Could Obama pass the background check and vetting process he is imposing on potential administration officials and high-level advisers? I doubt it. It is reported they are subjected to an unprecedented degree of scrutiny. Ironic, isn’t it, when he still has questions floating around about as basic a question as his citizenship.
Examples: Embarrassing e-mails, text messages, diary entries and Facebook profiles? Gifts worth more than $50, other than those from relatives and long-standing friends? Family members with connections to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, AIG, or any other company receiving a federal bailout?
In addition to the already invasive FBI background check, the Obama team is requiring prospective candidates to complete a seven-page questionnaire that requires the disclosure of nearly every last private detail. In addition to the obvious questions involving past criminal history, candidates are asked about personal diaries, past blog posts, and the financial entanglements of extended family members.
“This questionnaire they’ve been giving to people who are thinking about signing up for a government job is extremely invasive,” said David Gergen, a CNN senior political analyst and adviser to four past presidents.
“I’ve never seen anything like this at the presidential level before — the FBI asks these kind of questions, but to have the presidential transition team asking these questions requires … great volumes of records that have to be checked out.”