Taibbi on why he doesn’t listen to Obama any more

Echoing what many are thinking, here’s Matt Taibbi, plain and simple, on why he tunes out anything President Obama says.

I’ll let you read the lead-up story, in which Taibbi is forced to choose between hearing to Obama on CNN or sitting with marauding hordes of jacked-up children in a crowded Labor Day airport. Here’s his bottom line (my emphasis):

I remember following Obama on the campaign trail and hearing all sorts of promises before union-heavy crowds. He said he would raise the minimum wage every year; he said he would fight free-trade agreements. He also talked about repealing the Bush tax cuts and ending tax breaks for companies that move jobs overseas.

It’s not just that he hasn’t done those things. The more important thing is that the people he’s surrounded himself with are not labor people, but stooges from Wall Street. Barack Obama has as his chief of staff a former top-ranking executive from one of the most grossly corrupt mega-companies on earth, JP Morgan Chase. He sees Bill Daley in his own office every day, yet when it comes time to talk abut labor issues, he has to go out and make selected visits twice a year or whatever to the Richard Trumkas of the world.

Listening to Obama talk about jobs and shared prosperity yesterday reminded me that we are back in campaign mode and Barack Obama has started doing again what he does best – play the part of a progressive. He’s good at it. … But his policies are crafted by representatives of corporate/financial America[.] …

I just don’t believe this guy anymore, and it’s become almost painful to listen to him.

I can relate. It’s not just about Obama either, but about us — the awful death of something hopeful inside, in the face of something desperately needed.

We’re at a turning-point; I think that’s beyond question. Obama’s failure is thus greater in comparison to the need and the opportunity. Yet he’s hubristically determined to be no more than he’s already been, or be even less. Tragic.

In that sense, his legacy is secure, second term or no. I wonder which New York bank will host his post-presidential library. Goldman? Chase? And will they get naming rights?

GP


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