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  •  Not to worry...it's somewhat of an honor... (4+ / 0-)
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    ...to get a diary with so many inherently and deliberately false pieces of misinformation--many of them supposedly "about" me--posted in this community wherein the diarist directly attack me, personally. Just look at the crowd rec'ing this up. It speaks for itself.

    Take a look at the top-rec'd diary in this community on June 3rd, 2008. It's a diary written by someone else about my commentary that evening, about how we must all come together and support Obama's campaign.

    Take a look at my continuous statements with regard to how I will support the President's re-election, despite the fact that I disagree with his handling of the economy.

    Take a look at the Republican running the Federal Reserve and the Independent running the Treasury Department, both entrenched favorites of Wall Street and the Republican Party, too.

    Take a look at the quotes from the "White House spokesperson" whom this diarist claims were stated by Goolsbee, himself. (They were not.)

    Take a look at my diaries from 2007 and 2008, which all CLEARLY demonstrate that I've been railing about this country's economy well before a Democrat was in the White House.

    So, I ask, WHO is THIS diarist? This is who I am, and I'm damn proud of it, and it has NOTHING to do with much of anything this diarist is stating about me in this pathetic excuse for a post....

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    Bob Swern biography

    early career

    Born and raised in Trenton, NJ, the diarist majored in political science at Tufts University, where he founded that school's daily newspaper, The Tufts Daily. He sold it to another student (who ended up selling it to the student government) after arranging to have it printed on the presses of the Harvard Crimson.  The newspaper has been published, continuously, ever since.

    (To this day, only a few dozen people--including Neal Shapiro, who went on to become President of NBC Network News after being Editor-in-Chief of the well-established Tufts' weekly newspaper at the time, the Observer,  then-Engineering Professor John Sununu, the first faculty member to purchase a subscription to the diarist's newspaper, primarily because the paper carried the school cafeterias' menus, and Dan Rather--whose daughter was in Bob's college class--who was named head of the Parents Association's Communications Committee the year after Swern's daily newspaper debuted--even remember this accomplishment of Bob's; the rest, including the diarist more often than he'd like to admit, and/or remember, were way too high at the time. Hey, it was the late 70's.)

    political experience

    From 1978, starting out as an intern earning expense money doing political press work for a state representative candidate in Massachusetts, through 1981 (by the end of that year, having over a half-dozen professional political media assignments under his belt), including, among others:
    ...a Boston Mayoral race where he handled press assistant, print, direct mail and radio advertising duties on a David Garth-produced campaign;
    ...Deputy Press Secretary duties in the Connecticut Primary for the Carter/Mondale re-election effort;  
    ...three months as Press Secretary to the eventual runner-up candidate in a last-minute, hotly-contested, four-way race to fill the seat of Father Robert Drinan, who by Papal edict was forced to suddenly retire from the House of Representatives in March of 1980, with the winner of that special election being none other than the then-Back Bay State Representative and now-current House Financial Services Committee Chair Barney Frank, with whom the diarist had also briefly worked the year before on the mayoral race;
    ...and four months as the Carter/Mondale Press Secretary in Michigan in the 1980 general election where he also served as media liaison to the UAW),  the diarist worked with some of the leading Democratic political figures of the era.

    Among other accomplishments during this early period in his career, Bob spent the better part of two years working directly with Boston public relations executive Larry Rasky, who later went on to become Vice President Joe Biden's media consultant for all of his national races.

    In 1982, at the over-the-hill age of 25, Swern settled in Greenwich, Connecticut, where he ran a small ad/p.r. business for the next 13 years. His first client was the publisher of a startup stock market newsletter that focused upon the performance of the Standard & Poor's 500, with both the S&P 500 and the newsletter opening their doors the same week. By this time, Swern's career-focus was gravitating towards the corporate sector, but he continued to pickup occasional political projects, in-between the corporate gigs. In early 1984, interspersed among his corporate communications efforts, he handled a few small projects for the Mondale/Ferraro campaign, ending up as the volunteer Press Secretary and Media Director for Fairfield University Political Science Department Chair John Orman's congressional race against Republican incumbent Stewart McKinney in CT-04. In the late 80's, Bob produced the media for Greenwich resident Ned Lamont's successful run for Selectman in that town.

    All-told, Bob counts 25 professional assignments for Democratic candidates and causes on his lifetime list of accomplishments, as well as a handful of volunteer efforts for folks such as John Orman, mentioned herein.

    In 2005 and 2006, Orman, a Progressive Democrat who had announced his intention to run in the Democratic Primary against Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman, stepped aside to clear the way for Lamont's successful run against Lieberman in that state's nationally-prominent senatorial primary. As noted in a recommended diary on this blog, Orman passed away in his sleep just a few weeks ago.

    corporate work

    Bob's clients in the corporate media sector, over the years, have included, among many others: American Express, Coldwell-Banker Commercial Real Estate, Fujitsu Network Communications, IBM, PepsiCo, and Yamaha Corporation of America.

    Around 1990, Swern's focus in his ad/p.r. practice shifted almost exclusively towards technology accounts and the utilization of technology (initially, multimedia technology) as a medium. This segued quite naturally with the onset of the popularity of the Internet around 1993.  Both directly, through his own ad/p.r. practice and as a result of participating in third-party engagements with multiple Madison Avenue ad agencies, Swern directed, produced and managed a variety of online projects and initiatives, culminating with two online automotive lending accounts in 2000 and 2001. While Swern was commuting back and forth between the northern suburbs of New York and his offices in Staten Island, driving past the World Trade Center everyday, 9/11 hit and a 90-minute, one-way commute morphed into a 10-hour, roundtrip journey, virtually overnight (in both senses of the word).

    He disbanded his agency business in early 2002, and took ownership of the credit-granting intellectual property and software he had originally created for his agency's clients. He's been in the b-to-b-to-c financial services software business ever since.

    practical philosophy

    "With every passing month that I witness Main Street's financial services' needs being ignored (or, even worse, undermined) by big business, I'd like to think we're doing our part to help the middle class take control of their own future via the advanced, independent initiatives that we're now providing to retailers everywhere to keep Main Street's money on Main Street. The financially-sustainable well-being of the middle and lower classes of this country deserve more than an afterthought from a status quo that maintains a regrettably myopic focus upon Wall Street/themselves."

    Bob considers himself to be a "...devout, pragmatic-Progressive Democrat, definitely from the Joseph Stiglitz school of social consciousness."

    In October 1980, the Boston Globe's Chris Black posted a feature story on that newspaper's front page about Swern and a handful of other diehard political operatives, including Rasky, whom she described as being "...born Democrats and christened a few days later."  

    For the past 17 years, Bob has lived in Westchester County, New York with artist and direct marketing product development specialist Bonnie Shaver, along with their ever-present Labrador Retrievers.

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    "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

    by bobswern on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 01:09:09 PM PDT

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    •  all the more astonishing that you (1+ / 0-)
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      uncritically accept and promote the disinformation of the HuffPo hit piece today.  

      And, of course, all good Democrats provide incessant ongoing critical complaints about a Democratic President a blog to promote election of Democrats but rarely a word about how the Republicans would wreak havoc on an already damaged economy.  

      If we end up with a Republican in the White house only good Democrats in Westchester County and other abodes of the privileged chattering class will be able to afford to rage against the atrocities of the new Republican administration.  The rest of us will have sold our computers to buy food.

       

      •  Give it a rest! You know what's astonishing? (3+ / 0-)
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        I've just provided you with scores of FACTS about me which discredit much of what you've written about me in your diary (and much of what you've written is false, based upon the actual content of my diary, as well).

        Will you correct your diary to account for those facts?

        Now, that's an inconvenient reality, isn't it?

        I stand by everything I've written in my post. Other than attempting to distort my words, as well as who I am, what have you got?

        Sounds like another "hair-on-fire" post to me.

        P.S.--Any idiot who'd make assumptions about my social class, income, or otherwise bloviate about something about which they don't have a clue in the real world, is really quite shameless. You owe me a bigtime apology.

        "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

        by bobswern on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 01:34:48 PM PDT

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        •  well you're gonna have to wait (1+ / 0-)
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          because I don't intend to apologize.  I don't dispute anything in your resume.  I do dispute the HuffPo hit piece that you use to suggest that Goolsbee is leaving for reasons other than he stated.  Your continued claim that I am attacking you personally is another propaganda technique--to claim that you are being personally attacked in order to re-direct attention from the substance of the disagreement.  

    •  also notworthy (1+ / 0-)
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      that you make this accusation

      to get a diary with so many inherently and deliberately false pieces of misinformation--many of them supposedly "about" me--posted in this community wherein the diarist directly attack me, personally.

      and then do not refute the allegations I made about the HuffPo hit piece or why you used it  but you do cite a long resume replete with your personal accomplishments in the PR business.  

      Nothing I said about you was false.  

      •  Let's let your audience decide whether... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...you're being dishonest here or not. Frankly, I'd H.R. this last comment; but, due to the nature of your diary--being about me and something I've posted in this community--I'll refrain.

        "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

        by bobswern on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 01:45:06 PM PDT

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        •  also not HR worthy (1+ / 0-)
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          you insist on misrepresenting my diary as a personal attack.  But I merely dare to disagree with how you present your criticisms and argue that you adopt a HuffPo disinformation piece as a springboard to promote your latest criticism of the President.  I also dared to point out your obvious bias against the President and the fact that you have criticized him since his first month in office.  How awful.  But neither you nor your supporters who flocked to your defense have addressed the substance of my criticism.

          You will not intimidate me and you will not run me off.  I will dare to disagree with you when you go over the top by using the departure of an administration official as a vehicle to promote criticism of the President by using vague allegations made by anonymous sources and loose connections.  Clearly you know what you are doing with these given your resume.

          By the way, why is it that you choose to focus on the administration rather than the Republicans?

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