Speaking to Slate’s David Weigel at the Washington Ideas Forum, White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley was asked if the current Occupy Wall Street protests were helpful to the administration’s current jobs bill campaign.
“I don’t know if it’s helpful,” he said. “I wouldn’t characterize it that way. Look it: People express their opinions. In the new social network world, they can do it pretty effectively outside the normal way, historically, people have done it. So whether it’s helpful to us, or helpful for people to understand in the political system that there are a lot of people out there concerned about the economy — I know the focus is on Wall Street, but it’s a broader discussion that we’re having.”