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Tommy Vietorís journey with Obama: From van driver to National Security Council spokesman
Yahoo! News' Power Players ^ | March 6, 2013 | Jonathan Karl, Richard Coolidge, and Jordyn Phelps

Posted on 05/03/2014 4:38:04 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Tommy Vietor started working for Barack Obama when he was still Senator Obama--well before he became a presidential candidate--and until Friday, the 32-year-old Vietor hadn't stopped. His first job for Obama was as the driver of a press van, and he rose up the ranks through the 2008 campaign, and then the White House press office, to become the National Security Council spokesman.

Now leaving the White House to open a political communications firm with the president's departing speechwriter Jon Favreau, Vietor says it's been the privilege of a lifetime to work for the president.

"It's been kind of a front seat at some historic events--killing bin Laden, ending the Iraq war, a whole bunch of things--so it's been extraordinary," Vietor says.

The longtime Obama staffer says it's not without some sadness that he moves on, recalling a recent conversation he had with the president.

"I said 'Sir, you know, talking about it, and I feel it's a little sad to be leaving,' and he was like 'what do you mean sad for you?' he said, 'it's sad for me! You guys are you know, ditching me'," Vietor recalls to Politics Confidential of his conversation with the president. "But you know I think he's excited. The turnover is good for the administration, for him, get some new faces in there, new energy."(continued)

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: amateurhour; benghazi; dude; foreignpolicy; nsc; obama; vietor
"Did you change 'attacks' to 'demonstrations' in the talking points?" Baier pressed.

"Maybe, I don't remember," Vietor responded, "Dude, this was two years ago!" he said incredulously.

"Dude, it's the thing everyone's talking about," Baier said.

1 posted on 05/03/2014 4:38:04 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Now he will become a millionaire. Those with connections continue to cash in. And party affiliation has nothing to do with it. It’s not who you know, it’s what you have on them.


2 posted on 05/03/2014 4:42:34 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Trust me on this, guys and gals, I have nothing against van drivers--but a van driver rose so quickly to become National Security Council spokesman?
/facepalm
3 posted on 05/03/2014 4:46:17 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I give him 6 months.


4 posted on 05/03/2014 4:48:05 PM PDT by struggle
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To: VerySadAmerican

Bambi is expected to make $20 million from his memoirs...and Moochelle is expected to make at least $12 million from hers.


5 posted on 05/03/2014 4:48:19 PM PDT by livius
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To: livius

The Clintons have made HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS since 2001 and they’re not even black.


6 posted on 05/03/2014 4:51:42 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

From, “Dude, buckle your seatbelt” to “Dude, that was two years ago”. He’s come a long way.


7 posted on 05/03/2014 4:53:03 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sadly, this is representative of the talent he now can muster...


8 posted on 05/03/2014 4:55:52 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: 1rudeboy

Trust me on this, guys and gals, I have nothing against van drivers—but a van driver rose so quickly to become National Security Council spokesman?
/facepalm

Shows what you know. When I got my “A” CDL many years ago I KNEW my future was assured at the National Security Council.


9 posted on 05/03/2014 4:57:35 PM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: 1rudeboy
Trust me on this, guys and gals, I have nothing against van drivers--but a van driver rose so quickly to become National Security Council spokesman?

He didn't RISE to become NSC spokesman, he knelt...
10 posted on 05/03/2014 4:57:51 PM PDT by Tailback
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To: All

Frankly, I think ex-National Security Council Spokesman Tommy Vietor looked real cute on Fox.

Must be fun for a Ntl Security spox to still be able to buy “big boy” clothes in the “juvenile department” of his local dept store.

Mom’s there, too-—like always-—to pick out little Tommy’s ties-—so her little boy will look good on TV.


11 posted on 05/03/2014 4:58:56 PM PDT by Liz
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To: gov_bean_ counter

The White House has become a frat house with first strike nuclear weapons.


12 posted on 05/03/2014 4:59:07 PM PDT by HMS Surprise (Chris Christie can STILL go straight to hell.)
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To: 1rudeboy

word on the street is that Reggie Love was not pleased.....


13 posted on 05/03/2014 5:00:23 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
That song Secret Lovers popped into my head while I was reading this story. They should do a story titled, The Young Men Behind Obama.
14 posted on 05/03/2014 5:00:23 PM PDT by peeps36 (Save The Tortoise And Kill The People)
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To: HMS Surprise

Yep.


15 posted on 05/03/2014 5:00:28 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If one was suspicious one might suspect that providing certain goods and services for The One could pay off in one being given a highly paid position for which one is totally un-qualified.


16 posted on 05/03/2014 5:01:56 PM PDT by Rockpile
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To: VerySadAmerican

“Those with connections continue to cash in. And party affiliation has nothing to do with it. It’s not who you know, it’s what you have on them.”

Yep. Its obscene in many ways. I wish we could move the Capital to the middle of North Dakota and fence out lobbyists.


17 posted on 05/03/2014 5:10:19 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Obama lied; our healthcare died.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Was he old enough to have a drivers license in 2008?


18 posted on 05/03/2014 5:10:53 PM PDT by TruthWillWin (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: All
Tommy speaks (gag).

BACKCHANNEL.COM-June 5, 2013 by Laura Rozen

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EDITED President Obama's National Security Advisor Tom Donilon will step down, to be succeeded by UN envoy Susan Rice, the White House announced Wednesday. President Obama will nominate his former White House advisor and humanitarian expert Samantha Power to be the next US envoy to the United Nations.

The announcement comes in advance of President Obama’s first meeting with China’s President Xi, in California later this week. Donilon has made the US “rebalance” to Asia a focus of his tenure as Obama’s top national security advisor, and traveled to China late last month to discuss the agenda.

The Back Channel reported May 3rd that Donilon was expected to step down this summer, several months earlier than previous reports had suggested. Among his considerations, associates said, was that he had been doing this for over four long years, and family medical issues.

(Sources say that Donilon’s wife Catherine Russell, former chief of staff to the Vice President’s wife Jill Biden, is recovering from a medical issue. Obama earlier this spring nominated her to be his next ambassador at large for global women’s issues.)

White House associates say Rice and Power, like Donilon, are trusted Obama advisors who have been in his inner circle of national security confidants going back to his 2008 presidential campaign. As such, sources anticipated a relatively smooth transition and a good deal of continuity on major foreign policy issues.

“I think the interesting thing about this transition is it’s clearly been planned for a long time,” former White House spokesperson Tommy Vietor told Back Channel. “It’s not a shake up. It’s a transition in which Susan and Sam can hit the ground running because they have been doing it for four years.”

Read more: http://backchannel.al-monitor.com/index.php/tag/tommy-vietor/#ixzz30hVKPFQP

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Susan and Samantha "transitioned" b/c Susan knew seven ways to prepare ramen while Samantha is adept at opening a can of Spaghetti-o's.

19 posted on 05/03/2014 5:15:09 PM PDT by Liz
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"I said 'Sir,...

Can anyone here ever imagine calling Obama "Sir"?

20 posted on 05/03/2014 5:16:19 PM PDT by raybbr (Obamacare needs a death panel.)
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To: TalBlack

Dude, forget a van, I’ve got a CDL to drive passenger buses. I want to be director of NSA and I want to be director tomorrow.


21 posted on 05/03/2014 5:16:53 PM PDT by cyclotic (America's premier outdoor adventure association for boys-traillifeusa.com)
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To: peeps36

LOL!


22 posted on 05/03/2014 5:33:22 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: All
One astute observer nails the arrogance and smugness of the thing called "Tommy":

"Vietor displays the same arrogance, pretentiousness, and pernicious attitude that seems to permeate every aspect of the Obama administration. There is something so disingenuous about these people..... it reminds me of the disturbing arrogance and disingenuous attitude of hardcore offenders I treated as a doctor on medical rotation in a prison.....the same vibes I get with the Obama people.....for example, Jay Carney."

Politicians give off the same disturbing vibes as ex-cons.....the same disingenuous attitude, and a gut instinct that they cannot be trusted.

23 posted on 05/03/2014 5:35:23 PM PDT by Liz
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To: Liz
Tommy Vietor, Sam Powers, Susan Rice, Humina Humina Humina Abedin, John *Vietnam* Kerry, Little Barry Soetoro, Hillary! Rodham and Jen Psaki -

Pretty little communists, all in a row

24 posted on 05/03/2014 5:35:57 PM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever)
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To: peeps36

Atlantic Starr! Great 80s R&B group.


25 posted on 05/03/2014 5:39:41 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (100% pure organic, free-range conservative)
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To: atc23

Well, at least Communists have ideas....these airheads live in a total vacume.


26 posted on 05/03/2014 5:42:08 PM PDT by Liz
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

the story simply reflects the ascendency of incompetents and PR types image makers/handlers as THE PRIORITY - over substance - with the current WH and it’s personnel picks

I have no doubt Vieter ascended with Obama because of how far he went to fawn over just being in his presence.


27 posted on 05/03/2014 5:42:13 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: 1rudeboy

When you work for a guy with zero qualifications, you don’t need many yourself.


28 posted on 05/03/2014 5:43:32 PM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Science is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Internet gold.


29 posted on 05/03/2014 5:45:48 PM PDT by Daffynition (I stand with the Bundy Family!)
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To: Liz

Politicians give off the same disturbing vibes as ex-cons.....

That’s only because they haven’t been indicted yet...


30 posted on 05/03/2014 5:47:06 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: cyclotic

31 posted on 05/03/2014 5:48:35 PM PDT by Daffynition (I stand with the Bundy Family!)
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To: Daffynition

As a lower enlisted intelligence guy, I was too “important” to do things like driving a van, but they made a van driver the spokesmen for the NSC? What?! Is this some kind of a joke?


32 posted on 05/03/2014 6:04:24 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: raybbr

Can anyone here ever imagine calling Obama “Sir”?

More like “dude”.


33 posted on 05/03/2014 6:09:48 PM PDT by all the best (sat`~!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
One thing we can count on, is that this embarrassment was never vetted [see a pattern]....the Hussein admin, gets another pass....naughty, naughty FoxNews.


34 posted on 05/03/2014 6:11:32 PM PDT by Daffynition (I stand with the Bundy Family!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I thought Billy Boy was black?


35 posted on 05/03/2014 6:15:33 PM PDT by certrtwngnut (')
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’d give a handful of real money to see a family member of Glen Doherty or Tyrone Woods bitch slap the crap out of this little punk.


36 posted on 05/03/2014 6:22:19 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux. If not now, when? If not here, where?)
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To: Daffynition

GAYEST. ADMINISTRATION. EVER.


37 posted on 05/03/2014 6:25:22 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Looks like a high school student now. Two years ago he was probably in diapers.


38 posted on 05/03/2014 6:31:07 PM PDT by windsorknot
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To: 1rudeboy

“I said ‘Sir, you know....and he was like....you know ...you know...” And this guy was a “spokesman”!!??

My 16-year old daughter commented on a young 20-something man that was over at the house that spoke like this. After he left she commented “He doesn’t seem to be very well educated.”


39 posted on 05/03/2014 6:41:28 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Dude, where did you leave the Gravitas


40 posted on 05/03/2014 7:35:06 PM PDT by Steven Tyler
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To: 1rudeboy

1) Who can rise through the ranks so fast?? A Marxist who keeps his mouth shut!!
2) Remember when Bill Clinton remarked “0bama, a few years ago would be getting us coffee”. Well, the coffee guys driver was promoted to NSC spox!!


41 posted on 05/03/2014 7:39:09 PM PDT by Steven Tyler
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To: Liz

A empty head is of prime importance when your job is to read the script (aka lie) and not question what is going on around you


42 posted on 05/03/2014 7:46:31 PM PDT by Steven Tyler
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Maybe, I don’t remember,” Vietor responded,

First rule of lying, do not remember some things with perfect clarity, then claim not to remember anything about something that happened next.

Vietor failed on this rule


43 posted on 05/03/2014 7:54:01 PM PDT by Steven Tyler
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Fresh meat for Speaker Boehner’s future Special Prosecutor Committee to chew on!


44 posted on 05/03/2014 7:54:12 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
*Swoon* ... they're all Superheroes....didn't you get the memo?


45 posted on 05/03/2014 8:02:04 PM PDT by Daffynition (I stand with the Bundy Family!)
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To: livius; 2ndDivisionVet
Bambi is expected to make $20 million from his memoirs...and Moochelle is expected to make at least $12 million from hers...

The Clintons have made HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS since 2001 and they’re not even black.

One of the biggest challenges a politician has after a lifetime of public service is figuring out how to launder their money into daylight. I think there is a whole industry devoted to helping retiring statesmen legalize their retirement portfolio.

46 posted on 05/03/2014 10:53:53 PM PDT by marron
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To: Steven Tyler

Obviously, with the qualifications you outline, Hillary’s got her eye on him for a top spot if she ever gets elected.

Unbelievably, the dumb-headed jerk is opening a (gag) political communications firm with another one of Obama’s jerkoffs-— ex-speechwriter Jon Favreau

I guess there’s lotsa clients out there who will pay him to say “he can’t remember” and who like to be addressed as “dudes.”


47 posted on 05/04/2014 4:11:27 AM PDT by Liz
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