Well, this is a lot easier than I originally anticipated. The Obamanation is getting restless with the missteps of the Chosen One.
AP, the Fake But Accurate News Service has this tasty tidbit today:
"..promised a "clean break from business as usual" in Washington. It hasn't quite worked out that way.
From the start, he made exceptions to his no-lobbyist rule. And now, embarrassing details about Cabinet-nominee Tom Daschle's tax problems and big paychecks from special interest groups are raising new questions about the reach and sweep of the new president's promised reforms.
Maybe he shouldn't have promised so much, some open-government advocates say."
Here's more from the International Miami Tribune.
WASHINGTON: During almost two years on the campaign trail, Barack Obama vowed to slay the demons of Washington, bar lobbyists from his administration and usher in what he would later call in his Inaugural Address a "new era of responsibility." What he did not talk much about were the asterisks.
The exceptions that went unmentioned now include a pair of cabinet nominees who did not pay all of their taxes. Then there is the lobbyist for a military contractor who is now slated to become the No. 2 official in the Pentagon. And there are the others brought into government from the influence industry even if not formally registered as lobbyists.
President Barack Obama said Monday that he was "absolutely" standing behind former Senator Tom Daschle, his nominee for health and human services secretary, and Daschle, who met late in the day with leading senators in an effort to keep his confirmation on track, said he had "no excuse" and wanted to "deeply apologize" for his failure to pay $128,000 in U.S. taxes.
But the episode has already shown how, when faced with the perennial clash between campaign rhetoric and Washington reality, Obama has proved willing to compromise.
Headlines aggregated at The Drudge Report:
Obama backs down on 'Buy American' after EU trade war threat...
Tax problems torpedo two big nominations...
Departures tarnish ethics drive...
'Now we must move forward'...
AP: 'The new president, seen by some as arrogant'...
Drip. Drip. Drip.
Move Over, MoveOn. There is a new culture of corruption in town.