Here is the story about the President’s meeting today with House Republicans. Props to both sides for meeting with one another, but some of the comments made by the President rightly raised eyebrows. Consider this statement:
“I am not an ideologue,” Obama assured his audience, prompting some murmuring in the crowd. “I’m not.”
And here is another one:
The president, known for his “No-drama Obama” demeanor, grew testier as the session wore on. When Georgia congressman Tom Price charged he had repeatedly accused Republicans of offering “no ideas and no solutions,” Obama shot back, “I don’t think I said that.”
Really, how does any of this pass the giggle test?
UPDATE: More from Peter Suderman on the Obama-House GOP encounter. Suderman shows that the President’s statement to Tom Price clearly does not pass the giggle test.
On a larger point, concerning the townhall: The visuals were very good for the President, but that should come as no surprise; Presidents get the last word in townhall meetings, and this essentially was a townhall meeting. I’d like to see the President debate someone like Rep. Ryan; I imagine that he would smell less like a rose afterwards.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Yeah, some meeting.