With Daley resignation, Obama White House loses what little business sense it had
Just a week after President Obama announced his unconstitutional and Pro-Big Labor recess appointments, he also announced yesterday that White House Chief of Staff and former Boeing board member Bill Daley would step down from his post.
Remember when first appointed, Daley was suppose to be the man to bring the business community to Obama, or at least tame the outright hostility towards the administration. As a former Boeing board member, he was the man who understood the needs of business.
Whatever Mr. Daley’s pro-business leanings were, it didn’t sit well with his party.
It has long been rumored that staffers in the White House and especially congressional Democrats were not a fan of the C.O.S. But just in October, Daley said he would stay in the post until after the 2012 election. That is not going to happen now.
So what was the reason Daley decided to get out of Dodge almost a year earlier than he planned? Maybe it was because as a former Boeing board member he got tired of the crusade against business. Or maybe it was because Obama couldn’t put up with someone recognizing the importance of creating jobs!
Whatever the reason as the re-elect gets ever closer, it is blatantly apparent that whatever moderation Daley was suppose to bring to the White House is now out the window. President Obama kicked off the new year with a big swing to the left with the unconstitutional recess appointments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the National Labor Relations Board (the same board who went after Boeing’s plant in South Carolina mind you). So who knows what the rest of the year has in store for us…
But as the Chief of Staff’s office is being packed up, lets take a quick look down memory lane of Mr. Daley’s “best of” moments during his tenure as he tried to bring some business-sense to a White House that cannot help but trend further and further left:
White House Chief Of Staff Bill Daley To Business Leaders: “Sometimes You Can’t Defend The Indefensible.” “One by one, exasperated executives stood to air their grievances on environmental regulations and stalled free-trade deals. And Daley, the former banker tasked with building ties with industry, found himself looking for the right balance between empathy and defending his boss. At one point, the room erupted in applause when Massachusetts utility executive Doug Starrett, his voice shaking with emotion, accused the administration of blocking construction on one of his facilities to protect fish, saying government ‘throws sand into the gears of progress.’ Daley said he did not have many good answers, appearing to throw up his hands in frustration at what he called ‘bureaucratic stuff that’s hard to defend.’ ‘Sometimes you can’t defend the indefensible,’ he said.” (Peter Wallsten and Jia Lynn Yang, “White House’s Daley Seeks Balance In Outreach Meeting With Manufacturers,” The Washington Post, 6/16/11)
In January 2011, Daley Said He Does Not “Think Raising The Taxes On The American People Right Now Is The Way To Go At This Point Of Our Economy.”(CBS’ “Face The Nation,” 1/30/11)
Daley: “Medicare’s got to be strengthened. It will run out of money in five years if we don’t do something. Obviously there has to be improvements to it.” (ABC”s “This Week,” 7/10/11)
On the Democrat’s Budget
Daley: “[W]e Don’t Have A Budget, Which Is Kind Of Ridiculous. No Company Could Get Away With That.” “First of all, no business out there would be at the end of their first quarter and not have a budget for the year that they are in, much less putting a budget forward for ’12.We are only seven months away from the end of this fiscal year, and we don’t have a budget, which is kind of ridiculous. No company could get away with that.” (NBC’s “Meet The Press,” 3/6/11)
I don’t know about you, but I’m going to miss that man. At least he was good for a great sound bite or two.