When the president met privately with the health industry leaders that day, Stern and a second Service Employees International Union official were the only labor representatives in the room.
Stern can boast that union officials are scattered throughout the Obama administration. White House political director Patrick Gaspard is a former executive at an SEIU local based in New York. No other union has placed anyone at such a high level in the White House.
Anna Burger, SEIU secretary-treasurer, was appointed to Obama’s economic recovery board. And union associate counsel John Sullivan was named to the six-member Federal Election Commission.
Moreover, Stern has enjoyed considerable entree to the new administration — starting on Inauguration Day, when he joined Obama and the new president’s family on the reviewing stand outside the White House to watch the inaugural parade.
Stern’s access is envied by some fellow union leaders. John Wilhelm, head of Unite Here, the apparel, hotel and food service union, said his perception is that Stern gets a steady stream of invitations to the White House that other union executives do not.
Well, those upstarts at Breitbart have uncovered a video that provides even more evidence that the Organizer-in-Chief gives his allegiance to the SEIU.
In this video, then-candidate Barack Obama pledges allegiance to the SEIU, stating, “I’ve been working with the SEIU before I was elected to anything” and boasting he was organizing with the Purple People Eater, the SEIU.
Watch as he finishes up by saying: “SEIU, I’m glad you’re with me. Together let’s change the country.”
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