In case you’ve fallen asleep at your computer, you’ve been hearing that the White House is taking a good deal of flack for it’s vetting process. Incidentally, “vetting” is a fancy way of saying “checking a candidate’s background for nannies, arrest warrants, illegal gifts, and multiple wives.” You did hear that Bernard Kerik had a third wife that he didn’t disclose to anyone?
According to White House spokesperson Scott McClellan, “We do a thorough review of that candidate’s personal, professional and financial background and in that process we rely on to some degree on that candidate to provide us with all the information we need to complete that phase of the vetting process.”
Yikes, I wonder if the White House Undersecretary of Vetting is sleeping well at night? And is thorough a fancy word meaning “drop the ball” in DC-speak?
It’s only going to get better. But in the interim, can you imagine what would happen if a recruiter conducted reference checks using the same thorough approach that Mr. McClellan describes?