Khaki Elephant has an important piece on his blog:
Here's a snippet from the linked article in his excellent post....
"You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done," he told top GOP leaders, whom he had invited to the White House to discuss his nearly $1 trillion stimulus package.
One White House official confirmed the comment but said he was simply trying to make a larger point about bipartisan efforts.
"There are big things that unify Republicans and Democrats," the official said. "We shouldn't let partisan politics derail what are very important things that need to get done."
That wasn't Obama's only jab at Republicans yesterday. (and what ARE the 'big things that unify Reps and Dems, by the way?)
While discussing the stimulus package with top lawmakers in the White House's Roosevelt Room, President Obama shot down a critic with a simple message.
"I won," he said, according to aides who were briefed on the meeting. "I will trump you on that."
Can we go forward with that attitude? This information REALLY bugs me....and, by the way....if one of those Republicans had had any courage, I'd have hoped he or she would have said "But, Mr. Obama, while we hardly have any time to listen to the radio during the day, maybe listening to Rush would help our country......maybe it would be better to let OUR 'partisan politics' enter into your thinking, too, just to have a mix? That's real bipartisanship... After all, they represent approximately 46% of the electorate." ??
My biggest worry is that "I won....I will trump you on that" comes from a frustration he's felt all his life with the Right, which he'd come to despise as bigoted, unkind, too focused on self-reliance and, therefore, selfish. Especially the white Right. I worry that this is payback and that's not really a mindset that's going to move us forward in a unified way. This really does scare me.
Please be praying that humility and an open heart and mind become the best parts of this president's demeanor.