Wednesday, January 14, 2009

More evidence on how smart Barack Obama is

Apparently, he spent last night at the home of George Will having dinner with David Brooks, Bill Kristol, and Charles Krauthammer. Maybe it's just an example of getting to know the enemy or keeping your friends close, but your enemies closer. But I prefer to think that the President-elect is actually making an effort to do what he promised on the campaign to do - hear both sides of an argument.

If the conservatives can open his mind a bit on what should and should not be in the stimulus or foreign affairs, it would be a blessing. Heck, any president could do a whole lot worse than consulting Charles Krauthammer on a regular basis.

While some liberals may freak out at this bit of news, perhaps it's the conservatives who should be concerned. Jacob Heilbrunn writes at the Huffington Post that this is part of Obama's efforts to co-opt the conservative intelligentsia.


mark said...

This must be disconcerting to the many fools who claimed Obama was a Marxist tool. So far, he's surrounded himself with smart, competent people, and shown himself willing to listen to intelligent conservatives (although I'm not sure what Bill Kristol was doing there - maybe he was in charge of coats). Oh, if only we had had real leadership the past eight years.

Bachbone said...

Putin had a lot of meals with Bush at the ranch, too. Later, Russia invaded Georgia and tried to kill President Saakasvhili, threatened to use nuclear weapons against Poland and Ukraine if they installed an ABM system, then cut off natural gas supplies to Ukraine in the dead of winter. Only time will tell whether Obama listened more to Krauthammer, Brooks, Bill Ayres or Saul Alinsky.

Pat Patterson said...

Except the make nice meetings have been going on probably as far back as Lincoln. In his case most of the Democrats had already resigned their seats and headed south. Bush, Clinton and Bush to name the latest met with members of congress and the press corps in the days before the inauguration and all promised to reach across the aisle with varying degrees of truthfullness. They all visited the SCOTUS, though Clinton was some 20 minutes late. Though it should be noted that only Obama couldn't make it trough the pre-inaugural backslapping without threatening a veto before being sworn in.

Oh, if we only had one president for the next seven days.

mark said...

Putin? But W gazed deeply into his eyes and saw that he had a good soul. Wrong again, I guess!

Dexter said...

obama did the same thing while editor of the law review. It is an old anthropologists trick of co-opting and manipulating the other side. obama is only interested in the appearance of fairness. obama will listen, but do what he planned to do before the meeting took place (I've sat in similar meetings with University of Chicago administrators). obama is trying to have his cake and eat it too. When he fails in a spectacular fashion, he'll blame his advisers even if they encouraged a different action.

obama has already shown a willingness to blame staffers for his mistakes (1994 survey where he called for a total handgun ban). It is a huge mistake to work with obama in an advisory position, better to make your case publicly and give him no room to hide from his mistakes.

Dark Wing Duck

Skay said...

Jeff Heilbrunn Is correct

"Originally published 05:45 a.m., January 12, 2009, updated 05:45 a.m., January 12, 2009

!Until last week, Carol M. Browner, President-elect Barack Obama's pick as global warming czar, was listed as one of 14 leaders of a socialist group's Commission for a Sustainable World Society, which calls for "global governance" and says rich countries must shrink their economies to address climate change.

By Thursday, Mrs. Browner's name and biography had been removed from Socialist International's Web page, though a photo of her speaking June 30 to the group's congress in Greece was still available.

Socialist International, an umbrella group for many of the world's social democratic political parties such as Britain's Labor Party, says it supports socialism and is harshly critical of U.S. policies."

Of course Obma's transition team says her socialist leanings mean nothing--she "has experience".
I think Obama knows exactly what he is doing as he movess his far left agenda forward.

Sissy Willis said...

"He enjoys the back and forth, and he is not, you know, tough, mean, insulting, snarling none of that stuff, and we weren't either," Larry Kudlow told CNBC’s Melissa Francis re sweet nothings whispered in each others' ears when "Obama attend[ed a] conservative dinner party" at George Will's place the other night:

"The most open and accessible inauguration in our nation's history"

Skay said...

"The most open and accessable inauguaration" is going to cost one hundred million more than the last inauguaration.
Interesting that the big banks who received a taxpayer bailout(and some want more) are donating quite a bit of money to this extravaganza. We are still on a wer footing and given the tough economic times and all that for those paying the taxes--oh I forgot __it is the Democrats so it is OK with the NYT.