The Palm Beach Post has a good look at Hansel Emory Tookes II, the Palm Beach Gardens host of a $10,000-a-plate luncheon President Obama.
Says the Post: He is the son of Hansel E. "Tootie" Tookes, an educator and well-loved athletic administrator at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee... Born in 1948, Tookes received his bachelor's degree in physics from Florida State University in 1969 and a master's degree in aeronautical systems from the University of West Florida in 1971. He was a lieutenant commander in the Navy, a pilot for seven years, and later a pilot for United Airlines. His career in industry began in 1980 at United Technologies.
Then there's this line about his time at Pratt & Whitney: he was president of the large-engine group. While at Pratt, he presided over the dismantling of a union-organizing effort, but he also was described as a personable manager.
Huh. So the Democrats' top leader appears to be taking money from a guy who profited from preventing what union organizers say is the right of people to advocate for a better life and a living wage. But it's not like Obama has sidled up to unions at every chance. The Democrats convention will be held in Charlotte, N.C., a city with not a single union hotel. And labor wasn't pleased about that last year.
But then last month, Obama spoke to the United Auto Workers and sounded like a union organizer, of sorts, when he bashed Republicans.
"Since when are hard-wokring men and women... a special interest?" Obama asked. "Since when is the idea that we look out for one another a bad thing? My friend Ted Kenedy used to say, 'What is it about working men and women they find so offensive?'"
Perhaps he'll ask the same thing of Tookes over his $10,000 lunch.
Meantime, the Republican National Committee is basically calling Obama a hypocrite in its latest web video: