James A. Johnson He was executive assistant to Vice President Walter Mondale during the entire Carter Administration (1977-1981). Later, he founded and headed Public Strategies, a private consulting firm, from 1981 to 1985 before leaving for Lehman Brothers. Lehman Brothers you know they are right? !!! From 1991 to 1998, he served as chairman and chief executive officer of the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae), the quasi-public organization that guarantees mortgages for millions of American homeowners. Previously, he was vice chairman of Fannie Mae (1990-1991) and a managing director with Lehman Brothers (1985-1990). [BFannie and Freddie yes we know who they are too[/B] On May 22, 2008, Democratic Party officials confidentially divulged that Obama had asked Johnson "to lead the process" for selecting Obama's running mate. So here we have a man that advises Obama on economic matters and chairs his VP vetting committee. Then we have Obama out there with his *mock outrage*. Well as I have stated many times, here we go with that *CHANGE* message. The interesting thing, too is on the Obama web page this is the same guy that hammers McCain about Charlie Black.