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Bankster CEOs stiff Obama -- again!

Remember how the bankters didn't show up for Obama's first big speech on regulatory reform? We do. Well, they did it again! Gawker:

Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, Citigroup chairman Dick Parsons, and Morgan Stanley CEO John Mack all skipped out on a scheduled dressing-down today from Barack Obama because "inclement weather" made it physically impossible for them to travel to Washington. Convenient!...

Obama met with 10 top banking executives, or "fat cats" as he's taken to calling them these days, to yell at them for not lending enough money and generally being horrible people. But the worst of them, Goldman Sachs' Lloyd Blankfein, is among the three that are participating via conference call because fog made it impossible for them to deploy the billions of dollars under their control in service of transporting them bodily to Washington, D.C. this morning.

As you can see from the above photo, taken from the roof of Gawker HQ, there was no problem getting off the ground in New York this morning. There were indeed traffic management systems put in place this morning at Dulles International Airport and Reagan National due to fog, and many flights between New York and D.C. were delayed or canceled. But these are powerful men, with access to private planes. They really couldn't squeeze in a landing ahead of the losers who fly commercial?

Gawker then helpfully prints out Amtrak schedules and a BWI screen dump showing flight delays of only 15 minutes.

But why? Why would the banksters stiff the most powerful man in the free world?

Well, I found this over at Slope of Hope, where the first comment, from cnairn, offers what seems like a working theory:

Maybe they are trying to tell him who's boss.

[rimshot. hollow laughter]

Oh, and in other bankster-related news, they've awarded themselves $140 billion in bonuses. Last quarter, the entire economy only grew by $89 billion. Yay.

NOTE Bankster bonuses via Ian.

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jumpjet's picture
Submitted by jumpjet on

This is grounds for abducting Blankfein from his home in the middle of the night and hoisting him naked by his testicles in a naval brig somewhere. This is grounds for sending plainclothes agents after Parsons to break his arms and legs in three places.

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Submitted by Bryan on

If LBJ called, you showed up, because you knew there was an "or else" and it definitely wouldn't be in your best interest. LBJ, like all real leaders, didn't make threats, he made promises.

Obama has been rolled so often by so many different groups, that people have learned that he can be ignored with no penalty.

There was no reason to call a meeting; it was time to issue orders. Obama wants to negotiate, to seek consensus, for everyone to go away happy, and that isn't going to get things done.

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Submitted by Valhalla on

for him. It distracts from his own role in rolling the American people. Those with rage addictions can turn it on the bankers, not him. Meanwhile, it's Conyers getting called to task...