Obama praised company that helped build Obamacare website on ’08 campaign trail [VIDEO]

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The federal contractor at the center of the Obamacare health-care exchange debacle, CGI Federal, received a hearty endorsement from Barack Obama while he was running for president back in 2008.

During a Sept. 9, 2008 speech to a crowd in Lebanon, Va., then-presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama praised CGI Federal’s ability to create new jobs for Americans as the result of investment in broadband Internet infrastructure.


“You know, I just had a wonderful meeting with a company called CGI that just opened up — Mark Warner talked about it talked about the company in his convention speech — which has located here 300 new jobs in high-tech industries. And part of the reason is is because the state of Virginia built out the broadband lines that allowed them to locate here.”

A financial relationship between CGI Federal — a subsidiary of the Montreal-based information technology company CGI Group — and the U.S. government had already existed even during President George W. Bush’s administration, but reports indicate that relationship improved tremendously since Obama took office.

The Washington Examiner reported on Sunday that the federal government reviewed only CGI Federal’s bid to build the health-care exchange.

CGI Federal did not return The Daily Caller’s request for comment by the time of publication.

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