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Obama: 'Sober meeting' with business leaders
THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | 1/28/09 | Richard C. Gross

Posted on 01/29/2009 11:23:19 AM PST by Sammy67

President Obama held a "very sober meeting" about the economy with 10 of the nation's business leaders at the White House Wednesday as the House debated his proposed $825 billion economic stimulus package.

"They understand when it comes to rebuilding our economy, we don't have a moment to spare," Mr. Obama said of the chief executive officers attending the meeting. "They are looking for action from Washington, bold and swift."

Mr. Obama characterized them as being "on the frontline of people who are seeing enormous problems in the economy right now" and said the economic difficulties were a reason for Congress to "act now" on his stimulus plan.

Among the chief executives were

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Strange? The day after Obama met with the CEO of Kodak, the company announced massive layoffs. Corning Glass the day before.
1 posted on 01/29/2009 11:23:20 AM PST by Sammy67
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To: Sammy67

So he’s usually drunk. I see. Thats how the MSM would twist it.


2 posted on 01/29/2009 11:24:54 AM PST by Sig Sauer P220 (Our constitution protects aliens, drunks and U.S. Senators. ---- Will Rogers)
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To: Sammy67

“They are looking for action from Washington, bold and swift.”

I doubt that. The Capitalists I know in the Real World want Government OUT OF THE WAY.


3 posted on 01/29/2009 11:25:32 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Sig Sauer P220
So he’s usually drunk. I see. Thats how the MSM would twist it if it were Bush.

Forgot to finish it.
4 posted on 01/29/2009 11:25:56 AM PST by Sig Sauer P220 (Our constitution protects aliens, drunks and U.S. Senators. ---- Will Rogers)
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To: Sammy67

Like to see a republican with the courage to say: This is NOT the worst economy since the depression, that is a scare tactic being used to get wwhatever Obama wants.

If this is the worst then Obama should be run out of office for squandering so much money at such a time.


5 posted on 01/29/2009 11:27:02 AM PST by Williams (It's The Policies, Stupid.)
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To: Sammy67

Since when does Obamunism like capitalists and capitalism??


6 posted on 01/29/2009 11:27:26 AM PST by EagleUSA
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To: Sammy67

“They understand when it comes to rebuilding our economy, we don’t have a moment to spare,” Mr. Obama said of the chief executive officers attending the meeting. “They are looking for action from Washington, bold and swift.”

...they do huh? Yeah, they didn’t build their business on that stupid old capitalism BS. The Government gave them life ~sarc. DummyOTUS B.Hussein


7 posted on 01/29/2009 11:27:39 AM PST by albie
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To: Sammy67

All Tech companies:

“Among the chief executives were Eric Schmidt, chairman and CEO of Google; Sam Palmisano, chairman, CEO and president of IBM; Debra Lee, president and CEO of BET Holdings, Inc.(Black Intertainment TV); David M. Cote, chairman and CEO of Honeywell; and Anne Mulcahy, chair and CEO of Xerox.”


8 posted on 01/29/2009 11:28:31 AM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: albie

Jan 28 (Reuters) - Chief executives of major companies are meeting with President Obama on Wednesday to discuss the U.S. economy. This is a list of CEOs attending the meeting, according to the White House.

* Steve Appleton, chairman, president and CEO, Micron Technology Inc (MU.N)

* David Barger, CEO, JetBlue Airways Corp (JBLU.O)

* Greg Brown, president and co-CEO, Motorola Inc (MOT.N)

* John Bryson, president and CEO, Edison International (EIX.N)

* David Cote, chairman and CEO, Honeywell International Inc (HON.N)

* Debra Lee, president and CEO, BET Holdings Inc, a division of Viacom Inc (VIAb.N)

* Anne Mulcahy, chairman and CEO, Xerox Corp (XRX.N)

* Sam Palmisano, chairman, CEO and President, IBM (IBM.N)

* Antonio Perez, chairman and CEO, Eastman Kodak Co (EK.N)

* Eric Schmidt, chairman and CEO, Google Inc (GOOG.O)

* Michael Splinter, president and CEO, Applied Materials Inc (AMAT.O)

* Wendell Weeks, chairman and CEO, Corning Inc (GLW.N)

* Ron Williams, CEO, Aetna Inc (AET.N)


9 posted on 01/29/2009 11:28:43 AM PST by Sammy67
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To: Sammy67

They aren’t sober.

They are dunk on tax money and high on bailouts.

1600 Pennsylvania Ave. is now Studio 54.


10 posted on 01/29/2009 11:29:24 AM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: Sammy67

It would be interesting to cross-reference that list with their 2008 campaign contributions.


11 posted on 01/29/2009 11:30:14 AM PST by Constitution Day (Big Brotha Is Watching You)
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To: Sammy67

Mr. Obama? Nice to see them showing the same respect they showed President Bush. And I’m not being sarcastic!


12 posted on 01/29/2009 11:30:30 AM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Computer says No..... Carole Beer)
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To: Sammy67

I’m confident these CEO’s agreed with 0 that the $50 million ‘economic stimulus’ for the National Endowment for the Arts would help get the economy back on track.


13 posted on 01/29/2009 11:32:03 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The democRATS are near the tipping point.)
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To: Sammy67
"They understand when it comes to rebuilding our economy, we don't have a moment to spare," Mr. Obama said of the chief executive officers attending the meeting. "They are looking for action from Washington, bold and swift."

He really means he wants to get that $825 billion economic stimulus package passed before the peons actually find out about the pork & social programs that are in it - with nothing much to help the economy at all.

It IS good for making government more powerful & gaining more votes for the RAT party & getting the Zero re-elected.

14 posted on 01/29/2009 11:32:32 AM PST by LADY J
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

They want to get their (our) money before everything goes to hell in a handbasket. Next up on their agenda, retirement in Costa Rica.


15 posted on 01/29/2009 11:32:44 AM PST by villagerjoel ("Gun control is a prerequisite for genocide." - Unknown)
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To: Sammy67
"They are looking for action from Washington, bold and swift."

In other words, they want Obama and the clowns in Congress to give them lots of your money.
And, they want it now!

16 posted on 01/29/2009 11:32:47 AM PST by XR7
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To: Sammy67
Obama: 'Sober meeting' with business leaders

If those business leaders came looking for a handout or a bailout, then they're not business savvy or "leaders". If they were offered bailouts or handouts and they accepted, then they've given up control of their business to the government.

If they came looking for tax reductions, they were sorely disappointed and then they went back home with their hopes shattered and with layoffs as part of their immediate plans, or going out of business plans.

If it's not a government solution with the government gaining control of everything, then its a "no deal" with Obama and the democrats who are now in dictatorial control of the country.
17 posted on 01/29/2009 11:32:48 AM PST by adorno
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To: Sammy67
Won't be sober for long, baby!


18 posted on 01/29/2009 11:33:38 AM PST by SparkyBass
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To: Williams

Quote: “Like to see a republican with the courage to say: This is NOT the worst economy since the depression, that is a scare tactic being used to get wwhatever Obama wants.”

I believe Senator Sessions already has granted your wish. The only down side was that he threw Bush under the bus to do it, i.e. accusing Obama of using the same scare tactics as the Bush administration.


19 posted on 01/29/2009 11:39:35 AM PST by FlipWilson
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To: Sammy67

A “very sober meeting”? What a choice of words.


20 posted on 01/29/2009 11:40:29 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: FlipWilson

Is that what they call double speak? Like that’s gonna work.


21 posted on 01/29/2009 11:41:23 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: EagleUSA
Since when does Obamunism like capitalists and capitalism??

He's looking for the best way to crash and burn the USA so that he can establish a dictatorship.

By interviewing the people who know what needs to be done, he can do the opposite, thereby furthering his own ambition and power.

I'm astounded that smart people don't realize this.

22 posted on 01/29/2009 11:43:01 AM PST by HIDEK6
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To: Sammy67
Saying that he has the answer to a crisis, does not make it so. Finding business leaders willing to be his shills--when he is President of the United States--does not add to his credibility.

The fact is that Obama has embraced the fallacies of Fabian Socialism--the Keynesian approach to any business downturn--which destroy the resources of the affluent, while creating the illusion of problem solving. Since the destruction of assets is real, problems are only made worse in the long run.

As a stab at trying to address the fallacies being promoted, the February feature at my Conservative Web Site deals with The Function Of Money--A Medium Of Exchange. I hope that some will find it enlightening and useful.

William Flax

23 posted on 01/29/2009 11:45:43 AM PST by Ohioan
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To: Sammy67

“Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it...” Barack Obama.


24 posted on 01/29/2009 11:49:13 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Obama thinks spending tax $ on abortions in Mexico helps more than controlling illegal immigration)
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To: Sammy67
The questions most businesses and investors have are which direction is Obama going to take us all and have we seen the bottom of the hole yet. It looks like the CEO of Kodak got the answers to those question and laid people off.

Anyone here could have told these leaders what to expect with Obama but it's great that they now have heard it firsthand.

25 posted on 01/29/2009 11:51:00 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

Sober, maybe. But O was all coked up after Alec and flew some nose candy for him in from the Left Coast.


26 posted on 01/29/2009 11:53:27 AM PST by Leonardo DiCrapio
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To: HIDEK6
By interviewing the people who know what needs to be done, he can do the opposite

There are a number of kid's games where the winning strategy is based on this sort of thinking -- see what you're opponent is trying to accomplish and just make sure that they can't achieve that goal. Secondarily, see if you can accomplish your own goal.

27 posted on 01/29/2009 11:53:30 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: Sammy67

Zero (looking at teleprompter): “We want to spread your wealth around. It’s good for everyone.”

Kodak rep: “But there’s no more wealth to spread around.”

Zero (looking at [suddenly defective] teleprompter): “I won. I’m going to trump you on that. So whack me over the head now with a baby before I compromise.”


28 posted on 01/29/2009 12:03:06 PM PST by ScottinVA (Make my world PURRRFECT, Lord Obama!)
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To: Sammy67
Headline?

Obama's Economy Warning System Is Red
Severe risks. More government spending needed immediately.

29 posted on 01/29/2009 12:06:53 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Sammy67
Sounding more desperate by the hour - all that pork almost within reach and the public relations alarm clock is ticking.

Its gonna be a long four years for Mr Obaaaama.

30 posted on 01/29/2009 12:07:17 PM PST by skeeter
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To: Texas Fossil

Xerox? Google? How do they impact the economy and how will creating “green jobs” impact them? I guess people will be Googling “green jobs” to find out what they are LOL


31 posted on 01/29/2009 12:12:03 PM PST by McGavin999
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To: Sammy67
Obama said of the chief executive officers attending the meeting. "They are looking for action from Washington, bold and swift."

If Obama were giving me $Billions, I'd want "bold and swift" action as well.

Since it's Americans that will be paying the $Trillions, we're not as thrilled with the whole "bold and swift" thing.

32 posted on 01/29/2009 12:29:10 PM PST by RJL
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To: Sammy67

Sober meeting? No cocaine? No cocktails? Oh what a world!


33 posted on 01/29/2009 12:33:05 PM PST by Enterprise (A Representative Republic - gone now. Foolish people.)
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To: Sammy67
10 of the nation's business leaders

Did they have a monkey to go with the tin cups????

34 posted on 01/29/2009 12:43:48 PM PST by org.whodat (Conservatives don't vote for Bailouts for Super-Rich Bankers! Republicans do!)
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To: VanDeKoik
They aren’t sober.

They are dunk on tax money and high on bailouts.

1600 Pennsylvania Ave. is now Studio 54.

Bet they did not drive Chevy's to Washington.

35 posted on 01/29/2009 12:46:53 PM PST by org.whodat (Conservatives don't vote for Bailouts for Super-Rich Bankers! Republicans do!)
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To: Sammy67
Debra Lee, president and CEO, BET Holdings Inc, a division of Viacom Inc (VIAb.N)

Glad he got BET in there. Wonder why P Diddy wasn't invited?

36 posted on 01/29/2009 12:52:46 PM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: EagleUSA
Since when does Obamunism like capitalists and capitalism??

Maybe since the government is buying up controlling interest, or at least buying some strong say so in how they are run, in these industries, and banks.

37 posted on 01/29/2009 12:55:31 PM PST by itsahoot (We will have world government. Whether by conquest or consent. Looks like that question is answered)
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To: EagleUSA
"Since when does Obamunism like capitalists and capitalism??

LOL! When they make large campaign donations!

Besides, who said these folks are "true" capitalists?
38 posted on 01/29/2009 1:29:42 PM PST by indthkr
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To: Sammy67

I wonder how many of those “business leaders” actually started their businesses?

I’m guessing none.

They should be called “administrators.”


39 posted on 01/29/2009 1:54:07 PM PST by rightinthemiddle (Without the Mainstream Media, the Left is Nothing.)
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To: skeeter

Sounding more desperate by the hour - all that pork almost within reach and the public relations alarm clock is ticking.

BINGO


40 posted on 01/29/2009 1:58:26 PM PST by mojitojoe (THAT SILLY LITTLE WIMP IS NOT MY PRESIDENT)
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To: EagleUSA
The guy from Google has been with Obama from the outset of the campaign and probably helped write the Stimulus bill. He has also been out on all of the TV primetime shows selling it.
41 posted on 01/29/2009 2:17:40 PM PST by elpadre (nation)
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To: elpadre

“He has also been out on all of the TV primetime shows selling it.”

0 saw him in June. There’s been talk of his being the Technology ‘czar.’ I think he has acted in this capacity during the ‘transition.’ Google edits our news for language, remember. Also, it has that ‘internet drives for everyone’ concept going on. And Google has ‘worked’ with the Communist Chinese to censor its Internet.

Anyone for how his influence will peddle here in the US, hmmmm?

Pretty soon, Schmidt’s going to have to live in an Airbus or 767, sort of like Howard Hughes.


42 posted on 01/29/2009 5:16:08 PM PST by combat_boots ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."Aldous Huxley)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; justiceseeker93; ..

Obama’s New Food Policy Includes Premium Liquor (Barf)
Fox News | 01/27/2009 | Associated Press
Posted on 01/29/2009 5:06:21 PM PST by Tidbit
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2174593/posts

WASHINGTON -Visiting one of his favorite Chicago restaurants in November, Barack Obama was asked by an excited waitress if he wanted the restaurant’s special margarita made with the finest ingredients, straight up and shaken at the table.


43 posted on 01/29/2009 5:58:49 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: Constitution Day; Sammy67; Clintonfatigued; Just A Nobody; theothercheek; goldstategop; ...
You'd be surprised how many Democrats are in the top echelons of the largest corporations of America and how much of their contributions go to 'Rat candidates. The MSM likes to mislead the public into thinking that the GOP is the party of "big business."

Actually, a lot of these corporate elitists are less free market entrepreneurs than mercantilists who rely on Big Government favors to move their firms ahead.

44 posted on 01/29/2009 7:46:09 PM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
The capitalists I know in the Real World want Government OUT OF THE WAY..

Problem is that a lot of these upper-level execs in Fortune 500 corporations aren't true capitalists, but more like mercantalists who seek favors from Big Brother.

45 posted on 01/29/2009 7:49:50 PM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: justiceseeker93

Thanks justiceseeker93.


46 posted on 01/30/2009 8:15:50 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: Sammy67

Cool - a list of companies with which I will NOT do business.


47 posted on 01/30/2009 8:30:36 PM PST by meyer (We are all John Galt)
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To: Williams

Did you happen to see the press conference and Major Garrett on with Shep after. If not you missed the jaw-dropper of the week. Major asked why Obama continues to use the term “disaster” when discussing the economy. Gibbs response was the shocker — even to Major Garrett, he said they are doing it on purpose to push the stimulus through. Major told Shep he never in a million years expected a response like that.


48 posted on 01/30/2009 8:33:47 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Sammy67

Eric Schmid is who they sent out to talk up the meeting when it was over..... no shock since Soros owns Schmid’s soul.


49 posted on 01/30/2009 8:35:24 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: LADY J

This POTUS has balls, I’ll give him that, I heard today they are already talking another 1.1 Trillion TARP program.


50 posted on 01/30/2009 8:36:41 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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