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August 6, 2012
Obama's inner circle and Iranian influence
David Plouffe (rhymes with 'fluff") is one of the most powerful unelected officials in the United States, "a key member of Obama's inner circle, a confidant whose desk is just steps from the Oval Office," according to the liberal Washington Post. Plouffe is also a rich man, who got that way as a result of his political activities, including accepting a cool hundred grand for 2 speeches to a company deeply in bed with the Iranian government, a company which supplied technology to the mullahs quite useful in repressing the Green Revolution in 2009.
This looks very, very bad. And it is the tip of the iceberg on the (so far) unreported story of how the Obama inner circle of Chicago political operatives have managed to become rich in politics.
Tom Hamburger and Peter Wallsten of the Washington Post have uncovered some of the details of how Plouffe enriched himself between stints electing Obama in 2008, and joining the White House staff in 2010.
The company that funneled $100,000 to Plouffe a month before he formally joined the White House staff (get it while you can!) is MTN Group, a South African telecom company that operates in Nigeria and has a joint venture in Iran with a company said to be owned by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, the storm troopers of the mullahs.
That did not concern Plouffe at all during the feeding frenzy between stints working for Obama. The Post reports:
At 50 grand per speech, "dozens" of speeches would make him a multi-millionaire, not to mention the million dollars-plus from a book deal. Having heard Plouffe speak on television a number of times, I can safely say that he is far from a electrifying speaker. So, a company or interest group offering him fifty large for an hour or so of hot air is buying something other than a mesmerizing experience for its guests.
Anyone seriously concerned with serving American national security interests would have plenty of reasons to avoid the payroll of a company like MTN. The Post reports:
There was no doubt that MTN had plenty of red flags:
The big clue that this is something serious can be found in the White House's pathetic response:
The best they can come up with is a false claim that some private group did not raise a stink.
The hard fact is that Obama and the people aroudn him have cashed in on their political positions bigtime. When Barack and Michelle wanted to buy a mansion in Hyde Park that they could not afford, in stepped Tony Rezko (now a convicted felon serving time) to buy the yard (in a separate transaction for a big price), enabling thre Obamas to buy a big mansion on a spacious lot for hundreds of thousands of dollars less than the original asking price. Only when a public stink was raised was a fence constructed to separate the house from the yard itself, now called a "vacant lot." At the time of the purchase, it was a manicured side lawn of a majestic recently-renovated mansion.
The Chicago Gang around Obama has not hesitated to cash in. If the Romney campaign is doing its homework, there are other scandals yet to be uncovered regarding the Obama inner circle getting suspiciously rich while ostensibly devoting themselves to "public service."
One great virtue of Mitt Romney is that he doesn't have to politically prostitute himself for cash. He made his money by building businesses like Staples. I am old enough to remember when JFK ran for president, and Democrats assured the public that the fact that his father was rich meant that Kennedy could afford to be honest. That is an argument that could be made for Mitt in spades, because his fortune was not based on bootlegging and securities fraud, the way the Kennedy fortune was made.
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