It looks like you have to bare your life and soul in order to ensure there is never the slightest personal embarrassment or revelation that might make Obama look bad.
One also has to wonder if the likes of Rahm Emanuel and other top Obama cronies could ever themselves bear up to such scrutiny...or more importantly, if they must do so like everyone else being anally-probed in hopes of working for Obama.
I can understand ferreting out conflicts of interest in business, employment, or personal dealings.
But really, this seems quite excessive. C'mon...text messages? instant messages? personal diaries?
Given such depth of probing it seems more about protecting Obama's administration from anyone with a diverging viewpoint, now or ever, than about protecting the public interest.
The questionnaire includes 63 requests for personal and professional records, some covering applicants’ spouses and grown children as well, that are forcing job-seekers to rummage from basements to attics, in shoe boxes, diaries and computer archives to document both their achievements and missteps. Only the smallest details are excluded; traffic tickets carrying fines of less than $50 need not be reported, the application says.
This one seems quite ominous and invasive :
Applicants are asked whether they or anyone in their family owns a gun. They must include any e-mail that might embarrass the president-elect, along with any blog posts and links to their Facebook pages.
I love this one :
The application also asks applicants to “please list all aliases or ‘handles’ you have used to communicate on the Internet.”
Just in case the previous 62 questions do not ferret out any potential controversy, the 63rd is all-encompassing: “Please provide any other information, including information about other members of your family, that could suggest a conflict of interest or be a possible source of embarrassment to you, your family, or the president-elect.”
The answer could duplicate the response to Question 8: “Briefly describe the most controversial matters you have been involved with during the course of your career.”
It is quite disturbing that not only how but even just whether you (or a family member) exercised your 1st or 2nd Amendment rights now appears to be the possible stuff of litmus tests for government service under Obama.
Call me suspicious, but I doubt the Obama Stasi will ever reveal to anyone why they were really rejected (such as owning a firearm or having dared write a blog post critical of Barack Obama).
Sorry, my Obamabot friends, but this smacks of groundwork for the type of ideological and loyalty pogroms we so disgustingly saw from the Bush administration, even reaching the Justice Department.
Of course, Clintonistas of the ilk now running Obama's show (Podesta, Emanuel) are well versed at exercising such raw power over sensitive personal information, as they see fit in service to their ends.
Undoubtedly the true reasons, if not all reasons, for an applicant's rejection will be concealed from them ["Don't call us, we'll call you."]...but only after they have bared their souls and the most personal and sensitive data about themselves to the Obamapparatchicks.
Of course, the Obama Thought Gestapo know they can get away with it.
Who's to stop them?