of Cold Inaugural Shoulder
In a sour footnote to President Barack Obama's sweeping electoral victory last November, many of his campaign staffers have been shut out of the inaugural festivities, more than a dozen of them complained to BuzzFeed Monday.
"We worked our butts off, and I'm going to watch it on TV instead of being there," said one former staffer. "It's a huge bummer."
Former staffers — who spoke to BuzzFeed on the condition of anonymity to preserve their relationships, and possible jobs, in Obama's second term — say they have grown frustrated by what they see as inadequate communication from the Presidential Inaugural Committee, the group responsible for the inaugural balls, and in particular by its restrictions on access to the official events.
"I didn't hear anything from PIC until a little more than a week ago," said another staffer. "They knew this was happening. Instead of giving us details [of what we could attend] on November 7th, we found out so late that it would cost me $2,000 to go to Washington for a weekend as opposed to $1,000 or less if I booked two months ago."
More than 35,000 attendees are expected at Obama's consolidated formal Inaugural Ball Monday night, which replaces nearly a dozen separate balls. Many staffers complain that after the hard work of getting Obama re-elected they still couldn't snag tickets to the event — only a small number were made available to staffers. PIC outsourced the ticketing to Ticketmaster, whose system bungled the public distribution earlier this month.
Even the $10 entrance fee for the official staff inaugural ball on Tuesday has drawn criticism. Staffers haven't been told whether the president will attend the smaller gathering.
"That's so small it can't possibly cover the event, so why even make us pay?" asked a third former staffer. "Or worse, that is the entire cost per person which means the event will be really bare bones. The people that worked so hard, for so long, to raise a billion dollars and turn out millions of voters deserve better."
Claims that they were snubbed have consumed the conversation on the Obama campaign alumni LinkedIn group, said the first staffer.
Obama staffers were paid substantially less than Romney staffers in similar jobs in 2012, and many took pay cuts of $30,000-range from prior jobs, former staffers say. The final payday for staffers was the Friday after the election, as opposed to weeks later for the Republican campaign; health insurance was cut off in November as well.
Many remain unemployed.
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Editor's Note: Welcome to Team Obama...who never met a useful idiot it was unwilling to throw under the bus once their usefulness was gone...Viva la Revolución!
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