Obama beclowns House GOP

Short diary,but Obama put on a masterful performance at the House GOP retreat today.  Where has this Obama been the past 12 months?

Video here (cut and paste the below if link doesn't work):


Update: shoulda mentioned that the link goes to the speech, but the best part is the Q&A, links to which are also on the linked page.

Tags: obama, Republicans (all tags)



Has Obama finally grown a pair?

This is most welcome news in a year of mostly bad news.

by Pravin 2010-01-29 03:48PM | 3 recs
This is smart

It's not about persuasion.  It's about putting the spotlight on the GOP.  It's absolutely true that there's a cost to being the party of NO.  Make sure they pay that price.  Start a conversation within their own caucus about how they have to stop holding everything up.

2010 is about incumbency protection.  I think MA, while probably worse than any of us expected, was at or near the Dems' nadir.  The ball is passing over the net and heading toward the Republican side of the court.

by the mollusk 2010-01-29 03:51PM | 5 recs
Loved it

Not sure there's anyone, including Past Master Bill Clinton, who could be quite this smooth and confident.  You get the sense that Obama could sit there taking questions and verbally jousting for days on end.  The Republicans seem to have lost the art of debate, if they ever had it, because so much of their time is spent doing nothing but telling friendly audiences how Obama is a crazy socialist.  And then when Obama calls them out for doing exactly that, they're not quite sure what to say to his face!

by Steve M 2010-01-29 04:47PM | 4 recs
The political road is littered


by Moonwood 2010-01-29 05:01PM | 0 recs
The politcal road is littered with the ruins of those who underestimate President Obama He gave them lots of rope - and now they are going to hang themselves


by Moonwood 2010-01-29 05:03PM | 2 recs
Good precedent

We should now make this a yearly or bi-yearly thing. One Q&A for the House GOP and another one for the Dems, or maybe even both together.

by vecky 2010-01-29 06:36PM | 1 recs
RE: Good precedent

I might even watch that on PPV.  Another defecit reduction tool for the Administration.

by TxDem08 2010-01-29 08:28PM | 0 recs
It was something to behold

Maybe it's fleeting, but it's sweet nevertheless.

by Drummond 2010-01-30 03:19AM | 0 recs
I went to FDL to see what their take was on this

In the FDL 'reality', it never occured, which is at least as dishonest as FOX neus' attempt to ignore reality. MyDD hasn't sunk so far, thank goodness.

FDL and FOX both remain dead to me.

by QTG 2010-01-30 07:30AM | 1 recs
Open Left

also makes no mention of the Q and A. Kick'em off the Blog-Roll. Put Motley Moose back on.

by QTG 2010-01-30 09:15AM | 1 recs
Interesting the dearth of diaries over this

This was a huge event. The absence of some of the Obama haters reminds me of FAUX News cutting out in the middle.

by NoFortunateSon 2010-01-30 05:28PM | 2 recs
RE: Interesting the dearth of diaries over this

Well, after reading a lot of the posts here and at other sites, apparently a lot of people are still stuck on Jan. 26.

by spirowasright 2010-01-31 04:31PM | 0 recs
The Netroots tried to hide "this" Obama for 12 months but

there he is.

Nice try on the Netroots's part, but the President is smarter.


by eroded47095 2010-01-31 07:54PM | 0 recs
Great Obama performance. But...

Why didn't Obama have something similar with the Senate Democrats? Why didn't he take down the Blue Dogs on logic? How they went along with Bushian spending and useless wars, but suddenly see fiscal responsibility when it comes to Democratic programs?


If Obama repeated the same performance with the Democrats, I think he would have had a better chance of making that 60 seat supermajority work on more issues.

by Pravin 2010-02-01 11:09PM | 0 recs
RE: Great Obama performance. But...

Hell ofcourse Obama should do a Q&A with dems as well. Obama is willing, it's up to the Dem causus to decide.

Ofcourse this won't transalate into any votes. I don't see Nelson or Liarman dumbing down and voting with Obama just becasue they got schooled on national TV, rather they'll follow the GOP example.

by vecky 2010-02-02 04:27AM | 0 recs


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