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GE Chief Immelt Defends Notre Dame’s Invite to Obama

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GE Chief Immelt Defends Notre Dame’s Invite to Obama

Every day the symbiotic relationship between GE CEO Jeff Immelt and President Obama becomes more apparent. Obama needs good press and Immelt needs cap-and-trade legislation to boost sales of GE’s wind turbines.

GE Chief Immelt Defends Notre Dame’s Invite to Obama, an article in by Ryan Flinn, informs us that Immelt recently wrote a commentary, in The Observer, Notre Dame’s school newspaper, supporting the administration’s decision to invite the president to deliver the 2009 commencement address.

In his commentary Immelt said, “You cannot bring about positive change in so diverse a world without working cooperatively with those who are different, who may disagree with you, but whose perspectives should be welcomed.”

Immelt gave the commencement address at Notre Dame in 2007 and justified his taking a stand in this issue “because of the company’s relationship with the school. GE employs 400 Notre Dame graduates, including Chief Financial Officer Keith Sherin.”

Immelt , by taking a position in the Notre Dame controversy, is lending credibility to the claim that he is using NBC’s media empire to protect Obama.

Comment by Tom Borelli

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Walt Disney

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British Petroleum

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General Electric

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Goldman Sachs

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