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Why Was Obama MIA When Geithner Pitched the New Bailout?

Obama owes us some hands-on involvement, even if that means his hands get dirty with an unpopular program for the nation's most despised industry.

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Day after day last fall, as the financial crisis worsened and the government took step after step to intervene, you could read lengthy accounts that described the roles played by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson. Curiously absent was any mention of the man who was supposed to be in charge: George W. Bush. One reason Obama won is that the public had more than its fill of a disconnected president. Now Obama owes us some hands-on involvement, even if that means his hands get dirty with an unpopular program for the nation's most despised industry.

(c) 2009, Washington Post Writers Group

Marie Cocco is a prize-winning syndicated columnist on political and cultural topics for The Washington Post Writers Group. She is a frequent commentator on national TV and radio shows.

 
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