Obama meets with Republicans. AP account and YouTube If you missed it. Talking Transpartisan Shift.
The spotlight was on the need for a transpartisan shift in DC and Baltimore last week. The topics of partisan stonewalling, bi-partisan possibilities and getting something done in DC were brought up by Obama at the State of the Union Address and at an appearance at the Republican Party’s annual retreat. He and some republicans spoke to the need to govern, lead and directly to the need to get beyond the pathalogical partisan politics paralisis . If you missed it here is and excerpt and link the AP account of the televised encounter of Obama’s vist to the Republican annual retreat and one of many clips you can find on You Tube. Walt
BALTIMORE – President Obama went toe-to-toe with some of his fiercest critics Friday, engaging in an unscripted, unusual and public question-and-answer session with Republican members of the House of Representatives.
The venue was a hotel ballroom here, where the Republican lawmakers had invited the president to speak at their annual retreat. Obama, facing a respectful but disapproving crowd, repeatedly defended his policies and accused Republicans of distorting his positions for political gain. He was especially critical of the GOP’s efforts to derail the massive healthcare overhaul bill in Congress.
“You’d think this was some Bolshevik plot,” Obama said. “That’s how some of you guys presented this.”
And he argued that constant political attacks on his agenda had almost robbed the GOP of any opportunity to contribute.
“What happens is that you guys don’t have a lot of room to negotiate with me,” Obama said. “The fact of the matter is, many of you, if you voted with the administration on something, are politically vulnerable with your own base, with your own party, because what you’ve been telling your constituents is, ‘This guy’s doing all kinds of crazy stuff that’s going to destroy America.’ ”
The event was notable for its departure from the norms of the American political process, resembling more the British tradition of a leader taking fire from members of the opposition party—and for the fact that it was broadcast nationally…….. end of excerpt