Obama Spars with GOP House Members on Live TV

President Obama addressed the House GOP today on Live TV and it turned out to be “An Amazing Moment” in political and perhaps television history.

Accepting the invitation to speak at the House GOP retreat may turn out to be the smartest decision the White House has made in months. Debating a law professor is kind of foolish: the Republican House Caucus has managed to turn Obama’s weakness — his penchant for nuance — into a strength. Plenty of Republicans asked good and probing questions, but Mike Pence, among others, found their arguments simply demolished by the president.

If you didn’t watch the spectacle, here’s a clip from MSNBC about the encounter:

The full video of President Obama’s opening remarks and the Q&A is available here and the transcript is available here

Even the GOP’s pollster Frank Luntz, “who was aggressively called out by Obama at today’s televised face-off with Republicans,” conceded after the televised event, that “Obama had the advantage today.”

Asked who won today’s face-off, Luntz said something that people on both sides would agree with.

“I call it in favor of the American people,” Luntz said. “I think it was good for everybody. I’ve never seen this before. I’ve never seen the President of one party interacting with the other party.”

Pressed on who had the upper hand, Luntz conceded: “Obama had the advantage. But he always has the advantage” because he’s President. Luntz said it was a boon to Obama, because he “demonstrated bipartisanship before a national audience.”

Way to go Mr. President… I hope we see a lot more of this from you in the future.

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4 Responses to Obama Spars with GOP House Members on Live TV

  1. Delores from Warren says:

    Obama says a lot of things “before a national audience”, but it’s what he DOES that has made Americans angry. No one believes him anymore. Can’t wait until he’s outta there! Carter’s Second Term? Ha! That would be a blessing!

  2. John Stone says:

    If I were you Warren, I would not get ready to innagurate a Republican President just quite yet!!

  3. Darrell Prows says:

    Ask your average Republican about John Boehner or Mitch McConnell and they’re going to tell you they don’t have any idea who you’re talking about. Ask them about Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, or O’Reilly, though, and the odds are that they’ll start spouting Chapter and Verse. That’s why I’m suggesting that The President stoop to “debating” the real powers in the modern Republican Party. Let’s turn this whole goddam show into a real spectical and get the political ratings up to where they really need to be. A couple of years ago I watched Hannity “debate” the Mayor of Salt Lake City. He not only got his ass kicked but seems to have realized it because I’m not aware of him going that route again. We’re so jaded in the modern era that only Specticals get major attention. Watching the ultimate political winner trash a bunch of wealthy pissant entertainers would be entertaining enough to get people to actually tune in. And many millions of them would never look at politics the same way again.

    This is “The Culture War” folks.Our side can either start to fight back, or we can lose.

  4. rbtcrsn says:

    Darrell,

    You really don’t get it….

    While most “republicans” will watch Fox, they’ll also routinely see clips of Boehner, McConnell, Cantor, Jindahl and others debating the likes of a pure Obama apoligist like Debbie Wasserman Schultz. So they do know who these folks are. Just as well, they know the likes of Maddow, Schultz and Olberdork. Honestly tell me that Olberschmuck doesn’t editorialize more than a Hannity or Limbaugh…we accept it as part of their “schtick” as an entertainer, not a reporter. Get a grip and get some perspective, Darrell…

    The really funny part is that you stupid ass democrats don’t even need republicans to get what you want. For Christ’s sake, you can’t even get your own party to agree on things!

    When you have 60 votes and an overwhelming majority in the House, you can pass whatever the hell you want! And Obama tried, but his complete lack of leadership to guide legislation led to the complete cluster F%&! we have today. Thank Pelosi and Reid for your problems, not the republicans. Get your own house in order first before you point the finger at others.

    I’ll admit, the man Obama is good at giving speeches, but his leadership S U C K S. And, by the way, so do his priorities. He should have used his “political capital” to pass legislation to create private sector jobs before he worried about environmental legislation or radical healthcare reform. Now the country is embroiled in extended unemployment. Had he taken immediate action, our recovery would have been quicker.

    The fault is in your own party. You can try to blame republicans, but you have to look at yourselves first.

    Oh, and by the way…it is spelled “spectacle”….