The Trail: A Daily Diary of Campaign 2008


Obama Pulls Up a Chair at George Will's House

By Michael D. Shear
Where does one dine a week before becoming the leader of the free world?

At the Chevy Chase, Md., house of conservative columnist George Will.

President-elect Barack Obama left his temporary home at the Hay-Adams Hotel at just after 6:15 this evening, arriving about 20 minutes later at Will's house, valued at $1.9 million.

Aides said the visit was a dinner party; eagle-eyed reporters spotted two other conservative columnists among the guests: William Kristol of the Weekly Standard and David Brooks of the New York Times.

This from the pool report, issued minutes ago: "Thanks to an enterprising photographer, a shot through a window showed op-ed stalwarts William Kristol and David Brooks are also part of this unlikely gathering of tight, right suits."

Posted at 9:07 PM ET on Jan 13, 2009
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George Will and David Brooks can be considered conservative columnists but William Kristol is an idiot.

Posted by: oldwoman | January 15, 2009 7:15 PM

Hmmm...imagine Geo. Bush meeting ANYTIME with "liberal think-tank" if!!

Every day I wake up and breath deeply the reviving fresh air the Obama administration is letting into public discourse...the change is nearly intoxicating after eight years of secrecy, subterfuge, and arrogance.

Whether or not these people (or anyone) is a Christian is irrelevant, at least as far as citizens' rights are concerned. Our religious beliefs have no bearing on our right to free speech, according to the Constitution.

I am convinced Obama understands the nature of our rights, privileges and responsibilities as well as (or better than) anyone currently in the public forum.

It is a relief to know he is dedicated to reversing the long, dark night of abuse perpetrated upon ALL Americans (regardless of ideology)for more than the past eight years. Those on the right simply refused to see that it damaged them ajust s much as it did the rest of the one has gained from this debacle.

It truly feels as if some people are suddenly waking up, coming to after a bout of amnesiac insanity...I am constantly reminded of the final scene in "Lord of the Flies" the ship's captain approached the savage "tribe", his civilized presence suddenly shifted the perspective of the boys back to reality...and once again they became adolescent boys, rather than the murderous creatures they had been.

Perhaps a little too dramtic a comparision; nonetheless, I can't shake it as day by day the country rouses to the reality of the disastrous results foisted upon us all by the inept, self-righteous, narrow-minded, self-centered, myopic criminal cronies of the Bush administration. And as it awakens, there is a real thirst for a different direction in every vector and segment of our national life. Hallelujuh!

Posted by: vernalynne | January 15, 2009 4:09 PM

Testing comments.

Posted by: Bob Greiner | January 14, 2009 11:45 PM

Without preconditions?

Posted by: JRM2 | January 14, 2009 4:20 PM

Obama is a very smart man. He can be a great President. Great Presidents are those who serve all of the people as much as the people allow him to serve. As racial and religious discrimination is on the up-rise, lets be careful that we are not the terrorist in this country. It won't be the first time but it should never again be a factor in how we treat each other. Every citizen in this country has the right to life liberty and the persuit of happiness. We must add to that safety from one another. We must protect our democracy and our rights under the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. That is not only the job of our President but the responsibility of all of our citizens.

Posted by: sm98yth | January 14, 2009 12:07 PM

President-elect Obama continues to amaze and delight me over his recurring efforts to reach out to everyone. He really is going to be the President of ALL the people of this country.

Posted by: kashabear | January 14, 2009 10:45 AM

I think this dinner party gathering of conservative pundits and the President Elect is a good and smart move.

In meeting with the more intellectual members of the conservative media Mr. Obama can initiate a discourse that is above the noise represented by the more reactionary members of the conservative media. The flip side is this group gets unfiltered access to the President Elect and, in the process they gain insight into the man and how he thinks.

Openess,as oppossed to secrecy, thoughtfulness as oppossed to hubris are concepts we can all embrace.

Of course, as it involves politics, the old axiom of keep your friends close and your enemies closer probably is just as accurate a representation of that dinner gathering.

Posted by: Thatsnuts | January 14, 2009 7:48 AM

Mr. Shear, calling an American President 'leader of the free world' is highly inaccurate and lazy journalism.

Posted by: DC2Amsterdam | January 14, 2009 6:47 AM

I can't believe that Prez-elect Obama is partying with the same rightwing lunatic fringe media types who claimed he was a secret Muslim foreign-in-birth liberation theology magical negro Manchurian candidate "spread the wealth" commie.

Be careful Barack, when you reach out to Repubs they usually thank you by biting off your hand.

Posted by: DrainYou | January 14, 2009 2:39 AM

If you're a Christian, good for you. Keep it to yourself like Lincoln did. And go to church more often.

If you want to play politics with your religion then your church should give up its tax free status and pay to play like everyone else. We could retire the debt on Catholics alone.

Obama SHOULD talk to Conservatives.

The days of GOVERNMENT dividing the country over faith and ideology instead of serving the common good of all the people need to be over!

Posted by: JohnQuimby | January 14, 2009 1:23 AM

Abraham Lincoln was not a Christian.

Benjamin Franklin was not a Christian.

Thomas Jefferson was not a Christian.

George Bush is a Christian.

Posted by: nodebris | January 13, 2009 11:39 PM

Is this all about trying to form some sort of truce with conservative intellectuals? He won't keel far left if the conservative wonkosphere lays off his plans?

Someone needs to explain why Obama was at Will's house and what was really discussed there...

Posted by: parkerfl1 | January 13, 2009 10:26 PM

George Will is not a Christian.

Posted by: JakeD | January 13, 2009 9:19 PM

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