at FR and where it originated)

Thanks for the enlightenment Sum.

46 posted on 05/29/2010 8:37:23 AM PDT by Syncro (November is hunting season. No bag limit-Ted Nugent)
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To: JohnHuang2
The White House's story is so unconvincing that the media are convinced it's true!

Aha, the criteria has been met.

Great analysis Johnny!

47 posted on 05/29/2010 8:39:15 AM PDT by Syncro (November is hunting season. No bag limit-Ted Nugent)
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To: b4its2late
Where there is a Wiehl there is a whey.

I don't know what that means....

48 posted on 05/29/2010 8:41:02 AM PDT by Syncro (November is hunting season. No bag limit-Ted Nugent)
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To: xzins
The BS meter is pegged totally to the right and straining to be a spinning dial.

You mean this one?


49 posted on 05/29/2010 8:48:06 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Build a man a fire; he'll be warm for a night. Set a man on fire; he'll be warm the rest of his life)
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To: philman_36

” He can always say that his memory of the events was cloudy because of the anesthesia he was given for the surgery (if the “conversation” happened after the surgery) “

Bingo.
The long term post op memory problems associated with open heart surgery is sometimes called “ pump head. “
Can affect patients for months and even years.
The White House may even trot out this excuse to gain sympathy for Bill Clinton and show that they were just trying to protect the former president and his mental disability
and spin themselves as the good guys in all this.
I think Thursday’s luncheon at the White House was an attempt to get Clinton to say he got carried away with exuberance and misinterpreted a conversation with Barry and he overstepped the bounds and mistakenly offered a job he had no business offering, etc, etc.
Not from pump head , but, Bubba being Bubba , it was all completely innocent .
Clinton could have saved the day-spinning the media with his contrition and cornpone.
I don’t think Clinton was willing to take the fall , might have been interesting to be a fly on the wall during that meeting.
I think they are going to dirty up Clinton as the scandal continues to unfold .
They can’t sacrifice anyone at the White House and they have to save Sestak, the only expendable one is Clinton.


50 posted on 05/29/2010 10:22:33 AM PDT by Wild Irish Rogue
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