I’m sitting here laughing. I was just wondering if there were any Obama administration Friday night document drops last week … and sure enough, we’ve got more Solyndra-themed emails from inside the White House.
Read Doug Powers.
This weekend’s Solyndra dump tells the story of an administration that was considering having Solyndra execs sit in the First Lady’s box for the January 2011 State of the Union address, until a White House staffer saw the writing on the wall:
The idea of seating Solyndra officials with first lady Michelle Obama in the Capitol during the president’s nationally televised speech came up around the same time that DOE was preparing a controversial change to the company’s $535 million federal loan guarantee, which wound up increasing the risk to taxpayers.
But Daniella Gibbs Léger, director of White House message events, batted down the idea of a State of the Union invite before it could be raised among her superiors. “Can’t do Solyndra … they’ve run into some issues recently. ,” she wrote on Jan. 5, 2011.
Ed Morrissey at Hot Air points out the timeline in a Sept. 2011 post.
So what we have here is an Obama administration that knew enough about the financial troubles of Solyndra they wanted to distance the first family from Solyndra officials in public, but one month later the administration restructured the loans so the public would be at the back of the line for repayment when the loans went bust.