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Obama the Energizer Bunny?

By Michael D. Shear

President Obama is the Energizer Bunny.

There he was again Monday, touting the job-saving, environment-friendly electric battery and telling workers at a battery factory in Wisconsin that "when new batteries to store solar power come off the line, I want to see printed on the side, 'Made in America.' "

The employees at ZBB Corp., which makes advanced zinc bromide flow batteries and intelligent power control platforms, applauded heartily. Which probably assures there's another battery event in the near future.

Obama and his advisers are apparently smitten with batteries. They fit perfectly in his green agenda. The factories are creating new jobs. And with a miniscule share of the market right now, there's nowhere to go but up.

"You guys are at the cutting edge," Obama said in Menomonee Falls. "You're how we're going to strengthen this economy."

Which is pretty much what he said in California last March, when he announced $2.4 billion in funding for advanced battery research.

And what he said in Kansas City, at an electric truck factory, where Frito Lay trucks and others are zipping along with new-fangled batteries.

And, then again, what he said in Holland, Mich., at a battery factory which is making the batteries that may someday fuel a new generation of electric cars.

None of the announcements involve a ton of jobs. At the ZBB facility Monday, Obama said the company plans to hire 80 workers "over time." A loan the government made possible helped the company retain "nearly a dozen" workers.

But that's not the point, the Energizer Bunny told the workers.

"For years, we've heard about manufacturing jobs disappearing overseas," Obama said. "Well, companies like this are showing us how manufacturing can come back right here in the United States of America, right back here to Wisconsin."

Expect to see more of the same at a battery factory near you soon.

By By Michael D. Shear  |  August 16, 2010; 5:41 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. Economy , Unemployment  
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Hey Democrats,

Has the WAPO released the story about the $70 Million 164 Foot Senegal statue? No? Not yet, I suppose - after the elections.

How about the other $540 Million ?




Posted by: kstobbe1 | August 16, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

As the Washington Post appears terribly concerned about job creation, how about questioning the wisdom of America's largest corporations which have a record amount of profit on their balance sheets this year... something like $1.8 trillion... yet they refuse to hire?

U.S. corporations have as much, if not more, influence over our government as the President does. Why not put political pressure on them to push economic growth, to start hiring?

This country was founded on pioneering principals. Individuals and corporate entities took on unprecedented projects and goals that had greater chances of failure than success and built this country in leaps and bounds. Now with record amounts of money on the balance sheets they decide its too risky to hire? Or is it because a lack of jobs will make it easier for Republicans to blame President Obama, and give them fodder for 2012?
A Republican President would once again give corporate interests free reign over the market, and American citizens.

Seriously, it's disgraceful the WP won't do the right thing and give fair and full coverage to these issues. How many more people have to be hurting for the WP to find it's journalistic conscience?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 16, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

WaPo, what are you hearing about Bill Clinton having a 'Come to Jesus' meeting with Obama -- and giving him an "offer he cannot refuse"?

Is Hillary going to start an 'exploratory committee' after the first of the year?

Is Bill Clinton waiting until after November 2 to have his session with Obama?

Is all of this why we are hearing that Hillary might be one of the first in line for Sec Def??

Posted by: wheeljc | August 16, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Every time the administration talks about batteries, I'm reminded of that Autotune The News video (I think it was #8) with T-Pain, where Biden was singing about electric cars with batteries made in America. That was a sweet ATTN. The "very thin ice" mashup at the end was great.

Posted by: dkp01 | August 17, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Battery technology will engender absolutey crucial industries in the near future, as we transition away from coal and oil. The Chinese are already investing in it like crazy, and for good reason. It's really a no-brainer - only ideological blinders keeps right-wingers from appreciating this simple truth. But then again, they have been the bane of American manufactunring for nearly two decades now ...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 17, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

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