The hand-in-hand nature of this White House and some of the nation’s biggest corporations is seen in yet another incident as Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign data team is now moving from team Obama to team Google.
Since he came onto the national political scene, Barack Obama has campaigned like a veritable David vs. Goliath, with evil corporations standing in for Goliath while Obama presents himself as David loading his slingshot to do battle. But the reality is not quite that cut and dried, and Google has been a big recipient of Obama’s largesse.
Remember Obama’s No. 2 tech staffer at the White House was Google’s former top lobbyist–who improperly worked with active Google lobbyists on pushing policy that Google supported.
Obama appointed non-registered Google lobbyist and max-Obama donor Vint Cerf to a science advisory board.
Then there was the time when Google chief Schmidt is reported to have told a Google staffer to make sure that the search engine did not connect his entries to his own political donations so that it was a bit harder to find out to whom he donated campaign cash.
The Google chaiman has recently been on a tour of some of the most oppressive nations in the far east, with visits to North Korea and Myanmar. Schmidt was asked in India this week why he went to the oppressive nations, especially North Korea.
Schmidt claimed that he went to the totalitarian hermit nation as an evangelist for a free and open Internet. But as he left the nation, cyber attacks spread throughout the world with the North Koreans the suspected hackers behind the attacks.