Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:20 am on December 11, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Normally I don’t do OOTDs on the weekend, but I suspect that if this isn’t on the list for tomorrow’s poll, the comment section will be filled with links back to it anyway. The Obama administration had totally botched the handling of the tax deal, but even the temper tantrum on Tuesday doesn’t compare to the abdication last night at the White House podium. After introducing Bill Clinton to reporters in the briefing room, Obama acted as if the entire subject bored him … and then left to keep his wife from getting annoyed at him … at a Christmas party:

Obama introduced Clinton lightly as “the other guy” and recalled how Clinton has overseen heady economic times. Obama warned that he wouldn’t be staying long — another White House Christmas party was waiting, as was his wife, Michelle.

The leader of the free world brought his predecessor onto the stage to pull his chestnuts out of the fire — and he’s not interested enough to stick around? The Christmas party took precedence over spending a few minutes with Clinton to pitch his own deal?  Michelle wouldn’t have understood if he, er, did his job?

How important is this deal to Obama?  Less than a Christmas party and dealing with his spouse’s irritation.  The picture on the front page says it all — he’s diminishing into a background player in his own presidency, largely because he just can’t be bothered to do any lifting for himself.

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dragondrop on December 11, 2010 at 1:52 PM

Agreed. Wonderful wrap up to a bizarro week by having a red meat Saturday OOTD.
Thanks Ed & all.

OmahaConservative on December 11, 2010 at 2:05 PM

Really, I can’t think of the right words here.
This is like a whole new level of incompetence. Whole new level of bizzaro. Way above just your normal incompetence bizzaro stuff. This is like, like serious professional incompetent bizzarro stuff. Just have never seen anything like this ever.

JellyToast on December 11, 2010 at 2:07 PM

We may be seeing the very first signs of total public meltdown of a President of the US.

The MSM is treating this as if it never happened. One more reason I’d like to see them eating out of dumpsters.

SurferDoc on December 11, 2010 at 2:15 PM

“We need Allahpundit or Michelle Malkin in the White House Press Corps.
NaCly dog on December 11, 2010 at 1:58 PM”

AP would be the reporter wearing a brown paper bag over his head since he wishes to remain anonymous.

JimP on December 11, 2010 at 2:17 PM

The MSM is treating this as if it never happened.

SurferDoc on December 11, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Maybe it will go viral without them. Podium Intruder!

Missy on December 11, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Obamateurism of the Year

The Absentee President votes “present” on another crisis.

regal on December 11, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Is this the first step/trial balloon in appointing Clinton to run the government because the President is just too busy?
Didn’t some Democrat write a column recently about the need for Obama to appoint someone to run the government so he can be free to travel the world?

JellyToast on December 11, 2010 at 2:34 PM

BTW, did anybody catch the fake smile BHO laid on WJC just as he left? It was this one which has become so familiar, but it was gone in a flash as he turned away. He HATED having to cede the stage to Bill Clinton.

leilani on December 11, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Agreed. And before leaving, Barack stood there increasingly tense, then folded his arms over his body, turned even more directly toward Clinton, glaring…

What was most telling to me was Bill Clinton immediately GRABBED THE PODIUM and hung onto it. He didn’t give nary a glance toward BO standing there beside him (Clinton didn’t).

Clinton was claiming the place, no doubt about it, and even the press attending were ignoring BO before his snit and departure.

Lourdes on December 11, 2010 at 2:48 PM

As much as it pains me to say this, I would prefer Bill Clinton remain there in the White House for the next two years and Barack and Michelle can just go attend all the parties they want to and can until their flight back to Chicago (or wherever) in January 2013.

Lourdes on December 11, 2010 at 2:50 PM

Does anyone know whose idea it was for Bubba to appear in the first place? Did the One call Bubba?

Did Bubba (or Hillary) offer?

Wethal on December 11, 2010 at 10:19 AM

My guess is Bubba called BO and *told him* he was comin’ over.

Lourdes on December 11, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Obamateurism of the Year

The Absentee President votes “present” on another crisis.

regal on December 11, 2010 at 2:29 PM

2nd

cmsinaz on December 11, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Officially unofficial: one and out. By teh Won.

He can’t even resign properly.

Caststeel on December 11, 2010 at 2:55 PM

My guess is Bubba called BO and *told him* he was comin’ over.

Lourdes on December 11, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Honestly, whoever thought this was a good idea is insane. Who in the freakin world would think that it would look good to the public if a sitting President during a news conference (while we are at war and the economy is melting) should look at his watch, say “Well, gotta leave now for a party. Here’s another old sick looking President to take your questions.”

As so many have said, imagine what Putin and our other enemies think when they look at this. All I can think is that they see a weak, incompetent man running America. And what might that cause some of our enemies to do? Attack while the opportunity is good. Hey, Wouldn’t surprise me maybe that’s what he’s hoping for. Who the heck knows. Maybe the plan is to show Obama looking weak, like he’s in over his head. Coaxing terrorists to make a big strike or something. Who the heck knows with this crew! I have never in all my days seen anything so stupid and moronic as this.

JellyToast on December 11, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Actually I like Slick Willie being called on to get Obey’s buns out of the fire. Tar all the D’rats with all the failures. D’rat = fail works for me.

Caststeel on December 11, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Hey, JellyToast, take a look at what Putin is doing. Seriously.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxjetOwwRsw

The world has gone mad!

onlineanalyst on December 11, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Maybe the plan is to show Obama looking weak, like he’s in over his head. Coaxing terrorists to make a big strike or something. Who the heck knows with this crew! I have never in all my days seen anything so stupid and moronic as this.

JellyToast on December 11, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Bill Clinton sorta’ hinted at being in some sort of snit about BO (who isn’t at this rate)…perhaps it was the Wiki thing as to Hillary?

Seems Hillary took the brunt of the “judgement” by the Left by Leftwing Wiki — media didn’t help her out much, seems she’s been “allowed” by Left/media to be the Fall Lady in this whole thing (and perhaps she IS responsible since it is State who is responsible for the idiot leaker to begin with).

Maybe Bill’s moreorless pugalistic politically now as to BO for that reason, is my guess. BO certainly deserves it.

Lourdes on December 11, 2010 at 3:16 PM

The leader of the free world brought his predecessor onto the stage to pull his chestnuts out of the fire

…to pull his ping pong balls out of the media.

He’s between a most divided (by him) country and Michelle O. and his balls are feather-light.

Schadenfreude on December 11, 2010 at 3:22 PM

I have never seen a display like this in any leader, much less the #$%!@ President of the United States! Is there ANY rationale for this?

Bigurn on December 11, 2010 at 3:25 PM

The first black president upstaged the second one.

Call Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton.

Schadenfreude on December 11, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Paging Darrell Hammond…

slickwillie2001 on December 11, 2010 at 3:46 PM

Why would a Muslim attend a Christmas party?

spinach.chin on December 11, 2010 at 4:00 PM

The world has gone mad!

onlineanalyst on December 11, 2010 at 3:15 PM

The libs in the audience were just soaking that stuff up, weren’t they! What a riot. “Putin sings and play piano! If only he could be our President!”

JellyToast on December 11, 2010 at 4:02 PM

Not to be outdone -Vlad Putin sings ‘Blueberry Hill’: Fats Putin Sings

Is the whole world going crazy?

slickwillie2001 on December 11, 2010 at 4:03 PM

How I envisioned the “meetin’”:

“Cream and sugar, Bill? Can I call you Bill?”
Obama then collapses on the floor and starts belting out “Shattered” by the Rolling Stones:
” Uh-huh, this town’s full of money grabbers
Go ahead, bite the Big Apple, don’t mind the maggots, huh
Shadoobie, my brain’s been battered
My friends they come around they
Flatter, flatter, flatter, flatter, flatter, flatter, flatter
Pile it up, pile it high on the platter
I’m in shatters
I’m shattered……..”

Probably not.

betsyz on December 11, 2010 at 4:08 PM

Sorry; I’ll try to keep up.

slickwillie2001 on December 11, 2010 at 4:16 PM

This the Obamateurism of his Presidency. Up till now he’s voted Present. Now he can’t even be bothered to do that.

Rocks on December 11, 2010 at 4:35 PM

This the Obamateurism of his Presidency. Up till now he’s voted Present. Now he can’t even be bothered to do that.

Rocks on December 11, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Yup. I was going to say “…of the Year,” but I do think it tops his entire term in office thus far. The biggest battles with Repubs, which could yield a bumper crop, are still to come.

PoodleSkirt on December 11, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Honestly, whoever thought this was a good idea is insane. Who in the freakin world would think that it would look good to the public if a sitting President during a news conference (while we are at war and the economy is melting) should look at his watch, say “Well, gotta leave now for a party. Here’s another old sick looking President to take your questions.”JellyToast on December 11, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Chris “Tingle legs” Matthews I hear!

dhunter on December 11, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Fear not, just when you think Bammie can’t possibly look more incompetent or dimwitted, he does. There’s always next week.

slickwillie2001 on December 11, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Just when I think I can no longer be surprised by this president, he hands it over to Bill Clinton… Bill Clinton!… and strolls off to a Christmas party. There is something very creepy and disturbing about this post-modern POTUS.

RebeccaH on December 11, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Apologies if others have already suggested it, but is BHO taking a dive here? I refuse to believe he wasn’t aware of how bad this would look. Something’s cooking.

Sharke on December 11, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Apologies if others have already suggested it, but is BHO taking a dive here? I refuse to believe he wasn’t aware of how bad this would look. Something’s cooking.

Sharke on December 11, 2010 at 5:06 PM

He ain’t that smart.

ncborn on December 11, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Has this been covered anywhere. I haven’t seen much snews but I haven’t seen FOX cover it except for last night when the Panel discussed it a little bit.

If the media never reports it did it ever happen or is this a vast rightwing conspiracy?

dhunter on December 11, 2010 at 5:23 PM

2 words: body language.

Yobama with the tightly crossed arms, Bill firmly holding both sides of the podium. I think it suddenly hit Barry that this was going to be seen as a weak man with no ideas desperately grasping at any gimmick to pull him out of the fire instead of the cool, super smart, spontaneous guy willing to entertain other forward thinking strategies, that he originally thought.

Alden Pyle on December 11, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Does anyone know whose idea it was for Bubba to appear in the first place? Did the One call Bubba?

Did Bubba (or Hillary) offer?

Wethal on December 11, 2010 at 10:19 AM

According to al-AP, here’s what happened, in a nutshell.

Clenis had a meeting with O’bama in the Oral Office. At the end of the meeting, Clintoon told Barry that he wanted to endorse the deal publicly, so they headed down to the WH Press Room.

It was locked. The press corps was at their annual Christmas Party.

The two of them found a low-level worker and asked about a key, and Baghdad Bob Gibbs heard them talking outside of his office. Why Bob wasn’t at the Press Corps party, no one knows.

Gibbsy promptly rounded up the Media Puppets, and got the network feed set up. It was all downhill from there.

Del Dolemonte on December 11, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Please call it what it is. I am soooo sick of political correctedness [sic]. Jesus is the reason for the season. Have a Blessed Christmas!

OmahaConservative on December 11, 2010 at 8:50 AM

Actually, the Winter Solstice was celebrated for millenia, and the Romans co-opted it when Rome became Christian.

Who is John Galt on December 11, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Who said it? “The clothes have no emperor.”

conservative pilgrim on December 11, 2010 at 10:19 AM

That’s mine!

massrighty on December 11, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Actually, the Winter Solstice was celebrated for millenia, and the Romans co-opted it when Rome became Christian.

Who is John Galt on December 11, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Everybody already knows that. But the season was transformed into something Christian.
Or I should say, the holiday was transformed into a Christian holiday. Just because it was originally something pagan doesn’t mean people who celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas are somehow ignorant fools or hypocrites. Christianity is a transforming faith. The cross was something that at one time meant death. Jesus transformed the cross, something criminals and murderers were executed on into something redeeming. Heck, people even wear the cross as a piece of jewelry today. People used to flee the cross. Today people looking for a new life run to it.
So, so what if the Christmas holiday has it’s roots in something pagan, that is not how it’s celebrated today. Today for million of people all around the world, it has a different meaning. And it’s the different meaning of this day and in this age that makes all the difference.

JellyToast on December 11, 2010 at 6:20 PM

Unprecedented. The guy is a goof. Clinton on the other hand knew exactly how he was damaging the president.
The Empty Suit needed to stay there as long as Clinton talked. Relenting his podium showed a weakness I have never witnessed.

FireBlogger on December 11, 2010 at 6:34 PM

Actually, the Winter Solstice was celebrated for millenia, and the Romans co-opted it when Rome became Christian.

On July 4th 1569 The King of Poland and the Grand Duke of Lithuania, Sigismund II Augustus finally sign the document of union between Poland and Lithuania, creating new country known as Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.

Using your logic, last July 4th you only thought you were celebrating America’s birthday. You were actually celebrating Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth day. Since they had it first, nobody else can ever use it.

And don’t even think about honoring a Gulf war vet on Veteran’s Day, because there is no such thing. It’s Armistice Day, intended to honor WWI vets.

Sorry to go off-topic folks.

Bobbertsan on December 11, 2010 at 6:41 PM

People used to flee the cross. Today people looking for a new life run to it.

JellyToast on December 11, 2010 at 6:20 PM

Yep. I sit at the foot of the cross.
Ya’ know, you sound like a Missouri or Wisconsin Synod Lutheran…
God’s Richest Blessings, my friend!

OmahaConservative on December 11, 2010 at 6:48 PM

*Brilliant* post today, Ed!! “Abdication” is the perfect word for his antics yesterday. “Bored” is great, too.

I will say one thing: yesterday was sure “unprecedented”!

Has any other modern POTUS brought in his predecessor? I can’t recall any…

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on December 11, 2010 at 6:53 PM

Looks like capitulance…./

ted c on December 11, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Yep. I sit at the foot of the cross.
Ya’ know, you sound like a Missouri or Wisconsin Synod Lutheran…
God’s Richest Blessings, my friend!

OmahaConservative on December 11, 2010 at 6:48 PM

Actually just a Pennsylvania non-denominational…. with a little Catholic background thrown in.

JellyToast on December 11, 2010 at 7:19 PM

with a little Catholic background thrown in.

JellyToast on December 11, 2010 at 7:19 PM

Ahh…
Roman Catholic.
Lutheran folk’s first cousins.

OmahaConservative on December 11, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Zero just released the updated reason for his wacky, rapid departure yesterday:

♫♪ Basketball jones,
I got had a basketball jones,
I got had a basketball jones,
Woooo-oo-oooooooo. ♪♫

(Apologies to Bill Cosby.)

viking01 on December 11, 2010 at 7:25 PM

(Apologies to Bill Cosby.)

viking01 on December 11, 2010 at 7:25 PM

You may want to apologize to Mr. Cheech Marin and Mr. Tommy Chong, instead!

massrighty on December 11, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Their memory banks (at least Chong’s) are so fried someone would have to remind them that they wrote it before apologizing.

viking01 on December 11, 2010 at 7:57 PM

Campaign Slogan of the Year: “Please go.”

Just shut the contest down now.

AnonymousDrivel on December 11, 2010 at 8:42 AM

Campaign Slogan of 2008 : “Yes We Can!”

Campaign Slogan of 2012 : “See ya,gotta go bye!”

cableguy615 on December 11, 2010 at 8:07 PM

♫♪ Basketball jones,
I got had a basketball jones,
I got had a basketball jones,
Woooo-oo-oooooooo. ♪♫

(Apologies to Bill Cosby.)

viking01 on December 11, 2010 at 7:25 PM

Tyrone Shoelaces; that basketball was like a basketball to me !

cableguy615 on December 11, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Tyrone Shoelaces; that basketball was like a basketball to me !

cableguy615 on December 11, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Thanks for the memory boost….

Actually lobbied to have one of my sons named Tyrone (yup!) just because of that.

massrighty on December 11, 2010 at 8:10 PM

Bubba n’ Bama, Up in smoke, the sequel.

MrX on December 11, 2010 at 8:15 PM

Here’s a thought to chill your blood:

Hussein is like an iceburg. Sneak-theif that he is, 80% of what obama is doing is invisible, all the better for his dark hive of 40 czars to toil; their works will soon become apparent. The 20% we do see is destructive/unethical/criminal, and still, no impeachment, nor any talk of such. Like the iceburg, barry continues to stand fast. Wait for it. We ain’t seen nothin yet.

tigerlily on December 11, 2010 at 8:32 PM

Who in the freakin world would think that it would look good to the public if a sitting President during a news conference (while we are at war and the economy is melting) should look at his watch, say “Well, gotta leave now for a party.

JellyToast on December 11, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Just think of those sitting out there watching their TV as this situation unravels before their eyes.

The unemployed were watching, while wondering if they are going to have a Christmas for their kids. The employed, who are wondering if they will still have a job at Christmas time saw the videos later.

The employed who are wondering how much will actually be in their paychecks in January saw the video. Small business owners who are wondering if they can afford next years taxes, or keep all their employees: if only they knew. They saw the video.

They now see that they will all just have to wait for answers. They now see they will all just have to wait for action. They will all just have to accept that the President has to go to a party.

Of course a lot of them could ponder their vote in 2008 while they wait.

Yoop on December 11, 2010 at 8:37 PM

Zero just released the updated reason for his wacky, rapid departure yesterday:

♫♪ Basketball jones,
I got had a basketball jones,
I got had a basketball jones,
Woooo-oo-oooooooo. ♪♫

(Apologies to Bill Cosby.)

viking01 on December 11, 2010 at 7:25 PM

Mayhaps Basketball Jones has been unwittingly confused with Fat Albert??? Just guessing here.

Shirotayama on December 11, 2010 at 9:18 PM

Shirotayama on December 11, 2010 at 9:18 PM

I was remembering the words sung and thinking about one of the Cosby Kids characters that I’m pretty sure “cameo-ed” it both now from about 37 years ago.

viking01 on December 11, 2010 at 9:26 PM

I nominate this for Obamateurism of the Year!
It is so amazing, that this man just walked away from this presser.
The man clearly has no clue, nor any desire to take his role seriously. A Christmas party is more important to him than the state of our country?!? Are you freaking kidding me?!?!?!?

ToddonCapeCod on December 11, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Ahh…
Roman Catholic.
Lutheran folk’s first cousins.

OmahaConservative on December 11, 2010 at 7:20 PM

I ran out of the first Catholic school my mother tried to put me in. Ran right out of the front door. She took me to the priest after that and we all had a little talk. From there, she drove me to the other Catholic school in town. I decided not to run this time but I often think the Sisters wished I had. Lived right next to the Convent for many years, too. Watched every week as the beer truck delivered beer to their back porch.

JellyToast on December 11, 2010 at 9:58 PM

tigerlily on December 11, 2010 at 8:32 PM

You been read’n my mind again, TLily? ;)

CPT. Charles on December 11, 2010 at 10:02 PM

Obamateurism of the Year

regal on December 11, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Obamateurism of his presidency. The POTUS abdicated his authority! The going got tough and he gave up and literally walked out.

Clinton was not voted in for another term. If Obama can’t fulfill the duties of the POTUS, he should resign.

taznar on December 11, 2010 at 10:18 PM

This is nowhere near the ultimate Obamaturism. There’ll be tons more Chanceds for the ultimate. As soon as next week he’s going to have to respond when The Right Rev. Brawley Sharpton goes to the FCC to demand that Fox be taken off the air. I’m sure he’ll handle that one really well.

eeyore on December 11, 2010 at 10:34 PM

The best part is to see how the media handles this

they can defend his less stupid decisions and get away with it but this could actually open peoples eyes to a rigged game

this doesn’t make Clinton look good either

this quietly is one of the most mangled moments by a CInC in history

” I have a party to get to “

Sonosam on December 11, 2010 at 10:35 PM

Why would anyone be surprised at Obama’s shrugging off any resonsiblity or action he does not wish to deal with?

When asked in the debate at the Saddleback Church pre-election when a human baby’s right to life begins, he merely shrugged it off as being beyond his pay grade.

That takes a lot of consideration, doesn’t it?

Wow! I think I’ll vote for Obama because he thinks the rights of a new human being to be protected from being slauthered based on his or her place of residence – inside the womb, his or her age – prior to birth, or during birth, and his or her level of development – the embryonic stage and the fetal stage of development, pre-birth, are beyond his paygrade.

That gives me great confidence in Obama to take things, like tax and spending bills, seriously.

It is just great that he shrugged off the responsibility, walks off to party, and leaves a former president to fight for him.

Amateur-in-Chief and the former president who corrupted the morals of minors and children in the USA so much so that young girls think giving oral sex to boys in school is a friendly gesture, but not sex, all while they get sexually transmitted diseases, etc., together to mess with the citizens’ money, hopes, and dreams.

William2006 on December 12, 2010 at 1:58 AM

He probably left because his teleprompter wasn’t ready.

tommer74 on December 12, 2010 at 2:47 AM

Wonder how much too-much-junk-in-the-trunk liked being the scapegoat?

OmahaConservative on December 12, 2010 at 7:13 AM

Let me go have some cake…

ted c on December 12, 2010 at 8:01 AM

Were any of the DC Beltway elite invited to this party, or only the Chi Town thugocracy?

OmahaConservative on December 12, 2010 at 8:11 AM

At some point you’ve been to enough parties.

JellyToast on December 12, 2010 at 8:51 AM

Bama doesn’t even need the SS anymore

anyone wanting to hurt this country will insure that nary a finger is laid on him

bama could stroll through an alqaeda camp untouched

hang with north Koreans solo

hezbollah, plo, hamas, no problem

they would set a place for him

Sonosam on December 12, 2010 at 8:59 AM

At some point you’ve been to enough parties.

JellyToast on December 12, 2010 at 8:51 AM

exactly….this a major snafu by dear leader, even if the kool-aid drinkers don’t think so…

cmsinaz on December 12, 2010 at 9:10 AM

I’ve said it before

this chump wouldn’t have lasted five minutes in W’s shoes

Sonosam on December 12, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Walking away from that podium should resurface in 2012 as a campaign ad for SOMEBODY!!

Khun Joe on December 12, 2010 at 10:27 AM

Walking away from that podium should resurface in 2012 as a campaign ad for SOMEBODY!!

Khun Joe on December 12, 2010 at 10:27 AM

Amen.

Roy Rogers on December 12, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Walking away from that podium should resurface in 2012 as a campaign ad for SOMEBODY!!

Khun Joe on December 12, 2010 at 10:27 AM

Amen.

Roy Rogers on December 12, 2010 at 11:48 AM

. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RealMc on December 12, 2010 at 1:39 PM

Walking away from that podium should resurface in 2012 as a campaign ad for SOMEBODY!!

Khun Joe on December 12, 2010 at 10:27 AM

Oh I think that would be ripe for a Sarah Palin campaign ad.

“And they call me a quitter?”

gryphon202 on December 12, 2010 at 1:58 PM

C’mon, he had to leave. Do you think 2 egos that big can fit in the press room?

chickasaw42 on December 12, 2010 at 8:29 PM

As much as I disagree with the ideas that Obama subscribes to and the policies that those ideas inspire, I’m not interested in finding fault with Obama for its own sake.

It is easy to criticize Obama when he gets things wrong. But what about when he actually does something right? If we are to be honest in our criticism of him, it must be evenhanded, otherwise we’re no better than the moonbats who howled about President Bush being a Nazi.

That being said, I am having a hard time thinking of something that Obama did right recently. His public handling of McCrystal’s behavior was laudable, but that is ancient history in terms of political timekeeping. I’m not convinced that his current negotiation to avoid increasing taxes has been done in good faith, but I might be wrong. If he has acted in good faith and done the right thing then we should be willing to acknowledge that and give him credit where it is due.

When political issues are forgotten in favor of the personalities of the people in the political spotlight, everyone loses. Ideas, principles, and policies are what matter.

leereyno on December 13, 2010 at 9:02 PM

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