Video: Jay Carney tries, fails to explain the difference between Bain Capital and Obama’s “green loans” program

posted at 9:49 pm on May 29, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via Jim Treacher, 51 agonizing seconds of Carney trying to explain on the fly why Solyndra going bust is a normal win-some-lose-some result when you’re investing in new ventures whereas Bain’s investments going bust is proof that Mitt Romney’s a vampire who enjoys seeing people laid off. There are of course easy distinctions that can be made here, but unfortunately for JC they don’t favor his position. For one thing, Bain evidently did due diligence on the companies it bought instead of rushing them through so that the president of the firm could get a sweet photo op. For another thing, when one of Bain’s acquisitions failed, it wasn’t your taxpayer dollars that went down the toilet with it. Deprived of either of those arguments, here’s the best Carney can do. If any of you manages to translate it into English, leave a note in the comments.

Speaking of embarrassing White House failures — hey, what happened to Attack Watch?


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Did he actually say something about the president being responsible for making sure laid-off employees get another job?

Is Obama out there right now trying to find new work for these hundreds of ex-Solyndrites? What about the thousands of workers in the 700 closed GM dealerships?

The Schaef on May 30, 2012 at 1:09 AM

Is Obama out there right now trying to find new work for these hundreds of ex-Solyndrites? What about the thousands of workers in the 700 closed GM dealerships?

The Schaef on May 30, 2012 at 1:09 AM

They were republicans, so they deserved to loose their jobs.

SWalker on May 30, 2012 at 1:15 AM

So let me get this straight … Both Bain and Obama had winners and losers, but Obama’s job AS PRESIDENT is to “take care” of the losers that he helped create?

Isn’t that a bit like saying … “Yeah, my reckless driving caused a car wreck but at least I robbed a bank to rebuild your car for you.”

Brilliant Carney! Score another one for paternalistic government!

Nicole Coulter on May 30, 2012 at 1:19 AM

I wonder if the President has found a job for the semiconductor engineer whose wife asked him about H1B visas. Obama asked for his resume and everything. I’m sure the engineer will be getting a phone call any day now.

nogooddeed on May 30, 2012 at 1:34 AM

Obama reminds me of a fellow who watches some firefighters put out a fire and then tries it on his own.

When the fire explodes he sits there sure he’s done everything right, he poured liquid on the fire just like the firefighters, so why didn’t the fire go out?

When someone points out that the liquid he used was Gasoline and not Water he immediatly blames the person who tells him this for his lack of success.

jaydee_007 on May 30, 2012 at 1:48 AM

Go here

http://wabcradio.com/sectional.asp?id=33447

Listen to the Tuesday, 5/29/12 – Batchelor 9pm cut. If you have an interest in politics and business, this should raise your eyebrows.

I think Batchelor has the best radio show on the freaking airwaves.

crosspatch on May 30, 2012 at 2:38 AM

Here’s my translation:

Reporter: Are you saying that the President can do something immoral?

Carney: I’m saying, when the President does it, that means it’s not immoral.

dcman98 on May 30, 2012 at 2:39 AM

If you are going to be communications director, shouldn’t you know how to actually… communicate?

KennyM on May 30, 2012 at 4:11 AM

You have to feel sorry for Carney having to come up with something.

bflat879 on May 29, 2012 at 10:21 PM

I will save my empathy for those who don’t actually choose the sh*t sandwich they have to eat in life. Besides, Carney knows he will get a sweet gig with one of the major networks when he’d done lying for Duh Won.

SKYFOX on May 30, 2012 at 6:47 AM

he’d should be he’s. Sorry.

SKYFOX on May 30, 2012 at 6:47 AM

Why do they even ask him questions?

tyketto on May 30, 2012 at 7:07 AM

Could not pay me enough to have to come up with lies to cover the ineptness of barack, day after day.

As Mr. T used to say, “I pity da fool”.

BTW, barack sucks.

DuctTapeMyBrain on May 30, 2012 at 7:13 AM

Is Obama out there right now trying to find new work for these hundreds of ex-Solyndrites? What about the thousands of workers in the 700 closed GM dealerships?

The Schaef on May 30, 2012 at 1:09 AM

Let’s not forget that virtual town hall where he brow beat that woman who dared talk about her unemployed husband. Obama couldn’t comprehend why a software engineer would be unemployed! From my understanding he is still unemployed even after sending Obama’s people his resume.

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2012 at 7:24 AM

We can’t possibly be losing to these guys.

ctmom on May 30, 2012 at 7:32 AM

Don’t worry, folks, Jay will be packing his things and leaving soon. Just terrible.

Amazingoly on May 30, 2012 at 7:46 AM

Wow, that’s some awful hackery.

Why doesn’t he just say the dog ate his response, and offer to clean the blackboards?

Just sad.

GrassMudHorsey on May 30, 2012 at 8:00 AM

We can’t possibly be losing to these guys.

ctmom on May 30, 2012 at 7:32 AM

the lsm has their backs

cmsinaz on May 30, 2012 at 8:02 AM

You can see the look in his face when he finishes his string of gibberish: “Please accept that, OK, please?”

mr.blacksheep on May 30, 2012 at 8:13 AM

There are of course easy distinctions that can be made here,

Another one is that Bain was looking for companies that could actually be turned around and become profitable, while Obama was just looking for PC companies, run by his buddies, that he could pump tax money into in exchange for some more campaign contributions.

AZCoyote on May 30, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Let me translate Carney’s feeble attempt to explain.

“Investment” of billions of dollars of taxpayer money into failed enterprises by socialists is good, good, good — because they have the best of selfless intentions and do not care about making evil profits. Even when some people lose their jobs the effort is admirable and worthwhile because the motives and intentions were angelically selfless.

“Investment” of millions of private wealth into failing companies that saves 80% of them and saves private sector jobs is bad, bad, bad — because some people still lose their jobs and the evil selfish capitalists still reap ill gotten profits.

farsighted on May 30, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Here’s my translation:

Reporter: Are you saying that the President can do something immoral?

Carney: I’m saying, when the President does it, that means it’s not immoral.

dcman98 on May 30, 2012 at 2:39 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejvyDn1TPr8

t8stlikchkn on May 30, 2012 at 8:45 AM

What happened to the golden days of yon when witticism is used to deflect and jab at your ‘opponent’ at the same time?</

Sir Napsalot on May 30, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Scott McClellan is now smiling!

He is no longer Worst Press Secretary Evah!

Steve Z on May 30, 2012 at 9:58 AM

For one thing, Bain evidently did due diligence on the companies it bought instead of rushing them through so that the president of the firm could get a sweet photo op

Didn’t Obama’s (and Bush’s) budget office actually do due diligence and decided that it wasn’t a viable company/industry but Obama pushed forward with it Chicago-patronage-system-style anyway?

gwelf on May 30, 2012 at 10:01 AM

The only remotely substantive difference: One was helmed by a Republican, the other a Democrat.

gryphon202 on May 29, 2012 at 10:36 PM

The irony is that more often than not when a liberal is ranting about Bain doing something they’re referring to an era in Bain’s existence when it was helmed by a Democrat.

gwelf on May 30, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Did he actually say something about the president being responsible for making sure laid-off employees get another job?

Is Obama out there right now trying to find new work for these hundreds of ex-Solyndrites? What about the thousands of workers in the 700 closed GM dealerships?

The Schaef on May 30, 2012 at 1:09 AM

Didn’t he fail miserably at getting that one, highly qualified engineer/husband from that web chat a job? And he’s supposed to do this for several millions of Americans? Boy, are we screwed.

redsweater on May 30, 2012 at 10:13 AM

How did this dunce get the job? Why does he keep it?

StevC on May 30, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Dude is making bank working for Dear Leader. I am sure the line on his resume right below his name read:

ABSOLUTELY NO SHAME – WILL SAY ANYTHING FOR ANYONE

sdbatboy on May 30, 2012 at 11:11 AM

If any of you manages to translate it into English, leave a note in the comments.

Sorry but I can’t translate stupid.

Kingfisher on May 30, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Let me translate Carney’s feeble attempt to explain.

“Investment” of billions of dollars of taxpayer money into failed enterprises by socialists is good, good, good — because they have the best of selfless intentions and do not care about making evil profits. Even when some people lose their jobs the effort is admirable and worthwhile because the motives and intentions were angelically selfless.

“Investment” of millions of private wealth into failing companies that saves 80% of them and saves private sector jobs is bad, bad, bad — because some people still lose their jobs and the evil selfish capitalists still reap ill gotten profits.

farsighted on May 30, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Yep.

They did it for the “common good.”

joey24007 on May 30, 2012 at 3:01 PM

I dare anyone to try to diagram any of Carney’s sentences.

Colony14 on May 30, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Why doesn’t he just say the dog ate his response, and offer to clean the blackboards?

Just sad.

GrassMudHorsey on May 30, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Obama ate the dog that ate his response.

;)

Spark Chaser on May 30, 2012 at 5:23 PM

I dare anyone to try to diagram any of Carney’s sentences.

Colony14 on May 30, 2012 at 4:53 PM

I did count 6 sentences (or fragments of sentences) that ended in prepositions before I lost count.

Johnnyreb on May 30, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Liars and thieves – that pretty much sums up the entire federal government.

woodNfish on May 30, 2012 at 5:43 PM

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