White house tells GE CEO to shut up about Obama

July 2, 2010 05:52

“It’s fairly common with this crowd,” says another lobbyist, who is employed by a Fortune 50 company in Washington. “The second my boss says something that could be interpreted as anti-Obama administration, we get phone calls. They are very thin skinned. Add to that the fact that they just hate the business community, and you have a tense relationship.”

By at American Spectator

After General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt told a private dinner of Italian business executives that he didn’t believe China was willing to be a fair business partner, and that the Obama Administration’s heavy regulatory approach was not conducive to helping the U.S. economy, senior White House officials, upon hearing about the comments, went into bully mode.

Immelt made his comments at dinner in Rome earlier this week and they were later reported by the Financial Times. The remarks about the Obama Administration did not include any disparagement of the president himself.

Yet, according to an contracting lobbyist for GE in Washington, senior White House officials and senior members of the Commerce and Energy Departments called Washington GE officials and corporate officers in New York.

“They [the Obama Administration] weren’t happy, and wanted to know why a GE official would be making those comments,” said the lobbyist. “The underlying message was that GE has dealings with the federal government. It wasn’t a threat, but these folks are from Chicago.”


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