Why has Obama broken his promise about keeping lobbyists out of his Administration? He has over a dozen?

President Obama promised during his campaign that lobbyists "won't find a job in my White House." •Eric Holder, attorney general nominee, was registered to lobby until 2004 on behalf of clients including Global Crossing, a bankrupt telecommunications firm [now confirmed]. •Tom Vilsack, secretary of agriculture nominee, was registered to lobby as recently as last year on behalf of the National Education Association. •William Lynn, deputy defense secretary nominee, was registered to lobby as recently as last year for defense contractor Raytheon, where he was a top executive. •William Corr, deputy health and human services secretary nominee, was registered to lobby until last year for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a non-profit that pushes to limit tobacco use. •David Hayes, deputy interior secretary nominee, was registered to lobby until 2006 for clients, including the regional utility San Diego Gas & Electric. •Mark Patterson, chief of staff to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, was registered to lobby as recently as last year for financial giant Goldman Sachs. •Ron Klain, chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, was registered to lobby until 2005 for clients, including the Coalition for Asbestos Resolution, U.S. Airways, Airborne Express and drug-maker ImClone. •Mona Sutphen, deputy White House chief of staff, was registered to lobby for clients, including Angliss International in 2003. •Melody Barnes, domestic policy council director, lobbied in 2003 and 2004 for liberal advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the American Constitution Society and the Center for Reproductive Rights. •Cecilia Munoz, White House director of intergovernmental affairs, was a lobbyist as recently as last year for the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic advocacy group. •Patrick Gaspard, White House political affairs director, was a lobbyist for the Service Employees International Union. •Michael Strautmanis, chief of staff to the president’s assistant for intergovernmental relations, lobbied for the American Association of Justice from 2001 until 2005.

Asked By: Lady Laissez Faire - 2/5/2010
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Answered By: suthrnlyts - 2/5/2010
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•Obama- YOU LIE... More
Answered By: Do your thing - 2/5/2010
Simple. Obama is a liar. Just as GW Bush is a liar. Yet both somehow have millions of people defending their lies tooth and nail.
Answered By: Chi Guy - 2/5/2010
Why? Well, he can thank half of them for getting him into the presidency in the first place. And it's because the government is bigger than Obama. The president is merely a puppet post. The puppet may change, but the puppet masters remain the same.
Answered By: End The Fed!!! - 2/5/2010
I have decided it might be easier to track the promises he KEPT... it is certainly a SMALLER number...
Answered By: Jimmbbo - 2/5/2010
This has the same answer as your last question of course. BO is a liar and BO stinks
Answered By: Toadhead - 2/5/2010
Because he likes playing the lobbysts for more perks in my opinion
Answered By: Paul Grass™ - 2/5/2010
He has close to 30. What kills me more is he stands up in his S>T.O.U adress and lies about it. He didn't even have to bring it up. Does he think we are that uninformed and stupid. If he can lie like that then just imagine everything else he lies about. " Losing Our Coverage and doctors is another lie that he spoke of... More
Answered By: obitrice - 2/5/2010 he's cut down on lobbyists significantly albeit there are still some in the's an improvement but we'll see how he ends his term regarding this issue.
Answered By: bobbyrich32 - 2/5/2010
I think worse than all the lies he's told, is the fact that he thinks the American people are so stupid, that we don't know.
Answered By: bluelotussmellslikebananas - 2/5/2010
You are missing some. Beck detailed over 30! For him to say that there aren't any lobbyist is insulting and a blatant lie!
Answered By: Not My Fault! - 2/5/2010
Whoever isn't just a nominee, are lobbyists for nonprofits, sorry but they don't count. The rest are not in administrative posts. What a lame list. Question FAIL.
Answered By: Meet Ram-knee, Corp. Pimp-Hoar - 2/5/2010
This whole issue has been explained and explained and explained ad nauseum. The rules for these people to work in their positions are very strict, and they each signed a contract to comply with these rules. The skill levels of each were assessed, and they were deemed the best person for the duties of the jobs they... More
Answered By: Armchair Goddess - 2/5/2010
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