moral code

The White House Referee

With potential conflicts of interest at every turn in Washington, White House officials have the Obama administration's Norm Eisen, aka "Mr. No" and "The Fun Sponge," on speed dial. For 16 hours a day, Eisen bounces around White House staffers' offices, toting the massive code of regulations and answering any and all questions about ethics issues. Here is an idea of the how strict they are at the White House right now: according to The Washington Post, Eisen "once spent five minutes during a group presentation discussing the difference between being treated to a bag of large prawns vs. a bag of small shrimp."