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Obama Administration Gave Petraeus's Wife a $187,605-Per-Year Job

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The Obama administration named Holly Petraeus--wife of retired Gen. David Patraeus, who resigned last week as CIA director after revealing he had had an extramarital affair--to a $187,605-per-yer job

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Cam V (417)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 5:19 pm
The Obama administration named Holly Petraeus--wife of retired Gen. David Patraeus, who resigned last week as CIA director after revealing he had had an extramarital affair--to a $187,605-per-yer job in the newly formed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

The CFPB, created by the Dodd-Frank law, was placed by that law under the umbrella of the Federal Reserve. The funding of the CFBP, which comes from the Federal Reserve, is not subject to congressional oversight.

Mrs. Petraeus became a member of the CFPB Implementation Team on Jan. 12, 2011. She is now the assistant director for the Office of Servicemember Affairs. Her position pays an annual salary of $187,605, according to the communications office of the bureau.

The communications office also confirmed to that Mrs. Petraeus’ post at the bureau did not require Senate confirmation.

On Jan. 6, 2011, Elizabeth Warren, then assistant to the president and special advisor to the secretary of the treasury for the CFPB (and now senator-elect from Massachusetts), posted a blog about Mrs. Petraeus’ new job on the White House website.

Barack Obama, David Petraeus

President Barack Obama and Gen. David Petraeus. (AP)

“In her role at the new agency, Holly will continue her work to strengthen consumer financial protection for service members,” Warren wrote. “The Office of Servicemember Affairs will work in partnership with the Department of Defense to help ensure that: military families receive the financial education they need to make the best financial decisions for them; complaints and questions from military families are monitored and responded to; and federal and state agencies coordinate their activities to improve consumer protection measures for military families.”

On Nov. 3, 2011, Mrs. Petraeus testified before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. In her introductory remarks she detailed her qualifications for addressing financial issues faced be member of the military.

“In my role as a military family member, I have seen the problems that can arise for our service members who may experience ‘too much month and not enough money,’” Mrs. Petraeus said in her prepared testimony. “I have also seen first-hand the devastating impact financial scams and predatory lending can have on service members and their families. Unfortunately there are still too many young troops learning about wise spending through hard experience and years of paying off expensive debt.”

Mrs. Petraeus served from 2004 to 2010 as director of the Better Business Bureau’s Military Line, a program to provide consumer education and advocacy for service members.

“While with the BBB, I made on-site visits to military units all over the country: learning about the consumer issues that impacted them, giving presentations on consumer scams, and working to establish local BBB-military relationships,” Mrs. Petraeus said. “I guided development of six teen and adult financial workshops taught to more than 20,000 individuals in military communities around the United States.”

Mr. Petraeus has not spoken publically since her husband resigned as CIA director, while admitting he had committed adultery.

Jae A (316)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 6:45 pm
Oh the soap opera drama of it all...but I doubt this one will last nearly as long as Days of our Lives or General Hospital.

Past Member (0)
Friday November 16, 2012, 5:23 am
The woman is smart and works hard, she should be paid well and probably is not paid enough. She has to "work" can't just wiggle her arse and not do a thing for her pay, she evidently doesn't have a tanning bed either.

Dorothy N (63)
Saturday November 17, 2012, 7:13 am
She sounds like a terrific person for the job, totally understands the situation from both sides.

And at least she should make enough to keep herself independent and comfortable, whatever might happen with her marriage.

Holly Lawrence (430)
Saturday November 17, 2012, 8:11 am
I think the salaryis outrageous and those monies should be used tohelp military familes...

Arielle S (313)
Saturday November 17, 2012, 11:30 am
"You cannot currently send a star to Nyack because you have done so within the last week." Nyack speaks for me, too - don't you have anything constructive to do, Cam?

Theodore Shayne (56)
Saturday November 17, 2012, 12:54 pm
With a knick knack paddy whack give the dog a bone.... both parties are full of scoundrels.

Cam V (417)
Saturday November 17, 2012, 3:09 pm
Like the way you think Theodore!

Dori Grasso (0)
Saturday November 17, 2012, 6:49 pm
Cam, you're way off base with this one. Mrs. Petraeus, according to all reports, not only works incredibly hard at this job but also is extremely effective. She may well have come to the notice of people in the White House because of her husband, but she deserves the job-- AND the salary.

Holly, do you have any way to know WHAT she does with her salary? For all you or I know, she donates it back to the families of military personnel. My understanding is that she works incredibly hard to better the lives of military families.

reft h (66)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 2:03 am
At least she can take care of herself and the kids if she decides to kick her cheating louse of a husband out.

Patrice M (84)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 5:03 am
I remember when Lynn Cheney and the Dick she is married to both had jobs in the Bush administration. I didn't hear you complain then. Funny. I must have missed it.

Lloyd H (46)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 10:28 am
Well thank you Cam for taking the time to point out the fact that Holly Peteaus is not only qualified but dedicated to doing the job she has protecting the Memebers of the US Military and Veterans from economic scams, abuse and crimes. And gee she actually gets paid.
So let's see the problem does not lie with her qualifications and does not lie withthe fact that she got the job nearly two years before the scandle and does not lie with the fact that she recieved the first ever President General's Medallion at the DAR Continental Congress for her work economic work for Military Families. That means the problem must only relate to the fact that she works for the CFPB and aginst Corporate misdeeds and profiteering and that the CFPB and her job protecting Military Families are not subject to the political machinations of the likes of Issa, King et alia to protect their corporate friends.

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 10:49 am
More of this a holes hate bait? Why do you all note him? He's just a major fox fool. Are you all too?

Not worthy is how this should be noted.

Dori Grasso (0)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 11:26 am
Cam, this is not a "news" story-- this is a deliberate attempt to smear a woman who has reportedly been working extremely hard, as a volunteer, to make a difference for the families of those under the command of her husband for many years-- and has finally been recognized for those efforts with a paying job. Again, do you have any proof that the money she earns in her current position isn't donated right back?

Take a look at the comments that have been posted to the original article. They are nasty, vicious, mean-spirited. Mrs. Petraeus originally got into this field of work BECAUSE she was married to someone who was prominent in the military community. She used her connections and influence to do some real good for people who hurt more than many Americans; it is disgusting and shameful that ANY military families rely on food stamps and food banks. As a liberal, I say bravo to those who would help these families. Through her work, she came to the attention of Sen.-Elect Warren, who is well-known as a consumer advocate. Are you saying that Mrs. Petraeus doesn't have the background or empathy for the job she's been hired to do?

I'm happy to agree with you when you post something that is something other than an "Obama bad, conservatives good" article, or at least to respectfully argue on the merits of the argument. This story, however, is not a "news" article. The website alone is enough to inform me about the story's real agenda.

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 12:48 pm
Don't forget, Petraeus is just a cog in Obama's anti republican MIC. Aholes don't want you to remember that. Their own Congressman treasonously sat on the intel. Obama knows the MIC are full of dangerous, bad people.

Lawyers will lawyer. lol

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