Rep. Sestak Reveals Reluctantly that Pres. Obama offered him a Bribe — by NormanB ("Deviations form the Norm")
US Congressman Joe Sestak, who won the Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania Senator Tuesday, reluctantly revealed Sunday that President Obama attempted to Bribe him, intent on rigging the election Sestak just won, in favor of his opponent, former Republican turncoat Arlen Specter.
Meet the Press host David Gregory asked Sestak the question repeatedly. The Congressman talked all around it, but the Journalist was relentless. Gregory knew Barack Obama had proffered the offer, but Sestak didn’t want to embarrass the President.
According to Webster’s Dictionary and United States Law, the crime Bribery consists of offering a candidate or public official something of value in exchange for a favor. The favor President Obama sought was Sestak not contending with Specter for the seat he just won. The gift, or Bribe, was a job within the Administration. Gregory thought that job was Secretary of the Navy, which pays over $100,000 per year. Sestak refused the gift, and refused to carry out the favor. Though Sestak refused, the offer itself constituted a crime. The President cannot be tried for that crime while in office. The Constitution requires Impeachment of the President and removal from office for any crime he commits, even a Misdemeanor.
But if President Obama risked his political neck Bribing Admiral Sestak, and then only offered him the Navy Secretary job, that’s about the whiniest Bribe offer ever. The Secretary of the Navy is paid far less than Sestak’s current salary, though the job’s probably a good fit for a former Admiral.
If the offer had been Secretary of Defense (the Navy Secretary’s boss), it would mean more money and more power, power to make money like our current Defense Secretary has. Robert Gates makes millions off his job. He invested in Oil. He can’t touch it, of course; it’s in a blind trust. But he can greatly increase its value, and he has, by starting wars. Because the US Military is the world’s biggest buyer of Oil, every time Gates starts a war or bombs a school, his stock portfolio inflates. Every time someone bombs a pipeline, and every time an Oil rig explodes, Gates makes money. So do many other high officials in the Obama Administration. (So do the bin Ladens, the Bushes, the Cheneys, and the Governments of Iran and Russia.)
And, profit-wise, it doesn’t even matter to Gates whether or not we win those wars. (Of course, there’s not much chance of winning at this point.)
Senator Sestak will draw the same salary as Representative Sestak. But because there are only 100 Senators (compared to 435 Congresspersons) he’ll have much more opportunity to troll for Bribes. Look at Massachusetts Senator John Kerry’s disgraceful Climate Destruction Bill of last week: Ostensibly written to mitigate climate change and move us toward energy independence, the Bill moves the opposite direction on both counts: It funds all the energy sources that cause Global Warming, and none of those that don’t; it increases our Oil use every year through 2030; it gives billions of dollars in subsidies to "Clean Coal," which doesn’t even exist; it gives billions of dollars to licensees of nuclear plants which may not even get built (hopefully). The Bill contains hundreds of billions of dollars of pork, which can then theoretically recycle right into the pocket of the Senator. Of course, Senator Kerry is already a billionaire. But I guess an extra hundred billion dollars or so could come in handy. What a crook. What a sell-out.
Well, back to Sestak. Here’s the transcript of that televised conversation:
MR. GREGORY: What, what job were you offered to stay out of a primary race by the administration?
REP. SESTAK: It’s interesting. I was asked a question about something that happened months earlier, and I felt I should answer it honestly. And that’s all I had to say about it because anything beyond that gets away from what we just spoke about.
(They "just spoke about" strengthening democratic principles in Government, supporting the President, and helping Pennsylvania families.)
MR. GREGORY: Right.
REP. SESTAK: What are the policies that are really going to help people who’ve been slammed by economy…
MR. GREGORY: All right, but you’ve campaigned on transparency. It’s part of the politics. You talked about standing up to the White House when they’d fielded a candidate–made a deal with Arlen Specter. So isn’t it in the–in the spirit of transparency, were you offered a job by the administration? And what was it?
REP. SESTAK: I learned, as I mentioned, about that personal accountability in the Navy.
MR. GREGORY: Yeah.
REP. SESTAK: I felt I needed to answer that question honestly because I was personally accountable for my role in the matter.
MR. GREGORY: What’s the answer? What’s the job you were offered?
REP. SESTAK: And–but anybody else has to decide for themselves what to say upon their role, and that’s their responsibility.
MR. GREGORY: Yes or no, straightforward question. Were you, were you offered a job, and what was the job?
REP. SESTAK: I was offered a job, and I answered that.
MR. GREGORY: You said no, you wouldn’t take the job. Was it the secretary of the Navy?
REP. SESTAK: Right. And I also said, "Look, I’m getting into this…
MR. GREGORY: Was it the secretary of the Navy job?
REP. SESTAK: Anything that go–goes beyond that is others–for others to talk about.