Obama to Geithner: 'Pursue Every Legal Avenue' to Stop AIG Bonuses

It sounds like Obama has told Tim Geithner to go back to Edward Liddy and explain that $100 million bonuses are unacceptable.

I'm glad that Obama did this (after seeing the outrage in Congress no doubt). I'm still astounded that Geithner needed to be told. And I'm still suspicious that Geithner was responding to threats from AIG that no one is much talking about. 

Obama's statement here has a hint of something I'd like to see more of: he suggests that the appropriate response to AIG's audacious demand for its bonuses is the same kind of regulation over big finance schemes like AIG that FDIC has over banks.

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