Sunday, January 31, 2010

Raising the bar

President Barack Obama has certainly raised the bar. In the 72 hours after his State of the Union address -- in which he chastised both parties, but particularly obstructionist Republicans -- Obama went into the last place anyone would have expected him to go.

A room full of Republicans.

Not only did he give a brilliant speech on the importance of bipartisanship, but he took questions as well. He allowed a roomful of his opponents to ask him, unscripted, what he planned to do about job growth and the economy overall.

The Republicans didn't even blink: they went straight for the president's throat. Unfortunately for them, Obama came prepared.

Here's a link to the exchange. You can view a video of the president or you can read a transcript. I suggest you watch the video; it's brilliant television, if anything.

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