Nor will the company ever have the sympathies of the president -- despite first lady Michelle Obama's comfy seat on the corporate board of directors of TreeHouse Foods Inc. Wal-Mart happens to be the conglomerate's biggest customer.
The TreeHouse Foods position netted Mrs. Obama $45,000 in 2005 and $51,200 in 2006 -- as well as 7,500 TreeHouse stock options worth more than $72,000 for each year. While Mrs. Obama welcomed Wal-Mart's decision to team up with her on her anti-"food deserts" campaign last year, Obama's union cronies at the SEIU and AFL-CIO once again excoriated the nation's largest employer.
"Wal-Mart should not be celebrated for false contributions to our communities and glitzy public relations campaigns that disguise their destructive policies," the union bosses railed.
President Obama has said nothing about the strike actions, but he made his allegiances clear in 2007, when he told union activists he "would not shop" at Wal-Mart. Company heir Samuel Walton forked over $300,000 to the Priorities USA super PAC, run by former Obama flack Bill Burton. How's that working out?
For the sake of its survival, I hope the Black Friday lesson isn't lost on the rest of Wal-Mart's management and heirs.
When you lie down with thugs, you get up with ... more black eyes.
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