Obama Fills Federal Jobs With Friends & Cronies In Last Weeks

During the final weeks of his presidency, President Obama worked briskly to fill almost 100 federal government positions prior to the January 20 inauguration.

According to  Mark Knoller of CBS, since the start of 2017, 72 positions have been filled and another 17 have been submitted for Senate confirmation. 

Then on Monday, Obama announced that he had appointed an additional 27 people to government positions and two additional appointments that require Senate confirmation.

Some of the appointments include several White House official positions that will remain to serve the next president, Donald Trump.

The wave of announcements includes several White House officials, who will serve well after Obama leaves office.

Some of the positions announced are:

Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice and longtime adviser Valeria Jarrett were both appointed to the Kennedy Center’s board of trustees.

Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser, was given a role on the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council.

Todd Phillip Haskell was appointed as Ambassador to Congo.

Jason E. Kearns was named as a member of the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Avril Haines, named a member of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service

Sarah Hurwitz, a speechwriter for Michelle Obama

Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, a White House official, to be members of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council

Christy Goldfuss, DJ Patil, Amy Pope, Dan Utech and Cristin Dorgelo, all White House officials, to be members of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was named a member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition.

The Daily Mail reported:

Last month, Obama made two appointments to the US Commission on Civil Rights, an eight-person federal panel, including one appointee who was blocked by the Senate from being named to the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, according to The Daily Caller.

The appointments will prevent President-elect Donald Trump from naming anyone to the panel until 2020, the year he is up for re-election.


H/T: New York Post, Daily Mail

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