Following The Drum Major Rules, But Not The President’s Own Rules

Now here is an example of following the rules.  Especially when they have been discussed repeatedly.

Tipoff: Drum Major John Coleman is suspended for Obama nod at inaugural parade.

Drum Major John Coleman offered a quick nod, a fleeting wave and what looked like a wink — all while keeping stride — as he marched the Cleveland Firefighter’s Memorial Pipes & Drums past President Barack Obama last week.

The band’s leader calls it a violation of the rules, captured by CNN. Coleman has been suspended as drum major for six months.

“We had gone over and over time and again with everyone in the band that this was a military parade. Protocol and proper decorum had to be followed at all times,” said bandleader Pipe Major Mike Engle. “Unfortunately, John chose to ignore that.”

Obama watches inaugural parade

January 20, 2009

How ironic.  The drum major gets slammed for breaking the rule on the new President.  Yet Barack Obama can break his own ethics rule on bringing in lobbyists into his administration.

Campbell Brown Bashes Obama: Don’t Make Ethics Rules You Won’t Follow at CNN.  Obama’s transcript.

BARACK OBAMA,PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: The executive order on ethics I will sign shortly represents a clean break from business as usual. As of today, lobbyists will be subject to stricter limits than under any — under any other administration in history.

If you are a lobbyist entering my administration, you will not be able to work on matters you lobbied on, or in the agencies you lobbied during the previous two years. When you leave government, you will not be able to lobby my administration for as long as I am president.

Brown’s response.

President Obama already wants an exception to his own rule. You see, what happened is, there is this former lobbyist for a big defense contractor called Raytheon. His name is William Lynn. And President Obama wants him to be deputy defense secretary.

So, the Obama administration now wants a waiver to its own rule, which basically means it is saying, we will mostly put tough new restrictions on lobbyists, except when we won’t.

Hypocrisy at work for you.  On your taxpayer dollar.


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