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Oval Office Visit Hints at Daschle's Role
The Washington Post ^ | August 22, 2009 | Philip Rucker and Anne E. Kornblut

Posted on 08/22/2009 8:50:45 AM PDT by khnyny

Former Senate majority leader Thomas A. Daschle's visit to the Oval Office on Friday, at the invitation of President Obama, was more than just a meeting between two loyal friends and political allies. It also served as a reminder of what might have been.

As Obama's health-care agenda teeters in Congress, the White House listed the private meeting on the president's public schedule, sending a signal that Obama is still consulting Daschle on his top domestic policy priority. An assiduous student of health policy and an adept creature of the Senate, Daschle was Obama's first pick to oversee his reforms, but a firestorm over Daschle's failure to pay about $146,000 in taxes on time prompted the South Dakota Democrat in February to withdraw his nomination to be secretary of health and human services.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; US: South Dakota
KEYWORDS: 111th; bhohealthcare; daschle; obamacare; taxevasion
[One longtime friend of the former majority leader said Daschle planned to advise Obama to "go on vacation, get off the airwaves and get your people off the airwaves" in an attempt to lower the temperature of the debate and give Senate negotiators more time to craft a mutually satisfactory deal.

"A little radio silence wouldn't hurt," said the source, who is involved in health-care lobbying and spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk candidly about strategy.]

1 posted on 08/22/2009 8:50:45 AM PDT by khnyny
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To: khnyny
in other words, sneak it through under the radar. People won't protest and object if they don't know what is going on.
2 posted on 08/22/2009 8:54:41 AM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: khnyny

great, a new czar.


3 posted on 08/22/2009 8:56:46 AM PDT by lonster
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To: khnyny

If the American Citizens wanted Socialist Health Care we would already have it.
We don’t and we don’t
That would say something to most normal people.
Obviously Obama and the Democrat Congress that are trying to ram Socialist health care odwn our throats are not normal people.


4 posted on 08/22/2009 8:57:46 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Proud to have made Communist Leader Obama's hit list at flag@whitehouse.gov)
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To: paul51

Well they will eventually massively protest and object. Sneaking it in may be a very dangerous tipping point at this time.

People are watching them like hawks.


5 posted on 08/22/2009 8:58:23 AM PDT by dforest (Who is the real Jim Thompson? I am.)
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To: paul51

It gets worse. They don’t bother mentioning Tom Daschle’s wife Linda in this article.

One of the last things Obama did before he left for vacation was to have a private meeting with Tom Daschle regarding health care.

Tom and Linda Daschle - the quintessential double dipper DC power couple. Tom Daschle’s wife, Linda, was recently hired by GE as a lobbyist. GE increased their lobbying budget by millions in the last quarter - an historic increase for the company. One of GE’s “specialties” is “health care”. LOL.

http://www.ge.com/products_services/healthcare.html


6 posted on 08/22/2009 9:00:08 AM PDT by khnyny (Barack Obama and Chauncey Gardiner: separated at birth)
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To: khnyny

He will replace the cleaning lady.


7 posted on 08/22/2009 9:01:14 AM PDT by boomop1
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To: indylindy
Sneaking it in may be a very dangerous tipping point at this time. People are watching them like hawks.

Yes, it's hard to sneak when people know that's part of your plan.

It's suicidal of obie One to have this weasel onboard.

8 posted on 08/22/2009 9:01:31 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Obama - fooling fewer people every day.)
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To: paul51
I wonder how all these women Obie appointed to cabinet posts feel about having a man in the background really running things...
9 posted on 08/22/2009 9:06:25 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Barak Obama: Proud Graduate of the Robert Mugabe School of Government and Economics)
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To: lonster

And another rip-roaring tax cheat at that!


10 posted on 08/22/2009 9:12:00 AM PDT by Shady (The Fairness Doctrine is ANYTHING but fair!!!!)
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To: khnyny

Wee wee daddy is a LOSER.

11 posted on 08/22/2009 9:14:48 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bail out)
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To: khnyny
Daschle was Obama's first pick to oversee his reforms, but a firestorm over Daschle's failure to pay about $146,000 in taxes on time prompted the South Dakota Democrat in February to withdraw his nomination to be secretary of health and human services.

Daschle's problem was that he was one of the first crooks that was caught. If you remember criminality was not an issue in the later appointments.

12 posted on 08/22/2009 9:16:30 AM PDT by Western Phil
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To: VRWC For Truth

Lol. Where’s Rahm, in the chorus?

I’m sure you know this, but GE (Linda Daschle’s new employer) owns NBC.

The following is the link talking about her new “job.”

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/GE-hires-Linda-Daschles—lobbying-firm-48798437.html


13 posted on 08/22/2009 9:18:17 AM PDT by khnyny (Barack Obama and Chauncey Gardiner: separated at birth)
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To: khnyny
Daschle makes me think of a T Roosevelt quote:

"Speak softly because you have a little stick".

14 posted on 08/22/2009 9:19:41 AM PDT by TruthWillWin (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: indylindy

People are watching them like hawks.

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I think that is not going to go away anytime soon. Even if Hussien Care dies a terrible death this fall, the public is not going to go back to sleep and ignore what is happening in Washington. The public has lost its trust with this Congress and the Administration on things like Cap ‘n Trade, Illegal Immigration, Spending, Taxing, Foreign Affairs. The trust has been lost and the publics attention has been focused on what is happening in our government.

If they try to sneak anything by, it will not go unnoticed. If they try to stop free speech, it will not go unnoticed. They (Washington) don’t realize the tinder box that they are sitting on. The sleeping giant (the people) has awakened.


15 posted on 08/22/2009 9:27:54 AM PDT by TMA62 (TMA62)
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To: VRWC For Truth

The mighty Tom Daschle has a reknowned record of accomplishment in the public arena...his expertise in policy matters is exceeded only by his knowledge of the arcane processes of the Senate and his ability to navigate complex legislation through Washington. What a sissy.


16 posted on 08/22/2009 9:39:19 AM PDT by dogcaller
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To: khnyny

Thanks for posting. The blood sucking, parasitic socialist has already consumed enough of free people’s resources. He can punch out anytime.


17 posted on 08/22/2009 10:07:48 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: khnyny

buttlicker in chief?


18 posted on 08/22/2009 10:52:58 AM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out (click my name)
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To: PGalt

You’re welcome. The following is hilarious:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsCnzL2FbkU


19 posted on 08/22/2009 11:17:33 AM PDT by khnyny (Barack Obama and Chauncey Gardiner: separated at birth)
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To: khnyny
I am sure after that Oval Office meeting an extended visit from Super Slime Busters was desperately needed.

Inside the White House, there is a deep reservoir of support for Daschle, one of Obama's earliest backers in last year's campaign. Many of the president's advisers once worked for Daschle, including Rouse, communications director Anita Dunn, deputy communications director Dan Pfeiffer and legislative affairs director Phil Schiliro.

This is like incest.

20 posted on 08/22/2009 12:00:39 PM PDT by upchuck (Neuter them in 2010 - Send them packing in 2012.)
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To: khnyny

wee-weed Daschel, has a nice ring to it...
21 posted on 08/22/2009 12:01:40 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist -ww- I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: khnyny

I believe I remember a speech made by Daschle, just prior to his ignominious exit from th Obaba team early this year, that strongly hinted that health care would have to be rationed for the elderly. Does that jog anyone’s memory?


22 posted on 08/22/2009 2:33:56 PM PDT by haroldeveryman
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To: khnyny

The changes in the tone and volume coming from the other side in the last several days to a week has given me a lot of concern. When they stop calling you nasty names, that means they’re plotting something a lot sneakier. The frontal assault is over. Now comes the sneak attack under cover of darkness.


23 posted on 08/22/2009 2:51:08 PM PDT by bustinchops
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To: haroldeveryman
Daschle says health-care reform “will not be pain free.” Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them. That means the elderly will bear the brunt.

Source - Bloomberg News Feb 9th, 2009

24 posted on 08/22/2009 2:55:19 PM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: haroldeveryman

Here’s another link:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2154099/posts

Daschle wanted to create a “Federal Health Board”. Yikes.


25 posted on 08/22/2009 7:12:23 PM PDT by khnyny (Barack Obama and Chauncey Gardiner: separated at birth)
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To: BookmanTheJanitor

I think Ted Kennedy is a senior. Arlen Spector is a senior. They don’t seem to be just taking their cancer diagnostics and doing nothing like we are supposed to do.


26 posted on 08/22/2009 7:42:28 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: BookmanTheJanitor

“Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them.”

Thanks for that. You jogged my memory. That was some of his rhetoric at that time.

Now Obama, who is denying that seniors will be short changed on health care after a lifetime of paying payroll taxes into medicare and social security, has resurrected this guy.


27 posted on 08/22/2009 11:10:30 PM PDT by haroldeveryman
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To: dandiegirl

I guess our elected representatives are just being unselfish. While our they are the one’s that are carrying the terrible burden of having to will vote on the health care bill, they, themselves will not be blessed with the gift of Obama-Care. Their only reward will be that they will not have to be as “accepting of the conditions that come with age” as the rest of us.


28 posted on 08/22/2009 11:34:20 PM PDT by haroldeveryman
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To: khnyny

Thanks for the link. Very interesting.


29 posted on 08/22/2009 11:52:24 PM PDT by haroldeveryman
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