Making Something out of Nothing …The President and the Congressman Q & A

When have we heard this before?

The President isn’t doing much for us over in the House Democratic Caucus….

Barack Obama isn’t going to coddle House Democrats….

He hasn’t done it for the last Five Years….

He isn’t gonna do much of it now….

The piece below trys to make a exchange between the President and NY Rep Sean Patrick Maloney (D) something it wasn’t…..

The query came from Maloney, a New York Democrat, whose office says the freshman lawmaker asked the president about a company in his district that applied for a loan guarantee through the Department of Energy in 2009, but whose application has been stuck in the final approval stages.

Maloney’s office said Wednesday the loan would help create 300 jobs at the firm, Taylor Biomass.

One Democratic source in the room said Maloney began his question by recognizing it was an issue that may be better discussed on the staff level, rather than with the president.

Obama answered, saying “You’re right. You should have talked to staff about this,” the source said.

Another Democratic source in the room – a veteran lawmaker – said Obama then said in a testy way to Maloney that at least now he can go back and tell his constituents he stood up to the president for them.

This Democratic lawmaker said he felt for Maloney, who is new and clearly was sincere and respectful in his questioning.

Both these Democratic sources have attended previous meetings between presidents and lawmakers on Capitol Hill, independently said Obama was unnecessarily unkind when responding to Maloney’s question. Another Democrat in the room, however disputed the suggestion the exchange was testy.

Maloney himself described the exchange this way: “I asked the President for a commitment to prioritize a local jobs project, and I got it. I appreciate the President’s responsiveness.”

A Democratic source close to Maloney said the Democratic lawmaker “was not personally offended when he was talking with the president.”

“He just really wanted to raise awareness of this project,” the source added. “He is not one who would express dissatisfaction with the answer he got.”

Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, said at Wednesday’s briefing that it was not his “understanding” that the president was testy in his exchange with Maloney.

“The president was very appreciative of the question,” Carney said in response to a question from CNN chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin. “The question got into specifics about a program and I think the president not only said that his staff would follow up on it, he guaranteed that the president’s staff would follow up on it. And he was very glad to see the interest in these kinds of programs that was expressed by the congressman.”


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