President Obama Shows Grace And Eloquence Under Fire
I watched President Obama field questions from his Republican critics yesterday. So much for the criticism that he just reads from the tele-prompter. He was under fire from a room of 140 Republican members of the house. He not only had facts and figures to refute their assertions, he repeatedly called them on their tactics. This is some thing President Obama is particularly gifted at--He both addresses the content of what comes his way and the meta-level of how the conversation is being structured.
He asked for the meeting to be televised. No wonder! He was made for this British Parliament-style exchange. He knew he had the advantage in being able to directly address the talking point criticisms being directed at him. And it was a compelling, enlivened exchange. As for the Republicans complaining that he "lectured them"-- Well, this was a spanking they have had coming for a long time!
I still wish that he had taken charge of the health care reform debate earlier in the game. But I see this man learning as he goes along, just as he did during the campaign. I loved seeing him pierce through some of the more ridiculous assertions from his Republican critics. Damn, but he is smart!