2008-11-24

Obama To Probe Your Embarrassing Teenage Diary As Part of Vetting Process

Your Awkward Adolescence to come Full Circle

There was some outrage over the Obama team asking potential employees if they owned firearms, but that unnecessary snooping into potential appointees has morphed into downright silliness as they are asking about people's personal diaries and text messages. Reason unearthed a copy of the questionnaire [PDF] for employment at Obama Inc. (which looks like a bigger pain in the ass than getting a security clearance). Check out question #14 on pg. 2:
Diaries: If you keep or have ever kept a diary that contains anything that could suggest a conflict of interest or be a possible source of embarrassment to you or your family, or the President-Elect if it were made public, please describe.
It's understandable that the Obama team is trying to prevent websites like Wonkette from soliciting teh lulz by digging in the dirt, but is it really necessary to have this as a job qualification for The O? Who had a diary that wasn't embarrassing? At 13 years-old, I bet you never thought that writing about your fantasy where you gallop off on a unicorn with Joey Lawrence would ever prevent you from getting a job. Welcome to the Twilight Zone.

13 comments:

armywifefrsa said...

Wow, that seems more than a little intrusive. It's not like the guy doesn't already have enough dirt on him anyway with the Ayres and Khalidi business without having to worry about what someone wrote in a diary when they were a teenager about their first time having sex.

LT Nixon said...

ArmyWife,

It is a little strange...and quite a bit silly.

Mike said...

Forget the diaries, did you notice #10 and #13? Any blog posts, comments, emails, etc. that could be embarrassing. Good luck with that one.

Oh, I've actually had people tell me that getting investigated for a Secret clearance is more of a pain in the ass than getting a TS. Not sure if that's true, but I sure hope so because the investigation process for Secret was painful enough.

LT Nixon said...

TS sucks pretty bad and costs the government like 50K or something.

DaveC said...

If you wrote in your diary that thinking about Obama gives you a boner, that's OK. Very understandable, and not embarrassing at all.

M said...

i don't think it's to prevent any public humiliation from the media. its to ensure that you can't be blackmailed effectively. let's say you've got a big bad embarassing secret that only you and your gay lover know about, and it would seriously damage your political reputation or relationship with auntie mae, then the secret can be used against you for getting sensitive govt info.

i highly doubt that anyone who is seriously considering working for govt could give 2 shits if the dude in the security office knows that you once had a crush on your ugly RA freshman year of college (just a random example...)

LT Nixon said...

M,

Understand the purpose of the question, it just seems to go too far and into the silliness. You Obama people are no fun, didn't you think the reference to Joey Lawrence and unicorns was teh funny?

M said...

alright, i'll just say it: i have NO idea what the joke is when you say "teh"...i also don't know what "lulz" means...

anyway, if you had said robert smith or sid vicious, i could relate better...i was too busy pretending to be a goth in middle school to care about this lawrence fella...

LT Nixon said...

Alright little Miss Cool Gothasaurus, surely you remember the famous "Whoa" from Blossom that won our nation's heart over in the early 90s.

Anyways, "teh" is a self-deprecating internet tradition meaning you're an idiot because you spelled "the" wrong. Lulz is the plural of LOL.

M said...

yeah, don't remember the "woah", although i'm sure to remember wasting about a minute of my life listening to that youtube clip...and LT, don't call me that ever again ;)

Nephi said...

LTNixon:

The best thing you horses' asses can dredge up is diaries? Get over yourselves; your tours of duty are over, or if they aren't, you sure have a lot of spare time on your hands ... maybe they should be.

Start addressing your cic with respect and stop hating America!

Shea said...

wow, he's just like President Bush on this one, Paranoid. Wonder if he does coke like Bush does? I hear it makes you paranoid. Hitler was on the amphetamines, and that makes you paranoid. Go, go, my wish might come true, that we blow up the entire earth!!!!!!!!!

Shea said...

security clearance sucks really bad, I was denied because I need to pay some old bills, but passed the rest, my neighbors look at me funny now,though, LOL, it's fuckin funny that they go up and down the street interviewing your neighbors even if you don't know them LOL
going back to your high school days, and, etc, just a waste of money, tax payer money