New WH Chief of Staff: “Sometimes you can’t defend the indefensible”

Posted by: ST on June 17, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Well, I think this pretty much says it all:

White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley took heat from business executives Thursday for the Obama administration’s regulatory expansions. Daley also said he didn’t have any good answers for some of what President Obama is doing and expressed frustration about the “bureaucratic stuff that’s hard to defend.”

“Sometimes you can’t defend the indefensible,” Daley said at a National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) meeting.

Daley couldn’t answer basic questions and continually faced criticism from the executives in the room. The business leaders even applauded each other’s criticism of the administration. “At one point, the room erupted in applause when Massachusetts utility executive Doug Starrett, his voice shaking with emotion, accused the administration of blocking construction on one of his facilities to protect fish, saying government ‘throws sand into the gears of progress,’” wrote Peter Wallsten and Jia Lynn Yang in the Washington Post.

Doug Powers quips:

What better way to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Recovery Summer™?

Really though, White House staffers have been defending the indefensible for a long time, so this lack of effort makes Daley look lazy. Wasn’t there an ATM nearby to blame? Come on, Bill, please stick to the script.

Incidentally, the White House Communications Director got a chilly reception at the Netroots Convention. That “enthusiasm gap” is turning into a massive crevasse.

Me? I’m just thankful that, for once, someone in this administration is telling the truth.  I don’t expect it to last.

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6 Responses to “New WH Chief of Staff: “Sometimes you can’t defend the indefensible””


  1. Phineas says:

    Hmm.. So California isn’t the only state being shafted over a bait-fish. :-?

  2. Carlos says:

    No, but Kalifornia is about the only one woefully unaware of how close to total insolvency it is, due mainly to over-regulation and taxation.

    The political “leaders” there are ignorant enough to believe Obhammud will bail them out. They are as big a laughingstock as the one they worship.

  3. RM says:

    Is that the new Obama/Biden campaign slogan?

  4. Sefton says:

    If I were an ad guy with the RNC, I’d have met with these NAM attendees afterwards and captured some great quotes for a future GOP ad.

  5. John Scotus says:

    It is refreshing to see someone from the WH tell the truth, if only for a second. But if he can’t defend the indefensible, why is he there? Why not try to institute some hope and change, like Obama’s defeat in 2012?

  6. captaingrumpy says:

    Politicians don’t support themselves,so some people out there are applauding Obama and his cronies with donations.I know a lot of the “stimulus” money has gone missing (billions).So I now know how Obama is paying for his election campaign.That’s why he gave GE to the unions,and a lot of other stimulus money to key state unions.It is so corrupt that the Republicans have stuck their heads in holes hoping it’s gone by the time they lift them out.Pity, I don’t play golf like the BUDDIES in Washington