I guess Obama feels like he owes one of his Chief Command-Level Rump-Swabs, Senator Chris Dodd, a little love. After all, Dodd did his bidding in the Senate, paving the way for those splendid AIG bonuses.
Dodd will take all the help he can get... he is taking on water fast and his popularity is at an all-time low in this state.
His journey began with his ridiculous run for President of Iowa. It has taken him through revelations of special mortgage deals, a spectacular arrangement for a "cottage" in Ireland, and most recently to lying about his involvement in legislation that had a special carve out to allow for bonuses to be paid to AIG executives with bailout cash.
Dodd recently earned the praise of the president, who said Dodd had an "extraordinary record of accomplishment."
There is no little irony in the fact that the new president arrived at his Pennsylvania Ave. address via a campaign for change. This "change" squares awkwardly next to the 37-year political career of Chris Dodd which is the epitome of business as usual.
Obama's greatness may not be enough to save the faltering Dodd, but his support of Dodd may be enough, alongside his cabinet-full of tax cheats and Clinton hacks, that the last thing Obama represents is change.