Obama Chief-Of-Staff & Former Boeing Board Member: "Sometimes You Can't Defend The Indefensible"

White House's Daily seeks balance in outreach meeting with manufacturers

Washington Post
Peter Wallsten and Jia Lynn Yang
June 16, 2011
It was supposed to be the White House’s latest make-nice session with corporate America — a visit by Chief of Staff William M. Daley to a meeting with hundreds of manufacturing executives in town to press lawmakers for looser regulations.

But the outreach soon turned into a rare public dressing down of the president’s policies with his highest-ranking aide.

Daley said he did not have many good answers, appearing to throw up his hands in frustration at what he called “bureaucratic stuff that’s hard to defend.”

“Sometimes you can’t defend the indefensible,” he said.

Congressional panel probes National Labor Relations Board complaint against Boeing
The Associated Press
June 17, 2011
A congressional panel is holding a hearing in South Carolina on a National Labor Relations Board complaint against aircraft manufacturer Boeing over a non-union jet assembly line built in the state.

The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government convenes Friday in North Charleston with four GOP committee members.
Gov. Nikki Haley and the NLRB’s chief attorney will testify. A judge in Seattle is hearing the complaint, but the committee is investigating what was behind it.
Letters show NLRB lawyer's reluctance to come to North Charleston
Charleston Regional Business Journal
Matt Tomsic
June 16, 2011
The U.S. House oversight committee and National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Lafe Solomon haggled over Solomon’s participation in Friday’s committee hearing in North Charleston.

The hearing, entitled “Unionization Through Regulation: The NLRB’s Holding Pattern on Free Enterprise,” includes Solomon in its list of witnesses.

Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., wrote Solomon on May 26 to request his testimony at the committee hearing in North Charleston.