Ralph Nader and StopTheChamber.com inform Pres. Obama's walk to US Chamber of Commerce

Akin to the futile cycle of bipartisan outreach, citizen and union advocates, natural persons, and others were joined by sometime presidential candidate Ralph Nader in trying to be heard by sometime champion, President Obama, as he walked to the Chamber of Commerce side of Lafayette Park.

StopTheChamber.com has sought regulatory and legal changes that would limit the disproportionate influence achieved through Chamber-contributors' hundreds of millions of dollars of lobbying and electioneering investment in the political process.

It's unclear if Obama was informed by these events, or by which side.

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Why Did the President Cross the Road? To Kneel Before the Corporate Throne of the Chamber of Commerce
Obama seems eager to be liked by the Chamber. But at whose expense?

This article at Alternet is in line with my own sentiments (the 'futile cycle' reference I made is pretty clear). But I do consider that there are valid differences of opinion on the left, at least, and despite my disappointment with President Obama seeming, to me, to routinely avoid progressive policy objectives after having talked them up, I want to point to Alternet's divergent pair of interpretations on the President's visit with the Chamber.

Editor's note: It's interesting how two analyses of the same event -- in this case President Barack Obama's speech to the Chamber of Commerce on Monday -- can be so different. In the article below, David Swanson interprets key portions of the President's speech as a capitulation to the Chamber and its right-wing agenda, especially when it comes to Obama's freezing domestic spending for the next 5 years. Obama appeared to blame entitlements for the deficit, and he avoided factoring in defense and military spending as potential solutions, even though the U.S. spends more on its military than the rest of the countries of the world combined.

Over in AlterNet's Hot News and Views, Jed Lewison, writing for the Daily Kos, strongly argued that Obama challenged the Chamber to support his agenda, and found his speech to be strong and heartening. We'll let you decide who you agree with.

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"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government in a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country." - Thomas Jefferson