Thursday, April 23, 2009
On the one hand, it is a little hard to imagine falling asleep in a meeting with the president and the press. On the other hand, I rather notoriously nod off during meetings, especially in the middle of the afternoon and especially when I am not supposed to do anything, so I'm not going to come down on Larry Summers too hard. It is nice to see that the White House has become such a low-stress environment that people feel free to snooze when there is nothing much going on.
'Course, it would be a good idea to lose the photographers before nodding off. Then the only risk would be that Tim Geithner snaps a candid with his cell phone and leaks it to distract people from the more important distractions.
CWCID: Glenn Reynolds.
This isn't anything unusual.
Up here in Cambridge, Larry Summers is famous for two things: the fact that he averages four hours of sleep a night and the quantity of diet coke he drinks in compensation. This doesn't say anything about Obama or the administration, other than the fact that they're letting Larry be Larry.
While Pakistan falls to the Taliban, the President is busy trying to get credit card companies to lower rates. This would be comic if it weren't so tragic.
President Won was doing all the yammering. Perhaps that makes it even more understandable for Summers to be nodding off.
Once more, I hope he can find time in his busy schedule of running Chrysler, GM, the financial industry, credit card issuers and the healthcare payments system to figure out how to deal with the Taliban marching on Islamabad.