It was just a couple of weeks ago that the Obama campaign was still trying to spin the Solyndra debacle as a “successful and innovative” venture.
… campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith said. “In fact, both Republican and Democratic administrations advanced Solyndra’s application, and the company was widely praised as successful and innovative both before and after receiving the Department of Energy loan guarantee.”
A year ago yesterday however, the administration wasn’t quite as poetic when describing the plight of the company. In an e-mail exchange involving Obama aides Dan Pfeiffer, Stephanie Cutter and David Plouffe, discussin of Solyndra’s demise prompted a one word response – “Ugh”.
Pfeiffer – “This is going to be a real pain, Solyndra is about to go under apparently.”
Cutter – “Ugh.”
What a symbolic representation of the fall of Obama’s pet solar project. The California solar company, Solyndra, once heralded by the Obama administration as a prime example of how the Recovery Act created new jobs while promoting his vision of renewable energy, closed their doors.
Obama himself spoke at the facility, praising it as “a testament to American ingenuity and dynamism.”
Once a beacon of solar light in the progressive green jobs agenda, Solyndra received a $535 million federal loan with the help of newly minted energy secretary, Steven Chu, only to find themselves staring down bankruptcy and the release of more than 1,100 workers.
What say you, Mr. President? Ugh.
Doug Ross reports on the “ugh” factor, citing a silver lining to be found in the Solyndra mess. That the company’s executives maintained respect for the taxpayers as they bilked them out of millions of dollars. And that the company remained environmentally conscious. Both of which Ross sarcastically explains – are untrue.
He adds, “Stay tuned for the musical production, Solyndr-Ugh.”
Narcissistic Personality Disorder – A mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration. (Mayo Clinic)
See also – Liberalism, Obama.
From the National Review:
It appears one of the great challenges that President Obama has had to overcome in office is that no one around him is as good at his job as he is.From Jodi Kantor’s The Obamas, page 66:
Obama had always had a high estimation of his ability to cast and run his operation. When David Plouffe, his campaign manager, first interviewed for a job with him in 2006, the senator gave him a warning: “I think I could probably do every job on the campaign better than the people I’ll hire to do it,” he said. “It’s hard to give up control when that’s all I’ve known.” Obama said nearly the same thing to Patrick Gaspard, whom he hired to be the campaign’s political director. “I think I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters,” Obama told him. “I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m gonna think I’m a better political director than my political director.”
How can you be better than everybody on your own staff, and still be so much worse than your predecessor? You’re only as good as your teleprompter, Mr. President.