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The Unfaithful Departed: Meet The People Who Bailed On The Obama Administration

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Friday's latest resignation of yet another former Obama administration faithful - that of White House press secretary Jay Carney - got us thinking: how many people have jumped off the USS Obamic? The answer is, in short, a lot.

Below is a list (by no means complete) of the most prominent officials and advisors who have quietly exited the Obama administration stage left over the past 6 years.

Jay Carney

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is leaving his post. President Obama announced Carney’s departure in a surprise appearance at in the White House press briefing room May 30, 2014. He said principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest will take over the job.

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Eric K. Shinseki

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki gives the keynote address at the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans Annual Conference in Washington. Shinseki addressed what he called the "elephant in the room," saying he was too trusting of some and calling breaches of integrity "indefensible and unacceptable." Shinseki met with President Obama and resigned a short time later on May 30, 2014.

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Kathleen Sebelius

Kathleen Sebelius resigned as secretary of Health and Human Services in April 2014 after numerous problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act

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Keith B. Alexander

Keith Alexander has been the direct of the NSA since August 2005. Following the Edward Snowden whistleblowing scandal, Alexander announced in October 2013 that he would leave the NSA.

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Lois Lerner

Lois Lerner ran the IRS's section on tax-exempt organizations until her resignation in September 2013, following a scandal exposing the targeting of tea-party groups for IRS scrutiny.

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Ray LaHood

Ray LaHood was secretary of transportation from 2009 until July 2013. He was strong proponent of high-speed rail, saying "This is what the American people want. If you build it, they will come." Perhaps best known for saying ""America is one big pothole right now", he did not seek any public office after that, and instead entered the private sector.

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Jill Sommers

Jill Sommers was appointed in July 2009 by Obama to serve a five-year second term as Commissioner of the CTFC.  She announced her departure from the CFTC in July 2013, after concluding oversight of the agency’s investigation of MF Global. She now works at the IFM foundation as a consultant.

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Ken Salazar

Ken Salazar was US Secretary of the Interior from 2009 until his resignation in April 2013. On June 10, 2013 he became a partner in the major international law firm of WilmerHale, and was charged with opening a Denver office for the firm

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Lanny Breuer

Lanny Breuer was Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the US from April 2009 until March 2013 when he departed following a scandal in which it was revealed that the DOJ is unwilling to prosecute certain financial firms over concerns they are "Too Big To Prosecute."

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Lisa Jackson

Lisa Jackson served as the Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency from January 2009 to February 2013. In May 2013, it was announced that Jackson would be joining Apple, Inc. as their environmental director

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Leon Panetta

Leon Panetta resigned as secretary of defense in February 2013.

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Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano resigned as homeland security secretary in July 2013 to become president of the University of California system.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton resigned as secretary of state in February 2013 after four years in the post.

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Tim Geithner

Tim Geithner was US Treasury Secretary from January 2009 from January 2013, following a stint as head of the NY Fed following his personal admission he had no actual experience as a banker, and after admitting " I've never been a regulator." After his tenure as the worst US Treasury Secretary in history (perhaps only tied with Hank Paulson), Geithner joined Warburg Pincus as president and managing director in March 2014. He also wrote a book which briefly sold a lot of copies in the fiction section on

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Mary Schapiro

Mary Schapiro was Chairman of the SEC from January 2009 until December 2012 when she left following zero banker prosecutions as a result of the great financial crisis/robbery, and after formalizing the rigging of the capital markets by the HFT lobby. In April 2013, Schapiro joined Promontory Financial Group as a managing director and chairwoman of its governance and markets practice.

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David Petraeus

David Petraeus was Director of the CIA from September 2011 until his resignation in November 2012, when he resignedciting his extramarital affair which was reportedly discovered in the course of an FBI investigation

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William Daley

President Obama announced Jan. 9, 2012, that Chief of Staff William Daley will step down. Obama named Budget Director Jack Lew as Daley's replacement.

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Dennis Ross

President Obama's key Middle East adviser, Dennis Ross, said he would resign after a period of turmoil in the Arab world and a difficult period in U.S. relations with Israel. Ross, a veteran U.S. peace negotiator, said in a statement that he had made a promise to his wife to return to private life after two years in the administration and had outstayed that promise by a year. He added that he was returning to private life with “mixed feelings.”

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Reggie Love

Reggie Love, a key member of the Obama entourage and onetime forward for the Duke Blue Devils basketball team, left the White House at the end of 2011. Love started out as a staff assistant in Obama’s Senate office after college, rising to become his personal assistant, known as the “body man.”

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Melody Barnes

White House Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes, one of a handful of high-profile women in the White House, will leave her post as President Obama’s domestic policy adviser at the end of 2011, two senior administration officials confirmed.

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Jen Psaki

Former White House deputy communications director Jen Psaki announced her departure from the administration in September 2011 to take on a senior role at Global Strategy Group, a well-known Democratic communications and research firm.

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Vivek Kundra

Vivek Kundra, the federal government's first chief information officer, left his position in August 2011 for a fellowship with Harvard University.

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Michael Leiter

After five years as the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Michael Leiter plans to resign because he thinks he has spent enough time in the position. President Obama praised Leiter, calling him "a trusted adviser to me and the entire national security team."

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Austan Goolsbee

White House Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Austan Goolsbee plans to resign and return to academia, the White House said June 6, 2011.

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Bob Bauer

Counsel to the President Bob Bauer meets in the Oval Office with President Obama and other senior advisers. Bauer, a longtime Obama adviser, will return to private practice but will continue to advise Obama as a personal lawyer and offer legal counsel to Obama's reelection campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

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Bill Burton

White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton and White House political adviser Sean Sweeney (not pictured) are leaving the administration to form their own political and strategic consulting firm. They announced their plans on Feb. 16, 2011. Burton has been mentioned as a potential candidate in the race to replace Rep. Chris Lee (R-N.Y.).

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Ron Klain

Ron Klain, the chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, is leaving the White House to become president of Case Holdings, the holding company for the business and philanthropic interests of former AOL chairman Steve Case. Klain also served as chief of staff Al Gore and was portrayed by Kevin Spacey in the HBO film "Recount," about the 2000 presidential election.

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Glenn Fine

Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine left after a decade in the post. First appointed by President Clinton, Fine became a prominent figure during his office's investigation of Bush administration scandals.

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Gen. James L. Jones

It was revealed the morning of Oct. 8, 2010, that National Security Advisor Gen. James L. Jones was resigning and being replaced by his deputy, Thomas Donilon. A recent book exposed tension between Jones and President Obama over war strategy.

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel was the White House Chief of Staff from January 2009 until October 2010. Following his depature, Emanuel became mayor of Chicago.

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Lawrence H. Summers

Lawrence H. Summers, will step down as director of the National Economic Council after the November elections and return to a teaching post at Harvard University, the White House announced Sept. 21, 2010.

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Peter R. Orszag

Peter Orszag was the Director of the Office of Management and Budget from January 2009 until July 2010. He is currently Vice Chairman of Corporate and Investment Banking, Chairman of the Public Sector Group, and Chairman of the Financial Strategy and Solutions Group at Citigroup.

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Christina Romer

Council of Economic Advisers Chair Christina Romer resigned to return to academia. President Obama said in a statement that Romer's decision was guided by "family commitments." She has long signaled that her time in Washington would be temporary.

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Gen. David McKiernan  

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, left, decided to replace former Army Gen. David McKiernan less than a year after he took over the war effort in Afghanistan. McKiernan was criticized as too cautious and conventionally minded.

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Ellen Moran

Ellen Moran left her post as communications director to become the chief of staff at the Commerce Department, becoming the first of Obama's top advisers to depart.

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Gregory B. Craig

Gregory B. Craig was fired as White House counsel after months of tumult over the administration's inability to close the military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

h/t WaPo, @Stalingrad_Poor


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Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:05 | 4813295 kill switch
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It's a start,,, they all get their pensions!!!

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:12 | 4813320 The Phu
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Gen. McChrystal didn't make the list??? Rolling Stone should be pissed that their boy didn't get an Honorable Mention!!!

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:14 | 4813323 THX 1178
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Doity Rats! Sinking ship!

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:19 | 4813329 SafelyGraze
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also left out Matt Taibbi, who recently resigned

and lauren lyster, too


Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:19 | 4813331 RevRex
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Carney got tired of being the only liar bigger than Obama.....lying about a liar's lies must be difficult.

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:46 | 4813356 CognacAndMencken
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Much ado about nothing.  Staff resignations happen all the time in politics because, quite frankly, the money isn't good.  The REAL question is how many resignations happen due to controversy or improprieties?

George Bush had a record 42 appointees resign under suspicion of wrongdoing.  By the time Obama was sworn in, 9 Of Bush's appointees had criminal convictions.

On a side note, are you aware that Condoleezza Rice has a Chevron oil tanker named after her?  Go BIG OIL!  

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 20:03 | 4813411 I MISS KUDLOW
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its best to go and grab lifeboats early as was learned in the titanic accident

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 20:23 | 4813437 Midas
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Forgot to include Kal Penn, but to be fair, he did leave to do some inportant shit:  A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas.

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 20:32 | 4813447 TahoeBilly2012
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Wait...isnt that hotty Jen Pasaki spewing garbage over Ukraine at State Dept? Are you sure she left in 2011?? Just checking.

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 23:22 | 4813727 boogerbently
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In their defense,

How many felt betrayed and misled by the Choomer-in-Chief ?

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 04:13 | 4813881 MeMadMax
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Van Jones not mentioned....


Sun, 06/01/2014 - 04:49 | 4813892 infinity8
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Caught my eye, too - Banana Suit Girl? I think so. (Barf.) ((again))

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:42 | 4813375 booboo
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Taibbi is still stuck on "D" and can't pull himself out of the red/blue team paradigm which makes him a useful idiot.........for someone....I guess.

The rest received a warm bucket of spit on the way out.

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 22:58 | 4813695 Emergency Ward
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Well he [Tiabbi] did get away from Rolling Stone which must be a positive move.

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 21:09 | 4813517 rubiconsolutions
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Who I'd really like to see on this list is every 18 year old kid thinking about joining the military. Now that would be impressive. 

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 20:48 | 4813468 wee-weed up
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Not to worry...

Saul Alinsky, Karl Marx, and Joseph Goebbels all stay firmly entrenched in the Admin and will never resign or be fired.

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 23:54 | 4813766 Harbanger
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Throwing comrades under the bus along the way to the promised land is part of their shtick.

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 15:50 | 4814902 Thom_333
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Hey - you forgot Lev Trotsky!

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:01 | 4813296 seek
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When the most corrupt pols in the country are bailing out, you know the shit going down inside the administration has to be beyond belief.

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:20 | 4813319 Da Yooper
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If only the walls of their offices had ears

ohhhhh wait ....NSA

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 21:57 | 4813489 wee-weed up
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Maybe some of those fired will be brave enough to write a "tell-all" book....

Then again, maybe not - I'm sure they're well aware of the "Chicago Way."

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:24 | 4813336 Relentless101
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This should be an FBI most wanted list.

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:03 | 4813297 Oldwood
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I wonder how many we are still paying?

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:58 | 4813399 toxic8
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This sounds like a tabloid headline, but is unfortunately uh, no cause for immediate dismissal nowadays...

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 08:22 | 4813998 N2OJoe
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Lifetime pensions are a fact.

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 20:22 | 4813434 BeetleBailey
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My guess? All of them.....

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:04 | 4813298 aardwolf
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A Litany of Failure and Corruption

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:13 | 4813322 Omegaman2211
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Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:05 | 4813299 max2205
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Rahm Emanuel ass

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:33 | 4813355 Berspankme
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Can't count Rahm- he was reassigned to the midwest politiburo hdgtrs based in Chicago.

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:07 | 4813304 thamnosma
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If only those pictures were all subtitled with inmate numbers

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 00:20 | 4813787 Harbanger
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You never know.  Maybe by executive order, which makes it legal ;).

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:08 | 4813306 I am Jobe
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Air Drop them all Somalia, Chad , Syrai  for a nice long vaca. They can take their fams with them. 

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:09 | 4813308 q99x2
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They should have jumped instead of bailed.

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:11 | 4813316 I am Jobe
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Hari Kari


Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:09 | 4813309 bertone
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So...I guess it is true.  Politics is hollywood for ugly people.

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:09 | 4813311 ebworthen
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Rats, some of them fat ugly rats (Romer).

Jen Psaki now squeeking for the State Department.

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 20:21 | 4813431 BeetleBailey
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Psaki needs to do interracial porn. Perfect for the DogFart Network....

LOVE to see her impaled by some of those mandingos....

...but then...that's just me....

Squeak that baby!

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 20:39 | 4813465 vened
Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:10 | 4813312 max2205
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Gibbions....what an ass

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:11 | 4813313 max2205
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That budget dir guy with 4 ex wives not paying child support

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:11 | 4813314 Goldilocks
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Hee Haw where oh where thppp you were gone (4:40)

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:16 | 4813327 MaxThrust
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Rahm Emanuel

I cant believe you missed one of the biggest mafioso's there is and one of the Tribe

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:30 | 4813349 I Write Code
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He's there now.

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:25 | 4813339 Robert of Ottawa
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A long lisdt of self-servers; using their position to swing cushy jobs.

What's more interesting is the list of those who have remained:   That woman, wotsername, and the Attorney General.

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:25 | 4813340 Roark12
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Forgot to add Van Jones's Picture too the list

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:25 | 4813341 Jugdish
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Like poop leaving a butt.

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:31 | 4813350 Goldilocks
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...Tapered to not slam shut.

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:26 | 4813343 holdbuysell
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Can anyone put this in historical perspective with other administrations? Is this typical to have so many leaving in a few short years?

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:39 | 4813371 I Write Code
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I think it's within one sigma of average.

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 23:54 | 4813768 disabledvet
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Hillary is your standard. "Stay for a single term...bail after the re-elect."

She apparently stayed on a few months too long.

"A lot goes wrong" in these things. Being fired can be great news actually.

I would say this is highly consequential second term.

Probably the most consequential since FDR's third.

It's hard to tell what direction we're moving in. "Tumultuous" does come to mind. "Penultimate" as well.

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 01:44 | 4813847 seek
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The big deal about them leaving is less that they're leaving and more about when. Normally they bail out between terms. Virtually all of these are bailing out in-term.

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:29 | 4813347 2discern
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It has been long time coming - the illegal occupation of POTUS. He has never been a Natural born citizen  from day one. The bigger failure -CONgress, alphabet agencies in compliance with the take over of U.S. of AmeRiKa.

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:35 | 4813348 Chupacabra-322
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Some of these Criminals, specifically Alexander better start watching thier 6's. Quite a list of degenerate Scum Fucks.

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 20:47 | 4813352 I Write Code
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But what's the point of this list, do we round them up and defenestrate them, or give them medals?

At a quick glance, Goolsbe, Summers, and even Orszag were at some earlier point in their careers not entirely idiots, but Goolsbe most of all completely whored himself out and continues to even now that he's retired.  And Petraeus had some good weeks, maybe, earlier in his career, pity about him, but then again maybe not.  And maybe Ross, but I may be confusing him with one or two other Rosses, I'm not certain.  Even Panetta wasn't always an idiot or sellout.

Actually even Carney used to be OK on the McGlauglin Group before he went to DC and completely lost it. 

Most of the others are an embarrassment that they ever received government paychecks at all.

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:31 | 4813353 HUGE_Gamma
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Christopher Stevens

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 20:20 | 4813428 BeetleBailey
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The ultimate forced resignation.....

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 20:25 | 4813439 Midas
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Larry Sinclair.

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:35 | 4813361 Peanut Butter E...
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Can we also have the number for those who resigned under GW bush'a term? That way we can use Bush as a guide of scale on how bad odumbass admin is doing.

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:40 | 4813373 MedicalQuack
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Forgot DeParle...she profited well and now sits on the board of CVS...

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:43 | 4813377 JPMorgan
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Some of Jen Psaki answers (or incompetent dodges) to the press on Russia / Ukraine have made me laugh.

I almost felt embarrassed for her at times.


Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:48 | 4813386 Spastica Rex
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Why the hell hasn't Arne Duncan left? I bet he could make millions working for the Cock brothers.

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 20:30 | 4813444 RevRex
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Does Obama have any male friends that are not cock suckers?

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:49 | 4813390 roadhazard
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I've been seeing these lists since Nixxon.

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:52 | 4813393 stant
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I guess there's a town somewhere in the us called nuremberg

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 20:41 | 4813472 atthelake
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I'll believe it when I see it.

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:59 | 4813401 f16hoser
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Fuck You Carney! Any chance of bending your Communist-wife over the kitchen table prior to you leaving MY COUNTRY? Just saying...

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 20:34 | 4813456 RevRex
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I would have bet money that he was a bone snuggler, but supposedly he's could be a sham marriage like The Clintons or the Obamas though, and I still might be right.....

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 20:54 | 4813415 DarthVaderMentor
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No hope, but lots of change.......


David Axelrod - Senior Advisor to President

Jacob Lew - OMB

Carol Browner - WH Dir of Climate Change

Robert Bauer - WH Counsel

Nancy Le Parle - Dir of Office of Health Reform

Jim Messina - WH Deputy Director of Operations

Tom Donilon - National Security Advisor

Denis McDonough - National Sec Adv and NSC Chief of Staff

Gene Sperling - WH economic aide to the President

Pete Rouse - Senior Advisor to President, WH Chief of Staff, Counselor to President

Katie Johnson - Personal Secretary to the President

Julianna Smoot - White House Social Director

Susan Cher - Chief of Staff to First Lady

Desiree Rogers - Chief of Staff to First Lady

Alyssa Mastromonaco - Director of WH Scheduling

Aneesh Chopra - WH Chief Technology Officer

Patrick Gaspard - WH Director of Political Affairs

Jennifer Palmieri - Deputy WH Communications Director

Elizabeth Warren as Special Assistant to the President?

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 04:57 | 4813894 infinity8
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Sheila Bair.


Sat, 05/31/2014 - 20:19 | 4813426 BeetleBailey
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Jesus H. Christ!

I thought the Booosh adiminstration of FUCK was bad.

Fuckbama has more resignations than the French in battle.

A rogues gallery of total, smelly shit. Scrolling down, it was like flushing a web-toilet.

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 20:39 | 4813466 RevRex
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The Obowelmovement is surrounded by stench, by nature.

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 20:23 | 4813435 steelrules
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Lets not ignore all the high ranking military he's fired.

Commanding Generals fired:
  • General John R. Allen-U.S. Marines Commander International Security Assistance Force [ISAF] (Nov 2012)
  • Major General Ralph Baker (2 Star)-U.S. Army Commander of the Combined Joint Task Force Horn in Africa (April 2013)
  • Major General Michael Carey (2 Star)-U.S. Air Force Commander of the 20th US Air Force in charge of 9,600 people and 450 Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (Oct 2013)
  • Colonel James Christmas-U.S. Marines Commander 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit & Commander Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Unit (July 2013)
  • Major General Peter Fuller-U.S. Army Commander in Afghanistan (May 2011)
  • Major General Charles M.M. Gurganus-U.S. Marine Corps Regional Commander of SW and I Marine Expeditionary Force in Afghanistan (Oct 2013)
  • General Carter F. Ham-U.S. Army African Command (Oct 2013)
  • Lieutenant General David H. Huntoon (3 Star), Jr.-U.S. Army 58th Superintendent of the US Military Academy at West Point, NY (2013)
  • Command Sergeant Major Don B Jordan-U.S. Army 143rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command (suspended Oct 2013)
  • General James Mattis-U.S. Marines Chief of CentCom (May 2013)
  • Colonel Daren Margolin-U.S. Marine in charge of Quantico’s Security Battalion (Oct 2013)
  • General Stanley McChrystal-U.S. Army Commander Afghanistan (June 2010)
  • General David D. McKiernan-U.S. Army Commander Afghanistan (2009)
  • General David Petraeus-Director of CIA from September 2011 to November 2012 & U.S. Army Commander International Security Assistance Force [ISAF] and Commander U.S. Forces Afghanistan [USFOR-A] (Nov 2012)
  • Brigadier General Bryan Roberts-U.S. Army Commander 2nd Brigade (May 2013)
  • Major General Gregg A. Sturdevant-U.S. Marine Corps Director of Strategic Planning and Policy for the U.S. Pacific Command & Commander of Aviation Wing at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan (Sept 2013)
  • Colonel Eric Tilley-U.S. Army Commander of Garrison Japan (Nov 2013)
  • Brigadier General Bryan Wampler-U.S. Army Commanding General of 143rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command of the 1st Theater Sustainment Command [TSC] (suspended Oct 2013)
Commanding Admirals fired:
  • Rear Admiral Charles Gaouette-U.S. Navy Commander John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group Three (Oct 2012)
  • Vice Admiral Tim Giardina(3 Star, demoted to 2 Star)-U.S. Navy Deputy Commander of the US Strategic Command, Commander of the Submarine Group Trident, Submarine Group 9 and Submarine Group 10 (Oct 2013)
Naval Officers fired: (All in 2011)
  • Captain David Geisler-U.S. Navy Commander Task Force 53 in Bahrain (Oct 2011)
  • Commander Laredo Bell-U.S. Navy Commander Naval Support Activity Saratoga Springs, NY (Aug 2011)
  • Lieutenant Commander Kurt Boenisch-Executive Officer amphibious transport dock Ponce (Apr 2011)
  • Commander Nathan Borchers-U.S. Navy Commander destroyer Stout (Mar 2011)
  • Commander Robert Brown-U.S. Navy Commander Beachmaster Unit 2 Fort Story, VA (Aug 2011)
  • Commander Andrew Crowe-Executive Officer Navy Region Center Singapore (Apr 2011)
  • Captain Robert Gamberg-Executive Officer carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower (Jun 2011)
  • Captain Rex Guinn-U.S. Navy Commander Navy Legal Service office Japan (Feb 2011)
  • Commander Kevin Harms- U.S. Navy Commander Strike Fighter Squadron 137 aboard the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln (Mar 2011)
  • Lieutenant Commander Martin Holguin-U.S. Navy Commander mine countermeasures Fearless (Oct 2011)
  • Captain Owen Honors-U.S. Navy Commander aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (Jan 2011)
  • Captain Donald Hornbeck-U.S. Navy Commander Destroyer Squadron 1 San Diego (Apr 2011)
  • Rear Admiral Ron Horton-U.S. Navy Commander Logistics Group, Western Pacific (Mar 2011)
  • Commander Etta Jones-U.S. Navy Commander amphibious transport dock Ponce (Apr 2011)
  • Commander Ralph Jones-Executive Officer amphibious transport dock Green Bay (Jul 2011)
  • Commander Jonathan Jackson-U.S. Navy Commander Electronic Attack Squadron 134, deployed aboard carrier Carl Vinson (Dec 2011)
  • Captain Eric Merrill-U.S. Navy Commander submarine Emory S. Land (Jul 2011)
  • Captain William Mosk-U.S. Navy Commander Naval Station Rota, U.S. Navy Commander Naval Activities Spain (Apr 2011)
  • Commander Timothy Murphy-U.S. Navy Commander Electronic Attack Squadron 129 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, WA (Apr 2011)
  • Commander Joseph Nosse-U.S. Navy Commander ballistic-missile submarine Kentucky (Oct 2011)
  • Commander Mark Olson-U.S. Navy Commander destroyer The Sullivans FL (Sep 2011)
  • Commander John Pethel-Executive Officer amphibious transport dock New York (Dec 2011)
  • Commander Karl Pugh-U.S. Navy Commander Electronic Attack Squadron 141 Whidbey Island, WA (Jul 2011)
  • Commander Jason Strength-U.S. Navy Commander of Navy Recruiting District Nashville, TN (Jul 2011)
  • Captain Greg Thomas-U.S. Navy Commander Norfolk Naval Shipyard (May 2011)
  • Commander Mike Varney-U.S. Navy Commander attack submarine Connecticut (Jun 2011)
  • Commander Jay Wylie-U.S. Navy Commander destroyer Momsen (Apr 2011)
Naval Officers fired: (All in 2012):
  • Commander Alan C. Aber-Executive Officer Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 71 (July 2012)
  • Commander Derick Armstrong- U.S. Navy Commander missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (May 2012)
  • Commander Martin Arriola- U.S. Navy Commander destroyer USS Porter (Aug 2012)
  • Captain Antonio Cardoso- U.S. Navy Commander Training Support Center San Diego (Sep 2012)
  • Captain James CoBell- U.S. Navy Commander Oceana Naval Air Station’s Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic (Sep 2012)
  • Captain Joseph E. Darlak- U.S. Navy Commander frigate USS Vandegrift (Nov 2012)
  • Captain Daniel Dusek-U.S. Navy Commander USS Bonhomme
  • Commander David Faught-Executive Officer destroyer Chung-Hoon (Sep 2012)
  • Commander Franklin Fernandez- U.S. Navy Commander Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 24 (Aug 2012)
  • Commander Ray Hartman- U.S. Navy Commander Amphibious dock-landing ship Fort McHenry (Nov 2012)
  • Commander Shelly Hakspiel-Executive Officer Navy Drug Screening Lab San Diego (May 2012)
  • Commander Jon Haydel- U.S. Navy Commander USS San Diego (Mar 2012)
  • Commander Diego Hernandez- U.S. Navy Commander ballistic-missile submarine USS Wyoming (Feb 2012)
  • Commander Lee Hoey- U.S. Navy Commander Drug Screening Laboratory, San Diego (May 2012)
  • Commander Ivan Jimenez-Executive Officer frigate Vandegrift (Nov 2012)
  • Commander Dennis Klein- U.S. Navy Commander submarine USS Columbia (May 2012)
  • Captain Chuck Litchfield- U.S. Navy Commander assault ship USS Essex (Jun 2012)
  • Captain Marcia Kim Lyons- U.S. Navy Commander Naval Health Clinic New England (Apr 2012)
  • Captain Robert Marin- U.S. Navy Commander cruiser USS Cowpens (Feb 2012)
  • Captain Sean McDonell- U.S. Navy Commander Seabee reserve unit Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14 FL (Nov 2012)
  • Commander Corrine Parker- U.S. Navy Commander Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 1 (Apr 2012)
  • Captain Liza Raimondo- U.S. Navy Commander Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River, MD (Jun 2012)
  • Captain Jeffrey Riedel- Program manager, Littoral Combat Ship program (Jan 2012)
  • Commander Sara Santoski- U.S. Navy Commander Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15 (Sep 2012)
  • Commander Kyle G. Strudthoff-Executive Officer Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 (Sep 2012)
  • Commander Sheryl Tannahill- U.S. Navy Commander Navy Operational Support Center [NOSC] Nashville, TN (Sep 2012)
  • Commander Michael Ward- U.S. Navy Commander submarine USS Pittsburgh (Aug 2012)
  • Captain Michael Wiegand- U.S. Navy Commander Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (Nov 2012)
  • Captain Ted Williams- U.S. Navy Commander amphibious command ship Mount Whitney (Nov 2012)
  • Commander Jeffrey Wissel- U.S. Navy Commander of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 1 (Feb 2012)
Naval Officers fired: (All in 2013):
  • Lieutenant Commander Lauren Allen-Executive Officer submarine Jacksonville (Feb 2013)
  • Reserve Captain Jay Bowman-U.S. Navy Commander Navy Operational Support Center [NOSC] Fort Dix, NJ (Mar 2013)
  • Captain William Cogar-U.S. Navy Commander hospital ship Mercy’s medical treatment facility (Sept 2013)
  • Commander Steve Fuller-Executive Officer frigate Kauffman (Mar 2013)
  • Captain Shawn Hendricks-Program Manager for naval enterprise IT networks (June 2013)
  • Captain David Hunter-U.S. Navy Commander of Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron 12 & Coastal Riverine Group 2 (Feb 2013)
  • Captain Eric Johnson-U.S. Navy Chief of Military Entrance Processing Command at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, IL (2013)
  • Captain Devon Jones-U.S. Navy Commander Naval Air Facility El Centro, CA (July 2013)
  • Captain Kevin Knoop-U.S. Navy Commander hospital ship Comfort’s medical treatment facility (Aug 2013)
  • Lieutenant Commander Jack O’Neill-U.S. Navy Commander Operational Support Center Rock Island, IL (Mar 2013)
  • Commander Allen Maestas-Executive Officer Beachmaster Unit 1 (May 2013)
  • Commander Luis Molina-U.S. Navy Commander submarine Pasadena (Jan 2013)
  • Commander James Pickens-Executive Officer frigate Gary (Feb 2013)
  • Lieutenant Commander Mark Rice-U.S. Navy Commander Mine Countermeasures ship Guardian (Apr 2013)
  • Commander Michael Runkle-U.S. Navy Commander of Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2 (May 2013)
  • Commander Jason Stapleton-Executive Office Patrol Squadron 4 in Hawaii (Mar 2013)
  • Commander Nathan Sukols-U.S. Navy Commander submarine Jacksonville (Feb 2013)
  • Lieutenant Daniel Tyler-Executive Officer Mine Countermeasures ship Guardian (Apr 2013)
  • Commander Edward White-U.S. Navy Commander Strike Fighter Squadron 106 (Aug 2013)
  • Captain Jeffrey Winter-U.S. Navy Commander of Carrier Air Wing 17 (Sept 2013)
  • Commander Thomas Winter-U.S. Navy Commander submarine Montpelier (Jan 2013)
  • Commander Corey Wofford- U.S. Navy Commander frigate Kauffman (Feb 2013)
Sat, 05/31/2014 - 20:51 | 4813479 DarthVaderMentor
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As I understand it, the Air Force field grade officer list is larger and the Army list is slightly smaller. Marine Corps is about 20 and the USCG is 3, IIRC.


Aside from Stalin's purges, Obama has probably wiped out more career officers out of the military than any other leader of a major military power in the 20th and 21st centuries. 

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 00:56 | 4813783 wee-weed up
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It's called "coup-proofing."

Don't expect dumb Obozo to have been cognizant of the plan.

Rather, it was well thought out, advised, planned, and demanded well in advance...

Well before 2008...

By Obozo's Leftist ass-kissing advisors, monetary backers, and TPTB.

The fact that the military firings are still on-going...

Merely reflects they know they must proceed cautiously...

as to not trigger exactly that which their plan seeks to avoid.

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 06:26 | 4813932 flyingcaveman
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What's unbeleivable to me is the navy ones.  There's alot of XO's they're not even in charge of the command and its tradition for the skipper to take the responsibility for any shit that goes down.  The XO can just bite his toungue if he has a disagreement with the CO and do what he wants when its his turn.  Also there's some LT's  How outspoken do you have to be or how bad can you fuck anything up to draw enough attention to yourself as a LT or LCDR even to get fired?  The Admiral in their chain of command probably doesn't even know who they are.

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 10:15 | 4814095 roadhazard
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Eggzachery, I'm surprised they didn't list Every military person who retired or didn't re-up. Lists are bullshit without the rest of the story for each one.

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 14:29 | 4814693 XitSam
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Ha.  Once the Ft. Hood commander stopped by our office (we knew he was coming), our young 2LT got so flustered she couldn't talk, the CW4 had to take over and tell the general our platoon mission.  Not a bright spot in her career.

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 09:34 | 4814059 g'kar
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Loretta Fuddy

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 20:36 | 4813461 ShrNfr
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Even Axelrod is pimping other whores these days.

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 21:26 | 4813546 Atomizer
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What a great collection of photos. Outstanding job.

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 21:30 | 4813554 uncle_vito
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Hey.  You forgot Hilda Solis, that Mexican Ass Kisser that was Secretary of Labor who manipulated all the Jobs and Unemployment numbers.   She is under investigation for campain law violations and is now running for LA City Council member.   She was also the one to manipulate the unemployment rate to some insanely unbelievably great number just days before the 2012 Pres election to get Obozo elected.   When Obozo kicked her out of his cabinet, there was NO golden parachute like for Neapolotano.   Solis was tossed back into the cabbage patch.

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 22:01 | 4813613 Jstanley011
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About Lerner, she said she'd squawk for immunity. Yeah, so why didn't the House Republi-turds give it to her? They know good-and-well, just like everyone else, that a smoking gun lies smack dab in the middle of the Oval Office desk. So why not go after our Kenyan President, eh? Because siccing the IRS dogs on your enemies is S.O.P. across administrations; it's been a perk of the job, going back to Johnson at least. Blow a whistle on the practice now, and they'd screw it up for when their guy's in.

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 22:30 | 4813661 joego1
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And there you have it folks- this years political rogues gallery.

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 23:07 | 4813706 redbird
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MIssed one of the most important ones.

Secretary of Labor: Hilda Solis

"In January 2013, Solis stepped down from her post as Labor Secretary."

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 23:12 | 4813712 sschu
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Van Jones?  He of green jobs?

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 01:32 | 4813843 captain whitewater
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Carney was a shitbag and liar.  He never answered tough questions from the press and told lies when he said anything as a response to a probing question. 

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 02:41 | 4813866 boog11
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Bo the dog is looking for a break in the fence.

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 04:18 | 4813884 Bloodstock
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Rats,,,all of them.

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 08:12 | 4813988 sessinpo
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Working for any administration and leaving, not in handcuffs, is a resume booster.

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 08:52 | 4814022 d edwards
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They commit their crimes against the Constitution and the American people then slip out the back door.

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 08:48 | 4814017 cassotto
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press secretaries usually don't stay long, yet another ZH-moot-point

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 09:03 | 4814033 Last of the Mid...
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Wondering if we can find a street with that many lamp posts in a row. Carney deserves the highest one for his "dude that was two years ago" comment. Politicans run guns, patriots die, then the same politicans declare statute of limitations on the incident has expired. Just unbelievable. Meanwhile Hillary is still running the old "it was the film" b.s. in her new book. That stuff is just evil. nothing else to describe it.

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 10:17 | 4814097 esum
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it's a matter of how much obama excrement you can tolerate... not a reflection of character, morality or competence.... in fact to qualify to be an obama player you need the opposite..

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 10:36 | 4814132 3rd Pig
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What worries this little piggy, is what these big bad Wolves is up to now they ain’t front of stage anymow...

They is some bad ass muthafucker CFR types and they can do more damage as scene shifters back stage for TPTB.



Sun, 06/01/2014 - 11:20 | 4814211 Obamanism
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Jay Carney looked like he did not expect the interruption and looked scared the Mr Obama was there to fire him. The cuddle was one of relief not genuine friendship.

I noticed that only one on the list was fired. At least 65% should have been fired and prosecuted.

Wait for the night of the long knifes.


Sun, 06/01/2014 - 12:14 | 4814349 pupdog1
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Is there one person on that list of filth that you would want in your home?

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 12:40 | 4814418 fishwharf
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Van Jones didn't fit in with that crowd.  He has some integrity, but the main reason he had to go was that he questioned the official 9/11 BS.

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 12:54 | 4814455 Dead Man Walking
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is it me, or were they all assholes ?  no loss. If only asshole number one would step down.

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 14:23 | 4814681 XitSam
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Did Tyler leave out Robert "UM" Gibbs?  

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 15:03 | 4814779 dizzyfingers
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Revolving doors continue, out, back, out agian, back again, ho hum.

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 18:43 | 4815304 Jim Shoesesta
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If you want to do a meaningful post, compare the numbers to the previous administration.


I mean, I can't stand ObamaChrist, but this is a pretty worthless endeavor as it stands. 

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 07:05 | 4816226 Azannoth
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Don't mistake, it wasn't corruption that drove all of them out it was the Incompetence of Corruption that did it. If you are going to be the most Corrupt Administration ever make it right or forget it.

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 14:24 | 4817518 theprofromdover
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Talking of lists, it would be very interesting to see the list of military top brass that have been 'retired' early, and have some of the Vets comment on possible reasons why.

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