This comes as somewhat of a surprise given some of Obama’s comments about Hillary during the campaign! Wow! What an about face! As we all know, one of Obama’s most biting criticisms of Hillary during the debates was his pointing out her tenure at Walmart, where she was not just on the corporate payroll but also on the board of directors But remember, Hillary has assured us that she was unaware of Walmart’s use of overseas sweatshops. And she has also assured us that she no longer agrees with Walmart’s business practices. (Whew!) So it’s understandable that Obama would show forgiveness here. She’s turned over a new leaf since all of this, and since the Whitewater scam days (1) and drug running in Mena (2).
As for Michelle Obama’s tenure (board of directors) at Walmart supplier Treehouse foods? Thank goodness, this tenure came to a timely end in May of 2007. She cited increased demands on her time as her reason for leaving, but she was probably just being nice. I’m sure the presidential campaign played no role either, even though her association with Treehouse had become quite controversial.
As for Obama’s naming Jason Furman as senior economic advisor? Well, perhaps he just hasn’t found out yet that Furman has been “one of Wal-Mart’s most prominent defenders”
As Jason Furman of New York University puts it, Wal-Mart is “a progressive success story.”