Wow, President Obama nailed House Republicans at their retreat today in Baltimore, where he met with them in an amazing session -- which thankfully was televised in its entirety.
I had a lot of trouble viewing the question and answer part of the meeting on C-SPAN. Probably its web site got overloaded.
But Daily Kos TV has a nicely functioning video, plus a transcript. This is terrific political entertainment. Obama makes the House Republicans look immature, obstructionist, and incompetent.
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Here's how the Huffington Post characterized the meeting:
President Obama traveled to a House Republican retreat in Baltimore on Friday and delivered a performance that was at once defiant, substantive and engaging. For roughly an hour and a half, Obama lectured GOP leaders and, in a protracted, nationally-televised question-and-answer session, deflected their policy critiques, corrected their misstatements and scolded them for playing petty politics.
White House officials told the Huffington Post they were absolutely ecstatic. MSNBC's Luke Russert, who was on the scene in Baltimore, relayed that a Republican official and other GOP aides had confided to him that allowing the "cameras to roll like that," was a "mistake."
I also like how he nailed the Supreme Court and Alito taking offense at it. The complaint the right has made is he's not supposed to do that face to face with them. I think it took guts and I respect him more for saying it to their faces during the SOTU. Things might be looking up
Posted by: Rain | January 29, 2010 at 03:21 PM
Posted by: Snort | January 29, 2010 at 10:44 PM
Two constitutional law observers on Bill Moyers spoke about the Supreme Court's decision that led to Obama's salvo. The Court has dismantled limits on the political electioneering of wealthy entities. Extending the same rights to non-profit's, labor unions, etc. doesn't balance potential harm to the democratic process. Banks and Wall Street are vastly wealthier. The shadowy agenda ads and personal attacks on political enemies can ramp up without limits now. The burgeoning grass-roots movement will certainly be damaged. This is a scary tilting of democracy toward plutocracy.
Posted by: Dungeness | January 30, 2010 at 04:50 AM
Freedom of the press has always been limited to those who can afford one, but the First Amendment is what it is.
Posted by: Idler | January 30, 2010 at 09:32 AM
For those who want to view the highlights of the Q and A session, Organizing for America has a selection of Obama's "greatest hits" where a click of a mouse button takes you directly to that portion of the video. Pretty cool:
Posted by: Blogger Brian | January 30, 2010 at 11:56 AM
i have see this video i was nice and the reform which he has taken i like that
Posted by: mcse | March 15, 2010 at 05:18 AM