Apparently, populist ire against federal bailouts of Wall Street financiers and reckless mortgageholders has struck a chord. NBC's Savannah Guthrie predicted that the Barack Obama "will acknowledge the anger many Americans feel." White House advisor David Axelrod told NBC anchor Brian Williams that "the President shares their anger." "There is anger out there. People are miffed," ABC anchor Charles Gibson suggested to Axelrod. "There is no doubt there is great anger in the country," Axelrod replied.
The President invited the networks' Sunday morning anchors along with their nightly newscast colleagues to lunch. David Gregory of NBC's Meet the Press reflected on Obama's desire to deal with "some of the anger in the country" while George Stephanopoulos of ABC's This Week referred to "bailout fatigue out there--there is a lot of anger."
In the face of all this rage Axelrod tried humor with CBS anchor Katie Couric. She asked whether the Obama Campaign had envisioned such deep economic trouble while running for office. Axelrod repeated the candidate's joke on the campaign plane: "You know there is still time to throw this thing."
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