Obama to GOP: Don’t demonize me, teabaggers

posted at 4:20 pm on January 29, 2010 by Allahpundit

The liveliest momoment from a consistently lively (and entertaining) takeoff on “prime minister’s questions” at the House GOP’s retreat this morning. I’m kidding in the headline, needless to say: The One would never stoop to something as crassly partisan as calling someone a teabagger. He leaves that stuff, and the endless crap about “angry mobs” and “evil-mongers” and coded racism, to progressive water-carriers like Reid and Schumer and MSNBC, all of whom are gently, namelessly chastised here with a fleeting admission that “It’s not just on your side, by the way.” The money line about health care: “If you were to listen to the debate and, frankly, how some of you went after this bill, you’d think that this thing was some Bolshevik plot.” To which I say: Nonsense. A Fabian plot, certainly — some Democrats were even nice enough to admit it — but Bolshevik? Maybe only on Glenn Beck’s show.

This wasn’t supposed to be televised, incidentally, but both sides agreed to it at the last minute in the name of showing the public how bipartisan they are. The GOP figured it’d give them a platform to prove that they actually do have policy ideas of their own, but I think the format ended up benefiting Obama more than them. He was on camera the whole time; he did most of the talking; he got to show that he’s perfectly capable of extemporaneous debate even with multiple prepared challengers lobbing questions. (Which should have been clear after 20+ debates in 2008, but the TOTUS jokes have taken on a life of their own.) Even conservatives I follow on Twitter were saying that he seemed more appealing in this format than in his thousand speeches last year. Who knows? Maybe that means we’ll see more of this.

Two clips here. The first is the bit about Bolshevik plots, the second speaks for itself. Exit question: The other big winner today — Paul Ryan? Click the image to watch.

Update: Not surprisingly, White House aides tell HuffPo they’re ecstatic with how things went while GOP aides tell NBC it was probably a mistake to let the cameras roll. Oh well.


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Obama- are are not teabagging you.. we leave that for people like Chris Matthews.

Noelie on January 31, 2010 at 1:48 PM

It’s my fault; a few months ago I commented that the ClimateGate fraud was Bolshevism masquerading as science. I apologize to the President that my very appropriate comment on climate science somehow landed inside his head and morphed into his latest straw man opponent for Obamacare.

Mark30339 on January 31, 2010 at 3:43 PM

House Republicans Strategize, Obama Joins Republican Retreat, Pelosi Prepares Parachute: http://mittromneycentral.com/2010/01/29/house-republicans-strategize-obama-joins-republicans-pelosi-prepares-parachute/

dnlchisholm on January 31, 2010 at 7:10 PM

The reality here is that Obama is still well liked, but his policies and proposed legislation are not. The SOTU performed exactly what Bill Clinton tried to do.

The SOTU made Obama look once again like the “good guy” but voters are a little bit smarter than the average Democratic Congress-critter thinks, so they aren’t blaming Bush for Obama’s policies and proposed legislation, they are going to blame Congress. Obama’s “detachment” from the legislative process frames Congress as the “bad guys” as well.

Yeah. Call it a variant if you must, but it’s triangulation at it’s best.

J_Crater on January 31, 2010 at 7:54 PM

you’d think that this thing was some Bolshevik plot.

So what’s your point?

PaddyJ on February 1, 2010 at 9:47 AM

“I am not an ideologue…..a socialist, yes, but an ideologue? No E’fing way!”

olesparkie on February 1, 2010 at 10:55 AM

You know Barry… there is and old adage that says “The only one who doesn’t notice an odor in the room, is the Skunk”

angus mcbeemer on February 1, 2010 at 11:27 AM

Actually you might use a more apt description. You’re not a Bolshevik, you are more like a fascist (private ownership, government control).

kens on February 1, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Somebody in the Oval Office is waaaay overdue for some tasty Jello pudding. I am sure that request will be dealt with in 2012.

itzWicks on February 1, 2010 at 4:05 PM