NAFTA Gate: AP Releases Memo Documenting Obama’s Double Speak

Susan Hu has an EXCELLENT article on NAFTA-Gate including the 1300 word Canadian government memo with detailed information the discussion between Obama’s top economic Advisor Austan Goolsbee and the Canadian consulate. Here’s my favorite part:

“Noting anxiety among many U.S. domestic audiences about the U.S. economic outlook, Goolsbee candidly acknowledged the protectionist sentiment that has emerged, particularly in the Midwest, during the primary campaign. He cautioned that this messaging should not be taken out of context and should be viewed as more about political positioning than a clear articulation of policy plans.” […]The memo obtained by the AP was widely distributed within the Canadian government. It is more than 1,300 words and covers many topics that DeMora said were discussed in the Feb. 8 ”introductory meeting” between himself, Goolsbee and the consul general in Chicago, Georges Rioux.Goolsbee ”was frank in saying that the primary campaign has been necessarily domestically focused, particularly in the Midwest, and that much of the rhetoric that may be perceived to be protectionist is more reflective of political maneuvering than policy,” the memo’s introduction said. ”On NAFTA, Goolsbee suggested that Obama is less about fundamentally changing the agreement and more in favour of strengthening/clarifying language on labour mobility and environment and trying to establish these as more `core’ principles of the agreement.”

There’s also an excellent timeline of the Obama campaign’s denials. Notice the rapid shift the campaign has taken from “there was no meeting” to “well there was a meeting but NAFTA wasn’t discussed” to “well it wasnt really a meeting just a conversation” to “hey man they called us!”

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One thought on “NAFTA Gate: AP Releases Memo Documenting Obama’s Double Speak

  1. This should make the “is he prepared to be president” question clear and well answered. You can give Obama the doubt concluding he will surround himself with people who are knowlegable and thoughtful….wrong. Goolsby shows that Obama will surround himself with inept people that don’t have a good clue as to how to deal with foriegn governments. For gods sake this is Canada america lite can you imagine if Obama made a mistake like this with Russia or China Or N. Korea. UHHHHHH i’m shuttering right now. All of that is the underbelly of this thing on the surface what bothers me is I doubt Goolsby was acting unilaterally it is most likely Obama was aware of what was happening and let it happen. Obama is about as ready to be president as Arnold Ziffle.

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