Obama's press office puts out a release detailing his brilliance, patience, and insight into both the political process and the business of making cars. My goodness, what a time-saver - in an earlier era we would need to see what Obama actually did and whether it worked, but the internet has speeded up everything.
For a new president, the automobile industry crisis has tested the boundaries of his activist approach and the acuity of his political instincts. As with so many issues in his action-packed 100 days in office, Mr. Obama confronted choices few of his predecessors encountered. His ongoing intervention in an iconic sector of the economy offers a case study in the education, management and decision-making of a fledgling president.
Tutored by veterans of past administrations, Mr. Obama, often after dinner with his wife and daughters, devoured briefing papers until midnight to master the intricacies of the auto industry. But he had advisers deal directly with the car companies and never spoke with the G.M. chief executive he effectively fired.
He does it all. After dinner! More hagiography:
A half-hour into the meeting, an aide entered the Oval Office and slipped Mr. Obama a note informing him another meeting was to begin. The president told advisers he needed more time to decide Chrysler’s fate. He then headed off for a day consumed by a new strategy for Afghanistan, a threatened rocket launch by North Korea and the evacuation of a flooded Fargo, N.D. (“What is this, a ‘West Wing’ episode?” Mr. Axelrod recalled asking Mr. Emanuel.)
What kind of investigative journalism is this, anyway? They are utterly silent on whether that Superman outfit gets scratchy or bunches up under his suit.
CLASSIC MOMENTS FOR WHICH THERE ARE NO MULLIGANS:
Hmm. What were they thinking?