(Dissociated Press) In a bright spot amidst an economy in ruins, a failed employee of a large American firm was rehired Tuesday.
Barry Soetoro, 51, of Washington, D.C., looked like a cinch to lose his job of four years.
His current position was Soetoro's first real job-- he dabbled as an "instructor" at a local college and as a peripatetic "community organizer" for many years, before taking two brief no-show jobs prior to his current employment.
"Basically" one of Soetoro's co-workers noted, "Barry never even ran a lemonade stand before he got this gig".
Soetoro's co-workers said that his lack of experience and competence showed.
"We gave him a few things to do, and he failed at each one of them" noted a manager who had watched Soetoro's performance for the past four years. "He was all talk, but our company is still not hiring new employees, is still in massive debt and losing money year after year. He even got a few of our employees overseas killed, and then lied about it."Despite Soetoro's miserable performance, he has-- inexplicably-- been rehired.
"He's got a nice smile", noted an observer, "and he promised some folks on the hiring committee that he'd take stuff from other workers and give it to them."Some analysts believe that Soetoro's proposed replacement-- Willard Rumney-- was overqualified for the job. "He was really competent, which was a turn-off" noted one observer.
On the bright side, many unemployed workers seem to view Soetoro's bizarre re-hiring as an encouraging sign. Sam Screwed, an unemployed coal miner, summed it up:
"Let's face it. If this guy can get rehired, anybody can get a job!"