Thursday, March 19, 2009

President Campaigns for Budget

President Obama, escaping the mounting uproar in Washington over executive bonuses at the American International Group, came here Wednesday for a raucous town-hall-style meeting where he promised that his $3.6 trillion budget and recovery plan would put the country’s economy back on track.

He's salesman-in-chief. In full campaign mode.

“Washington is all in a tizzy over who’s at fault,” Mr. Obama said. “Some say it’s the Democrats’ fault, the Republicans’ fault. Listen, I’ll take responsibility. I’m the president.”

Dodd said the Treasury struck a clause from the bill, resulting in the AIG bonuses. Finger-pointing is a national sport in Washington, indeed in politics. At least the President is assuming responsibility. It doesn't solve anything, but it is helpful.

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