Skip to main content missed about half of this after they cut Obama off mid-sentence. I challenge all of you to spend an hour and a half watching this in earnest...Obama met with House GOP today and explained, in a much-too-polite way, that when you call centrist, pragmatic policies socialist Nazi power-grabs all day long, it makes it tough to have a serious conversation about the problems facing America.

Obama schools the House GOP

The GOP hasn't left itself any negotiating room, and that's why the debate is between centrist Democrats and more liberal voices. The Tea Partiers are no more shut out of the debate than the Naderites, because what you have is a centrist president and a Congress too busy gorging at the corporate trough to even admit that there are problems, let alone solve them.

I thought Obama did a pretty remarkable job during the State of the Union a couple of days ago. He demonstrated not only his awareness of the political situation he faces with a dysfunctional Congress, but also an optimism about the possibility of fixing America that, I confess, I am losing. I think Republicans are going to have to take a long look in the mirror, however, because the whole time they're claiming they've been shut out, entertainers like Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin have been making it increasingly difficult for rational voices to be heard.

This kind of format cuts right through that, and I suspect -- I hope, at least -- that it made some of the people in the room reconsider the stance toward Obama they've taken. As someone who has been disappointed with Obama, and particularly with the Democratic-controlled Congress, for not enacting more sweeping, progressive policy change, it has certainly given me greater insight into the kind of leader Obama wants to be.

Originally posted to Freeborn Man on Fri Jan 29, 2010 at 08:33 PM PST.


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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    -5.38 -4.72 T. No public option? No mandate.

    by trevzb on Fri Jan 29, 2010 at 08:33:47 PM PST

  •  Well I love Obama, always have since I first saw (5+ / 0-)
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    jdld, mango, marabout40, Dave1955, Jerry Melton

    him on MTP a few years back. He is brilliant, he cares, he is working his ass off for us.  Today was something fantastic to behold. What a pres!

  •  I think you've got this wrong: (7+ / 0-)

    "This kind of format cuts right through that, and I suspect -- I hope, at least -- that it made some of the people in the room reconsider the stance toward Obama they've taken."

    In my opinion, President Obama wasn't talking to Republicans in order to change their stripes.  He was talking to the American people -- us -- to force the Republicans to change their stripes.  Here, again, the President has given us all the ammunition we need.  Now, it is up to us to use it.  

    "Obama, Obama, I love ya, Obama; you're only November away" -- cute ginger kid

    by Tortmaster on Fri Jan 29, 2010 at 08:57:58 PM PST

    •  Perhaps you're right... (3+ / 0-)
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      OHdog, Tortmaster, Jerry Melton

      ...but the way he's done it the last few days has given me hope that if any Republicans are still in possession of shame, they're feeling it right now.

      -5.38 -4.72 T. No public option? No mandate.

      by trevzb on Fri Jan 29, 2010 at 09:22:33 PM PST

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      •  trevzb, that's a very pragmatic approach. (0+ / 0-)

        Hope for the best, expect the worst!  I can get behind that!  I see President Obama as our avatar, and not just in the sense of being our leader and representing the American people.  He is also the face of Democrats and, more relevant to dkos, the face of progressivism.  Whether one cosiders him- or herself to be a super progressive or not, 70 to 80 percent of Americans link President Obama to progressive politics.  His fate is our fate.  

        Republicans have their own avatars, and they are going to play to their base.  Or, if allowed, make up a base out of thin air (i.e. the repeated claims that "Americans don't want a public option).  This is where President Obama has given us an advantage that we seem to refuse to use at every turn:  He cuts through the BS to expose the fact that Republicans shouldn't have a base.    

        "Obama, Obama, I love ya, Obama; you're only November away" -- cute ginger kid

        by Tortmaster on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 05:48:12 AM PST

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    •  I agree (3+ / 0-)
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      He knows the GOP won't change their stripes. But he called them out (Finally! Finally!) on their childish bullshit in front of the country. He finally choose to utilize his capital as the most popular politician in the country to contrast his charisma with their douchbaggery.

      And in so doing, he seized back the opportunity for an angry citiizenry to find an appropriate target for their ire.  

      Well done President Obama.

  •  How many on here would consider FNC.. (0+ / 0-)

    AS "News" anyhow..

    That's what scary, does it get to the people who NEED it?

    We may disagree with a few policies here and there (Ben, Tim, Afghanistan, HCR waterdown)

    BUT We are not THEM..

    There's the difference..

  •  I think it's mostly due to David P. (1+ / 0-)
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    (sorry I can't spell or pronounce his name) being back on board. I think he reminded the President of how he got to where he is and that it's time to strike back. Welcome back David.

    Evey day I give thanks that Barack Obama is President...and that George Bush IS NOT!

    by gritsngumbo on Fri Jan 29, 2010 at 09:02:28 PM PST

  •  Your joking with that poll right? (0+ / 0-)

    Why no snark in the tag?  "As a disappointed progressive".  Give me a fucking break!

    Progress is not an illusion, it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing. --George Orwell

    by thestupiditburns on Fri Jan 29, 2010 at 09:04:10 PM PST

  •  couldn't participate in your poll (0+ / 0-)

    I don't qualify as a "disappointed progressive"

    save our democracy!

    by thoughtful3 on Fri Jan 29, 2010 at 09:22:59 PM PST

  •  Unfortunately no one (NO ONE) watches MSNBC (0+ / 0-)

    Beck ran his revisionist history special last Friday and out-rated Hardball by a depressing 14:1. At least 7 times as many people will be watching O'Reilly, Hannity and Greta than the "Question Time" special on MSNBC.

    •  They're talking about it and showing clips... (0+ / 0-)

      ...on Washington Week right now.

      It's getting out fast.

      -5.38 -4.72 T. No public option? No mandate.

      by trevzb on Fri Jan 29, 2010 at 10:05:49 PM PST

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    •  To be fair, MSNBC has to share eyeballs / viewers (0+ / 0-)

      with hundreds of other cable channels.

      Fox News only has to share with CBN and The Bass Channel - and that's only during those few times when there's an actual chance that a drop of reality might squirt out (as in a rare moment of clarity from Shep Smith).

      Otherwise, no - you're comparing oranges and road apples.

      Truth in advertising: "Texas - It's Like A Whole Other Country!"

      by here4tehbeer on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 01:14:22 AM PST

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      •  The Bass Channel...LOL! (0+ / 0-)

        Don't forget Versus' "hunting" shows, which typically feature millionaire land owners and their spoiled kids driving to a fancy shooting shelter and using high-tech rifles to gun down deer only for their antlers to win trophies. Sick. At least Ted Nugent uses a bow and arrow and heads into the woods, and then actually uses the meat.

  •  Pass a law.....If you are going to call yourself (1+ / 0-)
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    FOX News, you MUST show News.  The Blackout of the President's smackdown should have been shown on every NEWS channel.  Fox should be forced to remove NEWS from their title.

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