LIVE RESULTS: Primary Night in America
Pentagon Does 'Not Believe' Aid to Temporary Pier Is Reaching Residents of Gaza
Just Wait Until You Hear Kirby's Reasoning for Why the WH Is Offering...
Biden and Democrats Put Political Agenda Ahead of Workers Amid FDIC Scandal
Meet the Gaslighting, Newsweek Butchers a Tucker 'Exclusive,' and Psaki Gets Lost in...
Major Shakeup at the World Economic Forum: 'Global Elitism Is on Notice'
Here's When Merrick Garland Will Testify Before the House Judiciary Committee
'Race Is Still Open,' Top Pollster Says
FBI Was Authorized to Use 'Deadly Force' in Mar-a-Lago Raid
Here's How Unused COVID-19 Funds Will Be Spent Under New Senate Bill
'Never Seen Such a Spectacle': Alan Dershowitz Was 'Shocked' by What He Saw...
Supreme Court Will Not Hear Parents’ Challenge to a Woke School District’s Transgender...
McConnell: Unlike Certain Others, I Will Offer Zero Condolences for the 'Butcher of...
A Swim Club Allowed a ‘Transgender’ to Use the Women’s Facilities. Here’s How...
Fossil Fuels Are the Answer to Asia’s Hot Summers
Tipsheet

Defending the Indefensible

 

An attempt on behalf of the White House to reach out to the business community backfired on Thursday, when Chief of Staff William Daley referred to his boss's regulatory policies as "bureaucratic stuff that's hard to defend":

Advertisement

One by one, exasperated executives stood to air their grievances on environmental regulations and stalled free-trade deals. And Daley, the former banker tasked with building ties with industry, found himself looking for the right balance between empathy and defending his boss.

At one point, the room erupted in applause when Massachusetts manufacturing 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.”

Daley said he did not have many good answers, appearing to throw up his hands in frustration at what he called “bureaucratic stuff that’s hard to defend.”

“Sometimes you can’t defend the indefensible,” he said.

The exchange suggests the limits of the elaborate courtship of corporations begun by President Obama and his top aides after Democrats’ big losses in the 2010 elections — an effort that has taken on new urgency in recent weeks.

Join the conversation as a VIP Member

Recommended

Trending on Townhall Videos

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement