Green Party: “Obama Is A Traitor”




Thursday, November 20, 2008



Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, cell 202-904-7614,

Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805,



Greens urge Obama to appoint Cabinet members dedicated to real change,

not more corporate operatives and warhawks like Rahm Emanuel


• A Cabinet full of corporate honchos, lawyers, and shills will not

“look like America,” say Greens



WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party leaders called on President-elect Barack

Obama to appoint a Cabinet that will pursue real reform, in accord

with Mr. Obama’s promise of change in the new administration.


“Democratic and Republican presidents alike have a record of naming

industry chiefs, corporate board members and lawyers, and others loyal

to wealthy, elite interests,” said Holly Hart, secretary of the Green

Party of the United States.  “If President Obama truly believes in

‘change we can believe in,’ he’ll appoint a Cabinet that looks like

America — not just in ethnic and gender diversity, but in its

dedication to the needs of working Americans and the goal of

international peace and justice.”


Greens called Mr. Obama’s choice of Rahm Emanuel for White House Chief

of Staff especially unfortunate, citing Mr. Emanuel’s position as

managing director of investment banks Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein,

earning him $18 million between 1999 and 2002 and his track record in

Congress since 2003. The appointment of Mr. Emanuel confirms Mr. Obama’s pledge to AIPAC

that he will maintain the same uncritical support for Israel as the

Clinton and Bush administrations, whose policies resulted in

increasing human rights violations against Palestinians and greater

instability in the region.  Mr. Emanuel was also one of the original

drafters of NAFTA and now favors similar antidemocratic ‘free trade’

pacts with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea, which would cost more US

jobs and suppress environmental and labor protections.


Green Party leaders said that Rahm Emanuel’s appointment was

consistent with Mr. Obama’s choice of Sen. Joe Biden as his Vice

President.  Despite his reputation in the media as a defender of

working people, Mr. Biden helped draft a law signed by President Bush

that relaxed regulations on financial institutions, giving them more

power over Americans facing financial problems and transferring risk

from predatory lenders to borrowers.  As an architect of mandatory

minimum drug laws (including the RAVE Act), Sen. Biden helped put the

children of working families behind bars.


Among the corporate-connected names on the list for the Obama Cabinet

are Eric Holder, Jr. for Attorney General and former Iowa Gov. Tom

Vilsack for Secretary of Agriculture.  Mr. Holder is a partner at

Covington & Burling, which represents the National Football League,

Chiquita, and Merck, and Gov. Vilsack is an enthusiastic advocate of

genetically engineered crops and corn- and soy-based biofuels, with

ties to Monsanto, whose products and policies have destroyed

independent and family farms around the world.


“Barack Obama’s mantra of ‘change’ is already a lie.  With Rahm

Emanuel as his Chief of Staff, and with Hillary Clinton rumored to be

Secretary of State, the Obama White House is ready to pursue much of

the same agenda as previous administrations,” said Cliff Thornton,

co-chair of the Green Party of the United States.  “It’s a twisted

irony that some tried to tag Obama as a socialist, a  perception that

will make it that much easier for his administration to continue the

practice of redistributing wealth from middle- and low-income

Americans to America’s wealthiest.  Bill Clinton was denounced as a

liberal by the same right-wing pundits whose corporate buddies he was

handing America over to.  The same sell-out is going to happen all

over again.”


“Voters who elected Barack Obama because of his promise of change and

the hope of a progressive administration need to wake up and realize

they’re in for yet another fight.  Only if the voters hold Obama to

his promises can we avoid the same pro-corporate and warhawk policies

that came out of the disastrous Clinton and Bush White Houses,” added



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