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Richard Pollock

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August 8, 2011 - 12:01 pm

While the world waited for a defense of America’s credit worthiness, the president unfortunately chose to quote a businessman who may be flirting with a credit downgrade too.

During his Presidential remarks the president quoted billionaire Warren Buffett about the quality of America’s credit rating.  Buffett said if the United States deserves a AAAA rating if such a rating exited.  On Friday Standards and Poor’s downgraded U.S. sovereign debt from AAA to AA+.

Bad decision on the president’s part.

This morning Standards and Poor’s issued a “negative” rating for Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway company.  The rating agency has downgraded some insurance companies from AAA to AA+.  Buffet’s company holds deep positions in those firms.  A credit downgrade is expected to follow the S&P’s negative rating.

Richard Pollock is the Washington, D.C., editor for PJ Media and the Washington bureau chief of PJTV.
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