White House Can’t Explain Away $500 MILLION Yearly Obama PR Budget
You can’t say President Obama didn’t warn us.
In 2010, less than a year into his first term, he told CBS host Steve Kroft that he and his staff “haven’t done a good enough job explaining to people why they’re doing what they’re doing. It’s a matter of persuading people. And I think that we haven’t always been successful at that. And I take personal responsibility for that. It’s something that I’ve got to examine carefully as I go forward.”
What he really meant to say was, “We’re going to open a huge press office to brag about all my accomplishments.”
Anyone who has seen an episode of The West Wing knows that all presidential administrations have access to a fully staffed press operation at the White House. Press offices in each of the cabinet departments are also at the president’s disposal.
But the Government Accountability Office has revealed that Mr. Obama’s need to get the word out about his successes ended up costing the American taxpayers approximately $500 million – per year.
The effort involved adding hundreds of public relations “specialists,” in addition to spending $100 million on private so-called “spin-meisters,” to shape a positive message for presentation to the media and $800 million spent on advertising.
That’s $900 million spent each year of his presidency.
Predictably, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest defended the massive expenditure, without even seeing the report from the GAO, saying Obama, “has made it a priority to interact with the public and interact with the press corps and to be as transparent as possible.”
One is left wondering if that transparency refers to his Executive Orders, the elaborate scheme to lie to the American public about the provisions in Obamacare, the IRS scheme to target conservative organizations during an election year, or his knowledge of Hillary Clinton’s private, unauthorized email server during her tenure as his first Secretary of State.