Birds of a Feather

Lie like mother[bleepers] together.

Obama on Solyndra:

Several key White House offices were involved with the Obama administration’s messaging plans and other preparations as the collapse of the taxpayer-backed solar company Solyndra was imminent, newly released documents show.

The latest White House documents delivered to House Republicans on Friday again highlight the extent to which senior administration officials braced for the fallout as Solyndra – a company President Obama had personally visited – was about to go under.

A White House memo that noted the danger of “imminent bankruptcy” at the end of August 2011 says, “OMB, DPC and NEC have been working with press and OLA to be prepared for this news to break.”

Acronym translation: OMB is the Office of Management and Budget, DPC is the Domestic Policy Council, NEC is the National Economic Council and OLA is the Office of Legal Affairs.

I have to give it up to a commenter at The Hill for noticing:

They had been “working with the Press” to release the bad news? Just who does the Press work for in this country?

Do you even have to ask?

Anyway, remember the piece we linked to yesterday, the one where Obama was deploying ten-foot poles all over the place to keep scandals a safe distance away?

“Obviously, we wish Solyndra hadn’t gone bankrupt. Part of the reason they did was because the Chinese were subsidizing their solar industry and flooding the market in ways that Solyndra couldn’t compete. But understand, this was not our program per se. Congress–Democrats and Republicans–put together a loan guarantee program.”

- March 22, 2012

“This was not our program per se.” Could we at least have a glass of lemonade to wash down this horse[bleep]?

And now to Obama’s dear friend, Jon Corzine.

Former MF Global executive Edith O’Brien said in an October 2011 email that CEO Jon Corzine gave her “direct instructions” to transfer $200 million of customer funds to an overseas account, according to a congressional memo released on Friday.

The memo was released in advance of a House Financial Services subcommittee hearing scheduled next week on the collapse of brokerage MF Global and the continued search for missing customer funds. The committee this week subpoenaed O’Brien to appear before the panel.

The $200 million transfer in customer funds from a JPMorgan account was made to cover a $175 million overdraft in one of MF Global’s accounts in London, the memo said.

Sorry for the Fox News account. Somehow CNN doesn’t have the story.

Obama and Corzine go so well together. Between them, the entire globe has been royally MF-ed.

I was talking with Aggie a couple of days ago, making the point that I have to rely on the reporting of others even to be aware that other parts of the world exist. I believe in Nebraska, because I’ve see almost every flat mile of it (at least that which can be seen from Interstate 80, which is most of it, given the flatness).

But Banda Aceh? Uzbekistan? Patagonia? They exist? If you say so, I’ll have to take your word for it.

The same holds true for what the press doesn’t report. If Obama’s entire history and record were reported—not judged, just reported, let us judge—we would have a better idea of who he is and what motivates him. And we could judge fairly whether we want him for our leader. That didn’t happen in 2008.

If you don’t believe me, just ask Tom Brokaw and Charlie Rose:

1 Comment »

  1. Saul Levy said,

    March 24, 2012 @ 11:45 am


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