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Obama will serve the Status Quo

OK, so right now, the media is buzzing with clips of Obama's speech on patriotism. I haven't taken in any more than the clips, but I get the gist of it. He is attempting to raise the standard of debate, to stop people from saying "you're not a patriot" anytime they disagree about what is right for the country. He has a long row to hoe, because our media and frankly our educational system have been dumbing us down politically for decades. But then I get an email with these lists. Behind the cut are the people that Obama is meeting with, in private meetings. What this means to me is that he will continue the system of corporate welfare at the expense of the taxpayer. How very patriotic of him.

Wednesday, Chicago

1. James Bell, CFO of Boeing, aerospace, IL
2. Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan Chase, financial services, NY
3. Ann Fudge, former CEO of Young & Rubicam, public relations, IL
4. Mark Gallogly, Centerbridge Partners, NY
5. Alan Mulally, CEO of Ford, auto manufacturer, MI
6. Jim Rogers, CEO of Duke Energy, energy/alternative, NC
7. Ronald Williams, CEO of Aetna, healthcare, CT
8. Brian L. Roberts, President and CEO of Comcast Corporation, PA
9. Robert Glaser, CEO of Real Networks, CA

Thursday, Pittsburgh

- Lael Brainard, Vice President of the Brookings Institution
- Eli Broad, Founder of the Broad Foundation
- Geoffrey Canada, President and CEO of Harlem Children's Zone
- Steve Case, Chairman and CEO of Revolution Health; former Chairman and CEO of America Online
- Susan Castillo, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Oregon Department of Education
- General Jim Jones, United States Marine Corps (retired), President and CEO of the Institute for 21st Century Technology, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- Vinod Khosla, Founder and Partner of Khosla Ventures
- Susan Hockfield, President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Federico Peña, former Secretary of Transportation and former Secretary of Energy
- Andy Stern, President of the Service Employees International Union
- John P. Surma, Chairman and CEO of United States Steel Corporation
- Harold Varmus, President of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
- G. Richard Wagoner, Jr., Chairman and CEO of General Motors


Jul. 1st, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
I don't see how anybody could be in Obama's position and NOT meet with these people. They are all very powerful and he will need to know their agendas in order to be effective in his job. You know... keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer.
Jul. 1st, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
Yes......we shall see if he treats them as friend or enemy. I have no confidence that he has any intention of reducing corporate subsidies. And some of the people in that list I would like to meet with myself. When I speak of my worries it is only intuition and not because I have any way of knowing what he will do. I hope.....I still have hope that he is a true democrat, of the sort who actually cares for the people that he represents.



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