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Bush says economy strong enough to handle turmoil

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posted on Sep, 15 2008 @ 12:01 PM
Bush says economy strong enough to handle turmoil

By JENNIFER LOVEN, Associated Press Writer:
1 hour, 28 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - President Bush sympathized Monday with investors and employees of storied but fallen financial institutions, but said federal policymakers will focus their attention on "the health of the financial system as a whole."

"We are working to reduce disruptions and minimize the impact of these financial market developments on the broader economy," Bush said in the Rose Garden, choosing to address the market turmoil at the top of an appearance with visiting Ghanian President John Kufuor. "The policymakers will focus on the health of the financial system as a whole," Bush said.

His statement seemed to serve notice that the government will not continue to bail out Wall Street, as Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. filed for bankruptcy, Merrill Lynch & Co. was forced to sell itself to Bank of America, and the world's largest insurance company plans to announce a major restructuring.

"Adjustments in the financial markets can be painful, both for people concerned about their investments and for the employees of the affected firms," the president said. "But in the long run I am confident that our capital markets are flexible and resilient and can deal with these adjustments."

Bush also said he was pleased with work done so far by the Treasury Department, Federal Reserve and major financial institutions to "promote stability" in financial markets shaken by the developments involving Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch.

Bush said his advisers at the White House and "throughout my administration" are focused intently on the problems and how to "promote stability in the financial system." He said he was remaining in close touch with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and had been throughout the weekend. Paulson was to join White House officials in discussing the situation with reporters at the White House later Monday.

Source fully quoted as Yahoo tends to remove stories quickly.

[edit on 15-9-2008 by 2stepsfromtop]

posted on Sep, 15 2008 @ 12:03 PM
Can anybody understand Bush babbling anymore? anyway Paulson will be talking live in a few minutes so I wonder who he is going to bail out next.

posted on Sep, 15 2008 @ 12:06 PM
reply to post by 2stepsfromtop

His statement reminds me of another famous "no problem" statement:

"God himself could not sink this ship!" This quotation, made famous by Cameron's film, is reputed to have been the answer given by a deck hand when asked if Titanic was really unsinkable.

posted on Sep, 15 2008 @ 04:53 PM
Apparently he didn't hear Greenspan this morning remarking how it has never been this bad in his lifetime.

No matter how he came into office, no matter what he has done, I guess he just wants to go out as a liar till the bitter end.

posted on Sep, 15 2008 @ 05:00 PM
the term lame duck does spring to mind now.

Handing over all the problems to the next person.

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