by Teri O'Brien
I took the title of this post from the late Milton Rakove, political science professor and chronicler of what has come to be known as “The Chicago Way.” It was the title of one of his books, subtitled “An Oral History of the Daley Years.”
I thought about Prof. Rakove’s book yesterday as I watched our Thug-in-Chief at yet another propaganda event, staged by the CBS branch of his PR team, address a sob story from laid off government employee, Karin Gallo. The 43 year-old mother-to-be sought help from the One in the following exchange:
“Just under three years ago, I took a job with the federal government, thinking it was a secure job,” Gallo told Obama during the town hall, which was taped Wednesday afternoon at the Newseum.
Gallo, who is seven months pregnant, told Obama that she and her husband are also building a new house. (Watch video of the exchange above or here.)
“I’m stressed, I’m worried. I’m scared about what I — what my future holds. I definitely need a job. And — I just wonder what would you do, if you were me?”
Apparently, National Zoo’s “non-essential employee number 7” knew what she was doing. While some of us were still scratching our heads wondering why, if she is a self-admitted “non-essential” federal employee, she had a job in the first place, we learn the rest of the story.
On "The Early Show" Friday, Gallo said that, while she didn't get to speak directly with the president, she did have a conversation with a White House staffer on Thursday who seemed eager to help, and told her several other staffers were trying to come to her aid, as well. Gallo added that she also got a phone call late Thursday from the Presidential Personnel Office, which wants her to come in Monday for an informational interview.
Asked by co-anchor Erica Hill what she'd say to other job seekers who weren't fortunate enough to come to the president's personal attention, Gallo said she "never once thought there was no light at the end of the tunnel. I definitely thought there was going to be something on the other end. ... I always just kept the faith that something was going to happen, that there was going to be an opportunity. I completely lucked out that the opportunity was so huge for me. But I guess I speak for a lot of Americans who are out of work and frustrated. And I just have to say - keep the faith and know that there is something at the end of the tunnel."
Mrs. Gallo’s experience is very instructive, and the lesson seems to have been lost in the discussion about whether Barack Obama was being honest about the decline in the number of government workers (he wasn’t), or the emotionally-driven commentary about the plight of working mothers. WWBD (What Would Barack Do)? As it turns out, he would do precisely what Mrs. Gallo did; that is, get to someone with some clout. As for the rest of you, those who aren’t fortunate enough to have friends in high places, you’re on you’re own. If that phrase sounds familiar, ironically it’s part of the mantra that Barack Obama and his apparatchiks like to use when they are bludgeoning Republicans with demagogic accusations of cruelly demanding that people be responsible for their own needs.
Barack Obama’s “remade” America is Chicago writ-large. Picture a pyramid. At the top, are the political royalty and their well-connected friends enjoying lavish celebrity-studded parties, vacations at pricey resorts, and opportunities to line their pockets at taxpayer expense. In the middle are the various mascot groups, representing the members of the identify politics coalition necessary to win and/or steal elections, and the beneficiaries of government largess, such as public employee union members, whose livelihoods and perqs depend on democrats remaining in power. At the bottom, as you guessed, are the serfs, whose role is to shut up and work without complaint to pay for the whole sorry mess. The “law,” ostensibly neutrally applied to all, is in fact only something that the suckers in the latter group have to worry about. For those higher up on the pyramid, those pesky rules don’t necessarily apply. If you have an in, there’s a “fix.” Witness the thousand-plus waivers to Obamacare, or the tax exemptions arranged by Governor Pat Quinn to avoid the wrath of voters when they realize that his anti-business policies cost them their jobs.
Congratulations, Mrs. Gallo, not only on your new arrival, but for reminding all of us what this administration is all about, the Chicago Way. It’s one of the few things about which B. Hussein Obama is an expert.
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