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What on earth was President Obama thinking?

Do you agree with this Commentary? Why or Why Not?
The marathon TV teach-in—in which Obama was more schoolmarm than president—should be regarded by Democrats as a great disappointment. They made no clear gain, and won no clear argument. It became apparent from the very beginning—when a testy Obama said “Let me finish, Lamar!” to the courtly Lamar Alexander—that this was not to be an open-minded exploration of the issues in question. It was, instead, a simulacrum of a debate, a pretend-conversation, one in which Obama established, yet again, his command over fact and detail, but in which he also revealed reflexive superciliousness, intolerance of different opinions, and a shortness of patience unbecoming of a president. (He also showed that he’s a tedious clock-Nazi, cutting people off all the time, while showing no inclination to edit himself.)


Asked by grlygrlz2 at 2:01 PM on Feb. 26, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • there is no compromising with the republican party!

    Why would Republicans NEED to compromise?! Since Democrats have held the S-U-P-E-R-M-A-J-O-R-I-T-Y in both the House and Senate for the past YEAR, they didn't need Republican "approval" or compromise!!! Obama, Pelosi and Reid could have pushed through ANYTHING their little hearts desired....but they didn't....they couldn't....because they couldn't even rally their OWN party to support them! To bad, sooooo sad. LOL

    Obama and the Democrat Party = Epic FAIL!!! LOL

    Answer by LoriKeet at 3:48 PM on Feb. 26, 2010

  • What was so striking about the summit was the preparedness of the Republicans. All of them had done their homework: Lamar Alexander, Tom Coburn, Jon Kyl, John McCain, Dave Camp, John Barrasso, and Paul Ryan.What became clear in the long hours through which the summit meandered was that Obama was the best Democrat on display, a president surrounded by pygmies and paint-by-number partisans. Without his presence, the summit would have been a fiasco for the Democrats. And yet, in wading through the weeds on TV with legislators, in engaging in tetchy exchanges with John McCain, in sitting through such silliness as Tom Harkin’s suggestion that those who oppose the bill favor some kind of “segregation,” in playing—in effect—the bruising role of a prime minister in the push for legislation, he got closer to the coal-face of American politics than is dignified for a president.

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:01 PM on Feb. 26, 2010

  • The meeting wound down forlornly, with Obama attempting to enumerate issues that the two sides had in common. But there could be no escape from the one, fundamental difference that divides the two sides: The Democrats want this bill and the Republicans don’t. That—and the latter’s preference for market solutions and the former’s rejection of them—ensured that the summit was a total waste of our time and Obama's.


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:02 PM on Feb. 26, 2010

  • Looked like any Sunday morning show or Hannity where the opposition is interrupted all the time. The cons have been disrespecting him for the past year. About time he stood up to them. It appears to be that it is okay with you when your heroes interrupt a Democrat or liberal on one of your shows, but it's not okay if the President does it?

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:03 PM on Feb. 26, 2010

  • I have no respect for anyone that calls others a Nazi because they don't agree with them. You should be ashamed of yourself.

    Answer by Gailll at 2:04 PM on Feb. 26, 2010

  • What was so striking about the summit was the preparedness of the Republicans

    bouncingYou must get DIZZY form all that SPIN!!! What right wing blog did you copy that from? Oh and a NAZI reference, how original...


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 2:08 PM on Feb. 26, 2010

  • Gailll, what are you talking about? It was a commentary I read and wanted to get opinion on... If you don't agree with the author (DID YOU READ THE LINK) then say so... But I didn't write it. Hence the L I N K 


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:09 PM on Feb. 26, 2010

  • Nope, sweet... Just wanting to get opinions on the COMMENTARY...

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:10 PM on Feb. 26, 2010

  • You do not want any opinions ..You want to argue and belittle anyone who disagrees....Why don't you go to a group or something instead of clogging up all the p and c answers with your agenda...


    Answer by Anonymous at 2:12 PM on Feb. 26, 2010

  • Wow, so did you all get in a tizzy when Seinfeld used the word Soup Nazi? Seriously?

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:17 PM on Feb. 26, 2010