Radical transparency: Obama staff applicants needs to share their online pasts

The Obama team ruled the online campaigns, that’s something most could agree on. They also show they know their stuff by digging deep into staff applicants’ online pasts, as the New York Times reports:

A seven-page questionnaire being sent by the office of President-elect Barack Obama to those seeking cabinet and other high-ranking posts may be the most extensive – some say invasive – application ever. The questionnaire includes 63 requests for personal and professional records, some covering applicants’ spouses and grown children as well, that are forcing job-seekers to rummage from basements to attics, in shoe boxes, diaries and computer archives to document both their achievements and missteps. Only the smallest details are excluded; traffic tickets carrying fines of less than $50 need not be reported, the application says. Applicants are asked whether they or anyone in their family owns a gun. They must include any e-mail that might embarrass the president-elect, along with any blog posts and links to their Facebook pages. The application also asks applicants to “please list all aliases or ‘handles’ you have used to communicate on the Internet.”

And you thought your new employer checking out your Facebook profile was kinda odd? Hah!


If I were to fill out the questionnaire, I’d lie. The Obamanator just wants the information so he can blackmail his staff members once the new fascist state is put into place.

Hi, Nice blog! The questionnaire is “best-practice” in the White House, not an Obama invention. However, really radical will be if Obama convinces the legislative to allow him to use email. If so, he will be THE FIRST U.S. PRESIDENT EVER TO USE EMAIL. believe it or not… Tschuss, TT

Heh. Good point, Tony, thanks for pointing this out. The presidents-and-email thing, that did strike me as slightly odd when I first heard it. Hopefully Obama’s lawyers will find a way around this issue?