Friday, September 27, 2013

Admit It: Obama Has Excellent Political Skills, When He's Inclined To Use Them

House GOP demands Pony
Obama and the House GOP both needed to make a point about the relative significance of things. The GOPers threatened... are still threatening, as far as I know... a government shutdown if Obama doesn't both sink his signature health care legislation and give them their entire conservative Christmas list, probably including a pony. Obama, on the other hand... well, let Daniel Strauss at TPM tell us about it:
The White House released a photo of President Barack Obama's phone call with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Friday.


The photo follows the White House announcing that the two leaders spoke on Friday. According to the Associated Press, the phone call was the first conversation between an American president and an Iranian president in three decades.

After the phone call Obama said it he could see the United States and Iran coming to an agreement concerning Iran's nuclear program
President Obama
President Rouhani
Right. OK. Let's see. The GOPers demand a pony or they'll hold their breath 'til the government turns Blue. Meanwhile, OBAMA ESTABLISHES DIRECT LEADERSHIP TIES WITH AMERICA'S GREATEST NUCLEAR-CAPABLE ADVERSARY IN THE MIDDLE EAST FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DECADES. Hmmmm, which is more deserving of public attention? which event puts which event in perspective? Of course, the public could always find out from Fox News...

I wish I could like the man better as president, but I have to admit he can play the House GOP like a circus calliope...

AFTERTHOUGHT: Heh. It didn't dawn on me until later. It's not Obama's fault if the only tune anyone can play on the House GOP calliope is Waitin' for the Robert E. Lee...

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