White House saw Solyndra collapse as vital political issue

The Obama administration sought to soften the political blow the Solyndra bankruptcy was going to have, partly by massaging the press in advance of the collapse. The Hill: Several key White House offices were involved with the Obama administration's messaging plans and other preparations as the collapse of the taxpayer-backed solar company Solyndra was imminent, newly released documents show. The latest White House documents delivered to House Republicans on Friday again highlight the extent to which senior administration officials braced for the fallout as Solyndra - a company President Obama had personally visited - was about to go under. A White House memo that noted the danger of "imminent bankruptcy" at the end of August 2011 says, "OMB, DPC and NEC have been working with press and OLA to be prepared for this news to break." Acronym translation: OMB is the Office of Management and Budget, DPC is the Domestic Policy Council, NEC is the National Economic Council...(Read Full Post)