Not the Jim Johnson he knew, I guess (UPDATE)

A superb analysis by The American Thinker on this whole mess titled, “It’s Getting Crowded Under Obama’s Bus”: Here’s a snip:

The revelations about Johnson led to an incredible exchange with ABC News reporter Sunlen Miller, who grilled Obama on why the information hadn’t been discovered by the campaign before he hired him. The ensuing explanation by Obama is a jaw dropper.

So without further adieu, I give you, ladies and gentlemen, Barack H. Obama — Columbia University graduate, Harvard Law, President of the Harvard Law Review, and noted American orator:

Now look, the, the, ah, ah, ah, I mean the uh first of all uh I, I, I am not vetting my VP search committee for their mortgages so you’re going have to uh d-direct… Well, nah I mean becomes sort of a… um… I mean this is a game that can be played everybody… It who is tangentially related to our campaign I think is going to have a whole host of relationships. I would have to hire the vetter to uh vet the vetter.


Heh. Here’s more:

[…] So, another Obama associate is thrown under the bus. One might begin to wonder if there are more people riding on the Obama express or underneath it. Think of all this guy’s friends, staffers, spiritual advisors, and assorted far left radicals who have been given the equivalent of a pair of cement galoshes and thrown into the Chicago River. […]

And Mr. Moran’s eloquent conclusion:

This is where the national press has done a heroic job in keeping a well kept secret of Obama’s associations and actions in his past that would expose him as the hypocrite he is. No real attempt has been made to ferret out the truth of what his career was like as a Chicago politician. The Obama campaign would blow up if the press ever read some back issues of the Chicago Tribune or Sun Times.

Instead, it is as if Obama sprang fully formed into the world of national politics, unsullied by grubby special interests and lobbyists who afflict everyone else in Washington. His holy throat and golden tongue will lead a revolution that will make America a paradise of unity and happiness.

All I can say is we better snap out of it before we elect the most incompetent, the most naive, and perhaps the most dangerous man ever to run for the office of the president.

(BTW, check out the first comment on the article. Seems the Kool-Aid spigots are turned up to 11!)


Thank the Lord the messiah is clearing the temple of the moneychangers…

Jim Johnson stepped down from his role vetting potential running mates for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama amid sharp criticism over personal loans.

Sen. Obama announced in a statement Wednesday that Mr. Johnson was stepping aside from the volunteer position to avoid distracting from the vetting process. Mr. Johnson served on the vice presidential search team with former first daughter Caroline Kennedy and former Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder.

Mr. Johnson, a longtime Washington power broker and the former CEO of Fannie Mae, drew criticism earlier this week for the favorable loans he received from Countrywide Financial Corp., a major player in the subprime mortgage crisis and the subject of many of Sen. Obama’s attacks.

Mr. Johnson has sparked criticism in the past for his role in hefty compensation packages to executives of companies on whose boards he served.

“Jim did not want to distract in any way from the very important task of gathering information about my vice presidential nominee, so he has made a decision to step aside that I accept,” Sen. Obama said Wednesday. “We have a very good selection process under way, and I am confident that it will produce a number of highly qualified candidates for me to choose from in the weeks ahead. I remain grateful to Jim for his service and his efforts in this process.”

The Countrywide loan to Mr. Johnson was first reported in The Wall Street Journal on Saturday. The article noted that property records show Mr. Johnson received more than $7 million in loans from Countrywide since 1998, the first coming near the end of his tenure at Fannie Mae. (See related article.)

On Tuesday, the Democratic nominee drew criticism for defending Mr. Johnson, who also aided in John Kerry’s vice presidential search. “I am not vetting my VP search committee for their mortgages,” Sen. Obama told reporters in St. Louis. He said his trio of vetters have a “volunteer unpaid position,” adding, “These aren’t folks who are working for me.”

He called the questioning “a game that can be played,” but “I would have to hire a vetter to vet the vetters.”

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6 thoughts on “Not the Jim Johnson he knew, I guess (UPDATE)”

  1. Another one bites the dust
    Another one bites the dust
    And another one gone, and another one gone
    Another one bites the dust

  2. A fine example of judgement from Obama. His Veep committee was a crooked lawyer involved in the Rich pardon, a corrupt lobbyist ( now resigned ) and a token payoff for the Kennedy endorsement. This is the image of appointments in an Obama administration.

  3. The wheels on the bus go round and round,
    round and round,
    round and round.
    The wheels on the bus go round and round,
    all through the town.

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