The book offers a scathing view of Obama as an inexperienced president in over his head, lacking leadership skills and yielding to aides who often disagreed with one another. The White House has moved quickly to assert that the book is full of misquotations and other mistakes, and offers an inaccurate assessment of the administration. – Politico
Okay. This has finally reached critical mass, with the Obama White House reaction making Ron Suskind’s new book news.
After the glowing media reviews, not to mention standing ovations in print from Richard Wolffe and Jonathan Alter, the Obama White House has come to expect adulation. Ron Suskind has evidently done the unthinkable and delivered a critical view, at least from all evidence leaked so far.
At another point in the book Summers tells Orszag, “We’re home alone. There’s no adult in charge. Clinton would never have made these mistakes.’ – Jake Tapper
Clinton? How about Mr. Summers not making these mistakes. Let’s also remember this is a man who was jettisoned from Harvard because he thought women couldn’t handle science. …and still Obama put him in charge.
Ron Suskind, who will be on “Morning Joe” tomorrow, has reportedly delivered something quite different. Mika Brzezinski was clearly incensed this morning over several quotes, but the White House cooperated, so unless Mr. Suskind is lying they’ve got a real pr problem, which has already been proven.
“‘The president has a real woman problem’ was the assessment of another high-ranking female official. ‘The idea of the boys’ club being just Larry and Rahm isn’t fair. He [Obama] was just as responsible himself.’ … ‘[L]ooking back,’ recalled Anita Dunn, when asked about it nearly two years later, ‘this place would be in court for a hostile workplace … Because it actually fit all of the classic legal requirements for a genuinely hostile workplace to women.’” – Mike Allen
Christina Romer, former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, is also quoted as saying, “I felt like a piece of meat,” when Larry Summers dissed her, not including her in a meeting.
At a time when Obama’s poll numbers are sagging, to put it mildly, what is being described as a scathing look at Obama’s leadership on the economy could be a problem simply because it fits the current narrative.
They’ve had to spend days rebutting Suskind, which continued today just as the President was rolling out his big reelection pitch.