You know, for an Administration that campaigned on “Transparency,” there sure seems to be a whole lot of opaqueness when it comes to Obama and those who pushed him to prominence.

Take, for example, Obama’s Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel. He has some mighty interesting Connections, as this article highlights, The Ties That Bind. Remember Rahm Emanuel’s Rent-Free D.C. Apartment? The owner: A BP Adviser. Oh, oops – this could get a bit messy:

In case you were tempted to buy the faux Washington outrage at BP and its gulf oil spill in recent days, here’s a story that reveals a little-known corporate political connection and the quiet way the inner political circles intersect, protect and care for one another in the nation’s capital. And Chicago.

We already knew that BP and its folks were significant contributors to the record $750-million war chest of Barack Obama’s 2007-08 campaign.

Now, we learn the details of a connection of Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago mayoral wannabe, current Obama chief of staff, ex-representative, ex-Clinton money man and ex-Windy City political machine go-fer.

Though plenty of Obama supporters want to gloss over that little connection with BP and the flow of money, it doesn’t mean the rest of us aren’t still living in the Reality-based community.

(Photo from Left Coast Liberal)

Back to Rahm, seen above with buddy, Blago:

Shortly after Obama’s happy inaugural, eyebrows rose slightly upon word that, as a House member, Emanuel had lived the last five years rent-free in a D.C. apartment of Democratic colleague Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and her husband, Stanley Greenberg.

For an ordinary American, that would likely raise some obvious tax liability questions. But like Emanuel, the guy overseeing the Internal Revenue Service now is another Obama insider, Tim Geithner, who had his own outstanding tax problems but skated through confirmation anyway by the Democratic-controlled Congress.

Remember this was all before the letters BP stood for Huge Mess. Even before the Obama administration gave BP a safety award.

Now follow these standard Washington links if you can:

Greenberg’s consulting firm was a prime architect of BP’s recent rebranding drive as a green petroleum company, down to green signs and the slogan “Beyond Petroleum.”

Greenberg’s company is also closely tied to a sister Democratic outfit — GCS, named for the last initials of Greenberg, James Carville, another Clinton advisor, and Bob Shrum, John Kerry’s 2004 campaign manager.

According to published reports, GCS received hundreds of thousands of dollars in political polling contracts in recent years from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Probably just a crazy coincidence. But you’ll never guess who was the chairman of that Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee dispensing those huge polling contracts to his kindly rent-free landlord.

Surely, just a CRAZY coincidence.

Hmm – you don’t suppose this is why the Obama Administration gave BP a Safety Award for the very oil rig platform that blew up, do you? Or why they failed to perform the monthly safety inspections required by the Minerals Management Service policy?

Or that the plans for the drill rig were not subjected to environmental review (thanks, Ken Salazar)? What makes that one particularly mind boggling are the claims by the Federal Government that LA cannot get emergency permits to build barriers to protect their shores because the Feds don’t know what the environmental impact of the barriers would be yet. Um, here’s a hint – when you see dolphins washing up covered in oil, or pelicans unable to take off because they are coated in oil, there is ALREADY an environmental impact. Jeezum crow. (After a month – a full month of LA’s drive for sand berms – BP is making its first payment of $60 million to put up these sandbag barriers. One can only guess what a difference it could have made had the Feds not dragged their feet on this.)

Or why BP was a finalist for the Pollution Prevention Award? Well, the latter at least sounds like Obama receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for something he MIGHT accomplish someday.

You just can’t make this stuff up, people. Well, you could, but no one would believe it. Yes, each and every one of those is true.

Now, I’m not saying that Rahm’s being in bed with a BP oil adviser, or at least living in his apartment for free, is definitively why BP has gotten all of these breaks, exemptions, and lack of oversight. What do you say?

  • FLDemFem

    Mandy, we don’t just sit in front of our computers and talk. We vote. That is what counts. Talk is good, better than shooting, but votes are what make our voices heard. So I hope you vote as well as talk.

  • FLDemFem

    kafir, you need to take your bogeyman and go find a closet for him. Stuff him in it and leave him there. We don’t care what his religion is, he is dangerous for other reasons. And you keep wasting bandwidth with stuff that is not only far-fetched, but irrelevant. It gets really boring after a while. And I hate being bored. So cut it out, please.

  • FLDemFem

    This one was second of six. I get to spend the summer on the fainting couch with my hartshorn and hankie in my hand. At least that’s what I am claiming to be doing. In Regency England, they knew how to be under the weather and still enjoy life. I am doing the same. Fortunately, I have lovely scenery, complete with grazing Thoroughbreds to enjoy outside the windows. That makes it a lot easier.

  • FLDemFem

    Thanks, Kat..oh, about the personal retirement future thing.. I noticed that Obama didn’t announce he was running, denied he was going to in fact, until the news broke that the Clintons were worth $100 million, earned from speaking fees, books and investments. This after leaving the WH $3 million in debt for legal fees. Shortly after that, he announced he was running for president. He thinks he will get that sort of pay-off after he gets out of the WH. Too bad he can’t write, is a boring speaker and will probably be the last person anyone wants to pay to do anything.

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  • twistedfister13f

    Robert Gibbs when asked if the president had spoken directly with Tony Hayward said: “No”, asked why he replied; “We can’t find anyone who speaks British”.

  • jwrjr

    Sounds like Pelousy talking about the take-over-the-health-care-industry bill.  See where that got us?

  • skeeter

    Rahm Emanuel, just another Obama contributer to the American holocaust.

  • Rabble Rouser Rev. Amy

    Or sue Jindal and LA for not using them.  Ahem.

    susiepuma and sowsear, I hear you – it is amazing how SHOCKED everyone is abt these powerful women winning.  It’s going to be some fun come November, that’s for sure.  And I am pretty sure Haley will win here in SC, both the run off and the governorship.  Getting Palin and Jenny Sanford’s endorsements really helped, too.

    I wish we could stick with the one that bring us, sowsear, but as I write in an upcoming post, I am not sure if even Hillary could win now after Obama has screwed everything up so much.  I think the Republicans are going to get a woman in the White House before the Dems, especially with the stellar field they have now.  The Dems do not have anyone who can TOUCH Hillary, certainly not Thee One, but the Reps have some pretty good possible candidates down the road…

  • Rabble Rouser Rev. Amy

    Excellent comment, HLM – thank you for your insight on this.  Well said.

  • Rabble Rouser Rev. Amy

    sowsear, looks good to me, though I think Obama is talking abt opening up drilling again. 

    The “blame somebody,” hell, ANYBODY, is a good addition to your list, too.  Well done!

  • Mr. Natural

    Screw that…rope, a folding chair, maybe a bad cigarette…no blindfolds.

    Repeat as necessary.

  • Sassy

    Mandi and nan…do not be deceived. The anger is deep and widespread, but it is better to be determined and clear-headed. That is the strategy that will prevail. I hope it is soon enough to save this country from the clutches of the arrogant weasels who are in control now!

  • nan

    Mandi, I agree.  For years I was SO against GWB, I WAS SO MAD all the time.  I posted my HATE of the man and couldn’t wait until his term was over, I planned for the Dems to do great things AND this is what we get…I very tired,  of all it. 

  • nan

    Can’t make this stuff up? In your face America. Do they EVEN try to hide it anymore. WTH, the AUDACITY of it all.

  • Sassy

    Yesterday Shepherd Smith interviewed one of the scientist who discovered the oil plumes.
    The plumes are droplets, as in clouds, and are at a depth of 3300 feet. They are too deep to interfer with marine life, but could impact plankton. They are also too deep to be picked up by hurricanes.

  • sowsear

    Worked for BO, didn’t it?