President Barack Obama’s comments, made with new Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner at his side, came in swift response to a New York Times report, which reported employees of the New York financial world garnered an estimated $18.4 billion in bonuses last year. The figure, from the New York state comptroller, drew prominent news coverage.
That’s President Barack Obama’s one-word reaction to a report that Wall Street employees got more than $18 billion in bonuses last year.
Said Obama: “That is the height of irresponsibility. It is shameful.”
The president said he and new Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will have direct conversations with corporate leaders to make the point.
Obama said there is a time for corporate leaders to make profits and get paid bonuses but now is “not that time.”
“Outrageous” is precisely the word. The same people who two months ago came to Congress with hats in hand and took a boatload of taxpayer money are now doling out billions in “bonuses”? Bonuses? Aren’t you supposed to get a bonus when you do something well?