Have You Seen This?

January 30, 2010

Did any of you see this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBuG2TdgMn0&feature=channel

Yesterday, President Obama went to the Republican House Caucus, gave a speech, and then answered questions from GOP House members for over an hour.  The give and take was contentious but polite.  It was also fascinating.  And at the end of the day, Congressional aides on the Republican side were questioning whether they had made a mistake by keeping the C-Span cameras rolling.  Every time a GOP questioner tried to use party talking points in a question, Obama corrected them — schooled them, some might say.  He made Mike Pence (Indiana), Marsha Blackburn (Tennessee), Joe Pryce (Georgia), and Jeb Hensarling (Texas) look like political hacks (though he did call Jeb “Jim” a few times), and he did it all with charm and humor and eloquence.  He had no notes, no teleprompter, no aides whispering in his ear.   He was thinking on his feet the entire time.   And he ran circles around them.  Don’t believe me?  Watch if for yourself.  It was a masterful performance.

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