This is Our Government

Brandon Friedman

Brandon Friedman

Who is Brandon Friedman?

Brandon Friedman joined the Obama Administration in 2014 as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Prior to serving at HUD, Brandon was a vice president in the Washington, D.C., office of FleishmanHillard where he handled PR for clients in the defense and international business sectors.

Brandon joined FleishmanHillard after three years with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs where he launched and managed the first Office of Online Communications inside America’s second-largest federal agency. While at VA, Brandon planned and oversaw execution of a digital media strategy for a department with over 300,000 employees servicing eight million enrolled veterans.

From 2007 to 2009, Brandon helped veterans get involved in politics as a Vice Chairman at While there, he represented the organization on national television, radio, online, and in print, advocating on a variety of defense and foreign policy related issues. Prior to that, Brandon served as an infantry platoon leader and executive officer in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division, completing combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001 and 2004.

Brandon is the author of the combat memoir The War I Always Wanted—recognized in 2010 by The Military Times as one of “The Best Military Books of the Decade.”

In addition to his memoir, Brandon’s writing has been featured by The New York TimesThe Huffington PostTIME MagazineThe GuardianThe (New York) Daily News,Foreign Policy, and The White House Blog.  Brandon has been the subject of stories inThe Washington PostStars and Stripes, and Government Executive magazine and he has been quoted on military and veterans issues by ABC News, the Associated Press, Fox News, The Wall Street JournalThe Los Angeles TimesPoliticoWiredThe Atlantic, and many other media outlets.  He has appeared as a guest on CNN, BBC, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, and C-SPAN, as well as on dozens of radio programs.

Brandon holds an MPA from the University of Texas at Dallas, a BA from LSU in Shreveport and he is a Fellow with the Truman National Security Project.


I know what you’re thinking. “Why is the Klown showing me the bio of some mid-level Obot bureaucrat?”

Here’s why:


Just in case you were wondering what the Obama administration thinks of our military.


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130 Responses to This is Our Government

  1. The Klown says:

    Imma gonna go out on a limb and say that Brandon Friedman is gonna have an interesting day tomorrow (Thursday).

    His tweets have been screencapped and the story is already going viral.

  2. The Klown says:
    • lyn says:

      The comments are hilarious. It’s hard to believe people think that way. Political independence is a wonderful thing.

      • swanspirit says:

        Not only is it hard to believe that some people think that way, but also that they march in lockstep with anything and everything Obama does , he can do no wrong ! And ANYONE who dares disagree , or offers any objective thought is automatically a racist or any number of foul names they can come up with . They HATE anyone who disagrees with or criticizes Obama , for anything . I think they are among the true believers and worshippers, and Obama is their infallible god.

  3. The Klown says:
  4. The Klown says:

    Senators Show Frustration After Briefing on Ex-P.O.W.

    White House officials failed Wednesday night to quell rising anger and frustration in both parties on Capitol Hill after a senators-only classified briefing about President Obama’s decision to free five Taliban prisoners in return for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who military officials say walked off his base in Afghanistan five years ago.

    Senior defense, diplomatic and intelligence officials showed lawmakers a 90-second, classified video of Mr. Bergdahl in January that officials said raised alarms about his health and spurred action, according to several members who attended. The video showed Mr. Bergdahl distraught, incoherent and in overall very poor shape, according to the descriptions of several senators.

    But Republican and Democratic senators emerged from the secure basement room in the Capitol Visitor Center saying that officials did not provide further evidence that Sergeant Bergdahl’s health had deteriorated recently or that his life was in immediate danger. Deeply skeptical lawmakers insisted that the exchange of the Taliban prisoners for Sergeant Bergdahl put American lives at risk.

    Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, exited the briefing visibly angry and said he left with more questions than answers. “I think we can all agree we’re not dealing with a war hero here,” he said.

    • Lulu says:

      It gets better and better doesn’t it. Just like Bergdahl endangered all of his unit Obama has now endangered all Democrats in the election and all US citizens to terrorists. Silly, shallow, craven, ignorant children have difficulty with this concept and can’t understand that they cannot do whatever notion they dream up when they are bored or looking for ways to get out of something they don’t like. What is now apparent is that Obama, like Bergdahl, does not understand process. Neither of them understand that checks, rules, reviews, PROCESS is in place to prevent catastrophic mistakes such as the ones both of these selfish little ninnies have made. Obama is just as willful, ignorant, and stupid as a then 23 year old Bergdahl was in heading off to find the monster medieval warlords who run the graveyard of empires. Dreams from their fuckhead fathers that we have to deal with. How dreamy.

    • leslie says:

      This morning CBS radio reported that Sen Durbin (D-IL) offered a very tepid endorsement of the decision to trade Bergdahl. He said that he could see that the soldier’s health was poor. He also said that if pushed he might have made the same decision. (From Durbin this is tantamount to saying WTF was Obama thinking?)

  5. The Klown says:

    Twitchy is on the case:

  6. The Klown says:
    • Lulu says:

      It can be argued that the non disclosures were for the safety of Bergdahl AND soldiers looking for him and to keep secret the efforts and tactics being used to find him. That no longer applies. The army will not punish them but the smear machine of Democrats and their hacks will try. It is interesting that a do-nothing PR smuck from the VA/HUD do-nothing level of agencies is the one on twitter shit talking like a punk under political orders.

      • leslie says:

        The Army will not overtly punish those men. But they may send them back into a combat zone before they send others . They may order those men to other assignments that are more dangerous (I don’t know much about military – it’s my USAF brother who knows that stuff) or less desirable. They may delay or deny promotions. I heard on the radio yesterday that some of those men are already being sent back to combat – even though combat is to be coming to an end.
        Of course, it’s all conjecture on my part, but it could happen. I hope it doesn’t.

        • Lulu says:

          If that is being done they had better think twice about it. The cat is out of the bag and spite is not appreciated at this point. I’m not sure they want that coming out in Congressional hearings.

        • foxyladi14 says:

          I too hope and pray it doesn’t.Leslie. ❤

      • 49erDweet says:

        Friedman auditioning for Susan Rice’s job?

  7. votermom says:

    I am beyond words.

  8. driguana says:

    And so what if the current administration is long on psychopaths and short on leadership? Should we desert it?

  9. votermom says:


    • Lulu says:

      Bergdahl got in trouble for photographs in a photo-journalism piece for The Guardian in 2009 during the long, unbearable six weeks he was on duty in Afghanistan. In all of the news photos he appeared to be laying about and sleeping while on guard duty, etc. He was punished, butthurt, then deserted. He had also been out wandering around without permission at least once before deserting. Afghan villagers said he appeared drunk (high?) when he was stumbling around after deserting. These types of factoids may lead to the conclusion that he was a drug using idiot who could not think straight and did not like his duty or being punished dong it poorly. His emails home also may point to an immature, selfish, nitwit who was in turn encouraged by his father to behave in a unreasonable manner with no regard for his own or others safety and as morally superior ignoramuses. I get the feeling that some of his father’s behavior may be due to guilt in encouraging the bad attitude followed by his desertion.

  10. leslie says:

    not certain if this will work:

    My message to Senator Dick Durbin: how about you all quit playing the #media and American people?— Greta Van Susteren (@gretawire) June 5, 2014

    BTW, I really like Greta

  11. DeniseVB says:

    Since Bergdahl’s squad mates seem to be united in their claims that Bowe was the nut case, I’m going with their side of the story. Obviously these are the guys no longer on active duty and they can speak out as much as they want. Wonder if others are still on active duty ? They can’t say a word unless there’s a military trial ?

  12. votermom says:

    Iowa Hawk is psychic – he tweeted this 2 days ao:

  13. DeniseVB says:

    Aha! Friedman’s the worst kind of veteran, a politically partisan one! He stirs sh*t a lot……

    • Lulu says:

      LOL. He is the go to guy for this shit. He appears to have left his sinecure at the VA right before it hit the fan for the safer HUD.

      • leslie says:

        GMTA. I just called him the WH “go to guy” for the week on twitter. lol

      • DeniseVB says:

        From the comments on that blog looks like the veterans at Tea Party rallies have been targeted by Friedman’s vets group as unpatriotic teabaggers. Only Obama supporting veterans are patriotic. LOL !

  14. leslie says:

    From LI

    ” . . . But at the moment this story, probably more than any other incident of Obama’s presidency, is one that makes him look bad. It appears to simultaneously expose his disregard for the safety of America and Americans, his sympathy for fundamentalist Islamist governments, his failure to do his homework, his drive towards greater executive power, his disregard for Congress (including some members of both parties) and the law itself, his mendacity, and the stupidity and collaboration of his advisors in all of the above.
    I may have left something out, but you get the idea.”

    He left out the MSM… but even some of them are now challenging the WH.

    • Lulu says:

      It is also impeachable and they know it. Like Turley said he is out-Nixoning Nixon. Tricky Dick looks good right now.

    • fif says:

      Could they really have been THAT incompetent that they didn’t even know the full story on Bergdahl? I assumed they knew but were just in full cover up mode as usual — whatever their self-serving motivation to release him in the first place. If they didn’t even know, and the information is so easily accessible, then he is beyond incompetent. Truly frightening combination because he has apparently decided to ignore all executive restraint at this point.

      • Constance says:

        It just points to the fact that the Obama regimes real motivation was to release the Taliban leaders and Bergdahl was just the excuse which they didn’t think through to carefully. Now what was the real reason they so badly want the Taliban board of directors free?

      • angienc says:

        They figured the MSM would cover up for them the same way they did with Benghazi — hell Candy Crowley inserted herself into and LIED to help Obama on that one.
        Also, the MSM has helped cover up Fast & Furious, IRS scandals as well. I’m sure Obama expected the same thing with this trade.

  15. Lulu says:

    The Taliban is calling Time magazine and rubbing it in. “A Taliban commander close to the negotiations over the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl told TIME by telephone Thursday that the deal made to secure Bergdahl’s release has made it more appealing for fighters to capture American soldiers and other high-value targets.” Are the Republicans paying the Taliban out of petty cash to humiliate Obama and his sycophant media. This must be scaring the crap out of Democrats.

    • DeniseVB says:

      “…..more appealing for fighters to capture American soldiers and other high-value targets.”

      D’oh, it’s why we don’t negotiate with the enemy. Time didn’t need to call a Taliban commander to realize that. (adjusting tinfoil hat) …. makes me wonder if Amb Stevens was a failed kidnap attempt now, they could’ve emptied Gitmo to get him back. Gee, right before the 2012 election too. 😉

      • votermom says:

        Who could have possibly foreseen such an outcome!

      • Constance says:

        I think you are absolutely right that Amb Stevens was a failed kidnapping to justify emptying Gitmo. All would have gone well except out military guys jumped in to protect Americans, pissed off the Arab collaborators of the Obama regime and all hell broke lose. But no question the Obama regime set Stevens up as a sitting duck.

        • The Klown says:

          It always seemed to me that Stevens was killed accidentally. When they found him they rushed him to the hospital but it was too late.

          • 49erDweet says:

            Whatever happened, he HAD asked for security improvement there, so it clear

          • Somebody says:

            Um, Klown they didn’t rush Stevens to the hospital. Well not unless they have a combined IQ of 10 and they think the way to get somebody medical help is to drag them through the streets. Stevens was missing for hours before he turned up at the hospital, those jihadist bastards took plenty of cell phone footage of them “helping” Stevens during that time.

            Have you ever heard the story of Epaminondas?
            There you go in case you’ve never heard of it. If they were rushing Stevens to the hospital then they’re a country full of “Islamanondases”……Islamanondas, Islamanondas you ain’t got the sense you was born with. That ain’t how you take no ambassador to the hospital.

            ****I self denounce myself as racist or islamaphobic or whatever other ism someone may desire to attach to me**** I quoted the Islamanondas phrase to my sister almost immediately following the attack in Benghazi during a phone conversation. She’s a CA liberal and gasped then she told me never, ever to repeat that and that I was racist……..yawn. I thought I’d put it on the internet just in case the NSA missed that cell phone conversation, LOL!

            Speaking of the NSA, funny we couldn’t mount any kind of cogent rescue attempt that night, but on the internet big brother was firing on all cylinders. They had their A game going, stuff was being blocked within minutes of being posted that night.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      I hope so!! 🙂

  16. gumsnapper says:

    Think the MSM will pick up on this story? It needs to go viral. This after the VA scandal. Holy Shit!

  17. leslie says:

    I’m off to work – late again.

  18. The Klown says:

    Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s fmr. squad leader Justin Gerleve: He “totally deserted…:

  19. DeniseVB says:

    In case you’ve been wondering where Van Jones has been ….. 😉

    Evil Republicans !

  20. The Klown says:

    Obama passed up two chances to “rescue” Bergdahl because he preferred to make a trade for him:

  21. votermom says:

  22. votermom says:

  23. Monster from the Id says:

    The Dinocratic wing of the Property Party, and their pitiful honest dupes, say “Coke!”

    The Reptilian wing of the Property Party, and their pitiful honest dupes, say “Pepsi”!

    Next week, the Dinos will favor Pepsi and the Reptos Coke.

    And the pitiful honest dupes will be just as passionate for their meaningless causes next week as now.


  24. DeniseVB says:


  25. piper says:

    Much projection there Brandon – just look in the mirror and around the room to see the true psychos.

    • The Klown says:

      Daily Caller:

      Friedman has sided with Democratic Party since he quit the military in 2004.

      In July 2007 Friedman delivered the weekly national radio address for the Democratic Party, when he urged a full retreat from Iraq, even though President George W. Bush’s “surge” counterattack was destroying the factional and al-Qaida force that were trying to overcome Iraq’s elected government.

      “The fact is, the Iraq war has kept us from devoting assets we need to fight terrorists worldwide — as evidenced by the fact that Osama bin Laden is still on the loose and al-Qaida has been able to rebuild… We need an effective offensive strategy that takes the fight to our real enemies abroad. And the best way to do that is to get our troops out of the middle of this civil war in Iraq,” he said.

      In the same year, he also headed, which tried to rally veterans to vote Democratic.

  26. The Klown says:

    Buffoon Juice is having some kind of meltdown:

    Someguy says:
    June 5, 2014 at 9:54 am
    I’m glad that we’re embracing Bergdahl. He seems like a wonderful if confused guy, and using him as a tool to fuck over the right is fun. It’s terrible how all those troops who were in his platoon are shilling for the Republicans – total Swift Boater operatives but what do you expect when the military votes 80% Republican. They can’t be trusted and as was pointed out yesterday, they really don’t have a basis for knowing what he was thinking or feeling, or even how it went down.

    Maybe he can be talked into speaking at the Democratic nominating convention next year. I’m sure the nominee – Elizabeth Warren – would be stoked to have him.

    • gumsnapper says:

      “Maybe he can be talked into speaking at the Democratic nominating convention next year. I’m sure the nominee – Elizabeth Warren – would be stoked to have him.”

      That’s gotta be a combo of trolling and snark. That or the poster is loony-delusional.

    • lyn says:


    • mcnorman says:

      By all means have the turd speak in whatever tongue he used in Afghanistan. Let the real Bowe be known on national tv. This country really does need “in your face” in order to get it.

  27. gumsnapper says:

    Twitchy and Iowahawk reporting that Friedman has scrubbed his bio from Twitter.

  28. The Klown says:
  29. DeniseVB says:

    Meanwhile, gird your loins ……Keith makes a pretty compelling case Michelle could be running…

    So if you’ve wondered why the Obamas keep that big expensive house in Chicago that they never visit, because she won’t be labeled a carpetbagger like Hillary !

    • mothy67 says:

      Doubt it she is not endeared. The media manufactures a pathetic charicature. No way would she expose herself to scrutiny. They will stay in DC for the schools but will soon become Jimmy Carter. Resentment is growing for the pair. How many careers have been destroyed because of them? REid and Pelosi are now objects of ridicule. The press will not give her the same pass it did for bambi. Her patient dumping alone would extinguish any chances. Not gonna happen. Hillary had grit. She was smart. TOOK it to the streets. Her campaign in New York was town hall meetings. She busted her ass. Do not forget she won. Michelle has none of that fire.

  30. The Klown says:

    Psychopath Obama on Bergdahl Swap Backlash: Never Surprised by Controversy Whipped Up in Washington:

  31. The Klown says:

    Joe Scarborough, Todd Erupt over Bergdahl’s Dad: ‘Don’t Criticize the Parents’:

    Chuck is in Europe right now with Obama and they may not realize the intensity of the shitstorm that is going on back here.

  32. votermom says:

  33. mothy67 says:

    For crying out loud is there no one in bumbles administration that took an advertising class.Saying whipped up controversy is beneath even Debbie Wasserman Shultz. This is not spinable and will only get worse. Each statement magnifies the issue and reveals the utter incompetence. Like throwing water on an electrical fire. Attornies advise their clients to shut up. Speak only through me. How does the president who held a law degree not grasp the concept that every word will be parsed. Is it just ego?

    • Constance says:

      “How does the president who held a law degree not grasp the concept that every word will be parsed. Is it just ego?”

      Obama is special in his own mind and those of his followers.

      • mothy67 says:

        I spent a few months in the early nineties backpacking in Europe with a bunch of Australians. They made me political because they knew everything about my government. I was blissfully immune. We are still friends and I have carte blanche to visit places all over the world. Sadly they sometimes drop in on me. Anywho got an email calling the actions of obama a disgrace. They follow our lead often and as such expect adults to be running the show. Caving to extremists does not sit well. The message sent was America is weak and our president is a Hollywood wanna be.

      • foxyladi14 says:

        Sadly he believes his own BULL S 😯

    • angienc says:

      Obama is a moron who never practiced law, doesn’t matter that he has a JD, which he apparently got the same way he got the job of “president” of the Harvard Law Review — just for showing up.
      Come to think of it, that’s the same way he got the US Senate & POTUS jobs too.

  34. mothy67 says:

    Has Ezra gotten around to voxplaining this to his four readers? I refuse to go to his site and depend on you far braver souls to impart his little pearls of wisdom.

  35. votermom says:

    • mothy67 says:

      Let them speak. This is epic fail. No way to spin this. No way it is defensible. Young men died trying to save his life. Commander in chief rewards a criminal. Waiting for somehollywood tool to script it that he was deep under cover. They have lost the narrative. Defense only makes it look worse and keeps it front page. Silence would have been the best course of action.

  36. mothy67 says:

    Confess I am loving this. Seven years I have waited for someone to pull back the curtain on this fraud. Agony listenning to his lies and watching people I respect fall for it hook line and sinker. I recall in 2008 that he canceled an SNL skit because there was flooding in I think Arkansas and it would be inappropriate. AMBASSADOR is murdered and he does a fund raiser the next day. Sack of shit.

    • mothy67 says:

      OUCH. That has to sting. Couple that with Putin making him look flaccid. Sorry the whole new democratic coalition is pretty faggy. I am gay so I can say buck up. Strength is not something to be ashamed of. Stand tall. Sick of wussies. Own it. Be proud be angry not a fucking cripple concerned with jihadists emotions. We have a government that will pay for gender realignment. Insane. There is no empirical evidence that says a woman was born in a man’s body. Zip zero nada. SEEMS to me it is dysmorphia. What is next liposuction for bulimics?

      • votermom says:

        Yup. Dysmorphia is right.
        Would a doctor lop off your hand if you felt you should have been born as Captain Hook?

        • mothy67 says:

          Something that always confounds me are my rich gay friends. I have had guys jump out of a car and beat me and piss on my face screaming we know what you faggot with semi hatd onz when all I was doing was taking my dishwasher money to the store to buy my motherca pack of Virginia Slims Ultra light menthol. I got up the next day. I get frustrated with the gay gestopo because they never lived it. I do not hate those kids who hurt me. I live in a wotld which is different from me. Not iin the cards that I be normal. A gay kid with several open heart surguries poor outhouse poor gets to travel the world. One of my roommates in college was a girl born of an American soldier and a vietnamese prostitute. She was a kid selling fish on the street. She is now Chelsea Clinton’s sister in law. Mark married Chelsea. My point is buck up. I used a bucket to take a dump in the winter ate jelly without bread for dinner but I survived no one ever pitied me.

  37. mothy67 says:

    I am at war with children’s services. I will not give up. Baby girl is my responsibility. Father has been to jail three times he does things like walk along a street and check every car door if it is unlocked he steals everything inside. He tells her it is okay to steal. No way in hell I am going to let him poison Shay. His father was Allegheney County’s most wanted. Her grandmother my sister has not once called her. She had taken in her husbands nephew and treated him like shit. He went on to ask a woman for a cigarette she said no and he shot her. I deal with these social workers all the timr. They say it is imperative that she has a relationship with her father. It is all touchy feely about how he is a good guy and had bad experiences. Coddle him. Fuck off he is 27 she is 7. I think this is endemic of our culture. Excuses for everything.

  38. mothy67 says:

    Common core is absurd
    Kid got summer work book

    SUBTRACT groups of
    Six minus 2 minus 2 minus 2 equals blank Right next to it 6 divided by two eaqals blank.
    What the fuck? I tried to go backwards and see how this was rationalized. Insane. Everything has to become a ten. Ten minus 7 is two tens less three from one. What? Paper has a Main Idea thing on the page. Reads I will use repeated subtraction and division. To make equal groups. Huh? Very bizarre. I am no math genius but I did get to go to Purdue and study engineering. This stuff makes no sense. Really bad Doubt me take a look at the stuff. I thought Michelle Malkin was over the top but she is dead on Look up the common core structure. It is scary..

  39. mothy67 says:

    I double doggie dare to have you guys look up Common Core. IT is insanely backwards. You have to read the stuff to believe it.

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