Obama on 60 Minutes: Geithner good, Cheney bad
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Just like movie studios release excerpts of upcoming films to generate excitement and hopefully a big audience, that's what 60 minutes is doing to preview President Obama's appearance on the news show tonight.
It should do well. To make sure it was interesting, they interviewed him for over 90 minutes (and the teleprompter wasn't invited).
Based on the excerpts they released, if it were a movie, it could be called, "Geithner good, Cheney bad."
Roll the tape
Now to the excerpts:
If Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner were to offer his resignation, Obama wouldn't take it.
"Sorry Buddy, you've still got the job."
There's been no discussion of any resignations, Obama said.
"It's going to take a little bit more time than we would like to make sure that we get this plan just right. Of course, then we'd still be subject to criticism. What's taken so long? You've been in office a whole 40 days and you haven't solved the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression?"
You remember when asked if he thought Obama's policies have made the U.S. less safe, Cheney curtly replied, "I do."
It would be a real surprise ending if the president agreed with him. He didn't.
"How many terrorists have actually been brought to justice under the philosophy that is being promoted by Vice President Cheney? It hasn't made us safer. What it has been is a great advertisement for anti-American sentiment."
What about the released prisoners who have rejoined terrorist groups?
"There is no doubt that we have not done a particularly effective job in sorting through who are truly dangerous individuals … to make sure [they] are not a threat to us."
New swing set
Plus, you get to see President Obama's new swing set. Now sure, Obama may want to tell Joe Biden to go sit and spin sometimes, but this was a present for daughters Sasha and Malia.
We told you about it a couple weeks ago and many of you told us (in all caps) that this WASN'T NEWS! and asked, DON'T YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE TO WRITE ABOUT?
So we won't talk about it again. But you can click here to see it.
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