White House Chief Of Staff Disses 'Occupy Wall Street'

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Slate’s Dave Weigel caught up with White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley at The Atlantic’s Washington Ideas Festival and asked him about the Occupy Wall Street protests.The former JPMorgan executive was not supportive of the protestors’ efforts when asked if their efforts hurt the Administration’s push for more jobs:

“I don’t know if it’s helpful,” he said. “I wouldn’t characterise it that way. Look it: People express their opinions. In the new social network world, they can do it pretty effectively outside the normal way, historically, people have done it. So whether it’s helpful to us, or helpful for people to understand in the political system that there are a lot of people out there concerned about the economy — I know the focus is on Wall Street, but it’s a broader discussion that we’re having.”

“…If you go to other parts of the world, you see people who don’t have the opportunity to protest like that. It’s always good to see.”

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