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"What luck for rulers that men do not think" - Adolf Hitler
I just finished reading the below article and watching the video of Obama's Q&A exchanges with the House Republicans.
It really is encouraging and refreshing to witness again the spontaneity, intelligence, factual basis and clarity of Obama's responses to the generally white Republicans who apparently have repeatedly underestimated and miscalculated Obama, whom they obviously wanted to ambush and roast in their own lair.
In the end, what supposed was to be only a 30-minute Q&A, became an hour and a few minutes long, and apparently the Republicans were glad to have Obama leave [right-wing Rupert Murdoch's FOX News --the favorite cable channel of those I consider lazy minds or nonthinkers-- stopped its coverage of the event when it realized the Q&A was a disaster to its favorite political party (GOP)].
I agree with all that Obama said, his attitude and the way he addressed the issues raised in this Q&A. I think and feel Obama should do more of this subdued "ass-kicking" tone, rather than constantly maintain/try to be "cool" and so "reasonable" as his opponents, especially ideologues in the mass media, big business and the GOP are out to "get' and oppose him [despite his seemingly naive trust in human reason from all], who spin lazy minds with distorted stories; keep on their rhetorics and not on the real issues that the American citizenry currently confronts.
(Though, I do not agree with Obama on his foreign policy, which in the main is a continuation of that from the Bush-Cheney regime and of previous Democratic and Republican administrations from Teddy Roosevelt et al in pursuing their historically self-proclaimed Manifest Destiny or the American habits of empire; in all its flavors/current manifestations.)
Going back to last night's Obama Q&A with the GOP, I say that I can not improve on Ms. Joan Walsh's writing about what she felt and thought (which I did too) when she watched the video. See Joan Walsh piece, click: http://www.salon.com/opinion/walsh/politics/2010/01/29/obama_and_the_house_gop/index.html?source=newsletter
Before President Obama started speaking to the GOP House Issues Conference's retreat in Baltimore Friday, the GOP presented him with a little book, one that wrapped up all of the policy ideas they've had since he took office that have languished. It had a catchy title: "Better Solutions." The pamphlet may not be an ideal blueprint for governing -- it only takes 30 pages to wrap up everything from economic stimulus to national security to financial reform -- but, as it turned out, it did make for a pretty good prop.
When Rep. Mike Pence tried to push him to commit to "across the board tax cuts," Obama pointed out that the stimulus plan did cut taxes for millions of Americans -- but he couldn't resist twisting the knife a bit. "What you may consider across-the-board tax cuts could be, for example, greater tax cuts for people who are making a billion dollars," he said, tying his answer into the Democratic effort to paint Republicans as friends of the rich without blinking. "I may not agree to a tax cut for Warren Buffett. You may be calling for an across-the-board tax cut for the banking industry right now. I may not agree to that." He mocked the GOP for voting in lockstep against the stimulus bill, then trying to take credit for projects it funded: "A lot of you have gone to appear at ribbon cuttings for the same projects that you voted against." Sixty-eight of them, to be exact, according to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.