In a recent interview on FoxNews, Bill O’Reilly said: “I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that President Obama may be behind the scenes in this Wisconsin brawl. It might be he and his guys directing what happens out there.”
O’Reilly is not prone to paranoia or conspiracy theories. Heck, O’Reilly is not even a birther! LOL
Given Obama’s Feb. 17 characterization of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s efforts to trim the state’s $3.6 billion deficits as an “attack on unions,” the notion that Obama is not just sympathetic to unions but may be orchestrating the demonstrations is not wholly far-fetched.
To make my case, I present you with six exhibits or pieces of evidence.
On January 15, 2008, when Obama was still a mere senator before he was elected president, he said this to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the fastest growing labor union in the United States representing about 1.8 million workers:
“[Political candidates] all sing we love the SEIU. The question you’ve got to ask yourselves is do they have it in their gut, do they have a track record of standing alongside you in picket fights, do they have a track record of going after the companies that aren’t letting you organize, do they have a track record of voting the right way but also helping you organize to build more and more power…. I come from an organized background, so I know. I’ve been working with SEIU before I was elected to anything….”
On August 23, 2009, now President Obama once again rallied the SEIU troops:
“Hope and Change is not just the rhetoric of a campaign for me. Hope and Change has been the causes of my life…. We have a lot of good friends of labor who are running in this election. I admire all of them. But the question I do want SEIU to ask yourselves is not who can talk about your agenda, but who can change the politics in Washington so that we can actually make your agenda a reality. And I believe I can do that. But…I can’t do this by myself. That’s why I am not just asking you to trust my ability to change this country, I’m asking you to trust in yourselves. I’m asking you to bet not just on me, I’m asking you to bet on us…. That’s what you did with me in 2004 because I probably wouldn’t be standing here if it hadn’t been for the SEIU endorsement back then….”
Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO, is very close to Obama. Trumka recently said: “I’m at the White House a couple times a week. Two, three times a week. I have conversations everyday with someone in the White House or in the administration. Everyday.”
Bill O’Reilly points out that this means Trumka, as of January 28 this year, has been to the White House 46 times since Obama was elected. We also know that Andy Stern, former SEIU president, had made 58 visits to the Obama White House.
Organizing for America had planned and sponsored the unions’ “emergency rallies” on February 15 and 16 in Wisconsin. This is what Wikipedia tells us about the organization: “Organizing for America is a community organizing project of the Democratic National Committee. Founded after the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama, the group seeks to mobilize supporters in favor of Obama’s legislative agenda.”
MoveOn.org is calling for a nationwide march on state houses at noon tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 26), to counter Wisconsin’s and other states’ efforts to trim multibillion dollar deficits by reining in public employee unions. MoveOn.org calls these efforts “Republicans…using the wrecked economy as an excuse to slash vital programs and hurt workers. The American Dream itself is under attack. So we’re helping lead an emergency call for rallies in every state capital this Saturday at noon to support folks in Wisconsin and oppose these attacks, wherever they occur.” MoveOn.org is a
Progressive Democratic Party political action committee, financed by George Soros, Peter Lewis (of Progressive Auto Insurance), and Linda Pritzker (of the Hyatt hotels).
On February 17, 2011, a Tweet from Bob Woodhouse, the Democratic National Committee’s communication director, said the White House was “proudly” playing a role in the Wisconsin public employee union protest.