- #7. President Barack Obama
- During his presidential campaign, President Obama promised
to run an ethical and transparent administration. However, in his first
year in office, the President has delivered corruption and secrecy, bringing
Chicago-style political corruption to the White House. Consider just a
few Obama administration "lowlights" from year one: Even before
President Obama was sworn into office, he was interviewed by the FBI for
a criminal investigation of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's
scheme to sell the President's former Senate seat to the highest bidder.
(Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and slumlord Valerie Jarrett, both
from Chicago, are also tangled up in the Blagojevich scandal.)
- Moreover, the Obama administration made the startling
claim that the Privacy Act does not apply to the White House. The Obama
White House believes it can violate the privacy rights of American citizens
without any legal consequences or accountability. President Obama boldly
proclaimed that "transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones
of this presidency," but his administration is addicted to secrecy,
stonewalling far too many of Judicial Watch's Freedom of Information Act
requests and is refusing to make public White House visitor logs as federal
- The Obama administration turned the National Endowment
of the Arts (as well as the agency that runs the AmeriCorps program) into
propaganda machines, using tax dollars to persuade "artists"
to promote the Obama agenda. According to documents uncovered by Judicial
Watch, the idea emerged as a direct result of the Obama campaign and enjoyed
White House approval and participation.
- President Obama has installed a record number of "czars"
in positions of power. Too many of these individuals are leftist radicals
who answer to no one but the president. And too many of the czars are not
subject to Senate confirmation (which raises serious constitutional questions).
Under the President's bailout schemes, the federal government continues
to appropriate or control -- through fiat and threats -- large sectors
of the private economy, prompting conservative columnist George Will to
write: "The administration's central activity -- the political allocation
of wealth and opportunity -- is not merely susceptible to corruption, it
is corruption." Government-run healthcare and car companies, White
House coercion, uninvestigated ACORN corruption, debasing his office to
help Chicago cronies, attacks on conservative media and the private sector,
unprecedented and dangerous new rights for terrorists, perks for campaign
donors -- this is Obama's "ethics" record -- and we haven't even
gotten through the first year of his presidency.
- For the full list, go here...