Barack Obama, who is running for the office whose holder nominates Supreme Court justices, federal judges, and Cabinet officials, whose fund-raiser was Tony Rezko, and whose pastor was Jeremiah Wright, insists that he is not responsible for vetting the team vetting his potential running mates:
I am not vetting my VP Search Committee for their mortgages. You’re going to have to direct — it becomes sort of a — this is a game that can be played — everybody, who is tangentially related to our campaign, I think, is going to have a whole host of relationships. I would have to hire the vetter to vet the vetters. I mean at some point, we just asked people to do their assignments. Jim Johnson has a very discrete task, as does Eric Holder, and that is simply to gather up information about potential vice presidential candidates. They’re performing that job well. It’s a volunteer, unpaid position. And they’re giving me information, and I will then exercise judgment in terms of who I want to select as a vice presidential candidate. So these aren’t folks who are working for me; they’re not people who I have been assigned to a particular job in a future administration. And ultimately, my assumption is that this is a discrete task that they are going to be performing for me over the next two months.