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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)

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: amateurhour; benghazi; dude; foreignpolicy; nsc; obama; vietor
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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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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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