WASHINGTON — The struggling auto industry was thrust into the middle of a political standoff between the White House and Democrats on Monday as President-elect Barack Obama urged President Bush in a meeting at the White House to support immediate emergency aid.
Mr. Bush indicated at the meeting that he might support some aid and a broader economic stimulus package if Mr. Obama and Congressional Democrats dropped their opposition to a free-trade agreement with Colombia, a measure for which Mr. Bush has long fought, people familiar with the discussion said.
Bush administration, which has presided over a major intervention in
the financial industry, has balked at allowing the automakers to tap
into the $700 billion bailout fund, despite warnings last week that General Motors might not survive the year.
This guy cannot be gone too soon.
Which brings me to a small, pointless story.
I ran into a friend of a friend at the grocery store.
So we said hi, and all.
And discussed the election, both of us happy about Obama and all.
I mean, she was talking about flying to D.C. for the inaugeration.
Then I made a passing remark about being pleased to get GWB out of the White House.
Not even frothing at the mouth, or using obscenities, or any actually quite reasonable accompanying comment.
Just that it was going to be good to see the man go.
To which she responded, "Oh, I can't hate anyone."
Subtext being, I guess, "Unlike hate-filled non-Christian low-life types like you."
I actually beg to differ.
It's called righteous indignation, and actually it's just fine – Christ driving the money-changers out of the temple, anyone?
(For a non-Christian I have a lot of random Bible information in my head.)
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