Obama CoS: Yeah, that bureaucratic expansion is really indefensible

posted at 9:15 am on June 18, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

I’ve written plenty about Barack Obama’s regulatory adventurism and his attempt to impose his political agenda by conducting end-arounds of Congress.  The massive expansion of regulation has strangled business, I’ve argued, and stifled economic growth.  You know who agrees with me?  Barack Obama’s right-hand man in the White House.  In a meeting with the National Association of Manufacturers, William Daley didn’t mount a very impressive defense of his boss’ regulatory adventurism — and in fact conceded that no defense was possible (via Jim Treacher):

White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley took heat from business executives Thursday for the Obama administration’s regulatory expansions. Daley also said he didn’t have any good answers for some of what President Obama is doing and expressed frustration about the “bureaucratic stuff that’s hard to defend.”

“Sometimes you can’t defend the indefensible,” Daley said at a National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) meeting.

Daley couldn’t answer basic questions and continually faced criticism from the executives in the room. The business leaders even applauded each other’s criticism of the administration. “At one point, the room erupted in applause when Massachusetts utility executive Doug Starrett, his voice shaking with emotion, accused the administration of blocking construction on one of his facilities to protect fish, saying government ‘throws sand into the gears of progress,’” wrote Peter Wallsten and Jia Lynn Yang in the Washington Post.

The Washington Post attempted to put the best spin on this meeting:

Mary Andringa, head of NAM, described the meeting as “constructive” and was “quite pleased” that Daley devoted more than an hour to the group’s concerns.

But some business executives in the room said they were unimpressed by the White House’s attempts to woo industry.

“We think there’s a thin facade by the administration to say the right things, but they don’t come close to doing things,” said Barney T. Bishop III, chief executive of the business group Associated Industries of Florida. He called the efforts to streamline regulations “immaterial.”

“We love the platitudes, but we want to see action,” Bishop said.

The communications director for Americans for Limited Government called the meeting “Jedi tricks” and said that Daley’s attempt to defuse private-sector anger shows just how vulnerable Obama is in 2012.  Fred Wszolek from the Workforce Fairness Institute interpreted “indefensible” at least in part as a reference to the NLRB’s fight with Boeing over its plans to move production to South Carolina.  Wszolek wondered how Daley can continue serving in an administration whose actions Daley admits are “indefensible”?

Something tells me that Wszolek won’t have to worry about it for long.  Obama hired Daley to mollify the business community. Instead, he just endorsed their well-founded complaints and practically wrote an ad for the eventual Republican nominee to run every day between the convention and the general election in 2012.  “Even Obama’s chief of staff says that his regulatory expansion is indefensible,” the ad will read, set to a series of images of plant closings and unemployment lines. “Shouldn’t we put an end to it in November?”

One final thought: I’ll bet this quote will make for lively breakfast conversation over at Netroots Nation.

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thin facade

Says it all about this admin.

publiuspen on June 18, 2011 at 9:18 AM

So, Daley. Are those snow tires or general treads on the bus?

apostic on June 18, 2011 at 9:19 AM

“Even Obama’s chief of staff says that his regulatory expansion is indefensible,” the ad will read, set to a series of images of plant closings and unemployment lines. “Shouldn’t we put an end to it in November?”

Join us in the Fundamental Restoration of America.

Palin 2012

Brian1972 on June 18, 2011 at 9:21 AM

If he weren’t part of Bambi’s administration I might come to the outlandish conclusion that this guy has a shred of integrity. But Occam’s Razor says there must be another explanation.

SoRight on June 18, 2011 at 9:22 AM

The president has played golf 12 weekends in a row… unfortunately, he has NOT spent the night at a Holiday Inn Express.

singlemalt 18 on June 18, 2011 at 9:24 AM

If he weren’t part of Bambi’s administration I might come to the outlandish conclusion that this guy has a shred of integrity. But Occam’s Razor says there must be another explanation.

SoRight on June 18, 2011 at 9:22 AM

Try this one: He’s seen the writing on the wall it doesn’t look like a bullet for his resume.

apostic on June 18, 2011 at 9:25 AM

Oh please let there be video of this quote. Please, please, please, please, please.

Benaiah on June 18, 2011 at 9:27 AM

Ooo, Ouch.

Harpooned by your own Chief of Staff.

I’ll bet that’s gonna’ leave a mark.

franksalterego on June 18, 2011 at 9:27 AM

Jim Treacher just posted this vid on his Twitter feed and it’s a must see.

http://goo.gl/fb/1kJIv

Oh yeah, OT :p

Go RBNY on June 18, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Watch where their contributions go.If this is not a convincer to change the horse in midstream nothing is.

docflash on June 18, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Perhaps some are not seeing this correctly through the White House eyes…
The current indefensible is the new standard from which any other bureaucratic expansion is deemed indefensible.
So what is indefensible today will be looked at as acceptable in the future.

albill on June 18, 2011 at 9:31 AM

Can the state of disarray in Obama’s administration get any worse?

I suppose it can, because it seems to be a function of time with incompetence as a constant. By this time next year they’ll really be grasping at straws.

SlaveDog on June 18, 2011 at 9:33 AM

The problem for Obama in throwing Bill Daley under the CTA bus is his brother was running Chicago during Barack’s Democrat/media enabled rise to power, and most likely knows where a lot of bodies are buried.

Bill might step down as CoS on his own or with a little prompting, but unless he and Richard are on the outs, Obama’s not going to be able to scapegoat him out of the White House.

jon1979 on June 18, 2011 at 9:37 AM

In a meeting with the National Association of Manufacturers, William Daley didn’t mount a very impressive defense of his boss’ regulatory adventurism — and in fact conceded that no defense was possible necessary…

It’s the Chicago way, dontcha know?

gryphon202 on June 18, 2011 at 9:37 AM

Is there room under the bus for Daley?

WordsMatter on June 18, 2011 at 9:37 AM

One final thought: I’ll bet this quote will make for lively breakfast conversation over at Netroots Nation.

Will be epic…

OmahaConservative on June 18, 2011 at 9:59 AM

But Occam’s Razor says there must be another explanation.

SoRight on June 18, 2011 at 9:22 AM

Pssst… Underneath it all, is a generally accepted census by the Dem operatives that Obama is gone, and sooner rather than later. I would not be surprised about anything at this point. The Supreme Court might even be nudged by high powered operatives – secretly – to find any dirt they can on any number of illegal moves by Obama to approve or recommend impeachment or imprisonment.

NOTHING WOULD SURPRISE ME.

Mcguyver on June 18, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Diogenes as Chief of Staff… who knew?

Khun Joe on June 18, 2011 at 10:04 AM

and in fact conceded that no defense was necessary…as the executive branch of government has superseded all other branches. The ability of the executive branch to ignore the “Powers of war act” and the congress, provides the executive branch PRECEDENCE of law. hmmmmmmmmmmmmm

IowaWoman on June 18, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Washington Times:

Mr. Daley’s comment prompted some backtracking by White House spokesman Jay Carney.

“You have to understand that he [Mr. Daley] went in there with no prior knowledge about the cases that were put before him,” Mr. Carney told reporters. “But obviously the [examples] that sounded bad, he thought, you know, sounded bad, and he said so.”

The undercarriage of that bus is getting awfully crowded. So now the guy sent to explain WH policy didn’t know what the hell he was talking about and was unable to baffle them with bullsh!t.

RadClown on June 18, 2011 at 10:10 AM

I’m sensing a new line of t-shirts and bumper stickers.

Obama’s presidency, “Sometimes you can’t defend the indefensible”

Fallon on June 18, 2011 at 10:13 AM

A nit to pick if I may:

Fred Wszolek from the Workforce Fairness Institute interpreted “indefensible” at least in part as a reference to the NLRB’s fight with Boeing over its plans to move production to South Carolina.

Boeing is not moving any production. They are adding production capacity in South Carolina. Nothing is being MOVED. To say they are moving production is to use the deliberately inaccurate language of the union and the NRLB.

Stephen Macklin on June 18, 2011 at 10:18 AM

We love the platitudes, but we want to see action,” Bishop said.

But, but he (Obama) is a progress caring is all that matters.

chemman on June 18, 2011 at 10:20 AM

The president has played golf 12 weekends in a row…

singlemalt 18 on June 18, 2011 at 9:24 AM

Well, he does have laser-like focus on something…

ladyingray on June 18, 2011 at 10:21 AM

To say they are moving production is to use the deliberately inaccurate language of the union and the NRLB.

Stephen Macklin on June 18, 2011 at 10:18 AM

Boeing has also added thousands of job in Washington.

ladyingray on June 18, 2011 at 10:22 AM

This administration just says stuff. It’s their modus operandi, from the top down. Daley’s boss, do you think he cares a whit about what drones out of that mouth? Biden is barely coherent. They adjust the stuff depending on the audience and they don’t think the stuff they say should have to have any connection to any other stuff they say. So you can’t rule out the possibility that Daley is acting in line with administration best practices and just… saying stuff. The audience probably walked out happy. And Monday he’ll go into the office and rubber stamp the EPA’s ongoing gutting of prosperity. In that respect then, you might refer to Mr Daley as the White House Chief of Stuff.

curved space on June 18, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Daley is leaving to work on the “Palin 2012″ campaign.

;)

ornery_independent on June 18, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Wasn’t Daley also on Boeing’s Board? Obama is the Potemkin Village President. He thinks that having the facade of being pro-business will fool people into thinking he is pro-business. Daley may have thought Obama would actually listen to his advice, but is probably realizing he hired Daley as just another set builder for his village.

Buy Danish on June 18, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Sometimes, I get this strong feeling that there are Dems, even in the White House , that are willing to help Obama out the door, because they see the failure too. Even if it means a Republican in the White House. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

capejasmine on June 18, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Daley’s big enough to stand up to little Bammie, he won’t be shouted down by a double-A community organizer or harangued by the three crazy broads. To be a fly on the wall…

slickwillie2001 on June 18, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Trickle down effect: The Democrats here in Montana are spending all of their capital trying desperately to separate themselves from Obama in time for 12 elections. Even parts of the local MSM are laughing about this, as they voted along party lines 100% of the time and are now trying to tell Montanans that they didn’t mean to do that, he fooled us. LMAO… Sinking ship syndrome.

Keemo on June 18, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Go RBNY on June 18, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Thanks! After a long, hard week at work, that made my day! What a maroon!

Mr_Magoo on June 18, 2011 at 10:38 AM

Obama’s Campaign 2012 slogan (AND THIS PHOTO):

THERE’S NOTHIN’ BETTER THAN HITTIN’ WHITE BALLS!

profitsbeard on June 18, 2011 at 10:41 AM

A Reminder:

As a former Boeing board member before taking on his White House job, Daley voted in favor of opening the new South Carolina plant. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham has challenged Daley to come out and defend his vote in the face of the NLRB’s case, but he hasn’t yet done so.

LMAO… Sinking ship syndrome.
Keemo on June 18, 2011 at 10:37 AM

I’m dreaming of a mutiny. Sadly there aren’t enough Daley’s in his cabinet. Most of them are stone cold Marxists.

Buy Danish on June 18, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Barack Obama’s right-hand man in the White House. In a meeting with the National Association of Manufacturers, William Daley didn’t mount a very impressive defense of his boss’ regulatory adventurism — and in fact conceded that no defense was possible (via Jim Treacher):

Add one (Daley) to the long list of the unemployed.

katablog.com on June 18, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Buy Danish on June 18, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Agreed… However State by State Democrats are going to take a pounding due to their report card (voting record) and what giving this administration complete power has done to each State; the pain/agony index is so very high.

Keemo on June 18, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Add one (Daley) to the long list of the unemployed.
katablog.com on June 18, 2011 at 10:46 AM

He can work for Romney.

Buy Danish on June 18, 2011 at 10:49 AM

“Facade” – Yep, that’s all this administration is.

GarandFan on June 18, 2011 at 10:51 AM

This could become a chemotherapy election.

Speakup on June 18, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Ed said:
a reference to the NLRB’s fight with Boeing over its plans to move production to South Carolina.

Careful Ed, Boeing isn’t “moving” anything, they’re expanding production at a new location. Don’t give the unions and their government thugs any more ammunition.

jnelchef on June 18, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Ut oh. Hey Barry, hows yous doin’ sweetheart? Guess whos gettin’ ready to be thrown under a hired truck? It ain’t no Daley, dats fer sure.

MayorDaley on June 18, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Please, let’s see the video that someone took there!

PattyJ on June 18, 2011 at 11:59 AM

What’s amazing to me is how the msm is so blatanly anti-American…..and nothing is done about it. Where are the protests? Where are the boycotts of their products???
Why are we allowing Communism to function so free from reprisals in our country????

KMC1 on June 18, 2011 at 12:09 PM

What are they up to?

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 18, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Daley couldn’t answer basic questions and continually faced criticism from the executives in the room. The business leaders even applauded each other’s criticism of the administration. “At one point, the room erupted in applause when Massachusetts utility executive Doug Starrett, his voice shaking with emotion, accused the administration of blocking construction on one of his facilities to protect fish, saying government ‘throws sand into the gears of progress,’” wrote Peter Wallsten and Jia Lynn Yang in the Washington Post.

A Town Hall for the big money…
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RalphyBoy on June 18, 2011 at 12:21 PM

“Defend The Indefensible: Obama 2012″

“He Sucks, But You’re A Racist: Obama 2012″

“Where Else Ya Gonna Go? Obama 2012″

“Kill Your Own Job To Save His: Obama 2012″

“Golf Digest Loves Him: Obama 2012″

“Recovery Summer’s Just Around The Bend: Obama 2012″

“Onward, Tovarisch! Obama 2012″

OhioCoastie on June 18, 2011 at 12:34 PM

OhioCoastie on June 18, 2011 at 12:34 PM

“We have to destroy the economy to save the economy.”

slickwillie2001 on June 18, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Please, let’s see the video that someone took there!
PattyJ on June 18, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Yes, please!

Buy Danish on June 18, 2011 at 1:08 PM

“Sometimes you can’t defend the indefensible,” Daley said at a National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) meeting.

Treason never really is an easy sell.

onomo on June 18, 2011 at 1:46 PM

When you’ve lost your Chief of Staff over domestic issues and you’ve lost SecState over foreign policy (does Hillary HAVE a position on Libya?) you know it’s bad news bears.

Washington Nearsider on June 18, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Over regulation is not a bug of this administration, its a feature.

Fred 2 on June 18, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Daley’s new job: bus mechanic.

“If you’re gonna get thrown under it, you might as well do something useful while you’re down there…”

karl9000 on June 18, 2011 at 2:30 PM

…as a reference to the NLRB’s fight with Boeing over its plans to move production to South Carolina.

Let’s be accurate here. Boeing is attempting to EXPAND production in South Carolina.

stvnscott on June 18, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Go RBNY on June 18, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Awesome link. Thanks.

hillbillyjim on June 18, 2011 at 4:42 PM

This is not the age when you can plan for a society to keep its head in the sand.

StubbleSpark on June 18, 2011 at 5:10 PM

so blatanly anti-American…..and nothing is done about it. Where are the protests? Where are the boycotts of their products???
Why are we allowing Communism to function so free from reprisals in our country????

No clue. The liberal media tells us not to worry our pretty little heads with the FACTS.

katablog.com on June 18, 2011 at 11:20 PM

Sounds like it will make a good campaign commercial.

Then, when he is gone, can we please start repealing this sand in the gears of progress?

AshleyTKing on June 19, 2011 at 4:02 AM