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:
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.