I suppose if you’ve built your empire on the shoulders of hard-core Democrats and MoveOn.org (but I repeat myself), then eventually you have to enlist the support of people who can get things done:
Obama Rallies Business Allies
Taking a page directly out of the playbook of his immediate predecessor, President Barack Obama on Wednesday convened a meeting of business leaders and then trotted them out to promote legislation he wants — in this case the $825 billion stimulus bill up for a vote in the House today.
Appearing in the East Room following what he called a “sober meeting,” Obama demanded quick Congressional action on the stimulus measure. “The businesses that are shedding jobs to stay afloat, they can’t afford inaction or delay,” Obama said…
Obama was introduced by Honeywell Chairman and CEO David Cote, who made no effort to conceal his enthusiasm for the new president and his stimulus plan. “You can count on us,” Cote said. “Thank God you are not a timid man.” Cote was preceded by IBM Chairman and CEO Samuel Palmisano, whose company makes the type of high-tech products Obama wants to promote, and who appeared equally enthralled.
“I cannot tell how excited we are about the president’s commitment to lead us to the future,” he said. Palmisano asserted that in the corporate world there is “a unanimous commitment and support for the president.”
They told me that if I voted McCain, America’s most powerful corporations would enjoy extraordinary access to the White House, and would act as the ‘right hand men’ of the President. And they were right!