Friday, November 14, 2008

Clones only need apply, real people could have baggage

Who remembers every email address or AOL screen name they ever used? This requirement does not sound legal to me.

Especially since Obama's high level appointmentees are not being simulary scutinized. JC

For a Washington Job, Be Prepared to Tell All

By JACKIE CALMES
Published: November 12, 2008

WASHINGTON — Want a top job in the Obama administration? Only pack rats need apply, preferably those not packing controversy.

A seven-page questionnaire being sent by the office of President-elect Barack Obama to those seeking cabinet and other high-ranking posts may be the most extensive — some say invasive — application ever.

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. 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.

The application also asks applicants to “please list all aliases or ‘handles’ you have used to communicate on the Internet.”

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www.nytimes.com/2008/11/13/us/politics/13apply.html

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2 comments:

Grace Explosion said...

Well, I would have liked for Obama to complete that strong of a screening application for HIS JOB APPLICATION to President of the United States of America because it is an ELECTED position. I want all records and in this case - an original long form birth certificate.

But we got NO RECORDS for an elected position.

Now he wants to invade everyone's privacy for non-elected positions.

Hypocrite.

Despot.

Tyrant.

Thought police.

And if we think an Obama Presidency won't attempt to invoke the secret police on us... well, we see what he's really like as a nosey controlling dictator.

Grace.

Laura

SpeakDog said...

Oh, bitter pill of irony that Obama himself would not even qualify for a low level position in his own administration, according to this ridiculous (and highly suspect) questionnaire.

Hypocrite is the word of the day, methinks....