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Obama's Lobbyist Problem

October 28, 2011
As a candidate for president in 2008, President Obama was cerebral to a fault. His campaign speeches were remarkable not only for their eloquence but for their lack of demagoguery.

That's what made the exceptions noteworthy.

Remember when he said he'd hammer out the health care bill on C-SPAN? Anybody who'd spent any time in Washington knew that was never going to happen.

Then there was the applause line he returned to again and again on the campaign trail. "I have done more to take on lobbyists than any other candidate in this race," candidate Obama said. "I don't take a dime of their money, and when I am president, they won't find a job in my White House."

Who's sorry now?


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