Jim Johnson, the disciplined, discreet and obsessively meticulous vice presidential vetter for Barack Obama, is a stalwart of the Washington establishment... In the mid-1990s, he headed up a power trifecta: mortgage giant Fannie Mae, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Brookings Institution... Yet despite Johnson’s legendary fastidiousness, his high-profile campaign role has suddenly exposed him to questions about his financial dealings. The questions range from his relationship with the embattled CEO of mortgage lender Countrywide Financial to his more recent oversight roles on various corporate compensation committees that approved hefty executive pay packages... On Saturday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Johnson received at least $7 million worth of home loans from Countrywide through an informal program for friends of company CEO Angelo Mozilo that offered rates below the market average. At least four of the loans were issued while Johnson was employed either as the CEO or an outside consultant for Fannie Mae...
Obama was asked about this and gave an answer that even Jake Tapper couldn't spin his way (link).
But, there's much more to him. Even the WaPo admits that he's a "member of exclusive clubs such as American Friends of Bilderberg, the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations."
Barack Obama is truly the candidate of change.
Politics · Tue, 06/10/2008 - 11:15 · Importance: 1