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President Barack Obama backtracked on yet another campaign promise for change by choosing political expediency over principle when he ignored his White House Counsel and forced him out so a political hack could take his place.
Greg Craig, who served as Obama’s conscience and top lawyer for 11 months, resigned in late 2009 as part of a determined campaign by White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel to convince the President that politics should control legal decisions by the administration.
Craig has argued that Obama should follow the principles he had promised during his historic campaign for President but Emanuel and others on the administration team wanted a more politically-expedient agenda, even if it meant breaking his promise to change the way things are done in Washington.
“Rahm won. Creg lost,” a Democratic insider says. “The old way of doing things in Washington became the law of the land in the West Wing.”