Via my Twitter feed, a wise man says, “When the unhinged are talking about strangling kids w/ piano wire over a parent’s bonus, the anti-corporate rhetoric has gone too far . . . It’s time for the POTUS to walk people back from the cliff rather than gunning the gas and driving us over it.”
Obama’s comparison of AIG to a suicide bomber would appear to be hitting the accelerator in this metaphor:
“When you’ve got big big banks — Citicorp or Bank of America or Wells Fargo — that control 70% of the banking system and all of them are weakening, you can’t afford to have all those banks going under, even though the deposits might be guaranteed. We had to step in, it was the right thing to do, even though it’s infuriating. . . .”
Well, OK, that all made sense, but then he compared AIG to a suicide bomber, and at that, we really perked up.
“Same thing with AIG,” Obama said. “It was the right thing to do to step in. Like they’ve got a bomb strapped to them and they’ve got their hand on the trigger, you don’t want them to blow up, but you’ve got to ease them off the trigger.”
And the president held out his arm and pantomimed a hand on a trigger, and we were rapt, waiting for what would happen next.
Remember, the president is a great communicator.
Like many, I have my share of anger over the bonuses, at the employees, at the AIG leadership, Geithner, the Fed, President Obama, Senator Dodd, etc. . . . But if some nut tries to kill some AIG employees . . . who fanned the flames?