Obama And Google Connected At The Hip

Discussion in 'Politics' started by pspr, Jun 3, 2013.

  1. pspr


    Washington's think tanks often serve as incubators for administrations-in-waiting. Leave the White House when Democrats take over, spend 4 or 8 years waiting at Heritage or AEI. Lose your Treasury job thanks to a Republican winning, sit tight at Brookings. Sure enough, Obama found a ton of appointees among the ranks of the Center for American Progress, and at least a few have left the Obama administration for CAP.

    But it seems the Obama administration also swaps staff with Google.

    Bloomberg reports that Obama 2012¡äs data team has moved to Google. But it's not a buyout out of nowhere. Google CEO Eric Schmidt was part of the Obama campaign all along, according to this Bloomberg story:

    During the 2012 campaign, Barack Obama's reelection team had an underappreciated asset: Google's (GOOG) executive chairman, Eric Schmidt. He helped recruit talent, choose technology, and coach the campaign manager, Jim Messina, on the finer points of leading a large organization. "On election night he was in our boiler room in Chicago," says David Plouffe, then a senior White House adviser.

    This may surprise you if you believed Obama's campaign rhetoric about him fighting against big business and wealthy executives. But the Google-Obama alliance is long-lasting and intimate.

    A couple of examples:

    Remember Obama's No. 2 tech staffer at the White House was Google's former top lobbyist who improperly worked with active Google lobbyists on pushing policy that Google supported.

    Obama appointed non-registered Google lobbyist and max-Obama donor Vint Cerg to a science advisory board.

    Schmidt reportedly once asked a deputy to make the search engine ignore Schmidt's political giving (heavy to Dems and Obama).

  2. Tsing Tao

    Tsing Tao

    Given how much Google censors their search results now, it's a wonder anyone still uses them.
  3. pspr


    Google is like Obama and Microsoft. They are tyrants squashing their competition.

    Google Search is also still the overall winner, holding a 74% share of searching across Safari, Opera, IE, Firefox and Chrome.

  4. Tsing Tao

    Tsing Tao

    That stat is comparing the search engine to Browsers, one of which is Google itself (Chrome).
  5. pspr


    It's measuring which search engine users use with different browsers then combined the results. It's hard to use a search engine without a browser. :D

    Maybe you would rather use the Pew poll that says the market share for Google was 83% in 2012.

  6. LEAPup


    I'm using bing. Did that after they honored leftist Chavez on Easter Sunday.
  7. Tsing Tao

    Tsing Tao

    It is indeed hard to use a search engine without a browser. But maybe you didn't realize, that you can use whatever search engine you want with whatever browser you want? :)
  8. pspr


    Of course you can use what ever SE you wish. That's the point of the poll exactly. The 74% number is NOT a measurement of what browser dominates. It is the measurement of which search engine is used by users of the various leading browsers. Google Search even dominates the IE browser which defaults to the Microsoft SE.

    I really don't understand your questioning of what the number represents.
  9. Max E.

    Max E.