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What are your thoughts on Obama's Q&A session with House Republicans?

Asked by Qingu (21135 points ) January 29th, 2010

After Obama’s state of the union, he was invited to a question and answer session with the House Republicans. Surprisingly, the White House asked for the event to be open to the press and surprisingly the Republicans agreed.

Now it looks like the Republicans are regretting their decision as Obama “for an hour and a half, was able to refute every single Republican talking point used against him on the major issues of the day.”

A link to the video, and a transcript.

I wish this happened more often. It was a great policy debate and it cut through a lot of the BS swirling around health care and the stimulus. (Largely peddled by one side of this debate). I hope the Republicans don’t hide the next one from the cameras.

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marinelife's avatar

He was brilliant!

The Republicans were chiding him because of the projects for the stimulus and he said, “I couldn’t help but notice that a lot of you were cutting ribbons on these projects you didn’t vote for.”

jrpowell's avatar

OMFG.. I didn’t know this happened. Thanks. Going to watch as soon as I start some laundry.

galileogirl's avatar

This is what he should have been doing for the last 10 months. About 6 weeks of pretending there was any chance of bipartisanship was enough. The next thing he shoud do is kick some blue dog Democrat tail. And Joe Lieberman should be sent to Siberia.

The time has come for all members of the Senate to lead, follow or get the hell out of the way!

galileogirl's avatar

It will be replayed in full on MSNBC tonight

jrpowell's avatar

This is fantastic. Damn. I’m only 10 minutes in and he is kicking ass.

Blackberry's avatar

I can’t watch it on my phone : ( is it on youtube? And has this ever happened before to where it was televised?

fireinthepriory's avatar

Holy crap I am so excited to watch this. I was gonna search around for the link later tonight, so thank you very much for including it!!

Ron_C's avatar

I saw it this afternoon, it was an outstanding performance. He shared the blame and asked that the republicans actually participate in the government instead of spending their time trying to make political points. You have to admit that the guy has guts, brains, and a plan. It has been a long time since we[ve seen anything like him. If he can get the republicans to stop acting like spoiled children and get them participating in government, he is a miracle worker. I wonder what the scum like Hannity and Limbaugh will say. I find it too painful to listen to them, maybe someone could write a short paragraph examining their response.

jrpowell's avatar

I just wanted to add that the beating was so bad Fox News cut away 20 minutes before it ended. HAHAHAHAH.

casheroo's avatar

Ohh, I can watch it all later tonight.

galileogirl's avatar

It is on now Pacific time on Olberman/Maddow 2 hours MSNBC

Rufus_T_Firefly's avatar

Bravo. I thought that Obama said exactly what needed to be said. The real question now, is how many in the audience actually understood the message. I hope they’re able to retrieve their humanity before the big-money lobbyists begin their next inevitable assault.

Qingu's avatar

You know, it’s amazing how watchable this is. And I’m not just saying that because I’m an Obama partisan.

I mean, it’s a debate. Debates are interesting. Everyone watches the presidential debates. Even people who don’t even understand the policies being debates—because everyone likes a “contest.” This actually reminded me of the Lincoln-Douglas debates.

I really, really, really want politicians to do more of these.

Qingu's avatar

This article actually sums up what I thought about the speech, and why I like Obama so much in general:

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/inbox/story/1449262.html

jrpowell's avatar

OMFG.. He kills about 79 minutes in. This is lovely.

And you can see him think. I love it.

edit :: This was the best.
“I mean, the fact of the matter is, is that many of you, if you voted with the administration on something, are politically vulnerable in your own base, in your own party. You’ve given yourselves very little room to work in a bipartisan fashion because what you’ve been telling your constituents is, this guy is doing all kinds of crazy stuff that’s going to destroy America.”

This is so true.

Adagio's avatar

I would really like to watch this, tried clicking on the Link given but can see no way of watching a video. If anyone can point me in the right direction I would be extremely grateful.

Adagio's avatar

I watched three quarters of the video but then had to pause it, when I went to restart it the video would not begin playing again. So I followed the link that @liminal provided and could not find the video again, the page had changed. I don’t know what is happening but it is bloody frustrating, to say the least! Help!

jrpowell's avatar

@Adagio
http://www.c-spanarchives.org/program/ID/218836

You can move ahead if you want. It is really worth watching to the end. Obama kinda says “fuck you” and goes for the jugular. It is lovely.

Adagio's avatar

Finally got to watch the last few minutes, thank you for your help @johnpowell. What a relief that the US of A finally has a president with something between his ears.

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