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Confidence Men by Ron Suskind
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Mar 18, 12

Read in January, 2012


Ron Suskind's "Confidence Men": Wall Street,Washington,and the education of a president details
the problems and the solutions that the Obama team faced on entering office and how and why they
were treated the way they were. One gets the definite impression that Mr.Obama leaned heavily on
the advice of Mr.Geithner and Mr.Summers,both of whom were overly friendly with Wall Street. The president really had to have on the job training in order to deal with the world of high finance and
with the passage of the Affordable Care Act. In the first two years,Mr.Obama leaned on Geithner and
Summers for economic advice. He unfortunately turned the task of developing a health plan over to
one of the most conservative Democrats in the country:Senator Baucus. While the health plan was adopted,it was not before it was heavily compromised by the antics of the politicians and the lobbyists of the medical industry.

After the rout of the Democratic Party in the 2010 election, the president had to re-examine his
assumptions. He had learned a great deal. Now it was time for him to take the leadership for which he
was elected.
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