During the Bush years, the mere mention of Halliburton would draw a rabid, foaming at the mouth response from liberals who blamed the oil services firm for dragging the U.S. in to the Iraq war at the behest of Vice President Dick Cheney, Halliburton’s former chairman.
The Halliburton conspiracy theory was not just believed by impressionable MSNBC viewers, it was taken as gospel by well-educated professional adult liberals.
Fast forward a few years to the second term of President Barack Obama and the report of him golfing with a Halliburton director in Palm City, Florida on the second day of his weekend golf vacation draws silence from liberals.
Even with the Associated Press’ unusually forthright headline in its brief report on Obama’s Palm Sunday golf outing, Obama Golfs With Big Money, Oil Moguls in Florida, and the dropping of a helpful reminder about Halliburton’s ties to Cheney, there was not a peep of outrage from the perpetually outraged left.
“…Obama was joined for his round of golf Sunday by Jim Crane, who owns the Floridian. Crane is a major Democratic donor who also owns the Houston Astros and golfed with Obama and Tiger Woods in 2013. He’s also a major player in the Texas energy industry.
“Also in Obama’s foursome is Milton Carroll. He’s on the board of directors of Halliburton, the oil company closely associated with former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney.
“Private equity investor Glenn Hutchins rounds out the president’s group. He’s a partial owner of the Boston Celtics.”
Cameron Gray tweeted Milton Carroll’s bio from Halliburton’s Board of Directors page:
“MILTON CARROLL, Executive Chairman of the Board of CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (a public utility holding company) since 2013 and Chairman of Health Care Service Corporation (a large health insurance company) since 2002; Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of CenterPoint Energy, Inc., 2002 to 2013; joined the Halliburton Company Board in 2006; member of the Compensation and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees. Current director of Western Gas Holdings, LLC, the general partner of Western Gas Partners L.P. (since 2008) and LyondellBasell Industries (since 2010). Former Chairman of Instrument Products, Inc. (a private oil-tool manufacturing company) (1977-2014) and former Director of LRE GP, LLC, the general partner of LRR Energy, L.P. (2011-2014).”
A Google search of Obama Halliburton golf within the past twenty-four hours showed no returns from liberal sites.