"The Most Important WikiLeak" - How Wall Street Built The Obama Cabinet

Tyler Durden's picture

Perhaps the most startling discovery of the WikiLeaks dumps so far didn't come from the most recent emails surrounding the various Hillary scandals, though there are many great ones, but from 2008 when John Podesta served as co-chair of President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team.  The email came from Michael Froman, a former Citibank executive, who single-handedly built the entire cabinet of what was supposed to be the "main street" President.    

The email in question was even sent from Froman's Citibank email address (rookie!) and includes "A list of African American, Latino and Asian American candidates, broken down by Cabinet/Deputy and Under/Assistant/Deputy Assistant level, plus a list of Native American, Arab/Muslim American and Disabled American candidates."

Apparently Obama wasn't as worried about placing women in senior-level positions but Froman decided to offer up some suggestions anyway.

"While you did not ask for this, I prepared and attached a similar document on women."

Froman even went ahead and "scoped out" which people should be appointed to which cabinet positions.

"At the risk of being presumptuous, I also scoped out how the Cabinet-level appointments might be put together, probability-weighting the likelihood of appointing a diverse candidate for each position (given one view of the short list) and coming up with a straw man distribution."



As New Republic points out, the Froman appointments ended up being almost entirely right.

The cabinet list ended up being almost entirely on the money. It correctly identified Eric Holder for the Justice Department, Janet Napolitano for Homeland Security, Robert Gates for Defense, Rahm Emanuel for chief of staff, Peter Orszag for the Office of Management and Budget, Arne Duncan for Education, Eric Shinseki for Veterans Affairs, Kathleen Sebelius for Health and Human Services, Melody Barnes for the Domestic Policy Council, and more. For the Treasury, three possibilities were on the list: Robert Rubin, Larry Summers, and Timothy Geithner.


This was October 6. The election was November 4. And yet Froman, an executive at Citigroup, which would ultimately become the recipient of the largest bailout from the federal government during the financial crisis, had mapped out virtually the entire Obama cabinet, a month before votes were counted. And according to the Froman/Podesta emails, lists were floating around even before that.


Many already suspected that Froman, a longtime Obama consigliere, did the key economic policy hiring while part of the transition team. We didn’t know he had so much influence that he could lock in key staff that early, without fanfare, while everyone was busy trying to get Obama elected. The WikiLeaks emails show even earlier planning; by September the transition was getting pre-clearance to assist nominees with financial disclosure forms.



So if this history is any guide then the real power within a future Clinton administration is being formed right now.  In fact, another email from January 2015 reveals that Elizabeth Warren was already "intently focused on personnel issues" almost two full years ago as evidenced by the following recap of a conversation that the Hillary campaign had with her Chief of Staff, Dan Geldon.  

He was intently focused on personnel issues, laid out a detailed case against the Bob Rubin school of Democratic policy makers, was very critical of the Obama administration's choices, and explained at length the opposition to Antonio Weiss. We then carefully went through a list of people they do like, which EW sent over to HRC earlier.


We spent less time on specific policies, because he seemed less interested in that.


He spoke repeatedly about the need to have in place people with ambition and urgency who recognize how much the middle class is hurting and are willing to challenge the financial industry.



To the extent there are any purists left, this should clear up any illusion of who controls the political powers that be.

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Tom Servo's picture

why are all these cocksuckers using gmail ?


SomethingSomethingDarkSide's picture

Liberals probably don't even know what Citibank is, let alone the influence it has over their daily existence.

BaBaBouy's picture

Wow... Is This A Joke...?

Is It Not RACIST????

nyse's picture

Racism is a oneway street you bigot

BaBaBouy's picture

Too Bad Most Americans don't understand what this document means...

Ghost of PartysOver's picture

This does not mean a damn thing to those who demand Gay Marriage, Free Pot, Free College, Safe Spaces, Free Food, Free Healthcare, Open Borders, and the list goes on and on.   Basically it is more than half the voting population.  So, now how is it that Trump will be elected?

Theta_Burn's picture

What what whaat? whos getting free pot?

Sucks this spot America is in eh?

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

If Obama is in the pockets of the banks, then how do you explain the fact that he passed the Dodd-Frank bill, which imposes harsh regulations on out-of-control Wall Street bankers?

Accredited Book Review – Stronger Together by Hillary Clinton

Theta_Burn's picture

Must be the speaking fees, and the "nobodys been sent to jail to date" getting in the way of that legislation..

pods's picture

Another kike secretly running our government? 

"I am Jack's complete lack of surprise."


HenryKissingerChurchill's picture

Another kike secretly running our government?

They are the chosen tribe, God has chosen them to lead the Goys.
Barbara Lerner divörsity Spectre / Kalergi plan / George Soros leaks on the Merkel plan

ZD1's picture

"The email came from Michael Froman, a former Citibank executive, who single-handedly built the entire cabinet of what was supposed to be the "main street" President." 


Michael Froman grew up in a Jewish family in San Rafael, CA. Froman received a J.D. from Harvard Law School where he was a classmate of Barack Obama, and also where he was an associate of Obama's on the Harvard Law Review.

Froman spent much of his career within the United States Department of the Treasury where he rose to Chief of Staff under Robert Rubin in January 1997 and served until July 1999. After the end of the Clinton administration in 2001, Froman followed Robert Rubin from the Treasury Department to Citigroup. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of CitiInsurance and head of Emerging Markets Strategy at Citigroup, managing infrastructure and sustainable development investments. He received more than $7.4 million from January 2008 to 2009 alone.

Froman volunteered to advise Obama on policy; he introduced Obama to Robert Rubin. In 2008 Froman served on a 12-member advisory board of the Obama campaign’s transition team, and joined the White House for a second run in 2009. He went back to the position he held during the Clinton years, as deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for international economic affairs, at the National Security Council and the National Economic Council until 2013.

On May 2, 2013, Froman was nominated and confirmed to serve as U.S. Trade Representative. Financial documents provided to the Senate Finance Committee showed he had nearly $500,000 in an offshore fund at Ugland House on the Cayman Islands, which Obama had once described as “the biggest tax scam in the world.” Froman's role in the drafting of classified trade deals was made public by WikiLeaks.  




HopefulCynical's picture

Moron. Dodd-Frank fucked the small and mid-sized banks, not the banksters.

Cardinal Fang's picture

MDB...he passed D-F because it greases the axle of the revolving door between The .gov and the banks, thus giving the more efficiently spinning door more power.

You see, it's a feedback control loop.

Instead of publishing tripe, maybe you should spend more time studying how the world works before you critique it.

Your rhetorical flourishes are pathetic.

theprofromdover's picture

MDB "Dodd Frank ... imposes harsh regulations on out-of-control bankers"

Boner, you are slipping. How can there be any out-of-control bankers, please!


-anyhoo, I read it as out-of-town bankers, which is closer to the truth (you don't mess with Wall St's NYC Southern District Court)

cheech_wizard's picture

How do you explain that when they find your body and your suicide note, they find two shots to the back of your head?

Accredited Book Review - I Will Never Kill Myself by MDB


Mr. Kwikky's picture

U.S. of A is officialy OVER as we know it..REX 84 (Garden Plot)

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rmopf2010's picture

Proves that Obonzo is an usefull idiot

Mine Is Bigger's picture

You used to be funny. Now, you just post stupid comments.

fbazzrea's picture

Dodd-Frank is a joke... how's it working out? There are no bankers in jail.

'nuff said.

GunnerySgtHartman's picture

which imposes harsh regulations on out-of-control Wall Street bankers?

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!  MDB, you really believe that tripe????

The only thing Dodd-Frank has done is put small community banks out of business, allowing large banks to move in and take over!  The TBTF banks have only gotten LARGER since Dodd-Frank was passed!  And that's 'harsh regulation'?

Mustafa Kemal's picture

Free Pot?

When people rant about the Free College -Free stuff phenomena, I never hear them mention the Free Stuff that Haliburton, Wall Street, The Waltons, Bushes, Clintons get. If we would stop that Free Stuff, then I would be on board.

Free College could be easily paid for by pulliing a small chunk out of the military budget. And as a consequence of Free College, the USSA would have a population of educated people who could make educated choices. We would all benefit from that. Instead of thinking of Free College as yet more Free Stuff, like Free Ipads, I think of Free College as a gift to ourselves.  Like feeding your children.

True Blue's picture

Yeah, we need more womyn studies and 'blackness' major graduates etc; that'll save the 'ecomony'.

It is 100% more 'free' stuff (paid for by everyone else) free partying for four years on your neighbors' dime while obtaining a substandard 'education' in stupid BS. A 'gift' to ourselves; a 'gift' of more whining crybabies who feel entitled to that which they did not earn. If they were making 'educated' choices in the first place, then how come so many of them are barristas and strippers after obtaining their sheepskin (cheapskin?) Meanwhile, the cost of 'education' would skyrocket, bilking the taxpayers out of a snowballing ammount every year.

A better idea would be to strip away Pell Grants and the entire financial aid industry and let colleges compete for cash-and-carry students once again -like 50 years ago when college cost <$300 a semester.

The FSA already slurps down 43% of the Federal Budget (almost 3X what the murderous MIC gets at 18%)

Frankly there should be none of this so-called 'free' shit for anybody at all, ever, period.



scsherman's picture

"free pot" totally invalidated your entire argument because you are a reactionary fear monger

JonNadler's picture

i undestand it and even though i wasn't going to vote, I am going to vote for Trump

JRobby's picture

Your remark should be on billboards nation wide.

What can we do to help them all see this is a movement to end the elite domination? The elite that want us dead.

JonNadler's picture

i don't think I am the only one, the corruption and the way this people are just abject lackeys of WS is just incredible. I don't like Trump but he's not a corrupt criminal globalist elitist prostitute of Blankfein and Dimon

centerline's picture

Two main crowds so far:  People who see the corruption/lies and have had enough.  And people who are easily bamboozed by the MSM.

Those on the bamboozed side are pretty certain the sun won't come up the day after the election if Trump wins. 


HenryKissingerChurchill's picture

i undestand it and even though i wasn't going to vote, I am going to vote for Trump

please note: They were setting up the entire cabinet and there is zero comments on the campaign BEFORE Barack Hussein got "elected" on November 4th 2008.

The email is dated October 6 2008.

TeamDepends's picture

Yup, they murdered Scalia just like we knew they did. P.S. "Wet Works ="Assassination"http://www.commonsenseevaluation.com/2016/10/14/wikileaks-exposes-possib...

Tom Servo's picture

Interestingly, there's allegedly a pool, and a vineyard where Scalia "died"...


VinceFostersGhost's picture



Not sure who inspires me more....the founding Fathers.....or the senior Wall Street bankers...

Harlequin001's picture

Giz a job. I've got a bank account...

VinceFostersGhost's picture



I've got a bank account...


Dollars.....or gold?

Harlequin001's picture

Nah, silver's in the vault...

and the bank accounts' got hardly anything in it...

RedDwarf's picture

Thanks you for this link.  Until now I had put the death of Scalia in the "Unknown" camp.  Maybe assassination, maybe natural.  This however is a smoking gun IMO.  He was murdered.

JRobby's picture

Yup! I thought all the "hope" went out of it when the "cabinet" was announced in 2009. The sheep kept partying though!

"We need experience in this uncertain time. We need stability. So we are using the guys that blew it up to fix it" PURE GENIUS!!!!

Guillotines & Bulldozers NOW!!!!!

(then I read a few things and found out hope ended in 1913)

Nekoti's picture

You forgot woodchippers.

Jack McGriff's picture

Blacks or anybody working for blacks cannot be racist!  Even implying otherwise makes you a racist!

Life of Illusion's picture





Froman for negotiating the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement in secret and that he "took care of his friends on Wall Street and in corporate board rooms 

Colonel Klink's picture

Michael Froman grew up in a Cheesepope family.  Well color me shocked that there's a tribal criminal banker behind this!

pods's picture

"How many goddamn Jews does he think there are in America?"

They seem to be behind every smarmy act perpetrated by the government, that is for sure.


Uzda Farce's picture
Uzda Farce (not verified) Life of Illusion Oct 14, 2016 10:10 AM

Michael Froman is a member of the Rockefeller/CFR. He was Obama's roomate at Harvard and chief of staff to Treas Sec Robert Rubin in the Clinton admin. Rubin and Froman were officers at Rockefeller's Citigroup, and Rubin is now the chairman of the CFR. Other CFR members: Bill Clinton, Jacob Lew, Jeh Johnson, Strobe Talbott, John McCain, Dick Cheney, Lloyd Blankfein, Lynn Forester de Rothschild and George Soros. See member lists at cfr dot org.

The Obama cabinet is like every other administration since WW2. Most secretaries of State, Treasury, Defense, CIA, etc. have been CFR members, starting with the Dulles brothers. Every Fed chairman since WW2 has been a CFR member, and every member of the current Fed Board of Governors is a CFR member.

The UN organization itself and every one of the globalist "free trade" agreements has been a CFR project.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

CFR- I dare call it Treason!

BaBaBouy's picture

He has a Table of Race breakdown... Unbelievable...