Video: Zuckerman scoffs at WH “pro-business” claims

posted at 3:35 pm on July 9, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

When Mort Zuckerman talks, er, Barbra Streisand listens — and so does MSNBC. The White House has begun a pushback against the gathering consensus that the Obama administration is overtly anti-business, but Zuckerman won’t have it. In his appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning, Zuckerman ripped Rahm Emanuel for arguing that the administration supports business, and pointed to the explicitly hostile statements that officials have made all along about businesses being thieves, villains, and cheats that the government has to bring to heel. Someone on the panel says, “That’s just rhetoric,” to which Zuckerman gives a harsh retort:

Rhetoric is damned important for investors, who have to concern themselves with the long-term prospects of their actions.  It doesn’t take EF Hutton for everyone to notice that the massive new regulatory regimes proposed and imposed by Democrats will hike costs and trim returns, as well as limit economic choices for investors and consumers alike.  Why would anyone want to jump into a market while the White House is conducting class warfare and populist demonization of investors?  Why, that would be as stupid as those same folks contributing big dollars to class warriors and demonizers, and that wouldn’t … er … well, it won’t happen again. We hope.


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This is why I can not fathom wall street doing anything but tanking. Because words mean things and the rhetoric and actions of this administration have been nothing short fanatic war. I don’t understand why John Galt hasn’t shown up because we’re at that point.

There is no point to trying to run a business in the USA anymore. If you do, they’ll change the rules. They’ll talk about a bunch new ways to tax you, they’ll attack you at every turn and in the end, they’ll crush you like a bug.

Forget about it.

WashingtonsWake on July 9, 2010 at 3:40 PM

and he’s right to… they’re so diculous they’re REdiculous [sic]…

Drunk Report on July 9, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Mika just can’t believe it…

must have gotten an email from the WH before the segment started…

cmsinaz on July 9, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Just saying it is so, doesn’t cut it.

I’m a unicorn .. no I’m not

J_Crater on July 9, 2010 at 3:42 PM

It’s about time business leaders started squaring off with these yahoos in the White House.

beatcanvas on July 9, 2010 at 3:42 PM

beatcanvas on July 9, 2010 at 3:42 PM

most of the voted for dear leader…they got what they deserved to some degree, don’t you think?

cmsinaz on July 9, 2010 at 3:44 PM

You have to understand the liberal mind to understand the way they think.

Liberals only think in the context of what they want. Of what they want things to be. Reality is different for them.

If someone wants to start a business, or expand a business, or hire people, they’ll do it.

Duh? Are you stupid or something?

Jaynie59 on July 9, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Rush said Obama is in Las Vegas and the main paper’s editorial today was titled “Welcome Back To Vegas! Your Policies Suck!”

Marcus on July 9, 2010 at 3:46 PM

Rhetoric? Demonizing and dehumanization go hand in hand with destruction. How dare they compare such horrendous comments from this admin with debate talking points, it shows contempt for the people of this country and hatred for the rest.

rob verdi on July 9, 2010 at 3:46 PM

It’s a bitter cup, Mort, but drink it down and drink it deep.

greggriffith on July 9, 2010 at 3:47 PM

“When times are tough, you tighten your belts. You don’t go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage. You don’t blow a bunch of cash in Vegas when you’re trying to save for college.”BHO

seven on July 9, 2010 at 3:48 PM

All we have left anymore is a faint hope that we can own a small piece of the last business standing in a fascist owned country. That is discouraging as hell. Obama has had to move a little slower than Chavez, but both monsters have the same goal which is to rule a nation by fiat backed up by murderous thugs. Our only hope for freedom is to win the counter-revolution starting this November and ending in a November 2012 showdown. Viva Palin!

jimw on July 9, 2010 at 3:48 PM

I saw an article about the WH ‘pushback’. Really… who do they think they’re fooling? Do they really think business leaders will just decide the WH likes them because it says it does? Really?

It will never happen. The only thing that will help is lowering their taxes and getting the he11 out of their way. And that will only happen when Cpt Kickass is out of office.

Dirty Creature on July 9, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Damn i feel like a real idiot now for cancelling my DBA and business account just prior to the present moron’s taking over.

heshtesh on July 9, 2010 at 3:49 PM

No wonder small businesses have run out of steam, with no confidence to built up steam and no stragety to build confidence what is left.

fourdeucer on July 9, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Hot costume for this coming Halloween, business suit with boot marks on one’s throat.

WashJeff on July 9, 2010 at 3:54 PM

I’d like to know why these geniuses on Wall Street actually thought Barry and friends would ever like them. Did they really think that contributing millions to Democrat campaign coffers would make them Barry’s BFFs?

WarEagle01 on July 9, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Hope, and change. They used to be nice , or acceptable words. Now I see them as tainted, dirty, and repulsive.

capejasmine on July 9, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Buyer’s remorse. Bells can’t be unrung. They helped fund his election. Wasn’t it Stalin who said the commies would sell us the rope with which we hung ourselves?

a capella on July 9, 2010 at 3:58 PM

A little late to the party, Zuck. Why the hell did you vote for him? All these super-smart people that voted for him and are now shocked that he’s anti-business or incompetent or a divider instead of a uniter really get on my nerves.

Isn’t it funny that these people fancy themselves so smart, but a dumb-ass, white-trash idiot like me recognized all these qualities in Obama two years ago. And, of course, we were dismissed as unsophisticated simpletons. Oh, well.

JohnInCA on July 9, 2010 at 4:03 PM

I’d like to know why these geniuses on Wall Street actually thought Barry and friends would ever like them. Did they really think that contributing millions to Democrat campaign coffers would make them Barry’s BFFs?

WarEagle01 on July 9, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Mostly because they are used to buying favors and bone deep ideology isn’t something they understand. To them, money is used to buy favorable treatment on both sides of the aisle, so when a born again Marxist was running, they didn’t understand his commitment to the ideology. In a way, their own willingness to abuse the system did them in.

a capella on July 9, 2010 at 4:04 PM

Every democrat candidate is swimming in money. I am engaged in 6 Congressional races and as today they average over $1.6 million in the bank for each campaign.

They talk about the Unions but the bulk of the money is from businesses. These buffoon still believe if we give them money they might be nice to us.

Lenin was correct a capitalist will sell you the rope to hang himself.

Jdripper on July 9, 2010 at 4:06 PM

most of the voted for dear leader…they got what they deserved to some degree, don’t you think?

cmsinaz on July 9, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Maybe they deserved it, but the rest of us didn’t.

Mr. D on July 9, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Mika just can’t believe it … must have gotten an email from the WH before the segment started…

cmsinaz on July 9, 2010 at 3:42 PM

“Wait just a minute here, Mort…I wrote this talking point for them just yesterday…it’s around here somewhere!”

Jaibones on July 9, 2010 at 4:08 PM

I’d like to know why these geniuses on Wall Street actually thought Barry and friends would ever like them. Did they really think that contributing millions to Democrat campaign coffers would make them Barry’s BFFs?

WarEagle01 on July 9, 2010 at 3:55 PM

“The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.” -Vladimir Lenin

Those that don’t learn from history, and all that.

iurockhead on July 9, 2010 at 4:09 PM

Mika had that deer-in-the-headlights look.

Not Obama! Say it isn’t so.

Must be tough watching such a huge investment (i.e. your journalistic integrity) become worthless.

pain train on July 9, 2010 at 4:10 PM

Jdripper on July 9, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Crap. Beat me to it.

iurockhead on July 9, 2010 at 4:11 PM

Mika is the protypical radio side kick.

She is on that show to sit there and fill in the awkward pauses with pithy little comments like:

- “oh my”
- “gosh well you certainly said a mouth full”
- “well with that we have to move along now”
- “oh my oh my”

Listen to any prominent morning radio show – and you will hear the Mika type sitting there – talking and saying nothing.

Mika is a ditz.

jake-the-goose on July 9, 2010 at 4:11 PM

Mika seems surprised that a “jobs summit” didn’t automatically reassure American business leaders. Sorry Mika, words don’t equal action and positive results will equal assurance.

pjean on July 9, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Well, something got the WH off it’s high horse at least for a short time. It’s beyond me why any business, small or large, would support this WH or the Hill. Most of my family is small business and we have no use for obama or his administration or his policies or those of our Legislators.

jeanie on July 9, 2010 at 4:13 PM

I’ve said it over and over. The real downturn began when Obama met Joe the plumber. “We need to spread the wealth around” is some damn important rhetoric.

mike_NC9 on July 9, 2010 at 4:15 PM

It was interesting; I had MSNBC on in the background for the rest of the morning. If I didn’t know better, the network decided to perform a giant mea culpa for having Zuckerman on Morning Joe. For the next three hours, it was non-stop positive reporting about how Obama was on the campaign trail showing America how the economy is turning around and how negative the GOP is.

Talk about cheerleading.

BuckeyeSam on July 9, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Classic argument between someone who gets a government check, with automatic pay increases, if they do the job or not, year in year out…

… vs. Someone who has to build a business, sell goods or services in a competitive market, hire employees, meet a payroll, pay overhead and taxes, and at the end of the day, just might have a pot to piss in.

Seven Percent Solution on July 9, 2010 at 4:17 PM

The wheels are coming off the obama bus.
Pass the popcorn.

HornetSting on July 9, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Weren’t they watching when Obama said “words have meaning”?

ButterflyDragon on July 9, 2010 at 4:19 PM

A lot of big business fed that crocodile thinking it would eat them last. Now they’re realizing they’re not last, but next.

petefrt on July 9, 2010 at 4:19 PM

How come Sancho Pansy, er, Tiny Dancer gets all the tough assignments? To wit: telling the Israelis that The Won isn’t a rabid anti-Semite and telling the business community that The Won isn’t a flaming Marxist.

ya2daup on July 9, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Obama isn’t anti-business. If he were, why would he want to take so many of them over?

lorien1973 on July 9, 2010 at 4:21 PM

What has always struck me as stupid is that those who attack business forget that many of their pension plans depend on the growth and success of business.

One of the clowns I know would attack Big Oil (and Exxon in particular) every chance she could (when she wasn’t lambasting Bush/Cheney). When I reminded her that our teachers’ pension plan is invested in Exxon, she shut up.

onlineanalyst on July 9, 2010 at 4:22 PM

WashingtonsWake on July 9, 2010 at 3:40 PM

I don’t think we’re there yet. Ayn Rand’s world was completely fascist in every respect. At least now, some of his allies in business are calling him out.

But here’s a question:

Doesn’t he sound like Mike Tyson’s brother? Or maybe Curly’s father?

xax on July 9, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Mort is experiencing a Joe the Plumber epiphany.

Mika is dazzled by rhetoric.

Film at 11.

onlineanalyst on July 9, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Another regretful Obama voter. You’re part of the problem, Zuckerman. Or should I say “Sucker-man.” Barry was anti-business as a candidate, too, you dumbass.

Rational Thought on July 9, 2010 at 4:27 PM

I don’t watch this show so I don’t know the players. But the faces when they did the 4-i-1 screen were incredible — talk about scorn and skepticism. And who was the woman sucking lemons at the end in disbelief and saying, “wow,” as in “wow, is this guy (Zuckerman) an idiot.”

lizzieillinois on July 9, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Rush said Obama is in Las Vegas and the main paper’s editorial today was titled “Welcome Back To Vegas! Your Policies Suck!” – Marcus on July 9, 2010 at 3:46 PM

Love it.

SC.Charlie on July 9, 2010 at 4:33 PM

The kickass guy just helped 2,000 NASA workers out the door in NOLA.

seven on July 9, 2010 at 4:34 PM

OT: Heh, Sharron Angle knocks ObaMao for campaigning in Las Vegas, cleaning up Reid’s mess, when he should be in the Gulf, cleaning up the oil spill mess.
http://sharronangle.com/press-releases/2010-07-09/obama-takes-more-time-oil-spill-clean-harry-reid%E2%80%99s-mess

onlineanalyst on July 9, 2010 at 4:55 PM

What did people expect. If it walks like a duck….or socialist….It is going to get ugly. I work for a large multi-national company. In our 6 month review and planning meeting we froze all hiring in the US and shifted capital spending to S. America and Asia (about 125m). Our assesment is that we trust the crazy bastards in forgien countries more then our own crazy bastards….

jimwesty on July 9, 2010 at 5:08 PM

“hostile to business” is the understatement of the century.

But it’s not just business.

The underlying agenda is to destroy every power center that can challenge the federal government, the criminals chosen vehicle of power. That includes individual states, businesses, churches, veteran associations all the way down to the family.

Any organization that can give support to individuals and challenges the total power of the central government is being attacked.

Which is exactly what happened in every totalitarian government ever, not just the marxist ones. There may have been some uneasy alliances that the totalitarians felt forced to accept, like with the Catholic Church in the Middle Ages, but the key word is ‘uneasy’.

Which means that all of the criminal regime’s ‘allies’ are only temporary. Specifically, if the criminals are able to consolidate power as they wish, the unions will be dissolved. It’s guaranteed.

notagool on July 9, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Mort is experiencing a Joe the Plumber epiphany.

Mika is dazzled by rhetoric.

Film at 11.

onlineanalyst on July 9, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Mika’s an imbecile….she should be on QVC trying to sell Bedazzlers…

BigWyo on July 9, 2010 at 5:34 PM

BigWyo on July 9, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Or giving Vanna White a break from flipping letters…

onlineanalyst on July 9, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Mika had that deer-in-the-headlights look.

Errrrrr – she usually has that look. None of the guests on that panel know anything about business other then Zuckerman so rather than listen to him they make childish faces?

Zuckerman supported Obama and is apparently not afraid to eat crow. EAT Mort Eat

iam7545 on July 9, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Don’t you love it –

It’s Only Rhetoric

Gheez … Are these people so cynical/blind that they refuse to believe anything outside of their own little worldview. Obama care is going to kill small businesses and they still don’t see this administration as anti-business.

When I was young, my father was an engineer at a local television station. He would tell me that the the majority of Television personalities literally had the brains of Ted Baxter. It takes a segment like this to demonstrate my father’s accuracy.

willardcsmith on July 9, 2010 at 5:52 PM

You have to understand the liberal mind to understand the way they think.

Liberals only think in the context of what they want. Of what they want things to be. Reality is different for them.

Jaynie59 on July 9, 2010 at 3:45 PM

They are preoccupied with Instant Gratification. The thrill of the moment is all that matters to them-not what happens in the long run.

Del Dolemonte on July 9, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Mika is stunned… as usual… and I mean stunned as in stupid… that socialism is not business friendly. How could that be?
“Obama is so great for business because I know… although I have never done anything in business, but I know… just like all the other idiots that populate the White House who have never been in business.”
She is such a dumb dolt and lap dog to Obama, it is all I can do to watch just a short clip like this one.

PhilipJames on July 9, 2010 at 5:56 PM

At least the CEO of McDonald’s grew a set and told the nanny-staters to go screw themselves. Now if just more CEO’s would do the same and say the same to the current occupants of the White House and Congress.

One can only hope.

GarandFan on July 9, 2010 at 6:06 PM

So how is president vuvuzela going to do anything, but give people headaches.

The moo fell of the teleprompter seances long ago.

tarpon on July 9, 2010 at 6:13 PM

It was interesting; I had MSNBC on in the background for the rest of the morning. If I didn’t know better, the network decided to perform a giant mea culpa for having Zuckerman on Morning Joe. For the next three hours, it was non-stop positive reporting about how Obama was on the campaign trail showing America how the economy is turning around and how negative the GOP is.

Talk about cheerleading.

BuckeyeSam on July 9, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Wow, you deserve a medal for that. I could barely listen to that short clip:)

Jvette on July 9, 2010 at 7:00 PM

GE is suffering from JLS – Jilted Lover Syndrome.

Poor, poor GE.

madmonkphotog on July 9, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Mr. D on July 9, 2010 at 4:06 PM

true, my comment was towards those business folks such as mort who voted for him and got bupkus in return…

cmsinaz on July 9, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Do I really need to post Obama’s “Just Words” speech, again?

Even though he stole it from Deval Patrick (or they both got the same speech handed to them by their mutual “manager” David Axelrod), he did still give the speech.

According to The Man Currently Playing the Role of President, words matter.

Unless they don’t, of course.

IndieDogg on July 9, 2010 at 7:17 PM

“It’s just rhetoric”?

You know, Mika, words mean things.

JeffWeimer on July 9, 2010 at 7:41 PM

If you think the climate for business is bad now, wait ’til they shove cap & tax up our collective asses.

hillbillyjim on July 9, 2010 at 7:51 PM

“It’s just rhetoric” to me means that
they don’t expect anyone to trust Obama or his administration to tell the truth. And for some reason, they’re not bothered by that.

Crazy people.

LASue on July 9, 2010 at 8:16 PM

“It’s just rhetoric” to me means that
they don’t expect anyone to trust Obama or his administration to tell the truth. And for some reason, they’re not bothered by that.

Crazy people.

LASue on July 9, 2010 at 8:16 PM

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Bingo! No one does.
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Besides, he’s hostile to most of what makes America… America. His druthers have US becoming something else… He said it over and over during the campaign, and afterwards too… What’s the surprise? Oh yeah….. That some head up their butt pro-Obamites are waking up to the screws he’s puttin to them.
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I expect a full apology… and for them to fix the mess they helped create.

RalphyBoy on July 9, 2010 at 11:13 PM

Chickens are coming home to roost!

chickasaw42 on July 10, 2010 at 12:30 AM