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Gibbs Says Obama Is Really, Really, Really Outraged

The White House is having a hard time managing the message today. Trying to deflect press corps questions on the AIG mess and what President Obama knew and when he knew it, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs retorted:

"I don't think anyone on Capitol Hill should doubt the genuineness of the outrage," Gibbs said. He added: "Barack Obama came in, and there was a new sheriff in town on executive compensation."

Gibbs was repeatedly questioned during his daily briefing about whether Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner had informed the president of the bonuses before Monday and over whether Geithner was aware of them as he dealt with the insurance giant over the last few weeks.

Worse for President Obama and the Democrat Majority in Congress, it's beginning to trickle out that specific authorization for the AIG bonuses was contained in the stimulus bill (Senator Chris Dodd wrote the amendment) that the President didn't read. The same stimulus bill that Congress refused to post on the web for forty eight hours before a vote as it had promised to do.

I mentioned the other day that we may be witnessing the most cynical presidency in decades. That statement should be modified to include the current Democrat controlled Congress, which apparently has hoist itself on its own petard of crass indignation and dissembling.


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Yes, it seems dumb that Oba... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

Yes, it seems dumb that Obama and democrats are claiming outrage over the very thing the law they passed envisions and specifically allows. Now they want to punish AIG for obeying the law, which is an outrage in itself. To be fair, democrats were caught off guard. For the last eight years they could just blame it on Bush and they are finding it hard to take responsibility for their actions. For instance, Obama signing a 410 billion spending bill full of earmarks and claiming it's last years business.

"To be fair, Democrats were... (Below threshold)

"To be fair, Democrats were caught off guard."

Uh, yeah, the Republicans wrote the bill, the Republicans passed the bill, the Republicans wouldn't let the Democrats read the bill, the Republicans wouldn't let Democrats vote on the bill. It's all the fault of the Republicans.

How about this: "The Democrats where caught off guard when it was found that they supported massive bonus payments in the AIG bail-out bill. Believing that the public was so stupid they'd never find out about it. And since the MSM is cheerfully sucking at Obama's teat, they wouldn't dare say anything."

All together now: "IT'S BUSH'S FAULT!!"

So how many billions is THI... (Below threshold)

So how many billions is THIS little hyperventilating scream-fest going to cost us?

The feigned outrage is just... (Below threshold)

The feigned outrage is just pathetic with the President leading his little lemmings. Chris Dodd always seems to appear when there is a serious financial issue, and it should shock no one because he handled AIG just as good as Freddie and Fannie. Geitner has his hands involved with this mess as well. Don't forget that like Freddie and Fannie, Dodd was the largest receipient of AIG campaign cash. Dodd should resign...

Seems to be the best Obama can come up with is "Bush's fault" which in reality just proves that is just another loud talking asshole who has no clue what he is doing and not a leader.

But it is interesting the timing of this "outrage"...could it be they are manipulating things to gain populist support and *cough* "moral" authority?

But reality says all these dumb assholes who voted for it without reading it should resign themselves in the spirit of their feigned outraged against AIG.

This is the real problem th... (Below threshold)

This is the real problem that no one will talk about. Well maybe tomorrow at the hearing it will come out.

Paulson assigned Giethner to handle the bailout for AIG, and he did.
The bonuses were in the plan from the beginning.

Giethner then became apart of the Obama administration. He knew the bonuses were part of the bailout.

The rage is a political joke, nothing more.

"President Obama v... (Below threshold)
"President Obama vowed to try to stop the faltering insurance giant American International Group from paying out hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses to executives, as the administration scrambled to avert a populist backlash against banks and Wall Street that could complicate Mr. Obama's economic recovery agenda."
Funny that!

His populist outrage falls on these deaf ears when his "economic recovery agenda" included a $400 billion budget porked up by billions with 8-9000 earmarks and loudly proclaimed by barack hussein obama as "last years business" when we ALL know it's this years money.

MacLorry""To be fa... (Below threshold)
retired military:


""To be fair, Democrats were caught off guard.""

Yep you are right. They were caught off guard that the press would actually publish something that would be embarrassing to them.

I have to say I was caught off guard that the press did it too.


Many good comments here....... (Below threshold)

Many good comments here....I hope that they're being sent to the White House as well.

What a tangled web they hav... (Below threshold)

What a tangled web they have woven.

So, tomorrow when Obama say... (Below threshold)

So, tomorrow when Obama says that he inherited this mess, what he really means is that inherited this mess from Chris Dodd and Tim Geithner?

Heh. Read your opening sent... (Below threshold)

Heh. Read your opening sentence quickly, thought it said the White House was having trouble massaging the message....

Anyway, check this out:


(sorry, don't know how to link properly).

What will Obama's telepromp... (Below threshold)

What will Obama's teleprompter have to say about this?

If Obama had actually kept ... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

If Obama had actually kept his campaign promise and posted the bill for 5 days before he signed it, maybe some intelligent person would have actually read the legislation and pointed out that it guaranteed this would happen.

ha!hahahahahahahahah... (Below threshold)

ha!hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!...the absolute bumbling ineptness of this administration is HILARIOUS!!!

"...maybe some intelligent ... (Below threshold)

"...maybe some intelligent person would have actually read the legislation and pointed out that it guaranteed this would happen."

Yeah, like the people who VOTED FOR IT! But that's probably asking too much.

"Yeah, like the people ... (Below threshold)

"Yeah, like the people who VOTED FOR IT! But that's probably asking too much."

Nah... it's much easier to grandstand, like Chuckie, then actually be honest for once.

Not to mention attempting to retroactively apply a tax to someone.

I said "intelligent person"... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

I said "intelligent person" GarandFan.


Dodd should resign...</i... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

Dodd should resign...

Or commit suicide. (Hey, if Grassey can say it...)

The criminality of congress... (Below threshold)

The criminality of congress has become absolutely mind boggling. And the arrogance with which these people act...the contempt for the public. Very soon, we as citizens are going to be forced to take action or this nation will cease to exist.






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