Skip to comments.Explanation of White House 'job offer' energizes doubters
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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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.
My Two Cents...
Saturday morning ping!
YOU are...DA MAN!!!
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.
According to another thread, the ‘volutary position’ is one Sestak isn’t even eligible to hold!
That little discrepancy hasn't stopped Obama before.
Never stopped Clinton either, just ask Monica.
I think the Tooth Fairy story is more believable.
On target and right between the eyes!
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!
Much more believable.
Unfortunately they will get away with it. Even using the #1 Liar.
Can't get their stories straight.
We are a Nation of Laws*.
(*unless you are a Democrat Politician)
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.
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.”
I bet there were a lot of positions Clinton had Monica hold.
depends on what your definition of “In” is.
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.
Excellent essay as always. Thanks for the ping
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......
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 wasnt IN Obamas White House.
DNC newest defense - it depends on what the definition of IN is....
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.
“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 wasnt IN Obamas 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.””
YUP! Big surprise there ha? The result of the Lame Stream Media's mass consumption of the anointed ones Kool-Aid!
Any help greatly appreciated.
Next they will have to flood the fake news with a red herring.
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)
Thank you so much for this excellent wrap-up!
The Czechs have nailed it! Big time!
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
If that's true he didn't follow through. (or the "source" doesn't know squat and should never be used again!)
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.
It's always been those behind the curtain that make the decisions.
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.
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!
I don't know what that means....
You mean this one?
” 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) “
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.