The Noble Post-White-House Career Path of Obama’s Core Team

1-McDonalds and US flag As the Guardian noted, “when he took office, Obama signed an order that the White House said ‘closes the revolving door that allows government officials to move to and from private sector jobs in ways that give that sector undue influence over government.’” Moreover, “in the campaign before the 2008 election, Obama said: ‘I am in this race to tell the corporate lobbyists that their days of setting the agenda in Washington are over.’” People who leave high government positions have all sorts of career opportunities and options because of the political influence they wield, and their choices about how to use that influence speak volumes – about Washington and about themselves. As Julia Carrie Wong put it today in a series of tweets: “It’s hard to think of a political identity with *less* actual meaning than being a Democrat these days. As a proud Democrat, Gibbs will devote his time to fighting wage increases, harming the environment, and preying on poor communities. His brother in arms Plouffe will focus on the core Democratic values of deregulation and obviating the National Labor Relations Act.” The Obama revolving door has worked in the other way, too: so many early appointees came from Goldman, Sachs that it was hard to keep track of them all.

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