Friday, January 23, 2009
Ever seen Georgie Walker doin' this?
I doubt it. Notwithstanding, there's always an ambitious reporter to show off by asking a question in the wrong place and time, just to irritate the man. Name of the wrongdoer? Politico's reporter Jonathan Martin. A slightly irritated Obama said, "I came down here to visit. See, this is what happens. I can't end up visiting with you guys and shaking hands if I'm going to get grilled every time I come down here."
Martin's query was "How do you reconcile Bill Lynn?" William J. Lynn III, a former Pentagon official under President Bill Clinton and Obama's choice for deputy secretary of the Defense Department, spent the better part of the past two years lobbying for defense contractor Raytheon, per federal records. See, the guy needed a job and lobbying pays superbly. However, Obama's ethics rules state that ex-lobbyists in his administration cannot work on issues they lobbied on for two years. So, Mr President, Martin kinda suggested, why don't you take your own medicine? Well, nobody's prefect!