More GSA follies from $800,000 Vegas conference
This one is a little more serious. It shows GSA employees singing about helping Obama politically while the event organizer jokes about making the video during working hours.
"This administration knew about this 11 months ago and they didn't act until the press got wind of it. This is typically what has been happening in this administration. They are only transparent when they are discovered," Issa added.
The video's release drew new questions about the use of taxpayer dollars at the agency, and feeds into a theme that Republicans have been hammering since loans to failed green-energy company Solyndra were revealed: that the White House favors environmentally friendly policies for political gain rather than policy reasons.
In the video, office workers are shown singing about green initiatives in various scenes staged around the GSA office.
"POTUS wants a press event, a project he can show ... are you ready for a miracle? GSA is going green," employees sing while seated around a conference table, waving a framed picture of the president. Some are shown wearing costumes or intentionally ridiculous accessories, like a rainbow sombrero.
After the movie, footage from the conference is shown, where convention organizer Jeffrey Neely jokes, "That was amazing, was there anybody in Region 7 who wasn't in that thing?"
A GSA employee is then shown saying that almost everyone who worked the Friday the video was filmed made an appearance, drawing laughter from the crowd.
On Friday, a similar video for the talent competition showed employees rapping to the tune of Travie McCoy's pop hit "Billionaire."
In the video, a GSA employee mocks other federal agencies for not being able to afford flatscreen televisions and new cars and brags about avoiding investigation into the spending. At another point, Deputy Commissioner of the Public Building Service David Foley jokes about a party in a hotel suite.
Do you suppose there are other government agencies that hold conferences that feature extravagant spending and bragging about wasting taxpayer money?
Hat Tip: Ed Lasky