It was 1:30 Tuesday. Time for the Tuesday White House Briefing to begin. We were in our seats, chatting among ourselves, knowing Robert Gibbs would be at least 15 minutes late, as he always is.
When, all of a sudden, the door opened, right on time, and in walked President Obama and strode right to the podium. OMG!
Clearly, the president wanted to talk about bipartisanship.
He said he’d just finished a meeting with Democratic and Republican leaders and was pleased to discover agreement on several issues. But he told Republicans bipartisanship didn’t mean accepting all of their ideas, while rejecting anything Democrats came up with.
He also said that bipartisanship was not about playing political games, like filibustering all of his Senate nominees. If that continued, Obama warned, he was prepared to make recess appointments.
Finally, Obama said he was looking forward to a bipartisan meeting on health care on February 25. But John Boehner and Mitch McConnell insisted Obama first throw away the House and Senate bills and start from scratch. And Eric Cantor called it a “dog and pony show.”
Clearly, bipartisanship has a long way to go.
That’s my parting shot for today.