"They did it, and that was it."
Former White House senior advisor David Axelrod remembered administration officials "trying to pass the Recovery Act."
He omitted saying it helped business and elite interests at the expense of popular needs.
Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel once said a crisis is too important to waste. Things not possible other times can happen then. He didn't mean populist ones.
Other former White House officials were quoted. Misinformation substituted for truth and full disclosure. The Times leaves inconvenient facts unexplained. All the new fit to print is excluded. It's standard policy to omit what's most important.
On January 19, the Washington Post headlined "Obama 2.0," saying:
Obama "took office in 2009"." He promised "inclusiveness and optimism"." His "leadership (made) growth and renewal very real."
"We hope, given the opportunity, he will rededicate himself to being a president who is bigger than party and above partisan squabbling."