Obama’s Summer of Corruption

In Chicago politics, there’s an old term for the publicly subsidized pay-offs and positions meted out to the corruptocrats’ friends and special interests: boodle.

In the age of Obama, Hope and Change is all about the boodle. So it was with the stimulus. And the massive national service expansion. And the health care bill. And the financial reform bill. And the blossoming job-trading scandals engulfing the White House.

There’s always been an ageless, interdependent relationship between Windy City politicos and “goo-goos” (the cynical Chicago term for good government reformers). Chicago-style “reform” has always entailed the redistribution of wealth and power under the guise of public service. And it has inevitably led to more corruption.

In March 2010, this column first took note of allegations by Democrats Joe Sestak and Andrew Romanoff that the White House had offered them jobs in exchange for dropping their respective bids against Obama-favored incumbent Sens. Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania and Michael Bennet in Colorado. White House legal counsel Bob “The Fixer” Bauer’s attempt to bury questions about the Sestak affair with a Memorial Day weekend document dump failed. So has the attempt to make Rahm Emanuel-enlisted former president Bill Clinton the sole scapegoat.

Bauer’s memo mentions “efforts” (plural, not singular) to woo Sestak. But the White House refuses to divulge what offers besides Clinton’s were extended to Sestak. Moreover, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs has now denied that Team Obama was involved in the one Clinton offer that has been publicized — an unpaid appointment on an intelligence board for which Sestak was ineligible.

After months of silence, Romanoff finally stepped forward last week to acknowledge that the White House had dangled several positions before him, too. He released e-mails detailing not one, not two, but three different paid positions offered by White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina — whose boss, Emanuel, was subpoenaed this week by impeached former Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich of Illinois to testify in his Senate pay-for-play corruption trial.

So, can I say “I told you so” now?

In July 2009, when “Culture of Corruption” was first released, liberal critics scoffed:

How could you possibly write a 400-page book about Barack Obama’s rotten administration when he’s only been in office six months?!

When I proceeded to rattle off case after case of Chicago-style back-scratching, transparency-trampling and crooked special interest-dealing in the new White House, liberal critics such as “The View’s” Joy Behar interjected:

B-b-b-but what about Bush? Why don’t you write a book about Bush? Wha-’bout-Bush? Wha-’bout-Bush? Wha-’bout-Bush?

When I pointed out that I had reported extensively on cronyism in the Bush era (see Harriet Miers, FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security), and when I further pointed out that while the Bush-bashing market overflowed, there remained a massive vacuum of critical analysis of Obama, liberal critics sputtered:

So what? Doesn’t every administration have corruption?

When I patiently explained that no other administration in modern American history had set itself up as loftily as the Hope and Change reformers had done, or when I cited endless examples of Obama’s broken promises on everything from lobbyists to transparency to Washington business as usual, liberal critics changed the subject again:


Two major job-trading scandals plus the start of the Blago trial this past week — on top of a year’s worth of uninhibited White House wheeling and dealing, broken transparency pledges, Justice Department stonewalling and brass knuckle-bullying of political opponents — have finally turned the once-derided thesis of my book “Culture of Corruption” into conventional wisdom.

Obama sold America a Chicago-tainted bill of goods. A nation of slow learners is finally figuring it out.

Michelle Malkin is the author of “Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies” (Regnery 2010). Her e-mail address is malkinblog@gmail.com

  • ze-ev ben jehudah

    Mr No Brain,Barack Hussein Obama,will be the one who is turnig of the light
    of a free world.The domination of islamic snake is creeping nearer and nearer
    and will soon be ready to put his deadly venom in the harts of the last free men.
    The only remedy what is left is a final crusade to wipe them from the face of
    earth before they have us all by the throat.

  • jbtrevor

    Well at least the Left 'engaged' Ms Malkin with some questions (What about Bush?) before resorting to their name-calling in lieu of effective and articulate defensive statements.

  • Al Barrs

    The Illinois Senate seat scandal should be added to the list of election tampering by Barack Obama to hold onto a Democrat majority: Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Joe Sestak, Andrew Romanoff and the Charlie Crist of Florida. Gov. Rod Blagojevich may or may not have offered to sell Obama's old state senate seat, but that is not the real story. Bore down…Blaggjevich resisted Obma's attempts to intimidate him into filling the vacated seat with Obama's chosen replacement. Blaggjevich resisted, for whatever reason, and Obama turned the dogs loose on him. All these attempts to gerrymander elections should tell the American voter something very serious about Barack Obama and the company he keeps, whether or not he is a legitimate natural born citizen of the USA or not.

  • TBone

    a nation of slow learners is correct.

  • Mary

    Chicago has always been a dirty city. With a three way split between the mob, Jesse Jackson Jr., and the Daley political machine, you can say that Chicago is an equal opportunity exploiter. No wonder Obama trained for his presidential campaign in the "slums" of Chicago. Forget all the talk, the haranguing, the ideological red herrings…look at the people he surrounds himself with and follow the money. To even raise the question: "Is Obama harmful to the United States of America?" Is like asking: "Is Hamas harmful to Israel?" To even raise the question at this point indicates that one's perception of reality and judgement may be in critical condition.

  • David

    They may be slow learners but I think they get it now. The problem with BO and company is they laid all their cards on the table for everyone to see. Now, even the slow learners get it, and they are pissed that they were sold snake oil.

    Any lefties out there want to dispute the train wreak that is coming?

    Then we have to reform the republican party. You guys are next.

  • Cuban Refugee

    Unfortunately, by the time all the slow learners figure it out, it will be too late to make a difference as we all will be sporting the schackles and chains of communism. When they open their sleepy eyes, they will be unable to extricate themselves from a the sucking quicksand of regulations and mandates enforced by the Community Organizer in Chief's apparatchiks. As they trade horror stories of repression with other morons who voted for "change" while standing on the daily bread line, they will wistfully ask, "Remember when we were free?" Everyone in this country, and the world, had access to information about the Chicago-style corruption that was headed our way with Obama, but the weak-minded chose to be hypnotized and swayed by the equally corrupt media. Those who voted for this nightmare are now awakening to a collective ass kicking; and, if we do not all unite to reclaim our free people status ASAP, we will not have another night of peaceful sleep in this country.

  • Steve

    As always, Michelle, well done!
    Thank you.

  • Jim C.

    Ah, Michelle Malkin, another fine piece of innuendo, speculation, and false prophesyin.' It's what this bimbo does best! And when Obama comes through this "summer of corruption" unscathed, shall we expect an apology? Maybe some lame excuses about the mainstream media?

    No–because Michelle will just move on to her next bit of juicy, gossipy dimwitted fluff.

    • Cuban Refugee

      Michelle Malkin is a wise and erudite analyst of the political scene. She exposes the Machiavellian backroom dealings, the government's manipulation of the people through the media, and the slimy corruption that most on the left choose to overlook and sweep under the rug. The woman you call a "bimbo" is a successful, prolific writer with many best-sellers under her belt, while you sit in your underwear in your parents' basement writing caustic and confrontational messages. Who is dimwitted, Jim C.?

      • Jim C.

        Excuse me, are you actually calling Michelle Malkin a serious political thinker? When was the last time she addressed an actual issue with anything approaching research and intellect, instead of indulging in partisan slurs?

        She's a cute little twit who found her niche buttering her bread on the pop circuit.

  • Samurai Hit Woman

    Speaking of dimwitted fluff, Jim C., your post is a perfect example of it. While Michelle Malkin is once again displaying her brilliance.

  • USMCSniper

    Dr Seus doesn't like him either:

    I do not like this Obama Man, I do not like his health care scam.

    I do not like this dirty crooks, or how he lies and cook the books.

    I do not like when Congress steals,

    I do not like their secret back-room deals.

    I do not like this speaker Nan,

    I do not like this 'YES WE CAN'.

    I do not like this spending spree,

    I'm smart, I know that nothing's free,

    I do not like his smug replies, when I complain about his lies.

    I do not like this HOPE AND CHANGE.

    I do not want Obama reigns!

    • Cuban Refugee

      Very creative, USMCSniper! Kudos, and a thumbs up, to you for the paean to Dr. Seuss, and for the sentiments behind your post.

  • USMCSniper

    He learns from Clinton – stroke of a pen supercedes law – Last week President Obama issued an executive order ordering agencies to extend more employment benefits to the partners of gay federal workers. He's also mandated changes to the federal hiring process and there will be more later this week. Let us sing his praises heh heh heh http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pudB4NtPOxI

  • USMCSniper

    Obama is an ouright racist – and I quote him: "“I want America to reconnect with young people, African-Americans, Latinos and women who powered our victory in 2008 to stand together once again.”

    I guess we white old honky crackas know where we stand .

  • USMCSniper

    And the latest….. President Buraq Hussein snubs Binyamin Netanyahu the prime minister of Israel, says nothing about the Hamas strategy to use useful idiots to bust the blockade so they can massively move weapons in, but gives a royality weicome to Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority and gets $400,000,000 authorized as aid to these filthy freeloading proxy terrorists of Iran. 2012 can't come fast enough to send this inept back into community organizing.

  • nikhil01

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  • teksad

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  • Al Barrs

    Obama has alienated every single group that supported his election as well as those who voted against him. And, he has foolishly gotten into everyone's pockets. I don't see anyway for him to turn all that around. We are seeing that scenario played out now in the big primary elections… November 2, 2010 is D-day for the American people to storm the polling places and send Obama a message that we are fed up with his Communist ideology and plans for a one party government…

  • Guest

    Obamas’ two goals:

    1. A new pledge of allegiance:

    I pledge allegiance to Obama,
    Ruler of the United States of America,
    and to his associates for whom he stands.

    One nation, under Obama, indivisible,
    With liberty and justice for Democrats.

    2. A new “high 5” greeting; with right hand raised chant:

    Obama Rules!

  • Kanwi

    I think that pledge of allegiance in writing is a good way to flush out those Islamics who are waiting for their 'critical mass' or 'fifth column' to establish and then respond to Allah's Jihad to claim America call. That allegiance should be linked to citizenship residence and all welfare benefits and include the AZ related issues also. It will save America in so many different ways into the future.