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GOP slams White House for suspected coffee shop meetings
The Hill ^ | 5-3-11 | Sara Jerome

Posted on 05/05/2011 6:15:02 AM PDT by Dacula

House Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Committee raised concerns at a Tuesday hearing that White House staffers hold meetings at a nearby Caribou Coffee to avoid disclosure requirements. "White House staff apparently purposely schedule meetings at the Caribou Coffee around the corner from the White House so that those meetings won’t show up on the White House logs," said Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Calif.), chairman of the Oversight subcommittee. Republicans portrayed the White House as failing to live up to campaign promises on transparency. Stearns pointed to President Obama, who as a candidate said healthcare negotiations would air on C-SPAN, an idea that never came to fruition. "This president has apparently gone out of his way to avoid transparency even though he said he would be transparent," Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) said. Democrats defended the White House and said the GOP's allegations are suspect. "There is nothing wrong with someone going out for a cup of coffee," said Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), ranking member of the subcommittee. "There is something wrong with someone going out to avoid disclosure." She suggested the coffee-shop allegations are unproven and based on questionable sourcing, including news reports that granted anonymity to the speakers. GOP members criticized the White House for failing to appear at the hearing. Full committee ranking member Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) said the White House got only a few days' notice and had a schedule conflict. Waxman said the hearing was "not about open government. It's about politics." He said the hearing was an attempt to "embarrass an administration" that wanted to make its case but simply had a schedule conflict. Witnesses were split on transparency in the Obama administration. Tom Fritton, the president of Judicial Watch, a conservative group, said the Caribou meetings are a major problem. "This ethics gamesmanship undermines the rule of law and makes one think that this administration has something to hide," he said. Anne Weismann, chief counsel for the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, was positive about Obama's transparency efforts. Weismann said her transparency concerns surround federal agencies rather than the White House. "I think [Obama] has put some of the key components in place," she said.


TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: alqaradawi; annweismann; arcapitabank; bigpharma; cariboucoffee; coffeeclatches; crew; dianadegette; henrywaxman; jeffreyforbes; muslimbrotherhood; obamacoffeeshop; prma; qaradawi; secrecy; stearns; transparency; waxman; whitehouselogs
Why not have some Republicans stationed at the coffee house tomonitor their meetings?
1 posted on 05/05/2011 6:15:06 AM PDT by Dacula
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To: Dacula

“Why not have some Republicans stationed at the coffee house tomonitor their meetings?”

That’s what I would do.


2 posted on 05/05/2011 6:16:52 AM PDT by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: Dacula

Caribou coffee? You mean the one owned by muslims?


3 posted on 05/05/2011 6:17:41 AM PDT by doodad
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To: Dacula

GOP slams?

Nonsense. They are as comfortable with this
as they are with his treason, his support of al qaeda,
his support of sharia, his support of foreign bankers,
his lack of documentation, his failure to obey
Congress, etc. etc.

The GOP are traitors to America every day that they
hesitate to begin impeachment.


4 posted on 05/05/2011 6:20:25 AM PDT by Diogenesis ( Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: Dacula

Obama has proven himself to put together the biggest lying bunch of non transparent socialists ever to occupy the White House.
The American public who voted this crook in should be ashamed of themselves on every level.
Disgusted is an even better word....This OBL fiasco is even more proof of how morons can filter through the cracks and earn a living in politics.


5 posted on 05/05/2011 6:21:26 AM PDT by oust the louse (We have moved decisively from a Nation of makers to a Nation of takers.)
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To: Dacula

I bet there are more ‘bugs’ at Caribou Coffee than in a new Microsoft OS..............


6 posted on 05/05/2011 6:23:49 AM PDT by Red Badger (Mitt Romney: The Harold Stassen of the 21st century........)
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To: Dacula
House Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Committee raised concerns at a Tuesday hearing that White House staffers hold meetings at a nearby Caribou Coffee to avoid disclosure requirements.

"White House staff apparently purposely schedule meetings at the Caribou Coffee around the corner from the White House so that those meetings won’t show up on the White House logs," said Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Calif.), chairman of the Oversight subcommittee.

Republicans portrayed the White House as failing to live up to campaign promises on transparency. Stearns pointed to President Obama, who as a candidate said healthcare negotiations would air on C-SPAN, an idea that never came to fruition.

"This president has apparently gone out of his way to avoid transparency even though he said he would be transparent," Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) said.

Democrats defended the White House and said the GOP's allegations are suspect. "There is nothing wrong with someone going out for a cup of coffee," said Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), ranking member of the subcommittee.

"There is something wrong with someone going out to avoid disclosure."

She suggested the coffee-shop allegations are unproven and based on questionable sourcing, including news reports that granted anonymity to the speakers. GOP members criticized the White House for failing to appear at the hearing.

Full committee ranking member Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) said the White House got only a few days' notice and had a schedule conflict. Waxman said the hearing was "not about open government. It's about politics."

He said the hearing was an attempt to "embarrass an administration" that wanted to make its case but simply had a schedule conflict.

Witnesses were split on transparency in the Obama administration. Tom Fritton, the president of Judicial Watch, a conservative group, said the Caribou meetings are a major problem. "This ethics gamesmanship undermines the rule of law and makes one think that this administration has something to hide," he said.

Anne Weismann, chief counsel for the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, was positive about Obama's transparency efforts. Weismann said her transparency concerns surround federal agencies rather than the White House. "I think [Obama] has put some of the key components in place," she said.

7 posted on 05/05/2011 6:25:39 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Dacula

So the correct response would have been to VIDEO TAPE THEM meeting there

THen show us proof...

Geez won’t these morons ever learn.

Call Andrew Brietbart first and let him figure out how to document it before you go public. Then when they deny one meeting took place, Show them the video.

Then when they say that one single meeting was an unusual event, show them VIDEO OF 10 MORE


8 posted on 05/05/2011 6:27:02 AM PDT by Mr. K (this administration is WEARING OUT MY CAPSLOCK KEY~!! [Palin/Bachman 2012])
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To: Diogenesis
... his failure to obey Congress

That's in Article II isn't it? How does it go, The President shall obey the Congress?

9 posted on 05/05/2011 6:27:24 AM PDT by Doe Eyes
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To: Dacula

Cliff Stearns is FL ... he is my congress critter.


10 posted on 05/05/2011 6:31:46 AM PDT by libbylu ( Sarah Palin has more intestinal fortitude than 535 congress critters)
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To: Dacula

“Transparency” my A$$!!!


11 posted on 05/05/2011 6:33:28 AM PDT by McKayopectate
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To: Dacula

Absolutely. This could be a big security breech in the age of video spy pens and cell phone cameras.


12 posted on 05/05/2011 6:34:30 AM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est)
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To: Dacula

Much easier to read this at the link, with proper paragraphs.

How long did it take you to delete formatting? And why?


13 posted on 05/05/2011 6:35:52 AM PDT by Jedidah
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To: Dacula

“purposely schedule meetings at the Caribou Coffee”

Ha ha!
“Would you like to try one our breakfast biscuits with that latte?”


14 posted on 05/05/2011 6:36:25 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Yes We Can, have smaller government)
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To: Jedidah

sorry for the formatting. I wanted to remove the at&t ad that was in the middle of the article.


15 posted on 05/05/2011 6:43:08 AM PDT by Dacula
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To: Dacula

That I can understand; I’d have done the same. Annoying, aren’t they?


16 posted on 05/05/2011 6:44:52 AM PDT by Jedidah
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To: doodad

Yes, Caribou Coffee’s ownership group has strong ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. They did not start the company but acquired it later on.


17 posted on 05/05/2011 6:45:25 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Dacula

Monitor, log and snap photos. Wait until about 20 or 30 of these meetings and then make a website listing names, times and photos.

If Obama won’t clean the glass windows and insists on actually spray painting them to block our view, the GOP should send in some window washers. Let us see what these snakes are doing in their secret rooms.


18 posted on 05/05/2011 6:50:45 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Obama and the left are making a mockery of our country.)
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To: Jedidah

annoying and embarrassing. Not the quality I like to present.


19 posted on 05/05/2011 7:04:06 AM PDT by Dacula
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To: Red Badger

I was hoping TEA party members had the place bugged too.


20 posted on 05/05/2011 7:16:00 AM PDT by mcshot ("...of the people, by the people, for the people..." but we aren't "his people".)
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To: Dacula

Where’s the gumption in the freshman and sophomore classes of J-school grads? Seems to me the next gen watergate stories are there for the plucking.


21 posted on 05/05/2011 7:16:57 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (I asked the bartender for a bin Ladin, she said 'what's that? I said 'two shots then a splash.')
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To: Buckeye McFrog; Dacula; doodad
At first I was going to ask for a link but decided to do a quick search ... sadly you are correct.

Tea With Terrorists?

22 posted on 05/05/2011 7:20:45 AM PDT by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: Dacula
"Sips of knowledge intoxicates the mind, while deeper drinking sobers it again.

I did a Google search on "carobou coffee" and found their web site. This is the most interesting quote from the site: "Get Caribou at work: Office Delivery, Catering, Corporate Gifts." Now, what does that tell us? White house staff don't need to "go around the corner" to get good coffee for their meetings! Delivery cost should be low, because the nearest Caribou Coffee location is at 1701 Pennsylvania Avenue. Interesting.

23 posted on 05/05/2011 7:31:46 AM PDT by asinclair (Obama hates how people use Google against him)
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To: Rummyfan

Most transparent administration ever !

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/change_has_come_to_whitehouse-gov/

“Transparency — President Obama has committed to making his administration the most open and transparent in history, and WhiteHouse.gov will play a major role in delivering on that promise. “


24 posted on 05/05/2011 8:20:17 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: McKayopectate

“This ethics gamesmanship undermines the rule of law and makes one think that this administration has ***something to hide***,”
Indeed they have a long record of doing so.


25 posted on 05/05/2011 8:56:33 AM PDT by Vaduz
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26 posted on 05/05/2011 9:06:16 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Dacula

My first though as well; keep the RATs under surveillance.


27 posted on 05/05/2011 9:09:41 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: JimRed

first THOUGHT as well


28 posted on 05/05/2011 9:10:28 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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29 posted on 09/07/2012 7:21:49 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: doodad
Caribou coffee? You mean the one owned by muslims?

Not just any muslim bunch... this was Qaradawi and friends. Qaradawi was /is involved in the Egyptian muslim brotherhood. Qaradawi was a major shareholder of Arcapita bank [see shariah financing] and they owned much of Caribou Coffee. Arcapita sold off most of its shares last year.

30 posted on 09/07/2012 7:28:08 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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