From yesterday’s Friday afternoon Solyndra document dump.
(Politico) — White House staff knew enough about Solyndra’s troubles in January 2011 to dismiss talk of inviting the company’s executives into President Barack Obama’s special State of the Union box, internal emails released Friday show.
The idea of seating Solyndra officials with Michelle Obama in the Capitol during the president’s nationally televised speech came up around the same time that DOE was preparing a controversial change to the company’s $535 million federal loan guarantee, which wound up increasing the risk to taxpayers.
But Daniella Gibbs Léger, director of White House message events, batted down the idea of a State of the Union invite before it could be raised among her superiors. “Can’t do Solyndra…they’ve run into some issues recently. :(,” she wrote on Jan. 5, 2011.
Obama had given a shout-out to the California solar company in his 2010 address, though he didn’t mention it by name. An administration official said Friday that discussion of bringing Solyndra officials to the 2011 speech “didn’t even make it to any sort of serious consideration.”
Leger’s rejection appears in the administration’s latest Solyndra-related Friday document dump — this one involving 457 pages sent to the House Energy and Commerce Committee — and offers further confirmation of White House aides fretting over the struggling company. POLITICO obtained the emails from a government source late Friday.