Did the Obama White House try to make Chrysler creditors "an offer they couldn't refuse"?

ABC News is reporting:

Thomas Lauria, Global Practice Head of the Financial Restructuring and Insolvency Group at White & Case, told ABC News that [White House financial adviser Steven] Rattner suggested to an official of the boutique investment bank Perella Weinberg Partners that officials of the Obama White House would embarrass the firm for opposing the Obama administration plan, which President Obama announced Thursday, and which requires creditors to accept roughly 29 cents on the dollar for an estimated $6.8 billion owed by Chrysler.

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Lauria said the president’s assertion that his clients weren’t willing to make any sacrifice is false. The clients were willing to take 50 cents on the dollar from Chrysler for their debt, he said.

President Obama also said of Lauria’s clients, “I don’t stand with them. I stand with Chrysler’s employees and their families and communities. I stand with Chrysler’s management, its dealers, and its suppliers. I stand with the millions of Americans who own and want to buy Chrysler cars. I don’t stand with those who held out when everybody else is making sacrifices.”

“He stands my clients up as basically the reason Chrysler is going into bankruptcy,” Lauria said. “He wrongly says they’re not willing to make any sacrifice. And then he says he does not stand with us.”

Lauria said the president saying he doesn’t stand with his clients “kind of sounds like ‘You’re fair game.’ In whatever sense. People are scared. They have gotten death treats. Some have been told people are going to come to their houses. God forbid if some nut did something, I’m just wondering how the president would feel.”

Shorter White House: Nice little investment group you’ve got there. It’d be a terrible shame if something were to happen to it.

Of course one could easily dismiss an outrageous-sounding story like this one … if those very same things hadn’t already happened within the last six months.

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