Tobias leaving Bush Administration post

Tobias leaving Bush Administration post

There are 59 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Apr 27, 2007, titled Tobias leaving Bush Administration post. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Indiana native Randall Tobias is leaving his post overseeing most U.S. foreign aid, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced today.

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United States

#21 Apr 27, 2007
Before any of you Democrats get high and mighty about Tobias' indiscretions, just remember Bill Clinton was the first US president to leave semen stains on the carpet of the oval office. And you all said it was a "private matter".
Former Indy native

Jamaica, NY

#22 Apr 27, 2007
Here's the reason he quit:

why doesn't the starnews report this?? I love the hypocracy!
Indiana Girl in CA

Pasadena, CA

#23 Apr 27, 2007
Love this spin. The man resigned because he was listed as a client from a local prostitution ring...

Takoma Park, MD

#24 Apr 27, 2007
I love how the star's coverage of the firing was stated as just personal reasons. haha
Thats IT

United States

#25 Apr 27, 2007
He resigned because he was named as a client of a call girl ring.
It's a national story and you bother to post this goofy story and headline?
Thats IT

United States

#26 Apr 27, 2007
The national press is reporting that he has been most recently been using the services of a call service using "central american women".

I wonder if the next part of the story will be that the women were illegals and then that they are "working" in the sex industry to pay off their debts to the guys who brought them into the country.

Tobias was previoiusly chairman, president and chief executive of the pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Company.

But the Star still can't find the local link to make the story newsworthy.

United States

#27 Apr 27, 2007
This bozo was supposed to be our law school graduation speaker!!! Ugh.
Corporate Greed

United States

#28 Apr 27, 2007
Wanderer wrote:
Another sleazy, hypocritcal 'Christian' Bush appointee.
I wonder how much tax dollars went to the DC Madam from this guy!
Law Dawg

Indianapolis, IN

#29 Apr 27, 2007
Tobias is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the IU Law School Graduation. You think he'll bring this up?????

Kannapolis, NC

#30 Apr 27, 2007
His leaving doesn't have anything to do with his inability to get anything has to do with the fact that he was busted with a hooker! Here's the story from .

State Department official resigns over 'D.C. madam'
POSTED: 11:07 p.m. EDT, April 27, 2007
Story Highlights• Head of USAID tells network he was a client of escort service
• Randall Tobias, 65, says he got massages but no sex
• Escort service's director under federal indictment
• Deborah Jeane Palfrey's client list causing uproar in Washington

WASHINGTON (CNN)-- A top State Department official resigned Friday after revealing to ABC News that he had been a client of the alleged "D.C. madam's" escort service.

A State Department official, on condition of anonymity, confirmed to CNN the reason for Randall Tobias' departure as director of U.S. Foreign Assistance and administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development.

The State Department said that Tobias, 65, resigned for "personal reasons."

ABC reported on its Web site that Tobias, 65, said Thursday that he had used Deborah Jeane Palfrey's escort service "to have gals come over to the condo to give me a massage." He told the network that there was no sex involved.

ABC said Tobias' private cell phone number was one of thousands listed on documents that Palfrey handed over to the network, which plans to air a report on the documents on the "20/20" television news program next week.

Two weeks ago, Palfrey revealed the name of another purported client in a court document.

In a motion filed with the court regarding her counsel, Palfrey named Harlan K. Ullman as "one of the regular customers" of her business. Ullman denied the allegation.(Full story)

Ullman is one of the leading theorists behind the "shock and awe" military strategy that was associated with the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Palfrey is fighting a federal racketeering and money-laundering indictment. Her attorneys have been fighting in court over documents that contain personal information about her clients.

U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler has restricted access to the documents, but Palfrey's attorneys say the order applies to the originals of the documents, not to copies.

Government prosecutors say the company, Pamela Martin and Associates, was actually a prostitution ring that Palfrey operated in the Washington area for 13 years. Palfrey denies that her business provided sexual services to its customers.

CNN's John King and Brianna Keilar contributed to this report.

Marysville, OH

#31 Apr 27, 2007
Nice Worthless Job Star wrote:
So why the HECK isn't THIS the news story Star ?! You guys are absolutely WORTHLESS with honest, unbiased reporting. You are a DISGRACE to your history and heritage. Pathetic.
So if a republican is caught doing something then it's not newsworthy
and blaming a reporter for doing his
job is a bad thing? Did you ever have history in school? Did you
ever talk about Germany during WWII
or about Russia during the "Cold War?" If you did, how could you not see the similarities between those
"evil" governments and our current
administration - everybody else gets
it, why don't you? You bushies are a real piece of work!!

Marysville, OH

#32 Apr 27, 2007
Oh, and one more thing! The real fun in this story is that this bozo was
Bush's AIDS czar; he was the one that insisted programs premote abstainance only and denigrated condoms. I sure hope he was wrapping the weasal when he was hookin' up with the hooker, who knows what kind of diseases she was full of having sex with all those D.C. people.
isthisaneoconrag orwhat

Seattle, WA

#33 Apr 27, 2007
please don't mention that he quit over the public disclosure of his use of MORE THAN ONE escort service, including the DC madam.
because that would look like he's a hypocrite, and instead, you've decided to make it look partisan (as if any dem can oust a deputy sec of state - but then you're counting on your reading audience to be - well - not on their game).
shame on you, indi star.

Oak Harbor, WA

#34 Apr 27, 2007
Greg wrote:
<quoted text>
So if a republican is caught doing something then it's not newsworthy
and blaming a reporter for doing his
job is a bad thing? Did you ever have history in school? Did you
ever talk about Germany during WWII
or about Russia during the "Cold War?" If you did, how could you not see the similarities between those
"evil" governments and our current
administration - everybody else gets
it, why don't you? You bushies are a real piece of work!!
Uh, Greg, I think what he was complaining about was the fact that the call-girl bit part of the story didn't get mentioned in the Star :)

San Pedro Sula, Honduras

#35 Apr 27, 2007
See for more about Tobias'link to an illegal call girl service being investigated for rackeering, and quit it with the soft pedalling. Not very good for the U.S. image when the AIDS guru and aid cheif is patronizing a call girl service, and making nighttime recourse to Central American women.

Indianapolis, IN

#36 Apr 27, 2007
see .... here's the difference, and how it should work. I lean Republican, and support those who are worthy. Now that Tobias has proven himself to be a low life, adulterer scumbag, f- him, and I hope he slimes off into his disgraceful retirement. Contrast that with KoolAid drinking Democrats, who still think bubba Bill Clinton is God .... instead of the godfather of the b***j*b craze the teenage girls embrace.
Another GOP hypocrite

United States

#37 Apr 27, 2007
Tobias actively used his position as AIDS czar to promote abstinence instead of condom use.

North Tonawanda, NY

#38 Apr 27, 2007

Did you just suggest that Bill Clinton started a fellatio craze in America?

Really? Bill Clinton? Well, if he is... Thank you, Bill.

United States

#39 Apr 27, 2007
What a weak report! He got cought with a hooker! That is why he left. You can state the fact. Are you that tied to the hometown drug company that you don't include the real reason in the headline or the first 1 or 2 sentenses?

Valley Village, CA

#40 Apr 28, 2007
I think we should email the reporter who's email is included with this article and ask why this information was omitted. Or the paper...are they waiting a day to get more info, since he is a local? Or do they not intend to bring up the reason he left? I can't believe it isn't included in this article and it seems they intend to gloss over it.
And to Amrap and Revere, please don't be naive and think that the President started the bj "craze". Men started that many years ago, and young girls are no different now than they were 30 years ago in their feelings towards it. I think the difference is that Democrats understand the President is a human, a man, and can make mistakes. Some Republicans act like they are superior in morals and do nothing wrong, and then are not willing to accept their hypocrisy. Besides, it was a private matter and wouldn't have hurt anyone outside his own circle if it had stayed private. No one should ever have been allowed to investigate such intimate private matters from their President. It was another action by Republicans to drag the President through the mud and make public details that were not a necessary part of the investigation. That part of the investigation was unneeded and a complete waste of time and money. I would gladly trade President Clinton and his escapades for this President. Bush's lies and the incompetence of his Administration and the Republican Congress who look the other way (except in sexual matters) have caused the real long-lasting damage to our country and its people. Just ask Eli who wrote on page 1 about his cousin...they might not like Clinton but his mistakes didn't get their cousin killed like this group's mistakes did.

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