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Letter to the Editor: Presidential favors

Sep. 29, 2013 - 04:26PM   |  
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Caroline Kennedy did not obtain her job as ambassador to Japan by responding to a help wanted ad in the New York Times or taking a Civil Servant Employment Exam. There are better-qualified career State Department employees, business people, educators or ordinary citizens who speak fluent Japanese, live in or frequently travel to Japan, do business there and are familiar with the native culture, domestic and foreign affairs.

Under President Obama, it is “do as I say, not as I do.” He has awarded more career politicians and campaign contributors ambassadorships than any past president. His promise of “Change you can believe in” is true. The 99 percent continue to get whatever crumbs fall off the White House table while the 1 percent benefit from special favors.

These Obama treats include regulatory relief, tax code deductions, exemptions from Obamacare, contracts and political patronage jobs, including plum assignments as ambassadors. The appointment of Caroline Kennedy as ambassador to Japan is a quid pro quo for political support from the Kennedy family.

During the 2008 Democratic Party primary at a critical moment, the late Sen. Ted Kennedy and other family members’ endorsement moved momentum away from former Sen. Hillary Clinton to Obama. Obama’s nose is longer than Pinocchio’s.

Larry Penner

Great Neck, N.Y.

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