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June 3, 2005 6:18 PM   Subscribe

The Pimping of the President --Jack Abramoff and Grover Norquist Billing Clients for Face Time with G.W. Bush: ...He had just concluded his work on the Bush Transition Team as an advisor to the Department of the Interior. He had sent his personal assistant Susan Ralston to the White House to work as Rove’s personal assistant. He was a close friend, advisor, and high-dollar fundraiser for the most powerful man in Congress, Tom DeLay. Abramoff was so closely tied to the Bush Administration that he could, and did, charge two of his clients $25,000 for a White House lunch date and a meeting with the President. ... Jack Abramoff, in the news due to his shady dealings with DeLay, and Grover Norquist, and the White House. Norquist has not responded to inquiries about using the White House as a fundraiser.
posted by amberglow (11 comments total)
...$25,000 for a White House lunch date and a meeting with the President.

Considering the exclusivity of the restaurant and the friendliness of the waiter, that doesn't seem all that exorbitant.
posted by y2karl at 7:35 PM on June 3, 2005

Most boring amber link ever.

Now I'm going to get jumped. "How crass - young fop, haven't ye concern for the state of things? Can't you see the media bitch our commander and chief has become?" Well, yes. Yes, I have seen the bitch he has become. Or rather, the bitch he has always been. In short, none of this surprises me in the least. Add this to the list of reasons why W. is an evil, weasely little shit. CONSERVATIVES! LOOK AT THIS SHIT! These are your kings? These are your mighty leaders? " The $25,000 check from the Coushattas suggests that, at least in this instance, Norquist’s organization made an exception. The $75,000 collected from the Mississippi Choctaws and two corporate sponsors mentioned in Abramoff’s e-mail suggests there were other exceptions."
How can you jive with this shit? It is retarded nonsense! People are BUYING your government! Fess up! You've been pwned by a political party. This is it. I've lost it. I don't understand how anyone can support this nonsense.

posted by Baby_Balrog at 7:36 PM on June 3, 2005

Okay, I'm partisan, but I like this FPP. The wheels are starting to fall off.
posted by Doohickie at 7:46 PM on June 3, 2005

Doesn't matter. Everyone's hanging out in the torture thread.
*hands doohickie a beer*
posted by Baby_Balrog at 7:54 PM on June 3, 2005

Oh blah.

I'm sorry, but my standard for evil and incompetence has risen considerably in the last four years.

Bush must be caught fellating Kim Jong Il while burning the flag on a pyre of tortured inmates before I'll pay attention.
posted by dreamsign at 8:03 PM on June 3, 2005

Bush must be caught fellating Kim Jong Il while burning the flag on a pyre of tortured inmates before I'll pay attention.
I'll email you the Quicktime file, dreamsign.
posted by wendell at 8:08 PM on June 3, 2005

commander and chief

the phrase is "commander in chief". thank you.
posted by quonsar at 8:39 PM on June 3, 2005

When the heat stars burning, they finally Bug out.

It just takes a scandal or two to disavow any connection.
posted by Balisong at 9:22 PM on June 3, 2005

Is it so wrong that some thing that the whole torture scandal will be the final dagger for this horrible regime?

I mean, it's been over a year, and it's still headlines..

Selling the Lincoln Bedroom is so Clinton..
posted by Balisong at 9:26 PM on June 3, 2005

And now the Rude Pundit's on it: ... the American public, in growing numbers, knows in its heart that they've been lied to, just like in Vietnam, and that Americans are being killed for those lies, just like in Vietnam. But fear is a powerful thing: deep, psychological, repressed fear - that if the truth is not held back, then the monsters of anarchy must be unleashed. It is better to take down a President for something a great deal more prosaic than war crimes and mass murder. Because what does it say about us if our leader is guilty of such things?

Which is why the Rude Pundit believes, hopes beyond rational hope, that other 'Gates are going to develop around George W. Bush, 'Gates that will move in tighter and tighter until they become increasingly strangling. And that's why this is a very interesting little development in the Jack Abramoff scandal: it seems that the White House was allowed to be used to fundraise for Abramoff's and Grover Norquist's various causes/pocketbooks.

Ahhh, the sweet relief of dirty money. Now there's something we can actually get our heads around.

posted by amberglow at 9:33 PM on June 4, 2005

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