Shame if somethin’ happened to ya—I mean it.
In his memoir, “Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises,” Geithner wrote that he objected when [Dan] Pfeiffer wanted him to say Social Security “didn’t contribute” to the federal deficit.
“It wasn’t a main driver of our future deficits, but it did contribute,” Geithner wrote. “Pfeiffer said the line was a ‘dog whistle’ to the left, a phrase I had never heard before. He had to explain that the phrase was code to the Democratic base, signaling that we intended to protect Social Security.”
Did I say Social Security did contribute to the deficit? Silly me. Nothing could be further from the truth:
In an interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier, the former Obama Cabinet member denied that the White House attempted to get him to mislead the public.
“I was never, ever in the position where anyone in the White House asked me to do that,” he told Fox News. “And of course, I would never have done it. But Dan Pfeiffer never asked me to do that.”
Heckuva guy, that Dan. A mensch.
Dan Pfeiffer, a top White House advisor, told David Gregory on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” that the end of March is, in fact, the deadline for the open enrollment period, noting that those who haven’t yet secured a plan should do so as soon as possible.
“That will not happen,” Pfeiffer said, when asked if the individual mandate would be delayed.
It did, of course.
Edie Littlefield Sundby may not have thought she’d ignite a national debate when the stage-4 cancer survivor asked us to publish her Monday op-ed on losing her oncologist due to the Affordable Care Act. But she certainly has, and it’s important to understand why. Mrs. Sundby and millions like her must be denied their medical choices if ObamaCare is going to work as its liberal planners intend.
Dan Pfeiffer, President Obama’s chief political spinner, sent out a now infamous tweet on Monday linking to a left-wing website that blamed Mrs. Sundby’s policy loss on UnitedHealthcare. The White House default is always to blame the insurers. But UnitedHealthcare only fled the state because ObamaCare’s subsidized exchanges are meant to steal their customers. As more people are pulled into government coverage, policies like Mrs. Sundby’s are harder to sustain economically, so insurers bail.
[Obama Adviser Dan] PFEIFFER: [W]e are for cutting spending. We’re for reforming our tax code. We’re for reforming our entitlements.
What we’re not for is negotiating with people with a bomb strapped to their chest.
He knee-caps a stage-4 cancer victim and likens Republicans to Arab suicide bombing terrorists—who doesn’t believe he told little Timmy exactly what little Timmy said? Dan Pfeiffer is President Obama’s H.R. Haldeman.
Remember how Geithner—an admitted tax cheat—was sold to us as the only person who could save the US from financial ruin (I do, he was)? Then, ‘splain this:
In his book, Geithner also recalled an incident in January 2009, having been on the job as secretary for less than a week, in which he rejected what a Democratic strategist wanted him to say at an Oval Office press event.
“I was supposed to have my first one-on-one meeting with President Obama,” Geithner wrote. “As I was about to walk into the Oval Office, Stephanie Cutter, a veteran Democratic operative who was handling our communications strategy, told me we would have a ‘pool spray,’ a photo opportunity for the White House press.
“The president and I would make brief remarks about executive compensation, responding to a report that Wall Street firms had paid their executives big bonuses while piling up record losses in 2008. ‘Here’s what you’re going to say,’ Cutter said.”
Geithner wrote that Cutter handed him the text, and he “skimmed the outrage I was expected to express.”
He wrote: “I’m not very convincing as an angry populist, and I thought the artifice would look ridiculous.”
According to his memoir, he told Cutter he wouldn’t do it.
“Instead, I sat uncomfortably next to the president while he expressed outrage. Americans were furious about bailouts for overpaid bankers, and the White House political team wanted us to show we were on the right side of the backlash,” he wrote.
They were telling Boy Genius what to say from the first to the last—they still are. And he’s every bit the coward he looks like.
It’s all politics. Sorry to hear about your cancer, Mrs. Sundby. Ya want, I can make some calls. I know a guy who knows a guy.