Thursday afternoon, there were eight of us, all progressive journalists, seated around a table in a private dining room in the White House mess.
Ed Schultz and I were there. Plus reporters from Daily Kos, Huffington Post, the American Prospect, Think Progress, and Talking Points Memo.
We’d been invited for an exclusive one-hour roundtable with Presidential Advisor David Axelrod. It was our chance to unload on the White House for seeming to ignore its liberal base. And we did.
Ed Shultz went first, wanting to know why Obama spent so much time trying to round up Republican votes, when it was clear they were all going to vote against him. I followed up, asking why Obama had totally abandoned the public plan option, when he once campaigned so hard for it.
For the next hour, others piled on – over disappointments on health care, the spending freeze, the filibuster, don’t ask/don’t tell, and other issues.
In the end, Axelrod assured us the President was sick and tired of game-playing by Republicans and, from now on, was going to expose them publicly as obstructionists and hold them responsible.
The important thing, according to Axelrod, is: President Obama knows we’re there, he knows we’re disappointed, and he wants us to continue speaking out.
Believe me, we will.
That’s my parting shot for today.