It’s come to this:
The socialist president plays host to capitalism
Yep. That’s Dana Milbank’s op-ed headline. Big Guy met with the enemy. Titans of industry assembled at Blair House to hear from the former professor of constitutional law who, as of late, has taken over the economics department, and now will be lecturing in the business school as well.
"I believe that the primary engine of America's economic success is not government," the president went on. "It's the dynamism of our markets. And for me, the most important question about an economic idea is... whether it will help spur businesses, jobs and growth."
Or as Dana put it: “READ: I am a capitalist!”
And apparently the meeting went well, as reported by Boeing’s CEO James NcNerney afterwards, “We all wanted to move beyond the tone that created this confrontational environment. We all made our apologies and all said we're moving on.”
Boeing is hoping to land huge contracts with the federal government after previous rejections, so you bet he wants to move on.
Big Guy began the meeting with an olive branch. “Those of you around the table represent why America is unique, what is best about our entrepreneurial spirit, and I want to dispel any notion that we want to inhibit your success,”
Wow! One meeting with Bubba, and already we’ve learned how to parse our words! This one is such a classic it may go down in parsing history along with GM’s stated strategy back in the early ‘90’s to “market the image of quality”. Heh, heh. Brilliant.
If only it were that easy
Nancy and Harry: Shoveling it at the American people since 1986
So, we’ve started building our war chest for 2012 by inviting our hand selected 20 “titans of capitalism” to share our newfound love of free markets and capitalism. The only sour note – and one that Big Guy felt compelled to address – was “a disconnect between what he and business leaders talked about face-to-face, and what business lobbyists said about the White House — and Mr. Obama himself — when they were on Capitol Hill.”
I wish he hadn’t brought this up. In addition to adding fuel to the criticism that Big Guy is thin skinned, it makes it appear as if he doesn’t even know how politics work.
And that’s just crazy. Just because he’s in a bubble doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have a firm grasp on reality.