Skip to comments.Video seizes on union leader's boast of daily contact with White House
Posted on 03/09/2011 8:26:19 AM PST by Sub-Driver
Video seizes on union leader's boast of daily contact with White House By Michael O'Brien - 03/09/11 10:22 AM ET
A pro-business group on Wednesday seized on AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka's boast that he meets at the White House several times a week and talks with someone from the White House "every day."
Amid a push by conservatives to depict President Obama as being especially cozy with organized labor, a group produced a new video featuring the labor leader talking about frequent contact between himself and the administration.
"I'm at the White House a couple times a week two or three times a week," Trumka boasts in a new video posted by the Workforce Fairness Institute, a foe of organized labor.
"I have conversations every day with someone in the White House or the administration. Every day," he adds. "And that includes weekends, by the way."
He initially made the remark at a Feb. 18 forum. Trumka's claim came as a major conservative political group launched a new ad attacking Obama on his ties to unions.
Crossroads GPS, a political spending group formed by former Bush advisers Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, went on-air with a new, $750,000 ad buy to air over the next week on national cable networks.
"Tell President Obama you've had enough," the 60-second ad says. "Call on him to support government union reform."
Republicans have ramped up their pressure on organized labor in recent days amid a standoff in Wisconsin over collective bargaining rights that's pitted the state's Republican governor against Democrats and pro-labor forces.
GOP leaders have expressed support for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and other Republicans have pushed forward with other ways to rein in labor. A group of GOP senators, for instance, introduced a national "Right to Work" act on Tuesday.
Organized labor has typically been one of the largest outside groups to spend and mobilize voters on behalf of Democrats, particularly in 2008 to elect Obama and a Democratic-controlled House and Senate.
Labor's relationship with the White House had ostensibly chilled to a degree during Obama's first two years in office, when the president didn't go for as large of a stimulus as unions had wanted and had agreed to exclude the public option from healthcare reform legislation.
But labor leaders have also now expressed satisfaction with Obama's leadership on the dispute in Wisconsin, which his administration has approached more behind the scenes than in the open.
Trumka's last highest-level meeting came on Feb. 24, when he and the presidents of AFL-CIO organizations met with Vice President Joe Biden and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis at the White House.
A cursory glance at the latest White House visitors' logs features Trumka's name 53 times.
I like the use of “government union”.
It’s much more truthful and much less benign than “public union” (as if it belongs to all of us).
Duh - ya think?
Anyone ask him if he brought his “purple wind breaker” to the WH? WE nees to make this clip go viral.
Our CIC = Cheerleader in Chief
“Let's together CHANGE the country - SEIU! SEIU! SEIU!” rah rah rah -
This is the “CHANGE” he meant and intends.
This is his life's work - This is what he has been programmed to carry out - his raison d’etre.
He loses this, he's crippled. Let it be so.
The list, ping
Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list
His worshippers may actually disagree with him on issues such as this. But they worship him so it doesn’t matter.
Do you remember the 60 Minutes story long ago about the Chicago Alderman, talking about how he “helps” the citizens of his ward? One of his examples was how he could “help” provide legal advice for them, saying “I’ve got lawyers...I’ve got judges....”
This should be the crooked unions’ “I’ve got judges” moment.
Remember this from September 2009 :
” Gen. Stanley McChrystal says he’s talked to President Obama only once
since taking command of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan over the summer,..”
“I’ve talked to the president since I’ve been here once on a (video teleconference),” he said.
“You talked to him once in 70 days?” CBS’ David Martin asked. “
“I would think you’d want to hear one-on-one from your field commander more than once in six months,” he said.
“It’s startling,” Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., told FOX News. “
“Gregg said that former President George W. Bush spoke with his then-top Iraq commander, Gen. David Petraeus,
on a regular basis. “
“I would think you’d want to hear one-on-one from your field commander more than once in six months,” he said. “
For Barry , the wants and needs of union thugs have always
“ trumpkad “ the men and women fighting in Afghanistan.
He will just toss out some more wads of “Obama money” and they will blissfully and obediently forget everything.
Obama says something indistinguishable and Mr. O'Brien says, Dats rich, but da Amrican people wont be, if dey dont stick wid da union.
Fuggitaboutit Barry, well take care of everything, youse guys in da white house tell da news what to say, well take care of da rest. Just like always.
Right O? Maniacal laughter follows, along with the sound of fragile items that used to belong to Lincoln breaking.