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Obama's "Self-Inflicted Wound"

Obama's "Self-Inflicted Wound"

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As The White House Tries To Spin “Confidence Men,” They Conveniently Forget Their Role In Creating It
As The White House Tries To Spin “Confidence Men,” They Conveniently Forget Their Role In Creating It

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Paid for by the Republican National Committee.310 First Street SE - Washington, D.C. 20003 - (202) 863-8500 - www.gop.com
Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.
 
September 20, 2011
Obama’s “Self 
-
Inflicted Wound”
 
 As The White House Tries To Spin “Confidence Men,” They 
Conveniently Forget Their Role In Creating It 
______________________________________________________________________
OBAMA AND HIS ADMI
NISTRATION COOPERATED WITH SUSKIND “FOR YEARS” ON
THE BOOK 
The Book Is A “Self 
-
Inflicted” Wound Since “Suskind Received Extensive Cooperation From HighLevels Of The Administration,” Including From Obama Himself.
“And this wound was self 
-inflicted.Suskind received extensive cooperation from high levels of the administration
including a 50-minute OvalOffice interview with the president 
in reporting the book, which will be published Tuesday by HarperCollins but was obtained by POLITICO and several oth
er news organizations.”
(Mike Allen, “WH Pushes back Hard At Suskind,” 
9/17/11)
 
“Suskind Also Interviewed Treasury Secretary
Tim Geithner And A Host Of Current And
Former Obama Aides.”
 
(Mike Allen, “WH Pushes Back Hard At Suskind,” 
9/17/11)
 
 
“Suskind Writes In A ‘Sources’ Section: ‘746 Hours Of Int 
erviews Were Conducted With More
Than 200 Individuals.’”
 
(Mike Allen, “W.H. Pushes Back Hard At Suskind,” 
 9/17/11)
The White House Cooperated With Ro
n Suskind “For Years.”
 
“Despite having cooperated with author
Ron Suskind for years, White House officials today attacked him and disputed the veracity of his book 
‘Confidence Men’, which portrays a meek President Obama being rolled by his economic advisers.”
(Jake Tapper,
“White House Officials Attack Book, Author, With Whom They Cooperated,”
 ABC News’ 
,” 9/19/11)
 
Many Of The Stories In Suskind’s Book Have Been Verified By Other News Outlets.
“That said, many of 
the other stories in the book have been verified by
 ABC News
.”
(Jake Tapper, “White House Officials Attack Book, Author, WithWhom They Cooperated,”
 ABC Ne
ws’ 
,” 9/19/11)
 
IT’S NOT SUSKIND’S FAULT THAT WHAT THE BOOK REVEALED IS NOT THE MOST
FLATTERING IMAGE OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION
Exposing Obama’s “Dysfunctional” Economic Team
 
Suskind’s New Book “Paints An Unflattering Portrait Of A Dysfunctional And Acrimonious” Obama
White House.
“Obama administration officials scrambled Friday to hunt dow
n copies of a new book scheduled to be released next week that paints an unflattering portrait of a dysfunctional and acrimonious
White House that sometimes stymied President Obama’s effort to rescue the country’s economy.”
(Peter Wallstenand Zachary Gold
fard, “Book Portrays Dysfunction In Obama White House,” 
 9/16/11)
 
 
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s committee.
2
 
Suskind Cites “Plenty Of Infighting Within The Obama Economic Team.”
“The book cited plenty of 
infighting within the Obama economic team as it grappled with the financial meltdown, the recession, thestimulus bill, health care, and new Wall Street regulations -- dissension that doubtless contributed to
Obama's frustration about communication.”
 
(David Jackson, “Obama Talks About Communications Problems,” 
 9/17/11)
In Book, Former Economic Advisor Larry Summers Said, “There’s
No Adult In Charge. Clinton Would
Never Have Made These Mistakes.”
(Mike Allen, “WH Pushes Back Hard At Suskind,” 
9/17/11) 
 And The Lack Of “Inspiration” Obama’s Economic Policies Inspired 
 
Obama Told Then-
Speaker Nancy Pelosi On A Conference Call That The “Stimulus Needs MoreInspiration!”
“On a conference call with Nancy Pelosi’s office, he pushed for the very ‘inspiration’ he had
deliberately withheld the day before.
‘This stimulus needs more inspiration!’ he shouted into the
speakerphone. Pelosi and her staff visibly rolled their eyes
.”
(Ron Suskind,
Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, And TheEducation Of A President 
, 2011)
“After The Stimulus Bill Was Passed In February 2009, Little Else Happened On The Jobs Front For AYear And A Half.”
 
(Ron Suskind,
Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, And The Education Of A President 
, 2011)
Obama White House Internal Projections For Unemployment In 2010 Was An Average Rate Of 9.8Percent.
“The administration undershot the crisis, convincing itself by the summer of 2009 that the
economy had turned the corner and, at the same time, recognizing that it would be a jobless recovery of stunning disparities, with restored GDP growth alongside fast-rising unemployment. In fact, internaladministration projections in June 2009, when unemployment was at 8 percent, noted that joblessness
would average a whopping 9.8 percent in 2010.”
(Ron Suskind,
Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, And The Education Of A President 
,2011)
 
Obama’s Economic Advisors Crafted A Stimulus Bill They Predicted Would Keep
Unemployment Below Eight Percent.
 
(Christina Romer and Jared Bernstein,
 
,” 1/9/09
)
 
Obama Released A
Graph So “The American People Can See
Exactly What This Plan Will Mean
For Their Families, Their Communities, And Our Economy.”
 
“I asked my nominee for Chair of the
Council of Economic Advisers, Dr. Christina Romer, and the Vice President-
Elect’s Chief Economic
Adviser, Dr. Jared Bernstein, to conduct a rigorous analysis of this plan and come up with projectionsof how many jobs it will create
and what kind of jobs they will be. Today, I am releasing a report of their findings so that the American people can see exactly what this plan will mean for their families,
their communities, and our economy.”
 
(President-Elect Barack Obama,
,1/10/09)
 And Revealing That Obama’s White House Is A “Hostile” Environment For Female Officials
 
 According To Book, In Obama White House’s “Rough
-And-
Tumble Environment … Female Staff Members Often Felt Bruised.”
 
“In this rough
-and-tumble environment, the book reports, female staff members often felt bruised. At a dinner with Mr. Obama in November 2009, several top female aides
 including Anita Dunn, who was the communications director, and Christina Romer, the chairwoman of theCouncil of Economic Advisers
told the president about being talked over in meetings by male colleagues
or cut out altogether.”
(Mark Landler, “Book Details Dissension In Obama Economic Team,” 
 
,9/15/11)
Former Economic Advisor Christina Romer: “I Felt Like A Piece Of Meat.”
“‘I felt like a piece of meat,’
Christina Romer, former head of the Council of Economic Advisers, said of one meeting in which Suskind

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