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

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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