I was listening to Obama explaining Chrysler's bankruptcy filing on the radio and was especially enchanted by his assurance that "This is not a sign of weakness." Whoever would think so?
I lack a transcript but in his Big Finish Obama said something to the effect of, if we can all join together in a spirit of shared sacrifice, from the people on the factory floor to the board rooms to the Congress, we can bring better days and a better Chrysler...
Uh, hello, how about the US taxpayer? Any props, exhortations, or acknowledgment of their role here? Sorry, MY role?
The Congress - yeah, they have to sacrifice an endless stream of donations from the UAW.
I need a transcript.
HERE WE GO - my emphasis:
Now, these are challenging times for America's auto industry and for the American people. But I am confident that if we as a nation can act with the same sense of shared sacrifice and shared purpose that's been shown by so many of Chrysler's stakeholders, if we can embrace the idea that we're all in it together -- from the union hall to the boardroom to the halls of Congress -- then we will succeed not only with Chrysler, we will not only see our American auto industry rise again, but we will rebuild our entire economy and make the 21st century another American Century.
Cue the music! I hear "We'll Lift You Up Where You Belong" swelling in the background as Larry Summers in his dress whites walks across a factory floor and lifts up a teary-eyed Robert Nardelli, then carries the Chrysler CEO out the exit while the onlooking stakeholders weep and cheer.