Hillay’s pissed and I don’t blame her. She has to sit back and watch this jackass galavant around and make a big fool out of himself and us and she’s there trying to get stuff done.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is blaming an exhaustive White House vetting process for the fact that the Obama administration has not yet named a person to run the U.S. Agency for International Development.Six months into the administration’s tenure without having appointed someone to the agency’s top spot, Clinton told USAID employees on Monday that several people had turned down the job due to overly burdensome financial and personal disclosure requirements that she called a “nightmare,” “frustrating beyond words” and “ridiculous.”
I guess they want to make sure they don’t hire any more tax cheats.
She also said the White House had turned down her request to announce on Monday that someone — expected by officials to be physician and Harvard University professor Paul Farmer who is well known for his work in Haiti — would be named to the post soon.
“Let me just say it’s not for lack of trying,” Clinton said in response to an employee’s question about the delay, despite her and President Obama’s stated desire to have USAID play a bigger role in American foreign policy. “We have worked very hard with the White House on looking for a candidate who, number one, wants the job.”
The comment drew laughter from the audience, prompting her to say: “It’s been offered.” She then launched into a critique of the vetting process.
Who’s vetting the freaking czars? What a jackass!
“The clearance and vetting process is a nightmare and it takes far longer than any of us would want to see,” Clinton said. “It is frustrating beyond words. I pushed very hard last week when I knew I was coming here to get permission from the White House to be able to tell you that help is on the way and someone will be nominated shortly.” “I was unable,” she said. “The message came back: ‘We’re not ready.”‘
Why the fuck does she have to get his permission? Jesus, this just pisses me off.
The White House declined to comment on Clinton’s remarks.
What? They can’t seem to shut their mouth about everything else. WTF?
The State Department said later that Clinton’s comments intended to reflect her concern about the vacancy at USAID.
“Secretary Clinton was expressing her shared concern with USAID employees that the post is still vacant at such a crucial time, values the importance and necessity of the vetting process of government officials and knows that everyone involved is working hard towards the goal of announcing a nominee to lead USAID,” spokesman Ian Kelly said.
Clinton said the vetting process for senior officials gets worse in each successive administration with the requirements demanding in some cases that candidates hire lawyers and accountants, detail everywhere they have lived since they were 18 and name every foreign citizen they know. “I mean, it is ridiculous,” she said.
“Some very good people just didn’t want to be vetted,” she said.
USAID is in charge of America’s foreign assistance. Obama and Clinton have said the agency’s work will be essential to what they have called “smart power,” a foreign policy strategy centered on defense, diplomacy and development.
I’m sick of this shit.