The latest New York Times story about Solyndra is fairly open and honest regarding the Obama administration’s complicity in the $500 million boondoggle, but the Times’ headline writer is still in “protect Obama” mode:

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The “U.S.” missed warning signs? The Bush administration ultimately voted against giving Solyndra a taxpayer-backed loan. To me it sounded like a sham from the start (as does just about anything into which this administration sinks its teeth and our money). The rest of America wasn’t consulted on whether the loan was a good idea or not — so it’s not really fair to say the entire country missed the warning signs. I guess this particular headline writer’s credo is “if you can’t blame Bush, blame the whole country.”

That said, there is a twinge of accuracy in that headline. Much of the U.S. is to blame for this mess: the part of America that voted to put Obama in the White House.

Update: The Solyndra congressional hearings are under way and can be seen on C-Span 3 here. Every answer from the Solyndra executives is some variation of “under the advice of counsel I invoke my Fifth Amendment privilege.”

The answers are all the same, but the questions, such as “what was your company’s plan to pay back $535 million dollars,” at some point must be answered. Too bad that question wasn’t asked by the Obama administration before they handed the money to Solyndra.

Heh: Henry Waxman just said that making the execs plead the 5th over and over again is “badgering witnesses.” Well, at least this is one way to finally get a liberal Democrat to run to the rescue of corporate execs.

As always, cue Drebin:

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(h/t Newsbusters)

Comments

18 Responses to “New York Times Headline Blames U.S. for Missing Solyndra Warning Signs; Update: Video Link to Solyndra Hearings — Execs Invoking the Fifth Amendment

  1. backwoods on September 23rd, 2011 11:50 am

    I would say they're blaming themselves, but I'm not sure the New York Times is part of the U.S.

  2. Granny55 on September 23rd, 2011 11:57 am

    Because they couldn't blame Bush!

  3. Dandapani on September 23rd, 2011 12:07 pm

    And they called Clinton the Teflon President…

  4. Portia on September 23rd, 2011 12:51 pm

    You know the photo-op thing the prez did yesterday with the bridge from Ohio to KY? I'm thinking Boerner and McConnell need to travel to California for a photo-op in front of Solyndra to tell their constituents where the money went that could have fixed the bridge.

  5. Doug on September 23rd, 2011 12:55 pm

    Oh I love this idea!

  6. Michelle Malkin » Government Loans to Nowhere on September 23rd, 2011 1:07 pm

    [...] a piece underscoring how Solyndra photo-ops, not due diligence, took precedence at the White House. Doug Powers has more. Be sure to check out the Solyndra Funny Money flow chart from Reuters. And here are Team [...]

  7. SignPainterGuy on September 23rd, 2011 1:08 pm

    The campaign ads are writing themselves right and left, if only the RNC would slip their spines into the freezer for a few minutes so the Jell-O could firm up a bit. This is red meat folks !

    Concerning the Fishwrap of Record, I think they really do believe they represent the America that "should be" !

    The Solyndra execs obviously have "something" to hide, why else does one take the FIF (thanks Dave Shappelle) ? Are they the real targets here or are we after the highest gov. execs involved ? Grant them immunity and lets go after them already !

  8. dancermommd on September 23rd, 2011 1:37 pm

    The ads only write themselves if there is a good candidate to run against Obama. Unfortunately I am not excited about any of them.

  9. The Zoo Keeper on September 23rd, 2011 1:40 pm

    Unfortunately, Dems run circles around Republicans when it comes to theatrics.

  10. AntiObamaBlog.com » Government Loans to Nowhere on September 23rd, 2011 8:06 pm

    [...] a piece underscoring how Solyndra photo-ops, not due diligence, took precedence at the White House. Doug Powers has more. Be sure to check out the Solyndra Funny Money flow chart from Reuters. And here are Team [...]

  11. 2discern on September 23rd, 2011 8:21 pm

    Why doesn't Michelle or Doug confront the 800 lb. gorilla (figurative) issue of barry soetero's fraudulent SS#, forged birth record, falsified DNC election forms, perjured oath, and barry sotero's executive order #13489 signed less than 24 hrs. in office?

    The original article from the Honolulu Advertiser Jan. 2006 stating Obama was foreign born by Tammy Duckworth (Iraq vet) who also was foreign born sharing similar schooling experience in Hawaii. Before it was scrubbed there are copies of the original article available. Ummm? Why scrub a 2006 article if you have nothing to hide?

    CONgress won't speak up, FOX news won't speak up, Lame Stream Media won't,
    pundits of both parties are mum about the most obvious scam of the entire history of this Republic an ineligible putative usurper occupying the Oval office. The best earned title of his term so far is liar-in-chief.

  12. SignPainterGuy on September 23rd, 2011 9:04 pm

    I`ll let MM and DP answer their own questions, but I`d like to throw onto the pile a story (I think) from an Ohio newspaper interview in `06 where Zero was asked where he was born. Without hesitation, Obama answered, "Kenya". I had the link saved, but it must have vanished with my old hard drive, dangit !

    When it comes to the cases of Obama eligibility, the courts seem to be quite fond of an exclusionary term, "standing". It appears to be rather elusive !

    And please explain EO#13489. As I read it, it`s an order for the release of incumbent or past presidential records. I`m missing your point.

  13. Marshall_Will on September 23rd, 2011 9:31 pm

    And this is WHY we blog! JAM 'dat pipeline so chock full 'o ideas at some point they'll just have to RUN with it! I absolutely love this idea.

    Why stop at just damned bridges. As Michelle often points out, this is the TIP of the iceberg! Just have John and Mitch say; "And this is where the money went that have fixed the boiler in your kids school! And this is where the money went that could have..?"

  14. Marshall_Will on September 23rd, 2011 9:35 pm

    SPG,

    No kidding. Alternate headline!:

    "In rush to n@il hot looking call girl, husband missed wife's private eye across the street from hotel-notel w/ camera"

  15. SignPainterGuy on September 23rd, 2011 11:39 pm

    Que Stalag 13`s Sgt. Schultz, "I know nothing, NOTHING !!"

  16. Anonymous on September 26th, 2011 1:43 am

    [...] Solyndra photo-ops, not due diligence, took precedence at the White House. Doug Powers has more. http://dougpowers.com/2011/09/23/new…imes-solyndra/ Be sure to check out the Solyndra Funny Money flow chart from Reuters. [...]

  17. Obama Payola: Another Billion Dollars for “Clean Energy” and the Pelosi Family « Mayrant&rave on September 29th, 2011 8:46 am

    [...] Time for congressional testimony practice. Repeat after me, Ron: “On the advice of counsel I invoke my Fifth Amendment privilege.” [...]

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