Jan 30, 2010
The President excels in rare televised Q & A with GOP House Caucus
In what some people are calling an historic event, President Obama appeared before the House Republican Caucus in Baltimore at their retreat and took questions from some of his harshest critics.
What made the event even more rare, and even more historic, was that it was televised. This is common in Great Brittan, but not in the U.S. The Republicans initially balked at televising it, but they relented. After watching it, they now regret it.
Most Americans got to watch it live, but not Faux “news“ viewers. After it became apparent how well the President was doing, they cut away to bring on critics of the President to talk about the critics of the President.
We had to sit through a filibuster speech by teabagger U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn, where she said the President was ignoring their suggestions and ideas on health care reform. She claims many Democrat leaders - someone needs to tell her we are members of the Democratic Party - were sending GOP ideas to the President. It made me wonder why she’s just trotting them out now.
Blackburn was a member of Congress when Republicans controlled both houses of Congress and the White House, why didn’t she have those ideas then? Can you say hypocrisy, Marsha?
What was really refreshing was to see him speak off the cuff for an hour taking questions from Republican lawmakers. Some of the attacks of the president have been down right silly, and one of those is he uses a teleprompter for everything. If he didn’t give such inspiring speeches, I would say he just take Q & A’s all the time.
Every President since Ronald Reagan has used a teleprompter, but for some reason only Obama has been criticized for it. Just this week I saw a rightwing Michigan blog criticizing him for using it to talk to 6th graders in Virginia. The fact that the claim is just another lie will do little to slow them down, but after the President’s performance in Baltimore, non-teabaggers know better.