Administrative Alzheimer’s

What is it about working for a POTUS that causes memory loss?

Rahm Emanuel on Solyndra: ‘I don’t remember’

Chicago mayor and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said he doesn’t recall anything about the Obama administration’s $535 million loan to the recently bankrupt solar company Solyndra.

Speaking to Chicago radio station WLS 890AM at a news conference about a new wellness initiative, Emanuel said he didn’t remember anything about the failed investment loan by the Department of Energy, which critics say was fast-tracked to fit the White House’s political agenda.

“Ya know, I’m focusing on a major announcement today for the City Of Chicago,” Emanuel said. “I don’t actually remember that or know about it. So, what I’m dealing is with what I’m dealing with here today.”

Emanuel was Obama’s chief of staff during the administration’s green energy initiative in 2009, when the Solyndra loan was finalized.

E-mail communications from the White House obtained by the House Energy and Commerce Committee point to more involvement in the deal than perhaps Emanuel would care to remember.

The vice president was scheduled to announce the closure of the Solyndra deal on Sept. 4, and several e-mails show pressure from the White House to approve the loan.

In one e-mail, an assistant to Emanuel wrote on Aug. 31, 2009 to the Office of Management and Budget about the administration’s upcoming announcement on Solyndra and asked whether “there is anything we can help speed along on OMB side.”

As we’re already seeing from the Congressional hearings, nobody in the Obama administration seems to know anything about Solyndra, especially as to who made the decision to greenlight what was obviously a doomed-to-fail loan and who authorized restructuring the loan to subordinate the taxpayers to private investors.

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10 Responses to Administrative Alzheimer’s

  1. WMCB says:

    They are such liars – all of them. Political junkies, even those outside the decision-making loop, thrive on gossip. And there are no political junkies like white house staff, by definition. I’ll bet the goddamned secretaries and aides knew who was pushing this, much less the principals of the agencies involved.

    So there was this “big fucking deal” solar company that prompted POTUS visits and photo ops and 19 WH visits and tons of emails, etc, but no one knew who was making the push for that company?

    It was some nobody little apparatchik at a desk somewhere who just made a mistake, I guess. No one even remembers who it was. Pay no attention to all the emails and visits etc making it clear that the entire administration was falling all over themselves to roll out this photo-op making Obama look good. Nope – it must have been all approved by some nameless glitch in the ever-present bureaucracy. They were all clueless as the big fucking plans were made for triumphant presidential tours, and campaign ads being shot on site at this “showpiece” company.

  2. votermom says:

    Does Chicago know that their new mayor has early-onset dementia?

  3. myiq2xu says:


    In image management terms, the administration’s handling of Solyndra has been disastrous. Obama press secretary Jay Carney claimed last week that the president has not been briefed on the scandal, which is either an absurd lie or a terrifying truth.

    • WMCB says:

      I like reading Reason, for one reason (no pun intended.) While I diverge from their pure libertarian view, the fact that they are beholden to neither party means that they will offer critique of all of the bastards.

      I don’t agree with most of their version of solutions. But they are damn good at identifying the bullshit from either side.

  4. yttik says:

    Isn’t that a job requirement, to have a poor memory? It’s very important to be able to say you “never could have predicted” and you “don’t recall hearing about that.” Also important to put on your resume, the ability to say, “I’ve decided to spend more time with my family.”

  5. myiq2xu says:

    George Will:

    “He went to Massachusetts to campaign against Scott Brown. Scott Brown is now a senator. He went to New Jersey to campaign against Chris Christie, who’s now the governor. He went to Virginia to campaign against Bob McDonnell, who’s now governor. He campaigned for the health care plan extensively, it became less popular. He campaigned in 2010 for the Democrats, they were shellacked. He began, in a sense, his presidency flying to Copenhagen to get Chicago the Olympics. Chicago was the first city eliminated. There is no evidence that the man has rhetorical powers he is relying on.”

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