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TomClash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-10 04:45 AM
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White House launches charm offensive with incoming GOP chairmen
Source: Politico

House Republicans dont take power for another three weeks, but the White House is already engaged in a behind-the-scenes charm offensive designed to build relationships with incoming committee chairmen before they become powerful adversaries.

The GOP chairmen are getting congratulatory phone calls from President Barack Obama, and private meetings with Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Attorney General Eric Holder. The incoming Agriculture Committee chairman, Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), is setting up a regular monthly lunch with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The White House's efforts moved into high gear shortly after the Republican victory on Election Day.

The White House relationship building doesnt mean that Obama is ready to embrace his fiercest Republican critics on Capitol Hill, or automatically capitulate to their demands.

But it does signal that the White House is trying to work the referee a bit before Republican chairmen start sending subpoenas and summoning White House witnesses for committee investigations.

In these meetings, Obama administration officials are promising cooperation and straight dealing with the GOP power players, yet theres also a public relations and political strategy in play the White House is seeking political high ground and trying to position the Obama administration as willing to work with Republicans rather than succumb to partisan gridlock.



Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1210/46258.html#ix...

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1210/46258.html
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bowens43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-10 05:12 AM
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1. "or automatically capitulate to their demands."
bullshit, it's exactly what it means. He has already done this.

" the White House is seeking political high ground and trying to position the Obama administration as willing to work with Republicans rather than succumb to partisan gridlock."

when is this guy going to realize he wasn't elected to be bipartisan? He was elected to enact the policies he ran on.


idiot!
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democrank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-10 05:26 AM
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2. President Obama was elected on
~CHANGE~
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TheeHazelnut Donating Member (166 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-10 05:29 AM
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3. Oh my god, this makes me want to puke...
...these people campaigned on calling him a Marxist.
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-10 05:42 AM
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4. ...And they have bluntly promised to attack the President relentlessly
The #1 republicon goal is to make Obama and America FAIL.

That's it.

So freaking pathetic.

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tomm2thumbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-10 05:45 AM
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5. please don't hurt me, I'll give you anything you want

calling them hostage takers one minute and then inviting them over for tea - how quaint

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pam4water Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-10 05:59 AM
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6. I'm going to be sick. Tries not to hit shoes.
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hankthecrank Donating Member (490 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-10 06:02 AM
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7. waste of time
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Turbineguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-10 06:07 AM
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8. That's right.
Be nice to assholes coked to the gills on their new power.
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paparush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-10 06:10 AM
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Thank you sir. May I have another.
Sure, let's fellate the Repukes in hope that it sparks an air of bipartisanship.

Right. C'mon Obama, this is fucking WAR! These Repukes have no sense of honor, no sense of dignity. They need to be mowed down with the tank that is the Presidential Bully Pulpit.
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n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-10 07:53 AM
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17. ...
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pam4water Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-10 04:49 PM
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27. Perfect!
Edited on Mon Dec-13-10 04:50 PM by pam4water
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pam4water Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-10 04:50 PM
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28. oops
Edited on Mon Dec-13-10 04:50 PM by pam4water
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hay rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-10 06:10 AM
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9. They are going to take turns
throwing darts at "liberals."
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Ikonoklast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-10 06:18 AM
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10. As does every executive when a new majority comes into power.
Clinton did it, Bush did it, Obama is doing it.


The administration can point to offering to negotiate in good faith with people determined not to.
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LiberalEsto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-10 06:24 AM
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11. Snake charming, in other words?
I doubt those repukes would recognize charm if they drowned in it.
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jannyk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-10 06:55 AM
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12. "...before they become powerful adversaries."!!??!!
Bit fucking late for that.

:crazy:
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Mira Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-10 06:57 AM
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13. Do that to me one more time...
once is never enough with a slug like you.
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redirish28 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-10 07:03 AM
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14. Oh this makes me sick. The White House bends over backwards and kiss
GOP ass while they leave the base and progressives that elected them holding the shit bag!
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CanonRay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-10 07:15 AM
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15. This brings to mind my favorite acronym: WAFWOT
What A Fucking Waste Of Time.

I used to write it in my notebook during endless unproductive meetings.

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Roy Rolling Donating Member (762 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-10 07:32 AM
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16. What about the supporters?
The White House and the President should be thinking----how do I represent the ones that voted us into office and gave us our job. Not, how can I give away their interests in another attempt to be liked by my sworn enemies. It is beyond phony bipartisanship, it is sacificing your own team in a last-ditch effort to win over your captors. So what if Obama survives? That is not the Obama people elected it is "New-Obama"----willing to smear your own friends to get the "popular crowd" to like you. But like ass-kissing,loser frat boys do to others, Obama is being played by them. This is "Animal House" (the movie) all over again. They will invite Obama to a hotel room and "beat him up" unmercifully.
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AsahinaKimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-10 08:12 AM
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18. Why the hell doesn't he get it???
I thought he was supposed to be brilliant. MEH!
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Hubert Flottz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-10 08:12 AM
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19. I think you call that Kissing Ass...
I hope the republicans vote for him in 2012.
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-10 08:14 AM
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20. I think this is the right thing to do initially, but they should also carry a big stick
The White House would be blamed (yeah I know they're blamed no matter what) for alienating the Republicans right off the bat if they didn't do this. This at least shows some hope is still possible.

I wish they carried a big stick though.
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Jefferson23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-10 08:18 AM
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21. Behind the scenes charm offensive eh? More than what we have already
witnessed thus far..oh I can't wait for more.
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-10 08:22 AM
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22. "before they become powerful adversaries"
:rofl:


Jesus, have the last four years simply vanished from their memories?


Don't they remember the 80% filibuster rate of the last 4 years???
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pgodbold Donating Member (953 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-10 08:23 AM
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23. The white house has fully implemented the auto-rape concession for all male republicans.
Auto-Rape is a fail safe, fully automated bending mechanism that detects the presence of erect Republicans and instantly implements a full bend-over move on the POTUS.

Auto-Rape is an Acme product. Patent pending. BUT WAIT! If you are a white house staffer and call within the next ten minutes you get a free Auto-Blow. Auto-Blow facilitates forced rounded shaping of white house staffers lips thus preparing Republican guests for the full experience of the Auto-Rape device.

Only at Acme, providing full service white house republican pleasure for more than 40 years. Formerly known as Jeff Gannon Industries.
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WhiteTara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-10 09:01 AM
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24. Nancy will be put out as the welcome door mat n/t
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NightWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-10 09:10 AM
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25. Is he tickling their balls with his left hand or right?
If I put out a little more maybe he won't beat and burn me with his cigarettes
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BigD_95 Donating Member (728 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-10 09:10 AM
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26. What happen to Obama fighting for us?
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somone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-10 05:40 PM
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29. It's gonna be like a school reunion
full of love and good cheer
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WillyT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-10 05:49 PM
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30. Oh Great... Now I'll Be Barfing For The Next Three Weeks...
:puke: :puke: :puke:

:banghead:

:beer:

:smoke:
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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-10 04:57 AM
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31. Excuse me while I go outside and vomit n/t
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