Obama angry over new book exposing gross incompetence at White House

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 18, 2011 3:55 PM GMT
    http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=FF28A3E3-41A9-4D47-A84A-583EB6814177

    From Politico:The White House launched an aggressive response to a forthcoming book that chronicles internal dissent and second-guessing of President Barack Obama by his own staff and presents Obama as a conflicted, sometimes wavering leader.

    Administration officials assert that “Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President” by Ron Suskind is infested with errors, both big (what they characterize as misquotations and distorted narratives) and small (several names, a birthdate, a publication date, an employer, an unemployment rate, etc.) and gives a distorted and inaccurate picture of the White House under Obama.

    But the book’s highly publicized launch was more bad news for a White House reeling this week from declining poll numbers and a call from a prominent Democrat — former Clinton aide James Carville — for Obama to shake up his staff because “It’s not going to work with the same team, the same strategy, and the same excuses.”

    And this wound was self-inflicted. Suskind received extensive cooperation from high levels of the administration — including a 50-minute Oval Office interview with the president — in reporting the book, which will be published Tuesday by Harper Collins but was obtained by POLITICO and several other news organizations.

    Suskind also interviewed Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and a host of current and former Obama aides. Suskind writes in a “Sources” section: “746 hours of interviews were conducted with more than 200 individuals.”

    Some of those aides are quoted as being highly critical of either the president or the White House.

    Former White House economic adviser Larry Summers, according to Suskind, told then-OMB director Peter Orszag that as far as economic policy, “There’s no adult in charge. Clinton would never have made these mistakes.’”
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 18, 2011 3:55 PM GMT
    Time to primary this guy.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 18, 2011 5:26 PM GMT
    It's unclear just how truthful the book is. Many of those quoted in it, have come forward to say that they were misquoted or that their statements were taken out of context.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 20, 2011 4:11 PM GMT
    Christian73 saidMany of those quoted in it, have come forward to say that they were misquoted or that their statements were taken out of context.


    Sure they were.

    /snark.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 20, 2011 6:53 PM GMT
    TroyAthlete saidTime to primary this guy.



    Because party infighting and more division and disgruntled Democrats will surely keep them in office in 2012.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 20, 2011 9:26 PM GMT
    There were a buttload of anti-Bush books that came out before the 2004 election too.
    It didn't matter.
    Bush got reelected.
    And this bullshit won't keep Obama from being reelected either.