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Obama Sending Attorney General to Zurich to Lobby for World Cup 2022 in U.S. (Really)
CBS News via Twitter ^ | Monday, November 29, 2010 | Mark Knoller

Posted on 11/29/2010 4:39:13 PM PST by kristinn

Attorney General Holder heads to Zurich, Switzerland tomorrow to lobby to bring the World Cup to the U.S. in 2022.

Justice Dept. says Holder is making the trip to Zurich at the request of Pres. Obama to show US commitment to host World Cup in 2022.

Pres. Obama lost U.S. effort in '09 to host 2016 Summer Olympics. WH hopes Holder's mission to Zurich doesn't end up a Swiss miss.

Perhaps we'll find out more about the World Cup mission from Holder's cables in the next WikiLeaks document disclosures.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bagman; ericholder; mountains; obama; ronbrown; soccer; switzerland; worldcup; zurich
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This administration is turning more and more into a joke. The attorney general is now our globe trotting chief World Cup lobbyist?
1 posted on 11/29/2010 4:39:21 PM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Obama has lost his effing mind.


2 posted on 11/29/2010 4:40:52 PM PST by bergmeid (I want profiling and I want it NOW!)
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To: kristinn

So with major law enforcement considerations sucha Wikileaksand NYC terro trials, Holder is sent on a sports lobbying effort. Good grief. Don’t we have a freak’in sports czar among the 40 or so on the payroll?


3 posted on 11/29/2010 4:42:38 PM PST by rod1
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To: kristinn

Snort.

You gotta be kidding? Right? Kidding?


4 posted on 11/29/2010 4:43:08 PM PST by mojito
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To: kristinn

LMAO, fool didn’t learn from the “we’re gettting the olympics” trip, moron.


5 posted on 11/29/2010 4:43:13 PM PST by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: kristinn

What does an attorney general have to do with the world cup I ask? geez


6 posted on 11/29/2010 4:43:35 PM PST by GoCards (Why me? Why not me?)
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To: kristinn

They’re having another world Cup in 2022? Didn’t we just finish the last one? I was hoping they were just once a century.


7 posted on 11/29/2010 4:44:48 PM PST by Bryanw92 (Obama is like a rocket scientist....who's trying to do brain surgery with a hammer.)
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To: kristinn
The only explanation I can think of is that this is a cover for Holder's true reason for going to Switzerland.

-PJ

8 posted on 11/29/2010 4:44:48 PM PST by Political Junkie Too ("Comprehensive" reform bills only end up as incomprehensible messes.)
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To: kristinn

It does sound like a joke. Why would the Attorney General be flying overseas to lobby for sporting events. Eric Holder has a hard time accomplishing anything, but now he’s taking time away from his responsibilities to go outside of his job description. It’s clear that after declaring the U.S. public a “nation of cowards” that he has absolutely no diplomatic skills so this news is just bizarre. I imagine that he will only succeed in alienating foreign leaders.


9 posted on 11/29/2010 4:47:44 PM PST by purplelobster
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To: kristinn
Attorney General Holder heads to Zurich, Switzerland tomorrow

Oh yeah, forgot the WH has no video conferencing capabilities /s

10 posted on 11/29/2010 4:48:03 PM PST by Bad~Rodeo (Don't overthink common sense)
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To: kristinn
F*** FIFA!

If they're too stupid to have returned the tournament to the US since the great success in 1994, let they keep it. Let them force fans to travel to third world countries with inadequate infrastructure and accommodations. Germany, Italy, France? Okay. South Africa? Yeah. Really easy to get to, and nice. Brazil? They're already trying to round up the dissident elements for 2014; and none of the major players will have an advantage in Brazil. Nah.

ML/NJ

11 posted on 11/29/2010 4:48:42 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: Political Junkie Too

The only explanation I can think of is that this is a cover for Holder’s true reason for going to Switzerland.
-PJ

8 posted on Monday, November 29, 2010 6:44:48 PM by Political Junkie Too


Isn’t Wikileaks’ Assauge seeking asylum in Switzerland?


12 posted on 11/29/2010 4:49:52 PM PST by FS11
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To: Political Junkie Too

This cannot be true. There is no effing way that this is true.


13 posted on 11/29/2010 4:49:52 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Remember March 23, 1775. Remember March 23, 2010)
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To: kristinn

At first I thought this was a John Semmens Satire.


14 posted on 11/29/2010 4:51:01 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Welcome to the rabbit hole Alice....:-)


15 posted on 11/29/2010 4:52:40 PM PST by Dog
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To: bergmeid

Doesn’t he have anything better to do? These people are totally clueless.


16 posted on 11/29/2010 4:53:03 PM PST by Roklok
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To: kristinn

I’m a huge football (soccer) fan and would love to see the World Cup come back here, but this is absolutely and utterly ridiculous.


17 posted on 11/29/2010 4:53:43 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("I'd rather lose fighting for the right cause than win fighting for the wrong cause." - Jim DeMint)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
From the AP:

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will join former President Bill Clinton and Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman on Wednesday at the final presentation to FIFA's executive committee of the U.S. bid to host the 2022 World Cup.

Holder also will meet with executive committee members, who will vote the following day.

SNIP

18 posted on 11/29/2010 4:55:36 PM PST by kristinn (Lowering the IQ on FR since Jul 31, 1998)
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To: kristinn

Is it avalanche time in Switzerland? Perhaps this is one way Obie will try to get rid of Holder.

Yodelayewho!


19 posted on 11/29/2010 4:59:34 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Political Junkie Too
The only explanation I can think of is that this is a cover for Holder's true reason for going to Switzerland.

....taking a bundle of money to a secret Swiss bank account? Before ending up in Fort Marcy Park, Ex 42's lawyer made a couple of quick trips over there.

20 posted on 11/29/2010 5:00:08 PM PST by Freee-dame
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To: kristinn

They are all going to check on their Swiss banking accounts....just a hunch.


21 posted on 11/29/2010 5:00:23 PM PST by goodnesswins (You deciding how to spend your health care $, thatÂ’s freedom. Govt deciding, thats a death panel)
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To: FS11
I was thinking that it may have something to do with Wikileaks.

-PJ

22 posted on 11/29/2010 5:02:27 PM PST by Political Junkie Too ("Comprehensive" reform bills only end up as incomprehensible messes.)
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To: kristinn
Free trips. Free board. Gettin' back at the Man.

This administration is pathetic. They are damaging black people for the next three generation with their childish behavior.

23 posted on 11/29/2010 5:04:17 PM PST by Clock King (Ellisworth Toohey was right: My head's gonna explode.)
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

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24 posted on 11/29/2010 5:04:47 PM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: kristinn; hoosiermama; penelopesire; SE Mom; Liz; STARWISE; onyx; LucyT; ...

From the AP:

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will join former President Bill Clinton and Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman on Wednesday at the final presentation to FIFA’s executive committee of the U.S. bid to host the 2022 World Cup.

Holder also will meet with executive committee members, who will vote the following day.

SNIP

_____________________

PING!


25 posted on 11/29/2010 5:07:53 PM PST by maggief
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To: kristinn

Holder is the one who pardoned Marc Rich before Clinton left office in 2000. Rich lives just outside Zuerich in Zug. Maybe they can get together to talk about old times.


26 posted on 11/29/2010 5:12:18 PM PST by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: kristinn

The other frightening thought is that Holder is going over there to help set up the New World Order — ie.,figure out how to push international law into the US Constitution or circumvent it.


27 posted on 11/29/2010 5:12:29 PM PST by Clock King (Ellisworth Toohey was right: My head's gonna explode.)
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To: Political Junkie Too

I was thinking that it may have something to do with Wikileaks.
-PJ

22 posted on Monday, November 29, 2010 7:02:27 PM by Political Junkie Too


http://current.com/news/92827725_wikileaks-founder-julian-assange-seeking-asylum-in-switzerland-over-fears-for-his-safety.htm


28 posted on 11/29/2010 5:13:05 PM PST by FS11
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To: maggief

What? Insanity.


29 posted on 11/29/2010 5:15:06 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: Political Junkie Too

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is considering applying for asylum in Switzerland because he fears for his safety.

The controversial intelligence hacker said he was still looking into the process, the Associated Press reports.
“The Swiss have a history of fierce independence,” he told reporters.

Assange applied for residency in Sweden in October, but his application was rejected as Swedish authorities look into allegations he sexually assaulted two Swedish women.
The 39-year-old Australian denied those charges.


30 posted on 11/29/2010 5:16:06 PM PST by FS11
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To: kristinn
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will join former President Bill Clinton and Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman

"First you hate 'em. Then you get used to 'em. After long enough, you get so you depend on 'em. That's institutionalized."--Red

31 posted on 11/29/2010 5:21:05 PM PST by digger48
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To: kristinn

What makes Obama think he’ll even be around in 2022? With his smo0king and drinking and eating fatty foods and a family history of heart disease?


32 posted on 11/29/2010 5:21:48 PM PST by Palladin (Stand and fight.)
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To: kristinn

I can hear their sales pitch now....”by the year 2022, we will have complete control. We will be happy to spend gazillions of dollars to build more stadiums and venues because with all the 401k money we will have by then we will be on easy street.”


33 posted on 11/29/2010 5:22:17 PM PST by oust the louse (When you subsidize poverty and failure, you get more of both.)
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To: maggief

Good grief! Doesn’t the man have other more important things to do? Can someone please stop the insanity!!

IMPEACH..IT’S TIME!!


34 posted on 11/29/2010 5:24:18 PM PST by penelopesire (Let The Congressional Hearings Begin!)
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To: Clock King

Three words for Eric Holder:

REMEMBER RON BROWN!


35 posted on 11/29/2010 5:25:06 PM PST by Palladin (Stand and fight.)
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To: kristinn

Didn’t know this was part of his job...sounds more like a “free trip paid for via the tax payers”.........


36 posted on 11/29/2010 5:25:36 PM PST by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: maggief

Oh for goodness sake- do you begrudge him a wee break from his tireless criminal investigation of Assange and Wikileaks?

;)


37 posted on 11/29/2010 5:26:17 PM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: kristinn

I think Valerie Jarret is trying to corner the US vuvuzela market.


38 posted on 11/29/2010 5:27:59 PM PST by Trailerpark Badass (I'd rather take my chances with someone misusing freedom than someone misusing power.)
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To: onyx; kristinn

Apologize for the link ...

http://www.whistleblowers.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=986

WHISTLE-BLOWING: Whistle-blower advocates seek review of former UBS banker’s treatment - Whistle-blower advocates say the federal government’s treatment of an ex-UBS banker will have negative effects.
Miami Herald, The (FL) - Saturday, November 28, 2009
Author: MARTHA BRANNIGAN, mbrannigan@MiamiHerald.com
Whistle-blower advocates are asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to review the treatment of tipster Bradley C. Birkenfeld, the former UBS banker who was sentenced to 40 months in prison despite his pivotal help in the groundbreaking case against the Swiss banking giant.

Birkenfeld, 44, laid the foundation for the federal government’s most devastating assault ever on Swiss banking secrecy and offshore tax cheats, and his revelations could result in numerous prosecutions of tax cheats. But in August, a federal judge in Fort Lauderdale surprised even prosecutors by imposing the lengthy sentence, followed by three years’ probation.

The ex-banker, who once smuggled diamonds inside a toothpaste tube past U.S. Customs, filed a whistle-blower claim with the Internal Revenue Service in 2007, seeking millions of dollars in reward for his star role in the case, but his criminal conviction casts doubt on whether he will collect.

$780 MILLION FINE

Zurich -based UBS, in a bid to avoid criminal charges, agreed in February 2009 to pay a $780 million fine and to close its cross-border operation, which helped wealthy Americans to hide money from the IRS in secret offshore accounts.

A Nov. 25 letter to Holder, signed by the National Whistleblowers Center and other advocacy groups, said the harsh punishment of the key whistle-blower in the UBS investigation will have a chilling effect on others who may be considering stepping forward to reveal serious wrongdoing.

(snip)

//

http://www.nytimes.com/2001/04/11/us/plotting-a-pardon-rich-cashed-in-a-world-of-chits-to-win-pardon.html

PLOTTING A PARDON - Rich Cashed In a World of Chits to Win Pardon
New York Times, The (NY) - Wednesday, April 11, 2001
Author: ALISON LEIGH COWAN
Abstract: Special report, Plotting a Pardon, relates how billionaire businessman Marc Rich, one of nation’s most-wanted fugitives, won last-minute pardon from Pres Clinton by orchestrating use of every imaginable chit and every bit of influence; campaign began last year when Avner Azulay, retired Mossad agent who works for Rich, persuaded Rich’s estranged former wife Denise, who had spurned earlier pleas, to help for sake of her children; she adopted mission as her own, using influence as lavish Democratic fund-raiser and Clinton friend, and appealing to president at White House dinner in December; global campaign was organized around personal connections; Israeli officials joined in gratitude for Rich’s philanthropy and helped with intelligence operations; then-Prime Min Ehud Barak hardly knew Rich but pressed Clinton because of longtime ties to Azulay; Rich’s lawyer Jack Quinn is former Clinton counsel and close to Eric Holder , deputy attorney general who delivered lukewarm but crucial endorsement of pardon; Michael Steinhardt, retired hedge fund manager and philanthropist, says he vowed to help after witnessing Rich’s grief at death of his daughter from leukemia in 1996; Rich himself, son of Belgian refugees, began career in commodities trading at in mailroom, at age 19; his international operations, illegal trading and 1983 racketeering indictment, along with partner Pincus Green, reviewed; Quinn’s savvy lobbying and end run around Justice Department also detailed (L)

EXCERPT

The lawyer Mr. Rich selected, the former White House counsel Jack Quinn, turned out to have the connections that counted most. He had a close relationship with Eric Holder , the deputy attorney general at the time. It was Mr. Holder who delivered a lukewarm but crucial endorsement of the pardon in the waning hours of the Clinton presidency.

Mr. Quinn also had the confidence of the president, having helped manage the White House’s response to the travelgate investigation and other dicey problems. When a White House aide found a reference to Mr. Rich trading arms in the government’s computerized intelligence files around midnight on Jan. 19, she called Mr. Quinn for an assessment. Mr. Quinn said the accusation was off base, and that was good enough for Mr. Clinton, who signed the papers granting the pardon early the next morning.


39 posted on 11/29/2010 5:28:29 PM PST by maggief
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To: kristinn

40 posted on 11/29/2010 5:29:30 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: kristinn

Wikileaks founder was considering asking Switzerland for political asylum.


41 posted on 11/29/2010 5:32:24 PM PST by opentalk
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To: kristinn

Because Holder is such a cuddly “people person”.


42 posted on 11/29/2010 5:42:13 PM PST by sportutegrl (sarcasm alert)
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To: kristinn

Obama probably has it in the bag. Holder would get credit and save his job. The TERRORIST TRIAL FIASCO has put enormous pressure for Obama to dump Holder.


43 posted on 11/29/2010 5:45:35 PM PST by SC_Pete
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To: kristinn

Will someone please point out the relevant passage in the US Attorney General’s job description that covers lobbying for games to come to the US?

This is utterly ludicrous.

With everything that’s happening on the domestic front, Obama sends the US AG on a punk-ass mission like this????

Good Lord....


44 posted on 11/29/2010 5:54:14 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: kristinn
"U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will join former President Bill Clinton and Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman on Wednesday at the final presentation to FIFA's executive committee of the U.S. bid to host the 2022 World Cup."

2022? Even President Palin won't have any need to be bothering herself about an event that won't happen until she's two years out of office.

This is insanity...

45 posted on 11/29/2010 5:59:16 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: kristinn

If I smoked dope 24/7 for 40 years, I still don’t think I could get my mind in sync with how these people think.

W - T - F !!!


46 posted on 11/29/2010 6:09:24 PM PST by 2111USMC
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To: kristinn

AP is confirming - I had to google to make sure. This is beyond comprehension. I feel like I’ve had some sort of psychotic split and am no longer seeing reality. The absurdity of it all is too much to believe.


47 posted on 11/29/2010 6:11:59 PM PST by sbMKE
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To: kristinn

Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.


48 posted on 11/29/2010 6:23:42 PM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: maggief

Jeeeeeze!!!

Right .. just the job for the highest law
enforcement official in the land, especially
in time of war, and unprecedented leaked
state secrets, not to mention DOJ criminality
in the New Black Panther case, and the civil
trial of a brutal terrorist gone awry.

Sure ..

This gang can’t even load a gun, never mind
shoot straight. We are now the laughing stock
of the world, and weak and more at risk than ever.

God save us. End the madness!


49 posted on 11/29/2010 6:26:14 PM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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I can't see how this fits in Holder's job description as AG. Also what city or cities is Obama looking to stick with the logistics? Do I even have to ask if Chicago is involved?

This move only panders to Latinos since professional soccer isn't popular in the States outside that community. In 12 years how much larger will their influence be? I suppose CA will be recaptured by Mexico, sure, but how does Lobbying for World Cup benefit the USA? /s

50 posted on 11/29/2010 6:26:54 PM PST by newzjunkey (groped by Obama's TSA / an expired "Bush taxcut" = Obama Tax Increase)
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