Am I the only one who found today's giant press fest of Obama's drop into the Republicans' retreat gratuitous and hysterical?
In an administration famous for its polarizing partisanship, its thuggish non-negotiating posture and its demonization of anyone who disagrees, Obama deigned to talk to Republicans today. Yes, it's true. It's true! And it was such a huge deal, so out of the box, that the entire exchange was given full court press. That's right, so rare is any non-statist inclusion that the whole GOP-Obama meet up was aired (question and answer) live on cable news channels.
I think this is Obama's first and only act of transparency. Rest assured that you'll be hearing about how the prince generously met with Republicans for the next three years (thanks, in large part, to the Brown and recent Gubernatorial rout):
Responding to a series of pre-cooked questions from Republicans at their retreat in Baltimore today, President Obama called bulls— er, Bolshevik, on many of their objections.
Aw, is baby O whining again?
“if you were to listen to the debate and, frankly, how some of you went after this bill, you’d think that this thing was some Bolshevik plot,” Obama told the GOP about health reform. “That’s how you guys presented it.” Obama finger-shakin at the GOP
"The notion that this was a radical package is just not true," Mr. Obama said. "I am not an ideologue."
BALTIMORE—President Barack Obama sparred with House Republicans over job growth, the deficit and health care Friday, in an unusual dialog that both brought the two sides together and also exemplified Washington's political gridlock.
From time to time, presidents have dropped in on party retreats, regardless of affiliation. But rare is the moment when a sitting president will visit—and take public questions—from members of the opposite party.
The president said "both sides" bear responsibility for the "sour climate" on Capitol Hill, and agreed he could have done more over the last year to bring the two parties together. "That's a failure on my part," he said.
Mr. Obama challenged Republicans to find ways to work together and set aside the charged rhetoric that defined much of the political debate over the last year.
"We've got to be careful about what we say about each other sometimes," he said. "It boxes us in."