Tomorrow, a few days before he ducks out of the country for a quick trip to Burma, President Obama is scheduled to meet with CEOs of several major corporations to discuss that pesky fiscal cliff looming on the horizon. Many expect the atmosphere to be tense, but if the meeting goes anywhere as well as today’s meeting with union bosses and progressive activists, it should be smooth sailing.
Today’s meeting was closed to the press, so we’ll have to go by the accounts of those who were invited, including representatives of SEIU, AFSCME, the AFL-CIO and the NEA, as well as officials with MoveOn, the Center for American Progress, the Common Purpose Project, the Center for Community Change and other progressive groups.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka called the meeting very positive, though we’re not sure if he copied and pasted Obama’s campaign speech into his tweet or if Obama borrowed Trumka’s “fair share” line for his campaign. Who’s up for some “shared sacrifice”?
Yes, don’t let the media spin the meeting to which they weren’t invited. With that out of the way, who’s ready for another campaign? AFSCME is still fired up and ready to go.
MoveOn also seems confident that the president will let the Bush tax cuts expire and force the rich to pay their fair share.
So, what was a group like MoveOn doing at the White House, aside from being reassured by Obama that everyone in attendance will get they paid for this term?
Strange times? More like scary times.