Archive for the ‘White House’ Category

Telepromter President Goes Jumbotron!

March 25, 2009

Teased about his over relieance on the teleprompter, President Obama decided last night to use a jumbotron in only his second White House press conference.

This is like listening to the sight impaired read aloud; but we wouldn’t want to offend the sight impaired.

Eventually, in Amerian politics, even the slickest, most packaged guy will get unwrapped.

This is it.

Too bad the media assited in the packaging of the messiah before the election: now we have a president losing the confidence of the American people in a time of crisis.

What is worse is this: he seems to be losing his own confidence: his own sense of self and reality.

Related:

President, Congress, Media “Vacant” in Time of Crisis

Obama Throws In The Towel

 After Leno, Laughter on “60 Minutes,” Boredom From “No Drama” Obama

Obama Once Ruled the Media: Now He Wants To Reach You With Less Of Them

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9/03/25/careful-or-just-not-knowledgeable/

President Barack Obama's TelePrompTer is seen before a news ...
Obama’s jumbotron in the White House..(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Vice President Joe Biden is seen on a TelePrompTer while delivering ... 
Vice President Joe Biden is seen on a TelePrompTer while delivering remarks at the International Association of Fire Fighters 2009 Legislative Conference in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2009.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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White House “Over Reach” On AIG, Now Pulls Back

March 24, 2009

President Barack Obama is trying to dampen a fire he once stoked, urging a more tempered response to public furor over bonuses paid to executives of the publicly rescued insurance giant American International Group.

By CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press

Obama is virtually certain to use Tuesday’s prime-time news conference to continue an effort that began over the weekend: cooling the anti-AIG ferocity, now that it threatens to undermine his efforts to bail out the nation’s deeply troubled financial sector.

Obama’s tone changed dramatically after the House voted last week for targeted taxes to take back most of the $165 million in bonuses paid to AIG executives. Many lawmakers felt Obama had encouraged their step, because he called the bonuses reckless, outrageous and unjustified.

In the White House, however, the situation seemed to be spinning out of control. Some fellow Democrats questioned the constitutionality and wisdom of the House’s action. Executives of other troubled companies signaled they would not make deals with a federal government that revises agreements after they are signed.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20
090324/ap_on_go_pr_wh/obama

Teleprompter White House: Packaged People, Messages

March 23, 2009

Joe “Gimme a f&*^%$ing break” Biden isn’t packaged.  His off hand comments are legendary.

But the Obama gang of advisors wants him to learn, to grow and get with the f&^*%$#ing telepromter.

Without it, Biden is dangerous.  Even when talking about 7-11.

Even the president proved dangerous this last weekend.  Within about 48 hours he was not very inspiring in two interviews without the teleprompter, one with Jay Leno and one on “60 Minutes.”

But who would have had the forethought to tell this great communicator (1) Jokes about the Special Olympics can go south fast; and (2) Laughing about the economy and people losing their jobs, savings and lunch money isn’t funny.

Then there is Tiny Tim Geithner: a media nightmare.

Today Geithner pulled off a successful “media event.”  The White House did not allow live pictures!

This is the most managed and packaged administration yet….

Related:
 Obamagasm Media: Start Asking Questions; The Budget Is Full of Them

Geithner Makes Big Announcement With No Cameras Allowed

Biden: Give Obama a F*&^%$#ing Break
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Obama Talks Too Much: Time to Fire Toxic Tim Geithner

Read Michelle Malkin:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/0
3/23/fun-with-totus-teleprompter-
of-the-united-states/

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Teased about his over relieance on the teleprompter, President Obama decided last night to use a jumbotron in only his second White House press conference.

This is like listening to the sight impaired read aloud; but we wouldn’t want to offend the sight impaired.

Eventually, in Amerian politics, even the slickest, most packaged guy will get unwrapped.

This is it.

Too bad the media assited in the packaging of the messiah before the election: now we have a president losing the confidence of the American people in a time of crisis.

What is worse is this: he seems to be losing his own confidence: his own sense of self and reality.

Related:
President Obama failed to sell his budget plans to the American people

Obama: Press Conference Hints at Class Warfare

President, Congress, Media “Vacant” in Time of Crisis
Obama Throws In The Towel

 After Leno, Laughter on “60 Minutes,” Boredom From “No Drama” Obama

Obama Once Ruled the Media: Now He Wants To Reach You With Less Of Them

President Barack Obama's TelePrompTer is seen before a news ...
Obama’s jumbotron in the White House..(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) 

Vice President Joe Biden is seen on a TelePrompTer while delivering ... 
Vice President Joe Biden is seen on a TelePrompTer while delivering remarks at the International Association of Fire Fighters 2009 Legislative Conference in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2009.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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By Howard Kurtz
From CNN:

The venues could hardly be more different: Jay Leno’s couch and Steve Kroft’s hot seat.

The president, trying to get off the defensive during AIG Outrage Week, is on a certified media blitz. That’s why he played the Leno card, risking criticism that he shouldn’t be making jokes in Burbank while the economy is crumbling. That’s why he handicapped the NCAA playoff brackets on ESPN, risking criticism that he shouldn’t be worried about college hoops while the banking system remains in crisis.

That hot seat, figuratively speaking, was in the Oval Office, where the “60 Minutes” correspondent interviewed the president Friday evening.

“I think we asked him a lot of hard questions,” Kroft told me Sunday on “Reliable Sources.” “But I have to say that I found him probably more relaxed this week than at any other time that I had interviewed him.”

I asked whether he felt the need to be more polite with an incumbent president than a mere White House wannabe.

“I think that interviews with presidents are different than almost anything else,” Kroft said. “They’re sort of the last bastion of civility … particularly when you’re in the Oval Office. You’re not supposed to wag your finger at him, and you’re not supposed to get — it’s supposed to be civil. And so you always try and keep that in mind.”

Read the entire article:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/POLITIC
S/03/22/kurtz.obama.interviews/in
dex.html

Aides Attempt to Cover for Obama; White House Not Worthy of Special Olympics

March 20, 2009

President Barack Obama made his difficult week worse Thursday by saying his poor bowling skills are “like the Special Olympics or something,” an athletic competition for people with disabilities. His spokesman quickly said Obama hadn’t intended any offense.

Politico

Appearing on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in California, Obama sought to mock his lackluster bowling skills by saying that he recently bowled a score of 129 in the White House bowling alley.

After the show’s taping and en route back to Washington on Air Force One, Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton told reporters that Obama had “made an offhand remark making fun of his own bowling that was in no way intended to disparage the Special Olympics.”

“He thinks that the Special Olympics are a wonderful program that gives an opportunity to shine to people with disabilities from around the world,” Burton said.

Aside from the regrettable appearance of a president even implicitly poking fun at the disabled, Obama’s comments came on the same day that he had appeared with California First Lady Maria Shriver, an early supporter whose mother founded the games.

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) speaks to host Jay Leno on the ... 
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) speaks to host Jay Leno on the NBC late night comedy show “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in Burbank, California March 19, 2009.REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Maria Shriver’s mother and the former president’s sister, founded the athletic competition for the disabled in 1968.

Obama used much of his appearance on the comedy show to discuss the economy but sought to get in some light-hearted quips toward the end of the taping.

He said he had been working on his bowling game just below his new residence and recently rolled a 129.

“That’s very good, Mr. President,” cracked host Jay Leno

It’s “like the Special Olympics or something,” the president replied.

Obama’s bowling skills, or lack thereof, have been a running joke since he fared poorly during an impromptu game at a Pennsylvania bowling alley during the Democratic primary last year.

Obama’s line on Leno was reminiscent of a crack at Nancy Reagan he let slip last year.

“I didn’t want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about, you know, doing any seances,” he said at a press conference days after being elected last November, a reference to the former First Lady‘s consultation with an astrologer during her time in the White House.

Obama called the elderly Reagan after his comment and apologized about what an aide described as “a careless and off-handed remark.”

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From the Washington Times:

St. CLOUD, Minn. | To hear his camp tell it Thursday, President Obama has been in the dark on his administration’s controversial efforts to force veterans to use their private insurance for treatments and to clear the way for large bonuses to be paid to the executives of the failed insurance giant AIG.

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. was the latest to offer the president-didn’t-know defense, suggesting to a Minnesota audience that Mr. Obama was “unaware” of the veterans plan until the president floated it to veterans groups leaders this past Monday and stirred a major controversy.

Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner joined the bandwagon, saying it was he and not the president who deserved the blame for letting the bonuses to American International Group Inc. proceed.

“It’s my responsibility,” Mr. Geithner said, taking the blame just days after the White House leaked reports that it didn’t know about the bonuses until after they were issued.

The efforts to shield the president from the fallout of early administration missteps has opened a door for Republicans to cast doubts on the competence, credibility and discipline of the new White House.

“We have the president saying he takes full responsibility and then saying it’s not his fault,” said Sen. Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican.

Mr. Kyl and other top Senate Republicans tweaked the president for finding the time to fill out an NCAA basketball tournament bracket and appear on Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show” while anger was boiling over in Washington over revelations of the bonuses and while the nation’s credit markets remained in crisis.

“This administration seems to have disdain or very little time for the hard work of governing,” said Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican.

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/ne
ws/2009/mar/20/aides-attempt-to
-shield-obama-from-controversy/

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/0
3/20/obamas-worse-joke-and-insul
t-to-american-taxpayers-intelligence/

Obama Wants To “Unclog Blocked Lending Arteries” — Here’s The Problem

March 17, 2009

A local news reader in Washington DC said this morning that President Obama wanted to “unclog blocked lending arteries.”

He also wants to overhaul health care, education, our energy system, solve the climate change issue, eliminate cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s and apparantly, raise the dead.

But is there enough money?

The “unclog lending arteries” phrase gives us some ideas.

My friend went into the OR to have “one or two clogs in arteries” removed; a procedure expedted to take about one hour.  Thirteen hours later he came out — almost dead.  The doctor had removed more than 150 clots.  My friend has scars all over the place and couldn’t walk for weeks.

The reason the president should no go fast on health care, education, our energy system, and climate change, is this: we do not know our own economic health.

And more spending may not solve all our problems.  It may open a lot of new wounds also known as a can of worms or Pandora’s Box.

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AIG Bonus Caper Demonstrates Obama Administration Weak Thinking
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Obama Plans to Charge Wounded Heroes for Treatment

Why Taxpayers Should Pay the AIG Bonuses; Obama is Dead Wrong On This
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Stimulus: Way Fewer Jobs Than You Thought

 Obama Tells “Turbo Tax” Geither To Get Back AIG Bonus Money; Dumb and Dumber

Obama: Really Want to “Fix Schools”? Try The China Or Singapore Model
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Obama’s War On Banks: Backlash Stirring

http://kreuzer33.wordpress.com/2009
/03/16/white-house-goes-after-aig-bo
nus-payments/

Obama: Fire Geithner

March 15, 2009

If Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is such a strong, competent, believable spokesman that gives everyone confidence in him, his economic plan, and the state of the U.S. economy: why is nobody believing?

Why is it that President Obama, Paul Volker, Larry Summer and others had to push the media “we are strong and confident line” these last few days.

How come, if Geither is so good, after he urged the G20 to “strong action” yesterday, in London mind you, a report of that speech couldn’t be found on page one of the London Times or the Telegraph?
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Sen. Sherrod Brown, D- Ohio, pauses in the elevator after arriving on Capitol
Geithner

Because Geither is not strong.  He’s worthless as a spokesman and advocate and that may make him worthless as a Treasury Secretary.

He needs a speech coach, a speech writer, a media advisor and body language lessons.

 

But maybe it is too late for all the remaking of Geithner.  Maybe we knew with his TurboTax lie that we were all in for trouble.

Geithner is apparently spineless, the Senate is mostly spineless for confirming him based upon false promises and lies; so who can we look to, in this time of “crisis,” with certainty and strength?

In times of economic weakness, the president’s own Treasury Secretary is weak.

US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, seen at a press conference at the G20
AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

How much more slack does Barack Obama wish to give this guy and for what?

Obama can’t demonstrate strengh himself until he realizes what strength is and takes some strong action on something: and soon.

Related:
Obama: Stop Thinking About What Might Be Gained; Think What May Certainly Be Lost

Geithner Urges Europe to Strong Action
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009
/03/14/Geithner_Strong_action_nee
ded/UPI-81031237078178/

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/0
3/15/sunday-open-thread-6/

http://americaswatchdogs.com/mic
helle-malkin2012-tax-cheat/

Even Joke Biden is doing better than Geithner….

Even Joe Biden, who has never been wrong on anything before, said a recent uptick in the stock markets is a result of the “Obama factor.”

 Obama, Biden Chat Up Economy; Congress Talking “Stimulus II”

 Biden Off Mic: “Gimme a f*&$#ing break”

Obama: Stop Thinking About What Might Be Gained; Think What May Certainly Be Lost

Russia, China call for restraint on Korea peninsula

March 11, 2009

Russia and China said on Wednesday they were concerned about rising tensions on the Korean peninsula after North Korea warned that shooting down a long-range missile it plans to test would be an act of war.

By Guy Faulconbridge
Reuters

Pyongyang said on Monday it had put its armed forces on full combat readiness in response to the start of annual military exercises by U.S. and South Korean troops, which it condemned as a provocation.

The reclusive state also said it planned to test-fire a long-range Taepodong-2 missile and warned any attempt to shoot it down would amount to an act of war. The missile is designed to fly as far as Alaska, but has never successfully flown.

“Both sides expressed concern about the worsening situation on the Korean peninsula,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement after Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke to his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi on Tuesday.

The ministers called on those involved “to show restraint and composure, and to refrain from any actions that could undermine security and stability in this region,” it said.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/2009031
1/wl_nm/us_korea_north_russia_3

Read about the alliance between Russia and China:
 Era of Obama, American Weakness Emboldens Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, Terrorists

Russia, “Desperate For Cash,” Sells Oil to China In “Very Bad Deal”

 North Korea Warns: Shoot Down Our Satellite Will “Prompt Counterstrikes by the Most Powerful Military Means”

.Russia Sees Obama, U.S., Others As “Weak,” “Naive”

What’s China’s Long Term Global Strategy?

White House: U.S. Will Not Shoot North Korean Missile


A U.S. Navy ship launches ballistic missile defense interceptors like those that could be used to counter North Korea’s long range missile launch….

All The President’s Men: Where’s The Congressional Oversight?

March 11, 2009

On day one of the Obama Administration, we saw the Chief of Staff of the White House, the Chief of Staff to the President of the United States, make a gesture in public that we considered to be distainful, undignified and inappropriate.  But there’s no law against that.  Then we saw the same Chief of Staff to the President of the United States attack an individual American citizen: using a friendly and eager to please media as his assassin.  Rahm Emanual attacked Rush Limbaugh.

If any one of these actions had been carried out by a military officer serving any of the Pentagon’s Generals or Admirals, he’d be out of a job and on the way toward retirement.

Related:
The president may not have what it takes

This is more than inappropriate.  This is something Congress should examine.  Not after the fact: Congress should confirm presidential appointees that feel they have only one loyalty to one man — even as they serve all Americans (and take our tax dollars as their pay and influence the spending of trillions of our tax dollars).

When Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) pulled his pocket sized copy of the U.S. Constitution out to criticize the President of the United States for naming White House policy czars, he wasn’t just acting like a crazy old coot.  He was making a very important point; as reiterated below by  Bruce Ackerman in today’s Washington Post….
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For the first 150 years of our nation’s history, the Senate confirmed all leading members of the executive branch. But modern presidents have increasingly gained the power to make key appointments unilaterally — with President Obama taking this process to new heights. His White House czars such as Lawrence Summers and Carol Browner are likely to overshadow the Cabinet secretaries in their respective domains. Yet, as presidential assistants, they escape the need for Senate scrutiny. After the abuses of the Bush White House and the failed nominations in Obama’s own transition, this practice should be reconsidered.

By Bruce Ackerman
The Washington Post

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co
ntent/article/2009/03/10/AR2009031002
839.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

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Obama’s clumsy, smirky staff and unelected appointees are sinking him

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From Politico
February 25, 2009

Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), the longest-serving Democratic senator, is criticizing President Obama’s appointment of White House “czars” to oversee federal policy, saying these executive positions amount to a power grab by the executive branch.

In a letter to Obama on Wednesday, Byrd complained about Obama’s decision to create White House offices on health reform, urban affairs policy, and energy and climate change. Byrd said such positions “can threaten the Constitutional system of checks and balances. At the worst, White House staff have taken direction and control of programmatic areas that are the statutory responsibility of Senate-confirmed officials.”

While it’s rare for Byrd to criticize a president in his own party, Byrd is a stern constitutional scholar who has always stood up for the legislative branch in its role in checking the power of the White House.

Read the rest:
http://www.politico.com/news/sto
ries/0209/19303.html

Related:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/11/te
rrific-tax-subsidized-acorn-mob-teams-up-
with-la-teachers/

Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior ... 
Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior to the inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, in Washington, January 20, 2009.(Jim Young – UNITED STATES/Reuters)

Obama’s clumsy, smirky staff and unelected appointees are sinking him

March 11, 2009

Something is wrong with Barack Obama and it could be that he just makes terrible appointments….

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Yes, free the president from his flacks, fixers and goons — his posse of smirky smart alecks and provincial rubes, who were shrewd enough to beat the slow, pompous Clintons in the mano-a-mano primaries but who seem like dazed lost lambs in the brave new world of federal legislation and global statesmanship.

Heads should be rolling at the White House for the embarrassing series of flubs that have overshadowed President Obama’s first seven weeks in office and given the scattered, demoralized Republicans a huge boost toward regrouping and resurrection. (Michelle, please use those fabulous toned arms to butt some heads!)

By Camilla Paglia

Read the rest:
http://www.salon.com/opinion/paglia
/2009/03/11/mercury/

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The issue is leadership on the economy and in the world….

Related:
http://spectator.org/archives/2009/03/
10/the-search-for-crisis-leadersh

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Buffett: Obama not at war; has toxic message machine on economy

Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior ... 
Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior to the inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, in Washington, January 20, 2009.(Jim Young – UNITED STATES/Reuters)

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs pauses while speaking ...

In this May 21, 2008 file photo, U.S. billionaire investor Warren ...
In this May 21, 2008 file photo, U.S. billionaire investor Warren Buffett speaks during a news conference in Madrid. Buffett says the economic turmoil that contributed to a 62 percent profit drop last year at the holding company he controls is certain to continue in 2009, but the revered investor remains optimistic.(AP Photo/Paul White, File)

Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag arrives ...
“Beware of geeks bearing models,” said Warren Buffett; which could be worrisome to people.  Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag arrives to deliver testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 4, 2009.REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES)

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D- Ohio, pauses in the elevator after arriving on Capitol
Geithner

Buffett: Obama not at war; has toxic message machine on economy

March 10, 2009

 I was going to mention to …. that you’ve heard this comment recently from some Democrats recently that a `crisis is a terrible thing to waste.’ …. Now, just rephrase that and since it’s, in my view, it’s an economic war, and–I don’t think anybody on December 7th would have said a `war is a terrible thing to waste, and therefore we’re going to try and ram through a whole bunch of things and–but we expect to–expect the other party to unite behind us on the–on the big problem.’ It’s just a mistake, I think, when you’ve got one overriding objective, to try and muddle it up with a bunch of other things…..if you’re in a war, and we really are on an economic war, there’s a obligation to the majority to behave in ways that don’t go around inflaming the minority. If on December 8th when–maybe it’s December 7th, when Roosevelt convened Congress to have a vote on the war, he didn’t say, `I’m throwing in about 10 of my pet projects,’ and you didn’t have congress people putting on 8,000 earmarks onto the declaration of war in 1941.

See:
http://www.swamppolitics.com/news/politi
cs/blog/2009/03/buffett_hits_obama_co
ngress_on.html

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When billionaire investor Warren Buffett says President Barack Obama’s economic message is muddled and undermining public confidence, it’s worth listening.

Halfway through his first 100 days in office, ace communicator Obama has struggled to find the right tone in talking about the economy, twinning bleak warnings with optimism about the future.

By Steve Holland
Reuters

 An outside view of the New York Stock Exchange on Wall street. ...

On the campaign trail, Obama said a president must be able to do more than one thing at a time, and his White House has been doing that.

He and his aides have interspliced comments about the economy while launching theme-of-the-day initiatives on healthcare, stem cell research and on Tuesday, education.

Last week the White House spent some time accusing conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh of being leader of the Republican Party.

But Obama, together with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, White House economic guru Lawrence Summers and others have so far failed to explain how they plan to rescue American banks, some of which are teetering on the brink of collapse.

There is talk of “stress tests” for troubled banks, or nationalizing them or letting some fail — but no clear plan.

Buffett, an informal Obama adviser considered a financial seer on Wall Street, told CNBC on Monday the message has to be “very, very clear as to what government will be doing.”

“And I think we’ve had, and it’s the nature of the political process somewhat, but we’ve had muddled messages and the American public does not know. They feel they don’t know what’s going on, and their reaction then is to absolutely pull back,” he said.

At the White House, spokesman Robert Gibbs reacted defensively, saying Obama has only been in office seven weeks and it should be no surprise that “all of the problems that took many years to take hold haven’t necessarily been solved.”

Read the rest:
http://www.reuters.com/article/new
sOne/idUSTRE5294HH20090310

In this May 21, 2008 file photo, U.S. billionaire investor Warren ...
In this May 21, 2008 file photo, U.S. billionaire investor Warren Buffett speaks during a news conference in Madrid. Buffett says the economic turmoil that contributed to a 62 percent profit drop last year at the holding company he controls is certain to continue in 2009, but the revered investor remains optimistic.(AP Photo/Paul White, File)

Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag arrives ...
“Beware of geeks bearing models,” said Warren Buffett; which could be worrisome to people.  Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag arrives to deliver testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 4, 2009.REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES)