10/29/13. Michelle’s friend at CGI Federal met with top officials at White House.
“Michelle Obama’s college friend whose company received the no-bid contract to build the failed Obamacare website met at the White House with the current acting commissioner of the IRS and with a special assistant to President Obama.
As reported exclusively in The Daily Caller, Toni Townes-Whitley, who worked alongside her classmate Michelle Obama in multiple Princeton University student groups, became senior vice president of CGI Federal in May 2010. CGI was the only eligible company considered for the contract to build the disastrous HealthCare.Gov Obamacare enrollment site.
Townes-Whitley maintained her relationship with the first couple after joining CGI, even enjoying “Christmas with the Obamas” at the White House in 2010. (Related: CGI Federal executive spent ‘Christmas with the Obamas’)
Townes-Whitley also had four White House meetings in 2013, sitting down with top administration officials and a presidential assistant, according to White House visitor logs.
Townes-Whitley met on Jan. 18 with then-Office of Management and Budget controller Danny Werfel, who became acting IRS commissioner four months later after the IRS conservative targeting scandal broke.
Townes-Whitley also met with then-special assistant to the president Jonathan McBride on two occasions, on April 26 and again on June 1. The latter meeting, convened on a Saturday, lasted more than five hours.
The Department of Health and Human Services reviewed only CGI’s bid for the Obamacare account. CGI was one of 16 companies qualified under the Bush administration to provide certain tech services to the federal government. A senior vice president for the company testified last week before The House Committee on Energy and Commerce that four companies submitted bids, but did not name those companies or explain why only CGI’s bid was considered.
Townes-Whitley, who went by her maiden name Toni McCall at the time, and her classmate Michelle Obama, née Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, are both members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni, and worked together in two different radical student groups on campus.”
10/28/13. Michelle Obama and CGI Federal executive belonged to student group at Princeton that hosted pro-terrorist speaker. dailycaller.com
“First Lady Michelle Obama and her Princeton classmate whose company received the no-bid government contract to build the HealthCare.gov Obamacare website were both members of a black student organization that caused a tense scene on campus by inviting a PLO leader who advocated for terrorism.
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.
“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.”
“We have the right to kill them if they are traitors and negotiate with the Israelis,” Rahman said of non-PLO supporting Palestinians at the event.
“The OBU met with Jewish students to discuss the event, and Hillel leaders affirmed Rahman’s right to speak on campus… As about 400 students poured into McCosh 50, tension replaced this short-lived calm. The entire center section of the auditorium had been reserved for TWC members, most of whom are black. The remainder of the audience, mostly Jews, filled the outer sections.
OBU’s Murphy stepped to the microphone, but instead of giving a standard welcome and introduction, he noted the ‘subdued controversy’ surrounding the speech and noted that disruptions ‘would not be tolerated.’ He even mentioned the possibility of disciplinary action or prosecution. Patrolling the room were a dozen OBU members wearing security badges, a supplement to the university proctors manning the doorways. Before Rahman had said a word, hopes of a congenial atmosphere were dashed.”
“For the question-and-answer session, OBU monitors took down the names of those wishing to ask questions. No questions could exceed one minute, and follow-up questions were not allowed. Because of time restraints, only the first person on each list was recognized.
“Organizers adhered closely — almost militantly — to their rules, intimidating and antagonizing many,” Hillel member Stuart Rabner ’82 wrote in a Princetonian column. “One usher warned Hillel Rabbi Edward Feld to be silent or proctors would remove him physically. Rabbi Feld had apparently disrupted the event at one point by shouting ‘answer the question.’”
Michelle Obama, according to a 2008 puff piece in the Boston Globe, served on the Third World Center’s governance board and was particularly active in OBU.
“Although Obama had friends who were both black and white, her social world revolved around several of the black organizations on campus, as it did for many other black students,” the Globe’s Sally Jacobs wrote. “Obama was a member of the Organization of Black Unity, a primary resource for black students on campus which arranged speakers and programs.”
Obama and Toni Townes-Whitley, senior vice president at CGI Federal, are now 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. CGI was one of 16 companies qualified under the Bush administration to provide certain tech services to the federal government. A senior vice president for the company testified this week before The House Committee on Energy and Commerce that four companies submitted bids, but did not name those companies or explain why only CGI’s bid was considered.”
10/28/13. Michelle Obama and HealthCare.gov-linked classmate had radical history at Princeton. dailycaller.com
“Toni McCall Townes-Whitley, the former Princeton classmate of Michelle Obama whose company won the no-bid contract to build the HealthCare.gov website, was a student radical whose efforts included bringing a famous black communist to campus.
According to the archives of the student newspaper, Toni McCall Townes-Whitley, Princeton ’85, was chairwoman of the Organization of Black Unity and was the black representative for the Third World Center (TWC) alongside the future first lady.
Townes-Whitley, née McCall, was a well known black activist at Princeton at the time. She authored a college thesis titled “The Question of Diversity,” calling for more racial quotas. She wrote for a radical newspaper, ”La Lutta Continua” (“The Struggle Continues”) and organized a forum “On Being Black.”
“It’s important to have black role models in the colleges; because of CURL [a plan to integrate students racially in housing] there will be a decrease in the amount of upperclass members who are minorities,” McCall said to the Daily Princetonian in 1983, arguing that a plan that sought to house black and white freshmen without regard to race was unsatisfactory.
McCall also brought Manning Marable, who according to Cornel West was the most famous black Communist in America, to campus in November 1984, and favorably compared his activism with that of civil rights leaders.
Marable spoke to TWC’s annual Black Solidarity event where McCall introduced him. He encouraged the audience to vote for Reagan’s opponent Walter Mondale, who “[i]n the context of black solidarity” was both “a lesser evil” and “a choice against Reagan, Reaganism, and racism.”
At the event Marable also sided with the Marxist Nicaraguan dictatorship, encouraging black Americans to express solidarity with “the righteous movements of the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, the New Jewel Movement in Grenada, the guerrillas of El Salvador, and especially, our brothers and sisters in South Africa.”
In November 1984, TWC’s board demanded that non-white students should have the right to bar whites from meetings on campus. They also demanded minorities-only meetings with the deans.
The ban doesn’t seem to have been necessary as TWC already “ostracized” even black students it deemed to be too assimilated, according to comments in the student paper. But the TWC continued to press for it, arguing that blacks ought to be able to bar whites from attending events aimed at discussion of “sensitive” racial issues.
“The administration, by denying us these [blacks-only] meetings, is saying that we don’t have specific needs that have to be addressed this way,” David Jackson, ’87, a fellow TWC member, told the Daily Princetonian after university officials finally rejected the group’s proposal to hold racially limited meetings.
Despite the radical and racist character of TWC, both Michelle Obama and Toni Townes-Whitley were active participants.
“The Third World Center was our life,” Angela Acree, Obama’s best friend at Princeton, told The Boston Globe in June 2008. “We hung out there, we partied there, we studied there [in Liberation Hall].”
“Not a day went by that I did not see Michelle [Obama] at the Center,” Czerni Brasuelle, TWC’s director at the time, told the Daily Princetonian in its November 5, 2008 issue. Michelle Obama closed out her Princeton career with a senior thesis called “Princeton-Educated Blacks and The Black Community.”
Townes-Whitley’s connection to Michelle Obama came to light after the failure of the HealthCare.gov website, when The Daily Caller noted their joint activities as Princeton students.
While it is not clear how close Michelle Obama and Toni Townes-Whitley were or are, the First Couple received Townes-Whitley and her husband during a 2010 Christmas event, taking the time to pose for a White House photo that Townes-Whitley posted on her Facebook page.
The Health and Human Services contract for the non-functioning Obamacare site isn’t CGI’s only deal with a federal agency. From the look of it, the company’s federal contracts have only gotten larger since Townes-Whitley joined as a vice president at CGI in 2010.
In 2010, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) awarded a $20 million contract to CGI. In 2011, the Department of Labor selected CGI to move it to the cloud. In 2012 and 2013, the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts, the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board, ($21 million) USAID (received part of a $900 million contract), and the EPA ($15 million) awarded multi-million-dollar contracts to CGI.
The Washington Post notes that the company has doubled its federal business over a year, to more than $8 billion in future orders, offering as an explanation that the company has “learned quickly” in the federal contracting game.
Efforts to reach out to CGI and Townes-Whitley were unsuccessful.”