Obama supporter Buffett strongly criticizes the president
You would never have heard of this unless you watched "Morning Joe" because there are no Obama supporters who criticize him according to the media - only stick in the mud Republicans.
You no doubt recall that whenever anyone who voted for George Bush came out against him, it was a three day story and the individual appeared on every cable show, was feted at parties, and usually got a book deal. In the media universe today, we are all happy, happy Obamabots who love our Dear Leader and would never say anything to criticize him.
But Buffett let Obama have it (via Mickey Kaus ):
BUFFETT: Absolutely. And I think that the--I think that the Republicans have an obligation to regard this as an economic war and to realize you need one leader and, in general, support of that. But I think that the--I think that the Democrats--and I voted for Obama and I strongly support him, and I think he's the right guy--but I think they should not use this--when they're calling for unity on a question this important, they should not use it to roll the Republicans all.
BUFFETT: I think--I think a lot of things should be--job one is to win the war, job--the economic war, job two is to win the economic war, and job three. And you can't expect people to unite behind you if you're trying to jam a whole bunch of things down their throat. So I would--I would absolutely say for the--for the interim, till we get this one solved, I would not be pushing a lot of things that are--you know are contentious, and I also--I also would do no finger-pointing whatsoever. I would--you know, I would not say, you know, `George'--`the previous administration got us into this.' Forget it. I mean, you know, the Navy made a mistake at Pearl Harbor and had too many ships there. But the idea that we'd spend our time after that, you know, pointing fingers at the Navy, we needed the Navy. So I would--I would--I would--no finger-pointing, no vengeance, none of that stuff. Just look forward. ..[snip] ...
BUFFETT: Well, I was going to mention to Joe that you've heard this comment recently from some Democrats recently that a `crisis is a terrible thing to waste.'
BUFFETT: Now, just rephrase that and since it's, in my view, it's an economic war, and--I don't think anybody on December 7th would have said a `war is a terrible thing to waste, and therefore we're going to try and ram through a whole bunch of things and--but we expect to--expect the other party to unite behind us on the--on the big problem.' It's just a mistake, I think, when you've got one overriding objective, to try and muddle it up with a bunch of other things.
I am beginning to think that their statements about a crisis being an "opportunity" are going to come back to haunt them when people realize that we are only at the beginning of this effort to remake the country and that many of his advisors are already telling him he has to go back to Congress for more, that the stimulus bill wasn't big enough.
The reason it wasn't big enough is because it was loaded up with other things not germane to economic recovery but very germane to remaking the United States. And for that, I think people will eventually judge him harshly and all this talk about "opportunity" will be seen as playing politics with the recovery.
Buffett isn't totally lost to Obama yet. But he is definitely tipping away from him. It would be a pretty big deal if he eventually comes out against him - especially in the business community.