First Lady Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is a top executive at the company that earned the contract to build the failed Obamacare website.
Toni Townes-Whitley, Princeton class of ’85, is senior vice president at CGI Federal, which earned the no-bid contract to build the $678 million Obamacare enrollment website at Healthcare.gov.
CGI Federal is the U.S. arm of a Canadian company.
Townes-Whitley and her Princeton classmate Michelle Obama are both members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni.
Toni Townes ’85 is a onetime policy analyst with the General Accounting Office and previously served in the Peace Corps in Gabon, West Africa. Her decision to return to work, as an African-American woman, after six years of raising kids was applauded by a Princeton alumni publication in 1998.
George Schindler, the president for U.S. and Canada of the Canadian-based CGI Group, CGI Federal’s parent company, became an Obama 2012 campaign donor after his company gained the Obamacare website contract.
As reported by the Washington Examiner in early October, the Department of Health and Human Services reviewed only CGI’s bid for the Obamacare account. [see "Feds reviewed only one bid..."]
Michelle Obama ’85 and her classmate Toni Townes-Whitley ’85, a senior vice president at CGI Federal, were both students at the university when their groups the Organization of Black Unity (OBU) and the Third World Center (TWC) engaged in a confrontation with Jewish students on campus.
Michelle Obama was a member of both the OBU and TWC during her time at Princeton (1981-85). Townes-Whitley also belonged to OBU and TWC.
“It was an ugly scene, but few expected perfect harmony when the OBU, in conjunction with the Third World Center (TWC), invited Hassan Rahman, the Palestine Liberation Organization’s deputy UN observer, to appear on campus,” according to a January 25, 1982 Princeton Alumni Weekly (Volume 82) article entitled “War of Words” in the column “On the Campus” by Ted Lempert ’83.
Rahman “reiterated the PLO’s position that the Palestinians deserve a homeland and that they are entitled to use terrorism to achieve their goal, just as American revolutionaries did against the British.”
Speaking of Palestinians who do not support the PLO, Rahman bluntly asserted, "We have the right to kill them if they are traitors and negotiate with the Israelis."* * *"As a Princetonian, a white, a Jews, and a Zionist, I left the speech outraged," Rabner wrote. "Never before had I attended such an insensitive, offensive and racist event at Princeton....""The following day, OBU's Murphy responded in the Prince with equal passion. "I myself, as a black Princetonian, a black Afro-American, a non-Jew, and an avowed black nationalist, left the speech feeling quite elated...."
.... Although neither Michelle Obama nor Townes-Whitley has discussed their relationship, the Christmas event took place [in 2010] just seven months after Townes-Whitley joined CGI Federal as a senior vice president.
The Jews Are Taking Over The World, Oh No!
But they're NOT Jews. They're Blacks. So everyone tiptoes ... on eggshells. What's so confounding about this is that for the last 50 years there has been no administration, no media, no popular culture as race-obsessed as those we see today. And yet, for all the ubiquitous commentary, we do not - we can not - so much as mention race as a factor in this instance. It doesn't fit The Established Narrative in The Age of The First African-American American President.
Although I was offended by it at the time, in retrospect it appears to me that Attorney General Eric Holder was correct in his (2009) assessment that we "continue to be in too many ways essentially a nation of cowards" when it comes to race.
.... He said that Americans are afraid to talk about race, adding that "certain subjects are off-limits and that to explore them risks at best embarrassment and at worst the questioning of one's character."
What can I tell you? It's an ObamaNation; we just pay for it, and try to survive it as best we can. If what I'm risking here is "at best embarrassment and at worst the questioning of [my] character," it certainly wouldn't be the first time.