Skip to comments.Tommy Vietorís journey with Obama: From van driver to National Security Council spokesman
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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"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.
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.
I give him 6 months.
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.
From, “Dude, buckle your seatbelt” to “Dude, that was two years ago”. He’s come a long way.
Sadly, this is representative of the talent he now can muster...
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?
Shows what you know. When I got my “A” CDL many years ago I KNEW my future was assured at the National Security Council.
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.
The White House has become a frat house with first strike nuclear weapons.
word on the street is that Reggie Love was not pleased.....
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.
“Those with connections continue to cash in. And party affiliation has nothing to do with it. Its not who you know, its 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.
Was he old enough to have a drivers license in 2008?
BACKCHANNEL.COM-June 5, 2013 by Laura Rozen
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 Obamas first meeting with Chinas President Xi, in California later this week. Donilon has made the US rebalance to Asia a focus of his tenure as Obamas 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 Donilons wife Catherine Russell, former chief of staff to the Vice Presidents wife Jill Biden, is recovering from a medical issue. Obama earlier this spring nominated her to be his next ambassador at large for global womens 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 its clearly been planned for a long time, former White House spokesperson Tommy Vietor told Back Channel. Its not a shake up. Its 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
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.
Can anyone here ever imagine calling Obama "Sir"?
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.
"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.
Pretty little communists, all in a row
Atlantic Starr! Great 80s R&B group.
Well, at least Communists have ideas....these airheads live in a total vacume.
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.
When you work for a guy with zero qualifications, you don’t need many yourself.
Politicians give off the same disturbing vibes as ex-cons.....
That’s only because they haven’t been indicted yet...
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?
Can anyone here ever imagine calling Obama “Sir”?
More like “dude”.
I thought Billy Boy was black?
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.
GAYEST. ADMINISTRATION. EVER.
Looks like a high school student now. Two years ago he was probably in diapers.
“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.”
Dude, where did you leave the Gravitas
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!!
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
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
Fresh meat for Speaker Boehners future Special Prosecutor Committee to chew on!
The Clintons have made HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS since 2001 and theyre 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.
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.”