Politico: Obama launches “charm offensive” with hostage-takers, or something

posted at 12:55 pm on December 13, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Something tells me that Barack Obama may have launched this effort just a few days late:

House Republicans don’t take power for another three weeks, but the White House is already engaged in a behind-the-scenes charm offensive designed to build relationships with incoming committee chairmen before they become powerful adversaries.

So calling them “hostage takers” was some sort of compliment?  Maybe that’s what passes as praise in Obama’s progressive circles.

The GOP chairmen are getting congratulatory phone calls from President Barack Obama, and private meetings with Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Attorney General Eric Holder. The incoming Agriculture Committee chairman, Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), is setting up a regular monthly lunch with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The White House’s efforts moved into high gear shortly after the Republican victory on Election Day.

How do those calls go?  “Congratulations, and let’s talk ransoms”?  Do the invitations for lunch consist of plain paper with cut-out lettering?  Just curious.

And while Obama launches his “charm offensive” privately, he says something else entirely in public (via Jim Hoft, emphases his):

As fellow Democrats accuse him of caving in to Republicans on the tax cut deal, President Obama is repeatedly promising them that he will fight the GOP aggressively when it takes over the U.S. House and adds senators next month.

“I will be happy to see the Republicans test whether or not I’m itching for a fight on a whole range of issues,” Obama said last week. “I suspect they will find I am. And I think the American people will be on my side on a whole bunch of these fights.”

Er, didn’t Obama have a chance to have the fight he was itching for last week?  And didn’t he punt it for another two years?  That can be called a lot of things, including “offensive”, but “charm” isn’t one of them.


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DON”T TRUST THEM!!!

davidk on December 13, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Is Barry and the other Democrats trying to seduce his captors?

mizflame98 on December 13, 2010 at 1:01 PM

I’m sure the new teaparty GOP congress will be swept off their feat by the very charming 0bama, and be dazzled by the progressive agenda that he will – by dint of soaring rhetoric – convert them to.

Rebar on December 13, 2010 at 1:01 PM

don’t buy that snake oil…

cmsinaz on December 13, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Heh, it’s funny, in a sick, car wreck sort of way, watching TOTUS jerk POTUS around. The little guy really has no clue.

MNHawk on December 13, 2010 at 1:02 PM

i’m afraid they will lap it up with glee…

*sigh*

cmsinaz on December 13, 2010 at 1:03 PM

So calling them “hostage takers” was some sort of compliment? Maybe that’s what passes as praise in Obama’s progressive circles.

Ed, he means “hostage takers” in the most affectionate way.

crazy_legs on December 13, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Boycott the “Welcome to DC” meetings…

Reminds me of an old joke about a farmer, walking his fenceline on a cold autumn day, when he finds a rattlesnake freezing to death…

Khun Joe on December 13, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Charlatans are indignant.

Obama is to charm what Michelle O. is to beauty and elegance.

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), who several months ago was openly threatening to issue a barrage of subpoenas to “find out what this administration has been doing that the American people don’t know.”

Not is not the time to cross the isle and make friends. Remember who elected you and why. They’re only being nice because they’re scared.

Tommy_G on December 13, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Will the hostages develop Nairobi syndrome?

reaganaut on December 13, 2010 at 1:04 PM

What is that old saying?

He who sups with the Devil should have a long spoon.

pilamaye on December 13, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Yeah… charming. Like in every Disney movie when the bad guy suddenly become charming and ingratiating; means it’s time to watch your back. A

nd in this case, your wallet… and your rights.

VastRightWingConspirator on December 13, 2010 at 1:05 PM

If Obama picks a fight with the House Republicans, will he wear his bike helmet? And will he be able to keep fighting when FLOTUS calls him inside for dinner?

Cicero43 on December 13, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Boycott the “Welcome to DC” meetings…

Reminds me of an old joke about a farmer, walking his fenceline on a cold autumn day, when he finds a rattlesnake freezing to death…

Khun Joe on December 13, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Exactly.

Or the one where, in the dead of winter, the farmer finds a hornet’s nest.

davidk on December 13, 2010 at 1:09 PM

So calling them “hostage takers” was some sort of compliment?

Boo hoo. Hurt your feelings did he. As AP says, “Awww.” Sometimes you gotta call it as you see it.

Grow Fins on December 13, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Boo hoo. Hurt your feelings did he. As AP says, “Awww.” Sometimes you gotta call it as you see it.

Grow Fins on December 13, 2010 at 1:09 PM

And yet being nasty to Obama makes Republicans all sorts of nasty things, including — apparently — racist.

amerpundit on December 13, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Like all liberals, he thinks we’re stupid.

Golden Boy on December 13, 2010 at 1:16 PM

“I will be happy to see the Republicans test whether or not I’m itching for a fight on a whole range of issues,” Obama said last week. “I suspect they will find I am.”

But you’ll have to excuse me ’cause Michelle is waiting in the car and I don’t want to make her mad.

John the Libertarian on December 13, 2010 at 1:16 PM

So calling them “hostage takers” was some sort of compliment?

Whoopi: “He didn’t mean ‘hostage takers hostage takers’.”

Doughboy on December 13, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Welcome said the spider to the fly. The treachery of Obama’s action is so transparent as to indicate a narcisstic ploy to camouflage his sinister intent.

volsense on December 13, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Boo hoo. Hurt your feelings did he. As AP says, “Awww.” Sometimes you gotta call it as you see it.

Grow Fins on December 13, 2010 at 1:09 PM

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How about I call you a weak-minded dastardly idiot… then invite you over for TEA? Same thing.
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RalphyBoy on December 13, 2010 at 1:20 PM

Obama is to charm what Michelle O. is to beauty and elegance.

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Ouch. That’s gonna leave a mark.

GrannyDee on December 13, 2010 at 1:22 PM

Lunch with Timothy Geithner? Eric Holder? Now THERE’S a reason to run for office!

sgtstogie on December 13, 2010 at 1:24 PM

huh….so you’re telling me that Dumbo says one thing, but means another? It’s sad that a liberal has to rely on half-truths, omissions, and flat out lies to advance his agenda.

search4truth on December 13, 2010 at 1:24 PM

Something tells me that Barack Obama may have launched this effort just a few days late

Yup, the steam’s coming off this one.

petefrt on December 13, 2010 at 1:24 PM

Taqiyya.

Akzed on December 13, 2010 at 1:24 PM

..Stockholm Syndrome..

The War Planner on December 13, 2010 at 1:25 PM

Rush was on this earlier. If I heard correctly, as I’m usually mulititasking when listening…he said…Dems are trying to convince the Republicans that the people really do want big government, but that they went about doing that, wrong. So it’s up to the Republicans to help them achieve what the people want. Not verbatim here, but I believe that was the jist.

The question now is…how many of the Republican, *cough cough* Mitch McConnell *cough cough* will totally buy into that crap?

capejasmine on December 13, 2010 at 1:25 PM

John the Libertarian on December 13, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Hahahaha. Is Mr. President the first to abdicate his duties in order to party with his wife? Certainly he’ll be the last I would suspect.

scalleywag on December 13, 2010 at 1:25 PM

He didn’t mean hostage taker hostage takers, silly.

Akzed on December 13, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Mr. President reminds me of Lucy holding the football for Charlie Brown.

scalleywag on December 13, 2010 at 1:35 PM

So calling them “hostage takers” was some sort of compliment? Maybe that’s what passes as praise in Obama’s progressive circles.

kinda like calling women whores (moonbeam) or b!tches (behar).????

ted c on December 13, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Now that a federal district judge has ruled that Obamacare is unconstitutional, and Cantor has asked to have it sent immediately to the Supreme Court, it’ll take a lot of charm.

Drained Brain on December 13, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Bwahahaha! He couldn’t charm a snake - even professional courtesy doesn’t go that far.

Dark-Star on December 13, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Where exactly does anyone take issue with the “hostage-taker” characterization?

ernesto on December 13, 2010 at 1:37 PM

ObaMao shifts his car in a ditch via the Eddie Haskell strategy. (The only Cleaver impressed with ObaMao is Eldridge and not even he is lately.)

ObaMao must have tapped his mom-in-law for some voodoo charm recipes.

onlineanalyst on December 13, 2010 at 1:39 PM

If he’s is itching, I can tell him where to scrach. Just being helpful!

ExPat on December 13, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Boo hoo. Hurt your feelings did he. As AP says, “Awww.” Sometimes you gotta call it as you see it.

Grow Fins on December 13, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Has nothing to do with whether feelings got hurt. It has to do with whether this “charm offensive” is BS or not.

Missy on December 13, 2010 at 1:43 PM

As if his own personal charm (towards people’s elected representatives) will offset the shallacking of mid-term.

Obama’s dim view of We The People is the more offensive part.

Sir Napsalot on December 13, 2010 at 1:50 PM

The inconsistency of his “messages” undermine any remote trust that Junior is going to work with anyone. You cannot keep alternately trashing people and then calling for “bipartisanship” or collaboration. Junior’s fundamental problem, his immature egocentricity, will keep him from any graceful move to the right, so it will happen by force, when he can’t do anything else.

And that should produce more moments like last week’s “I am peeing on everyone because nobody wants to do what I tell them, and my irritation is a national matter.”

A child. Too late to become a grown-up.

Harry Schell on December 13, 2010 at 1:54 PM

I call “Shenanigans!”

NSFW in a South Park kind of way.

Fallon on December 13, 2010 at 2:02 PM

Harry Schell on December 13, 2010 at 1:54 PM

Well said. He can do things that look on paper like moving to the center, but when he does them so ungraciously and so reluctantly as with this tax cut bill, his worst side will inevitably show through and they will not have the desired effect.

The clown show with Bubba on Friday was a platinum-grade illustration of this.

Missy on December 13, 2010 at 2:05 PM

Sorry folks,the Republicans are going to buy into Bambi’s BS,lock stock and barrel.

DDT on December 13, 2010 at 2:33 PM

Boehner to ‘Bama: We won. You gotta talk to us.

Steve Z on December 13, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Hahahaha. Is Mr. President the first to abdicate his duties in order to party with his wife? Certainly he’ll be the last I would suspect.

scalleywag on December 13, 2010 at 1:25 PM

To a man whose wife is Secretary of State? We know who is wearing the pant(suit)s around her Foggy Bottom. Guess who’s comin’ to the Iowa caucuses?

Poor widdle Bawwy Baby. BWAHAHAHAAAAA! Too many EEEEEEVIL Pubbies in town and E. Boehner Scrooges who won’t shut up. Bring on Big Bubba to triangulate ‘em!

Steve Z on December 13, 2010 at 3:49 PM

Something tells me that Barack Obama may have launched this effort just a few days late

Like about 41 days late? For the mathematically challenged, 41 days ago was the first Tuesday in November.

Steve Z on December 13, 2010 at 3:53 PM

“I will be happy to see the Republicans test whether or not I’m itching for a fight on a whole range of issues,” Obama said last week. “I suspect they will find I am. And I think the American people will be on my side on a whole bunch of these fights.”

Charm offensive is indignant.

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2010 at 10:04 PM