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President Obama Uses His Travel for Political Purposes and the Washington Post Is Shocked!

Sunday, 26 June 2011 09:45

The Washington Post had a clean out the refrigerator front page piece taking pot shots at President Obama for favoring a certain number of politically connected firms in the clean energy business and also using his travel for political purposes.

There are two distinct issues here. Is the president using his travel for political purposes? Do fish swim in the ocean?

Come on folks, this is not serious. There is no front page story in presidents using their travel for political ends, there's no story period. This is always done. In fact, if it turned out that President Obama's travel did not seem to fit his political agenda, that would have been an appropriate front page story.

There is a separate issue as to whether the Obama administration has circumvented normal procedures to give government support to political allies. This is an issue and possibly even a front page story, however the piece is too scattered to give a clear sense of the evidence on this point.

The Post would be well-advised to leave the nonsense about political travel in the frig and focus on the allegations of corruption in the loan guarantee process. If there is a clear case here, then present it to your readers.

Comments (5)Add Comment
written by izzatzo, June 26, 2011 10:39
In related news conveniently ignored by WaPo, Obama ordered Air Force One to conduct low pass salute flyovers where mountain tops once existed as a tribute to coal fired energy and the spirit of compromise towards clean energy.
written by izzatzo, June 26, 2011 9:16
don't steal my name for commenting here.

The Washington Post's issue with the visits wasn't that he was doing them, but that he is doing it to one sector at the expense of other sectors that are investing billions in energy innovation, like the job creators over at the oil and gas industry.

Stupid libs.
written by diesel, June 26, 2011 9:42
Will the real izzatzo please stand up?
Dean could enforce a litmus
written by frankenduf, June 27, 2011 8:09
just threaten to forever ban the username "izzatzo"- then the real isthatso would be forced to change it's moniker, as it would want it's name to live on in blog lore- i predict it would change it's name to ugottaproblemwitdat?
written by uwo, June 27, 2011 12:13
In my opinion, Izzatzo should be appointed official satirist for CEPR.

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