Tchen was also in the middle of Obama administration efforts to recruit artists to advance their political agenda through the taxpayer-supported National Endowment of the Arts. Conservative film producer and BigGovernment.com contributor Patrick Courrielche first blew the whistle in 2009 when the NEA and OPE gathered 75 artists, musicians, writers and poets on a conference call to exhort them to create propaganda art supporting Obama's domestic policy agenda.
Tchen was quoted telling the group on the call that "(t)he administration wants to sustain energy from the election process and turn it toward the agenda." Others in on the politicized arts campaign discussed creating "counter-narratives" to combat GOP health care critics and anti-illegal alien amnesty activists.
In a statement touting the chief of staff appointment, Mrs. Obama lauded Tchen's "outreach" prowess and praised her for "ensuring that communities across the country have a voice and a presence at the White House."
"Communities." It's the 2011 euphemism for privileged Chicago Friends of Obama.
Make no mistake: These appointments aren't about moving toward "centrism." They're about protecting the politics of self-perpetuating favoritism. With Daley in the West Wing and Tchen in the East Wing, the Crony State is safe.