On Same Day That Obama Attends Press Conference & Calls For End of Petty Politics – WH Press Secretary Gibbs Mocks Palin With Notes On His Hand
This was right after Barack Obama surprised the journalists by showing up at the press conference where he called for an end of petty politics.
The AP reported:
Appealing for bipartisanship in a town where it’s lacking, President Obama sat down with Democrats and Republicans Tuesday to spur cooperation on job creation, deficit reduction and health care overhaul. He promised to do his part — but warned he would take Republicans to task if they don’t do the same.
“The people who sent us here expect a seriousness of purpose that transcends petty politics,” Obama said afterward, making a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room.
He started his remarks to reporters by engaging in a bit of wishful thinking: joking about Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid and Republican leader Mitch McConnell “out doing snow angels together on the South Lawn.”
But the friendly rhetoric quickly gave way to tougher talk.
“We can’t afford grandstanding at the expense of actually getting something done,” Obama said. “What I won’t consider is doing nothing.”
Obama ticked off several areas where he said cooperation should be easy. But most of the ideas on which he called for bipartisanship were ones he favors, whether it was job creation (money for infrastructure repairs, small business tax cuts and lending, tax breaks for energy efficiency improvements), health care (extending coverage and making it more affordable) or deficit cutting (a bipartisan commission).
Of course, this surprises no one.
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