Obama Sets Out To Mend Relationship With Big Business

obama-10-26-09An ominous sign regarding Obama’s agenda for the second half of his term: he’s seeking to counter his “anti-business image” by “reaching out to CEOs” and lobbyists. BusinessWeek reveals:

President Barack Obama is preparing new overtures to business that may start with a walk into the headquarters of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a retreat with corporate chief executive officers, according to people familiar with his plans.

The Obama administration has been at odds with the Chamber, which fought Obama’s health-care and financial regulatory overhauls and committed $75 million to political ads in the midterm congressional elections, mainly directed against Democrats. The CEO summit would be a way to address complaints from some executives that the Democratic administration is anti- business.

The Chamber had invited Obama to speak on Dec. 2 and the administration hadn’t yet replied when the Chamber canceled the event, said an administration official. The cancellation wasn’t related to the president’s potential participation, said a Chamber official who declined to be identified.

The nation’s biggest business lobbying group has since invited the president to speak in January. The administration is considering the new invitation, which would place Obama at the Chamber shortly before he delivers his State of the Union address, said an administration official.

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  • Hadrian999

    anyone actually buy the obama vs. bug business myth after the financial regulation bill actually formalized all the things that caused the housing bubble and collapse?

  • Hadrian999

    anyone actually buy the obama vs. bug business myth after the financial regulation bill actually formalized all the things that caused the housing bubble and collapse?

    • Andrew

      Lots of people believe it. Possibly a majority (all Republicans and a fair number of Democrats). The lie filters what they perceive.

  • Andrew

    Lots of people believe it. Possibly a majority (all Republicans and a fair number of Democrats). The lie filters what they perceive.

  • Anonymous

    Awww, Obama isn’t treating the plantation owners fairly. Those poor wealthy people and their terrible problems.

    Somebody dry those crocodile tears before we all drown…

  • GoodDoktorBad

    Awww, Obama isn’t treating the plantation owners fairly. Those poor wealthy people and their terrible problems.

    Somebody dry those crocodile tears before we all drown…

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    WTF? Mend what relationship? That’s like being asked to pay reparations to the guy that raped you and left you for dead!! Mend this…invite them to a gala dinner and kill them all.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    WTF? Mend what relationship? That’s like being asked to pay reparations to the guy that raped you and left you for dead!! Mend this…invite them to a gala dinner and kill them all.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    WTF? Mend what relationship? That’s like being asked to pay reparations to the guy that raped you and left you for dead!! Mend this…invite them to a gala dinner and kill them all.

  • Cerebralcaustic

    Perhaps Messiah Obama has realized that his Keynsian economics (aka Marxism on the Rocks) doesn’t work outside of college lecture halls, that government can’t produce anything, and that business is the heart of American prosperity.

  • Ironaddict06

    Right. Ok people blame the evil corporations for for this misery. Ok do we really want to gov’t to control everything? History has shown that has been worse for the common people. Yes the corporations-espically big banks have done horrible crimes, and those people should be doing 25 plus years in prison. If we has a real FBI, these people would be in prison.

  • Andrew

    Business owners only create nominal value. Workers create real value.

  • Andrew

    My health insurance is going up $178 per month. If you call Obamacare socialist, you’re a liar.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Well, Obama was born in the Year of the Ox–traditionally the most conservative of all Chinese Zodiac signs. http://www.culturekiosque.com/nouveau/calendar/yearoftheox317.html

    He’s done a few good things. But I have to admit, given his shameful kow-towing after the midterms, it just doesn’t seem like enough anymore. I want to say that I’m tired of defending a guy who won’t even bother to defend himself, but I think it might be worse than that.

    I KNOW tons of you have thought this for months already, but I’m coming to believe that he just likes too comfortable a life to effectively oppose entrenched special interests. I don’t think he’s an out-and-out tool, but at times there doesn’t seem a whole lot of daylight between active corruption and milquetoasty acquiescence to active corruption.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Well, Obama was born in the Year of the Ox–traditionally the most conservative of all Chinese Zodiac signs. http://www.culturekiosque.com/nouveau/calendar/yearoftheox317.html

    He’s done a few good things. But I have to admit, given his shameful kow-towing after the midterms, it just doesn’t seem like enough anymore. I want to say that I’m tired of defending a guy who won’t even bother to defend himself, but I think it might be worse than that.

    I KNOW tons of you have thought this for months already, but I’m coming to believe that he just likes too comfortable a life to effectively oppose entrenched special interests. I don’t think he’s an out-and-out tool, but at times there doesn’t seem a whole lot of daylight between active corruption and milquetoasty acquiescence to active corruption.

  • Marklar_Prime

    If he kisses their asses any harder he’ll be able to taste the Cuban cigars they are smoking as his tongue reaches their esophagus.

  • http://twitter.com/Marklar_Prime Marklar Kronkite

    If he kisses their asses any harder he’ll be able to taste the Cuban cigars they are smoking as his tongue reaches their esophagus.

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  • Ironaddict06

    Right. Ok people blame the evil corporations for for this misery. Ok do we really want to gov’t to control everything? History has shown that has been worse for the common people. Yes the corporations-espically big banks have done horrible crimes, and those people should be doing 25 plus years in prison. If we has a real FBI, these people would be in prison.

  • Andrew

    Business owners only create nominal value. Workers create real value.

  • Andrew

    My health insurance is going up $178 per month. If you call Obamacare socialist, you’re a liar.

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