Taylor Marsh has the scoop tonight on the continuing story about Obama and NAFTA:
There was a reason CTV stood by their story (then re-confirmed it) when I asked them about it last week. You know, when everyone else, including Obama and his team, as well as the traditional media (and the Obama blogs) were ignoring it or saying that there was nothing there. Cable network, blogs and the media blasted headlines that the CTV story had been debunked when it hadn’t at all. The AP now has the evidence. A memo they obtained that proves top Obama adviser Austan Goolsbee did indeed reassure the Canadian government about NAFTA. Of course, Goolsbee is denying their characterization to the AP, with the Obama team holding his hand while he talks to them and tries to walk the story back.
Double talk from the Obama camp…
In the end this is really about trust and about Obama saying one thing flat out to reporters, when something else had obviously gone down. Unless he’s going to say that he didn’t know what Goolsbee was doing, which is even worse. Regardless, what you’re left with is double talk. You know, that stuff old time city pols do when no one is looking, while presenting another image in public to people at election time to get their vote. Politics as usual, baby. Hope just left the building. It’s been replaced by bait and switch.