More Controversial Obama Appointments
by Stephen Lendman
Obama chooses the worst and most disreputable.
Throughout his tenure, he ignored the best, brightest, most honorable and well qualified. He chose cabinet and other top picks he should have spurned.
He did again. He addressed reporters in the White House East Room. He "announc(ed nominations for) three outstanding individuals to help us tackle some of our most important challenges."
He chose Sylvia Burwell as new Office of Management and Budget (OMB) director. She replaces Jeffrey Zients. She's president of the Walmart Foundation.
Previously she was Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Development Program president. She prioritized profit making over good will.
In 2001, she joined the Gates Foundation. From 2002 - 2006, she was executive vice president, CEO and executive director.
Earlier she was Clinton's OMB deputy director, assistant to the president, and deputy chief of staff. She served Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin in the same capacity.
Prior to entering government, she did financial consulting. She did so for McKinsey & Company.
She's a Trilateralist. She's a Council on Foreign Relations member. She serves on MetLife's board of directors. She belongs to the Nike Foundation Advisory Group.
She's an Aspen Institute member. She serves on its Strategy Group. It's an elitist club. It's international and influential. It's comprised of businessmen, politicians, bureaucrats, and likeminded figures. They're up to no good.
Center for Economic Policy & Research economist Dean Baker called her appointment "cause for concern."
Author and filmmaker Kenneth Harvey said it's "unnerving to suddenly find (Obama) in bed with Walmart."
Nation magazine said it "wielded (the foundation's) massive budget to expand the retail giant's influence at all levels of government and to pave the way for store expansions."
The Nation obtained a previously unreported document . It's titled "Recognizing the Walmart Foundation For Its Good Works."