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Out Of Work? They're Hiring At The White House

Wednesday, 25 Feb 2009 | 8:37 AM ET

I'm disappointed that Barack Obama has so far refused to accept my LinkedIn invitation.

However, I'm happy to report that Dodgers Manager Joe Torre "friended" me on Facebook! Never met the man, but, like, how cool is that? I wrote a message on his "Wall" asking if I should keep my Manny Ramirez dreadlocks hat/wig, as the LA Times reports the hitter may be close to signing with the Dodgers.

Whew! Wouldn't it be TRAGIC if Ramirez was out of work?

So many jobless, so much competition for meaningful employment. Times have gotten so bad that some women are now having to make their own underwear.

If you are looking for a job, I know where they're hiring—The White House.

Fill out an application here: "Please note that this website is designed for applicants interested in non-career positions within the Obama-Biden Administration," says the new Presidential Appointments website. I'm not sure what a "non-career position" is, but apparently it's "career" enough that you may have to go through Senate confirmation. And, perhaps after so many of the President's choices for jobs have had to withdraw, the website also warns that, "If you are considered for a specific position, you will be asked to fill out additional forms, including financial disclosures, and be subject to other reviews, which may include FBI background checks." In other words, if you haven't been taking social security taxes out of the gardener's pay, fuggedaboudit .

I found the job applications site while I was checking out the new "White House Blog". The blog is part of the new administration's desire to keep you, the taxpayer, better informed, to add transparency to the process.

So what insight do we glean from the White House blog?

Well, I learned that George Clooney was told by the President that Darfur "is a top priority for the administration." I also learned that Ty'Sheoma Bethea, and 8th-grader, will have "great seats" Tuesday night at the President's speech.

But, then, there it was!

A blogpost explaining how some of the recovery money flowing from my paycheck to Washington and then back out to, who knows?, is being spent. In a post titled, "Recovery in Action: Minnesota and Oregon", I learned that on Wednesday, some federal recovery money (how much?) is going to Minnesota for state medicaid payments, and in Oregon, some money (again, how much?) will increase the Bonneville Power Administration to raise its "borrowing authority" by $3.25 billion, allowing it to start a jobs-creating electrical transmission line project.

I feel much better informed now.

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  • Based in Los Angeles, Jane Wells is a CNBC business news reporter and also writes the Funny Business blog for CNBC.com.

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