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Finally Some Outrage is Building–But Not From the National Organization for Women

Republican Andrew Breitbart, writing at Real Clear Politics:

At the exact moment Jon Favreau is receiving high praise in pre-inaugural media puff pieces, the 27-year-old chief speechwriter for President-elect Barack Obama (not Jon Favreau, the Hollywood actor/ director) finds himself in a minor mess over a photo from a recent private party showing him groping the breast of a cardboard cutout of Hillary Rodham Clinton as an unnamed pal wearing an “Obama staff” T-shirt kisses and feeds her beer.

If you haven’t seen it, imagine the early stages of the barroom rape scene of “The Accused” with Jodie Foster. Or think prosecutor Mike Nifong’s graphic (though false) descriptions of the Duke lacrosse party. Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson danced to a similar tune at the 2004 Super Bowl.

Fraternities have been closed for less.

Breitbart cannot understand why there isn’t a “groundswell of feminist outrage” yet. Concerned, he contacted the National Organization for women for a reaction.

The National Organization for Women, which last struck issuing news releases on why Sarah Palin isn’t a real woman, refused to comment on the Obama speechwriter incident.

When NOW’s press secretary Mai Shiozaki was reached Friday, she first claimed not to have seen the Favreau photograph. But when called later, she offered two reasons for not weighing in: “I haven’t looked into it” and “I have a 5 p.m. deadline. … I am already late.”

Breitbart notes with approval the statement by The New Agenda

“These antics ought to be summarily condemned by President-elect Obama. He ought to fire Jon Favreau. If he does not fire Favreau, he risks fostering the perception that he condones Favreau’s disrespect toward Senator Clinton. He also risks encouraging this sort of behavior in other young men toward women who are not merely cardboard cutouts.”

Thank goodness Murphy is still pounding this story:

And like Murphy, I want to know why Jon Favreau still has a job working for the next President of the United States. Barack Obama, have you no shame at all? What is wrong with you?

_________________________________________________________________________

Update: Even though the National Organization for Women is not concerned about the next Secretary of State being symbolically groped by Obama’s top speechwriter and another unidentified staffer, a lot of people are starting to take note of Jon Favreau and his pal’s disgusting behavior and remark upon it. There was even a post at the Great Cheeto calling on Favreau to resign, and although the reaction to the post was mostly negative, a few brave souls actually argued passionately in agreement.

Here are some other noteworthy articles posted about the scandal that have been posted today:

Excellent related post from Miq2xu

Dee Dee Myers (!) at Vanity Fair

The New York Times Opinionator Blog

The Weekly Standard (!)

Interestingly, all the articles I have read claim that the offending picture has been removed from facebook. But the photo is still there:

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75 Responses

  1. how many times have we asked what is wrong with Barack Obama?
    We will never know, and I will never care.
    NOW needs to simply go away.

  2. agree with the first comment. NOW is done. Other groups have taken its place.

  3. The acronym needs to be redefined.

    Nothing Of Worth.

  4. This year has been an overwhelming failure of female activism.

  5. He is, as we have seen all along, a COWARD. He doesn’t lead. He doesn’t take a stand unless it’s in his own political interest or to defend himself. When has he EVER stepped into the breach and made a powerful statement that may be controversial. And no, lurking Obots, that does NOT include one lame speech in an ultra-liberal Chicago district against the war, because he never did another damn thing about it.

    As for NOW–they are dead to me. How PATHETIC can they get?! What do they even pretend to stand for? Contributions and support go to organizations like The New Agenda now.

  6. Hey Reg – nice picture down below!

  7. *nods* agree with all said above by fif and co.
    I am off to bed now…
    *is tired*

  8. I just added a fairly long update.

    I have to hand it to Murphy. She is doing a terrific job on this. I just wish I could figure out how to register and comment on Pumapac. I’ve never been able to get on there.

  9. The picture is still on his facebook fan group. See link in update.

  10. Scrubs. Oh yeah. I’ve always loved Meryl, especially in The Hours. But when DWP showed up–wow. Everyone who doesn’t find her sexy can sit down and die.

  11. BB:

    I have a new post that ties into this one:

    http://myiq2xu.wordpress.com/2008/12/08/fauxgressive-blogosphere-10/

  12. I’m registered at PumaPac but it’s actually too busy for me. Too many users.

  13. Y’all left on the other thread all by my lonesome!

    well, I’m happy with the results of Scream Queens — but I realized it means I will have to buy a ticket to actually see Saw 6 in the theater!

  14. I left NOW way back in — March was it? The insanity that has occurred this election cycle has messed up my time lines & I’m getting my outrage at various organizations confused.

    Hey Mai — nice to hear that your 5 p.m. deadline was more important that FIGHTING SEXISM — maybe it’s time to start looking for a new job, because you obviously don’t give a rat’s ass about the one you have.

  15. AAAARRRRRGHGHGHGHG!

  16. Thanks myiq2xu. I added a link to my post. You’ve been very busy today!

  17. you know, the next time my boss, or a client or the court calls me I’m just going to give them some vague excuse about a “5 p.m. deadline” as a reason for not doing my job

  18. Night, Isis!

    I had a 5pm deadline on friday to turn in the brief for my oral exam. I had a real deadline. I’m taking that excuse with me to work.

  19. NOW can go to hell. Who even gives a shit about them anymore.

    Changing channels for a minute. I just finished my “jury duty” today — it was a DUI case – found the guy guilty of both counts.
    Afterward I asked the prosecutor if this was his first DUI – she said NO.

  20. Good for you Simofish. I’m glad it’s over.

    Yes, NOW can go to hell, but they don’t deserved to have their disgusting, repulsive neglect of women’s rights to be ignored. I am sick and f*cking tired of all this crap! I’ve had it!

    Jon Favreau needs to be fired, humiliated, and this should be in his obituary.

  21. Did you see this last line from the Weekly Standard piece linked above?

    Still, since this episode has become a bit of a “distraction,” maybe it would be prudent of Obama to remove Favreau. As Ryan Lizza quotes Obama in a recent issue of the New Yorker, our president-elect doesn’t really need the help anyway:

    “I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m gonna think I’m a better political director than my political director.”

    I CANNOT wait to see Obama humbled. Nature will take care of that–it is inevitable for all human beings. He is so full of himself.

  22. Can’t think any harder about injustice tonight. I’m off to seduce and be seduced.

    Goodnight, everyone.

    *skips off*

  23. The ACLU is another bullshit group. Where were they for Joe the Plumber?
    Where was NOT for Hillary or Sarah? NO FUCKING WHERE !

  24. I’m still fighting with relatives-over this stuff. they dont get the importance of the constitution.

  25. The hierarchy of suckitude still goes:

    1. Jon Favreau must resign or be fired.

    2. Obama must take responsibility for his team and ask Favreau to apologize on his way out the door. (This shouldn’t depend on whether SoS Clinton is offended or not.)

    3. NOW should remember its mandate.

    I’m pissed at how quickly this is deflected or morphed into controversy about individual women and/or advocacy groups for women not “making” the two bigoted, misogynistic assholes at the heart of this do the right thing.

    I hear stuff like this and it’s just crap added onto women’s already considerable to-do lists.

  26. fif, he said that?!

  27. They used to sort of care.
    Then they pretended to care.
    Now, they don’t even bother to pretend.

    ….seems to apply to everything these days.

  28. OT
    I just received an e-mail with some information that I think is important enough to pass on.
    How many of you know that if you dial *77 on your cell phone you will go directly to a police dispatcher.
    If any of you drive late at night or in deserted areas and a unmarked car uses a red police light to try and stop you , you can call this telephone number to check if it is a real policeman or explain that you will stop at a gas station or somewhere that is not deserted.
    I never knew about this and I think we should be aware of it.

    WOMEN,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS, AND THOSE PEOPLE RULE

  29. fif,

    That’s why I posted it. I thought it was pretty funny.

  30. Fif: why is he crazy?

  31. Have fun, Regency!

  32. Thanks,bb.

  33. simofish — good for you with jury duty being over & I’m glad you found the guy guilty — I think DUIs get treated way too lightly these days.

    fif — Obama should have been fired Favreau immediately when this photo came to light — without Hillary (or us) having to say a thing about it. The fact that he didn’t shows that he, himself, is the misogynist pig we’ve known him to be. The fact that groups like NOW enable his sexist ass show they don’t care about sexism or women & are, therefore, worthless.

  34. In an interview with National Review, Bush explains compassionate conservatism:
    “This is a philosophy that most people adhere to,” he told us. “It wasn’t very well defended, but most people adhere to it. Compassionate conservatism basically says that if you implement this philosophy, your life would become better. That’s what it says. And that’s what it’s all about. It’s saying to the average person, this philosophy will help you make your life better. It’s the proper use of government to enable a hopeful society to develop based upon your talents and your success.”
    ————
    I’m so glad he made that clear. Thank goodness he’s going. Just bought a book in the bookstore for my sister – a parody on Goodnight Moon – called Goodnight Bush. I might not like or respect Obama, but thank goodness Bush will be gone.

  35. Thanks to Conflucians and to Murphy for pushing. I’m about to write another piece about this episode (I’ve already written several – links below); but as I have been on an airplane for business travel I have had 4 hours to reflect on the one I am about to write.

  36. I am convinced that the death of the feminist establishment will be their fear of the male democratic establishment. They obviously are willing to forfiet equal treatment in exchange for the democratic parties partnership in maintaining Roe v. Wade and paying lip service to equal pay. Roe v. Wade holds them hostage. Maybe they are in the streight jacket that they perceive themselves to be in.

    Maybe instead of attacking them, feminist bloggers, activists and groups like the new agenda, women count, etc. should organize a sit down with the leaders of NOW and the Feminist Majority, Planned Parenthood, NARAl, etc.. There may need to be more then one arm of the women’s movement. There are enough roles for many groups to play. We need people working on the inside and the outside. We need the establishment, as well as those who are willing to be watch dogs and bull dogs with an in your face approach to politics. Women definately need a loud mouth peice, sort of like Al Sharpton. The establishment’s lack of a loud voice has rendered them mute. Let them continue to work within the system, while others focus on more agressive and vocal objections to women’s oppression and maltreatment in the public shere. We should focus on equal treatment and proportionate representation in government and business.

    I think that it is clear that the deafening sound of no response to the democratic establishment’s misogyny and sexism, by the feminist leaders with in feminist establishment speaks volumes. Lets not view them as though they are sell-outs, but as an entity the is week as the result of women, including some of us here, who have become complacent, and have only awakened as we witnessed the misogynistic abuse of Clinton and Palin during this election year. Before this, I have to admit, I hadn’t pushed my inner feminist since being furious about the treatment of those poor Afgan women and girls, which was heavily covered in the media following 9/11.

    We have a duty to join the struggle, rather than complaining that others haven’t done enough. Trashing the feminist establishment is only one more way that they have successed in dividing us . Men have always counted on the divisions amongst women to control us. I share in the frustrations of those who recent the establishment’s refusal to challenge the sexist dem boys on the equal treatment issue. But, lets not allow it to divide us or undermine the feminist establishment or ourselves Let’s not buy into it. We should focus on coordinating our activites so the things they can’t due, others can.

  37. fif — did you see on the piece politico ran about some “liberals” starting to fret that B0 is filling his cabinet with centrists & Repubicans that *maybe* B0 is the progressive messiah they thought him to be & he told them not to worry “I will bring the change?” That has calmed their nerves a tad. BWAHAHAHA — those moonbats would believe him if he actually said “I am the Alpha and the Omega.” As for me, I’m still waiting for the rise of the oceans to slow & for our planet to heal. that was supposed to start when he “clinched” the primary in June if I’m not mistaken — what is taking so long/

  38. One thing is for sure: none of the “mainstream” feminist organizations will say a peep about this. They are currying favor, like every other mainstream organization.

  39. angienc2, on December 9th, 2008 at 12:00 am Said:

    Wow. This is psychic – must share: http://tdg.typepad.com/heidi_lis_potpourri/2008/12/pay-attention-when-you-vote.html

  40. I think it would be interesting if someone checked all the “feminist” blogs to see how they were treating this story.

    How many posts, if any, and what their position is.

    I know as of mid-day yesterday Feministing and Hullaballoo hadn’t touched the story. Shakesville had one post on Saturday by a guest blogger.

  41. KendallJ, on December 8th, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    I agree with you to the extent that I see no reason to attack NOW et al. But I know they will not do a dam’ thing about misogyny and frankly not all that much about reproductive rights. I think that is why Eleanor Smeal moved on to The Feminist Majority.

  42. sorry KendallJ but the actions of NOW & NARL during this election have proven to me that they are no longer a part of the women’s movement — so, there is no division in the movement as far as I’m concerned. They are obviously interested in being the Lady’s Auxilary arm of the dem. party — they can have that role — Good keep them well & far away from me.

  43. myiq2xu, on December 9th, 2008 at 12:03 am Said

    Hi! As I was writing earlier today, I was listening to some of the music you had posted from the Coen brothers movie soundtrack – which I love – thanks for that.

  44. “Lady’s Auxilary arm of the dem. party” – love it!

  45. Aack — I was so hot for bill in the other thread that I totally missed this one. Now that the s*x talk is over — topic? I cannot think of ONE damn thing NOW has done for women since… oh, the Anita Hill hearings. And even that is a maybe. Because I’m a mom with a job, the issues that hit me the hardest do relate to child-rearing, and it pisses me off that NOW’s ineffectiveness with respect to paid maternity/parental leave (enjoyed by every other nation in the industrialized fucking world), adequately funded child care, health care reform, and equal !#$!$@ pay has been so complete that I have come to concluded that they just don’t give a shit about these issues. Only abortion and, except when the perpetrator’s initials are “J.F.,” sexual harassment.

  46. I will tell you, friends, I am reorganizing my priorities, my life in some ways, because I am not leaving this planet with the degree of pervasive misogyny that I have found it to have. I do not care if I lose professional standing, annoy my boss, make myself angry, get sad sometimes. I am not leaving until the situation gets better.

  47. Heidi Li, on December 9th, 2008 at 12:02 am Said:

    LOL — I would say great minds think alike, but I think that would be too great a compliment to myself — I just got lucky! 😉

  48. Jadzia, on December 9th, 2008 at 12:09 am Said:

    You are spot on!

  49. Kendall, that’s not a bad idea. the truth is, I think NOW is only concerned with reproductive rights, and I truly think that’s all they’ve ever been about. at least that’s true of the four chapters I’ve briefly joined. I always drift away because although I think choice is an important issue, it’s not the only issue, but they never seemed interested in going in any other direction.

    so maybe they’re so focused on choice that’s it’s unfair to expect them to step up whenever there’s injustice towards women???? I don’t actually buy that – if that’s the case, they misnamed themselves and misled about their priorities, imo. but going forward, I could live with them being the choice watchdogs and other groups covering other stuff.

    and I do kinda agree with Ellie, although she seemed a little hostile (well you did! ) that jumping all over NOW for their reaction ought to be way behind jumping all over the individual who actually committed the act.

    it’s just that they set themselves up as spokespersons for women or I thought thtey did – was I wrong?

  50. angienc2, on December 9th, 2008 at 12:09 am Said:

    Ah, you pay me too high a compliment.

  51. Angie,

    You can speak for me any day! Women’s auxiliary, yes.

  52. kiki, on December 9th, 2008 at 12:11 am Said:

    The National Organization for Women should never have gotten so single issue.

  53. Also, I can’t take credit for the “Lady’s Auxilary arm of the Dem. party” — some great mind on this board came up with that several moons ago — sorry, but I can’t remember who.

  54. Furthermore, NOW took a lot of our money over the years and they have not come through.

    Having worked so hard at fundraising this year – still at it for a number of purposes – I am very sensitive to this point. If you accept people’s money you have to come through for them.

  55. Kiki,

    I think I have been jumping all over Favreau. I also think it’s appropriate to point out that the “National Organization for Women” cannot be bothered even to comment about the incident. I really don’t see how that can be characterized as “jumping all over NOW,” but if that what it is, so be it. And if they cared about reproductive rights they never would have endorsed Obama.

  56. Shakesville is one of the odder blogs out there. Many very bright writers. But they have been very conflicted, to say the least, about criticizing Obama.

  57. bostonboomer, on December 9th, 2008 at 12:14 am Said:

    I think you are correct, BB

  58. angienc2, on December 9th, 2008 at 12:12 am Said:

    Take credit, take credit. We make each other smarter; we are a collective. By remembering somebody’s line and using it you keep it alive.

  59. Heidi —

    I totally agree with you about NOW. Unfortunately, because NOW=feminism in so many folks’ minds, in my recent experience it has become absolutely verboten in some circles to take the position that although choice is important, there are other women’s issues as well. And perhaps if we did a little bit more to elect women to office (and break the glass ceiling in other areas of our culture), perhaps we would be a little bit less vulnerable to the testosterone wing of the Democratic Party beating us with the Roe stick.

  60. Heidi, I agree…

    I think they are truly NOT the Naional Organization for Women in a large and overall sense.

    I haven’t donated a lot of money to them – they’ve actually always annoyed me a little, because of the single issue thing. it always seemed like the national organization of uteruses.

  61. I am convinced that the death of the feminist establishment will be their fear of the male democratic establishment. They obviously are willing to forfeit equal treatment in exchange for the democratic party’s partnership in maintaining Roe v. Wade and paying lip service to equal pay. Roe v. Wade holds them hostage. Maybe they are in the streight jacket that they perceive themselves to be in.

    Maybe instead of attacking them, feminist bloggers, activists and groups like the New Agenda, Women Count, etc. should organize a sit down with the leaders of NOW and the Feminist Majority, Planned Parenthood, NARAl, etc.. There maybe a need for more then one arm of the women’s movement. There are enough roles for many groups to play. We need people working on the inside and the outside. We need the establishment, as well as those who are willing to be watch dogs and bull dogs with an in your face approach to politics, demanding equality and fair treatment. Women definately need a loud mouth peice, sort of like Al Sharpton. The establishment’s lack of a loud voice has rendered them mute. Let them continue to work within the system, while others focus on more agressive and vocal objections to women’s oppression and maltreatment in the public sphere. We should focus on equal treatment and proportionate representation of women in government and business.

    The deafening sound of no response to the democratic establishment’s misogyny and sexism by the feminist leaders within feminist establishment speaks volumes. Let’s not view them as though they are sell-outs, but as an entity that the has weakened as the result of women, including some of us here, who have become complacent, and who have only awakened as we witnessed the misogynistic abuse of Clinton and Palin during this election year. Before this, I have to admit, I hadn’t pushed my inner feminist since being furious about the treatment of the Afgan women and girls, which was heavily covered in the media following 9/11.

    We have a duty to join the struggle and fight for ourselves and our daughters, rather than complaining that others haven’t done enough. Trashing the feminist establishment is only one more way that they have succeeded in dividing us . Men have always counted on the divisions amongst women to control us. I share in the frustrations of those who are angry about the establishment’s refusal to challenge the sexist dem boys on the equal treatment issue. But, lets not allow it to divide us or undermine the feminist establishment or ourselves Let’s not buy into it. We should focus on coordinating our activites so the things they can’t due, others can, and vis vursa.

  62. I seem to have a comment awaiting moderation?

  63. We ARE going to fix this – my dream is a women reflected in proportion to their numbers in the population (51 per cent) in every sphere of public life. Then, but only then, are we not a collection of uteruses

  64. BB, I’m 100% with you and so appreciate what you’ve been doing, as much as I’ve been able to catch up.

    my whole point, and it wasn’t even a strong point, was that I didn’t want to turn my wrath on NOW to the point where I forget about the little speechwriter dude, who is the problem here after all.

  65. New thread up!

  66. Kiki,

    I agree with that. I’m not even angry at NOW. They lost me years ago. I’m just reporting what’s happening with the story. Fortunately is is still alive, and that is what matters to me.

  67. I agree with Heidi about Shakesville — being oddly conflicted about criticizing Obama — I would say more like schizophrenic — a phenom. I’ve witnessed many times this election from women rights “leaders” and women’s rights “organizations” — very few have had the courage to stand up & put their money were they mouth is re: Obama — Shelly Mandell, Lady Lynne, Amy Siskind & our own Heidi Li are examples of those few who have stayed true to what it means to be a feminist.

  68. Slight OT but have you all seen this and signed if you agree:
    http://www.petitiononline.com/nysen/petition.html

  69. N.O.W. is an empty shell . All they are about at this point is protecting and promoting themselves . Really, I didn’t realize they were still around until they knifed Hillary and jackbooted for Barry along with the entire Dem apparatus. . Hillary Clinton was the candidate they were waiting for and they spat on her for 30 pieces of silver….of which they might have gotten 5 . This year we found out many groups we traditionally think of as strong supporters of women, are but weighs and road blocks. N.O.W. can only exist in a world where women are oppressed….so at heart, they have no interest really in changing the Status Que. IMO

  70. I hear you all and I agree with many of you. But, before we through the baby out with the bath water, I’m suggesting that we consider what roles we can all play in rounding out the movement so women can advance in many areas and on many levels at the same time. I refuse to focus my anger about misogyny and my energy to do something about it on trashing other women who I feel haven’t done enough. The truth is that we all fell down on the job!!! We too have been complacent. And, so I have no interest in participating in undermining or denegrating NOW. Sadly, they are doing fine at it on their own.

    I believe that we have to pick our battles in life and I refuse to fight with other women who for the most part believe in the right things. How is it productive? If there is one think that we can learn from this election cycle, it is that we have to advance women’s rights on all levels and venues at the same time. For 35 years the establishment has primarily focused on reproductive rights, while other issues like equal treatment, sexual exploitation in media, and proportional representation in government and business have been put on the back burner. In large part, this is why the abuse was allowed to happen to Clinton and Palin. Nobody challenged the pervasive sexism that existed in the mainstreem media for years before the election cycle. They hid behind free speech, while the feminist establishment failed to called it out. on it. They refuced to get in their faces about it. Shaming people to reform
    must be public, or it has no affect. Society as a whole has to be shamed, not just the messangers.

    Remember the “nappy headed hos” remark by Imus? The reason that Imus was fired is because people like sharpton, Rev. Lowery, and others shamed the public into rejecting racist language in the civilized public discourse. For years they took to the streets to protest everytime a black man was shot by the police, or when racist speech was spoken by TV commentators, polititions, etc., and everytime there was a social injustice done to black people, They challenged the democratic establishment for their racism and insisted on having a voice.

    Progress will not come passively without struggle. We have to fight for it. We have to put ourselves out there. We have to be willing to take risks. NOW and the feminist establishment are afraid to take risks and that is why they bailed on Hillary. They didn’t want to lose favor with the dem boy establishment.

    Of course I’m angry that the feminist establishment bailed on Hillary. Frankly, I’m fuckin’ furious, but its just not productive to focus on them. Hillary has been the best advocate for women that we have seen in a very long time. She is not afraid to stand up to the men and makes it a point to stand up to them on women’s issues. But she is only one person, and needed women to back her more than they did. It was painful to watch the feminist establishment bail on her. Yes, I too am angry at them. I just think that we could be more productive filling the voids that they have left unfilled. Let them continue to fight for reproductive rights. It is very important too!! Let us and others fight for equal treatment and proportional representation. Lets get out there and shame this country into treating women with respect!!! But for godsake lets not spend our time and energy hating NOW!

  71. Many of you have mentioned the money you paid into NOW over the years – only to be screwed by their total dereliction of duty/betrayal of stated purpose.
    Is this something that could be brought to a court room? A class action lawsuit perhaps?

    Do any of you attorneys out there know if NOW’s negligence/fraud is actionable or not?

  72. kiki, if you got that I was hostile from me saying I was pissed (and why) then good. I’m certainly not shying away from what I said in the first place. I still want any focus in this story to be about who’s responsible, rather than a disproportionate amount of focus (and criticism) going to advocacy groups not doing their jobs or individual women condoning the bad behavior.

    Favreau needs to do what’s right. Obama needs to show leadership. Both of them need to do this affirmatively, emphatically and without external pressure and no blame going to one woman or women’s group held responsible for not pressuring them enough or in the right way.

    That’s just another way of dumping the crap on women generally and you’re dayum right it makes me hostile, rather than serenely gentle … which, come to think about it, is the passivity that many are slamming NOW for showing in the face of this latest anti-woman bigotry.

  73. Favreau has purchased a D.C. condo in a building that is the former home of General Douglas MacArthur.

    A step up from the Chicago home where he and 7 other Obama staff lived.

    Anyone know what we taxpayers are shelling out for Favreau’s salary as Obama’s chief speech-writer?

  74. I don’t know anything about favreau’s “new” abode.

    But I do know that I received a mailing from NOW only yesterday and I plan to respond to them with a mailing of my own. In it I plan to include a photo of this incident and a few choice suggestions about where they can get their money.

    (and maybe even where they can put the money) 😉

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