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At House Democratic Meeting, Obama Rallies His Allies

By Paul Kane
Appearing before an unusually unified House Democratic caucus, President Obama tonight linked passage of a budget resolution later this week to securing momentum for the more critical legislative fights ahead such as health care reform.

Obama told the lawmakers, gathered in the auditorium of the new, $620 million Capitol Visitors Center, that winning by a large margin on the nonbinding budget resolution was key to Democratic unity on the bigger issues. "I need your vote in passing the budget. If we do that, we will create a sense of momentum that will allow us to do health care reform and education," Obama said, according to the notes of a Democrat in attendance.

Scheduled more than a week ago, the meeting was meant to be a rallying point for House Democrats in advance of the vote on the budget resolution. That measure appeared to be in doubt as conservative Democrats balked at the soaring deficits in Obama's original proposal and Rust Belt Democrats fretted the inclusion of special fast-track rules -- so-called "reconciliation" rules -- for climate change legislation to be considered later this year. But party leaders provided reconciliation for only health care and education legislation, and they cut $150 billion from Obama's fiscal year 2010 proposal. These moves lined up many votes from a group of fiscally conservative Democrats in the Blue Dog Coalition.

With the fate of the budget resolution no longer in doubt, the event served as a pep rally for the tougher legislative battles ahead. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) presented Obama with the U.S. flag that flew over the Capitol the night of Feb. 24, when he made his first appearance before a joint session of Congress.

"We are a united caucus, and we are especially united behind this president," Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) told reporters afterward.

Obama used the audience with his staunchest allies to assure them that he is aware of their concerns, fielding such parochial questions as funding for beach replenishment, farm subsidies and additional federal cash to help local fire fighters. His last meeting with House Democrats, at their annual retreat in Williamsburg, came at a tense time -- a group of moderate Senate Democrats worked with a trio of Republicans to slash more than $100 billion from the stimulus legislation. The more liberal House has still not forgotten the move, part of a simmering feud with Democrats from the so-called upper chamber.

The quick meeting -- lasting less than 40 minutes, including a 25-minute question-and-answer session -- offered moments demonstrating the White House's keen attention to wayward Democrats. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), a staunch advocate for more spending on infrastructure projects such as bridges and highways, pleaded for more funding in those areas.

Without any reminder, Obama took note of DeFazio's vote against the stimulus legislation.

"I know you think we need more for [infrastructure] because you voted against it," Obama said, according to the attendee's notes. "Don't think we're not keeping score, brother."

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Keeping score, indeed.

The word for today is Obamunism.

Learn it now, you will be living it tomorrow.

Posted by: sturat | March 31, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Big Brother Obama speaks and the crowd yelled

BIG BROTHER OBAMA, BIG BROTHER OBAMA, BIG BROTHER OBAMA
and his "Thought Police" watched to see who was not yelling.

VJ Machiavelli
http://www.vjmachiavelli.blogspot.com
NO MORE SCHUMER
NO MORE PELOSI
NO MORE RANGEL
NO MORE ENGEL AND HIS MILLION DOLLAR HOME IN MARYLAND
VOTE REPUBLICAN AND SAVE US FROM BIG BROTHER OBAMA AND HIS FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE BEFORE IT IS TO LATE.

Posted by: VJMachiavelli1 | March 31, 2009 2:13 AM | Report abuse


"Wow, this feature draws out the cuckoo brigade. Is this your target audience?"

-- nodebris


No, what this feature draws is a legion of 24/7 paid disinformation artists whose mission is to disparage, discredit, and defame -- probably on the public's dime.


There are laws about this; but, fortunately for the disinfos, no one is minding that store.

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 30, 2009 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Wow, this feature draws out the cuckoo brigade. Is this your target audience?

Posted by: nodebris | March 30, 2009 11:39 PM | Report abuse

A HIT JOB BY UNCLE SAM, INCORPORATED?

As someone who's been waiting for Obama to fulfill his promise of hope, and restoration of civil liberties in post- Bush-Cheney America, I'm concerned that his administration's handling of the GM president's ouster plays into the "socialist thug" narrative cultivated by his political enemies.


Surely this matter could have been handled more deftly. If Team Obama wanted Rick Wagoner to go away, it could have kept the blood off of Obama's hands. Instead, Wagoner came off looking like received a hit job from Uncle Sam Incorporated, with Boss Barack as the triggerman.


Whoever advised Obama on this particular M.O. needs to take a long ride in a crowded back seat.


***


WOLF BLITZER'S SIN OF OMISSION

Wolf interviewed Seymour Hersh on "The Situation Room" today about his claim that former VP Dick Cheney ran an "executive assassination ring" (Sy says he said "wing") out of the White House.


Hersh stuck by the story, reaffirming the substance of his claim -- but he pedaled back on his language, saying perhaps he shouldn't have used the phrase "executive assassination wing." (Sure sounded like "ring" on the tape...)


He also indicated to Blitzer that he was talking about foreign operations.


BUT -- Wolf NEVER asked Hersh about the truly explosive part of his remarks during that recent seminar in Minneapolis...


...that the CIA and the military have been involved in what Hersh described in Minneapolis as "DOMESTIC" operations against American citizens -- and he had added that such operations are still going on.


The audio is available at:


http://www.minnpost.com/ericblackblog/2009/03/11/7310/investigative_reporter_seymour_hersh_describes_executive_assassination_ring


Why did neither Blitzer nor Hersh elaborate on the domestic angle? Was this omission purposeful?


Will Hersh elaborate in another forum, perhaps in the New Yorker magazine? I am curious, because his reference to domestic ops could have something to do with what is reported in this article:


http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america


OR (if link is corrupted):


http://NowPublic.com/scrivener


Posted by: scrivener50 | March 30, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

So-Obama etc. is keeping score (DeFazio). Now people don't have the right to speak out & vote for what they believe is right? What sort of Mafia/Communism do we have in the White House? I spent over 20 years in the military fighting for freedom. Wake up people-That's why I voted McCain-there's a patriot. Once This is done-you probably won't see anymore true patriots in government. OK Obama-keep score of me and all the others who still believe in freedom & our constitution. And don't forget-this has only started-Yeah-Bush wasn't 100% right-but at least he had some morals & as far as I know-he didn't "keep score". That sounds evil. Of course - I think killing unborn babies is evil also. Keeping Score? I hope so. I will stand up to be counted.

Posted by: Jumbo930 | March 30, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Sooo, debate and deviation from the party line will NOT be tolerated by this administration. Thanks for keeping score, "brother."

Wake up, America, the far left is running things, not the centrists we thought were elected. And wow, are they over-reaching. Bush in his wildest dreams never over-reached like this.

Kiss that promised tax cut for 95% of Americans good-bye. You didn't really think the democrats were actually going to cut your taxes, did you? LOL. Remember, we are all rich compared to someone.

Posted by: rsmann | March 30, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Where does WP get these nambi-pambi reporters? This is a gang of communists seizing power and spending the country into a hole we can't climb out of and he writes as benign as a sophmore in hih school. God, man - where's your head at Kane?

Should American families follow government's model. Borrow more money than you can ever repay from loan sharks and then set up a counterfeit mint and print as much as you can spend, and spend lavishly, foolishly. What moraon thinks that is a good financial model for anything?
Obama is the Man From A.C.O.R.N. and as dumb as a rock; We all need to face that. This Democratic Congress is the most despised Congress in American history. There it is . . .


Posted by: lclifton | March 30, 2009 9:29 PM

======================

What do you expect us to do, raise a bunch of dummies, keep borrowing from China to buy Saudi oil, and let health care costs take us all to the poor house?

Posted by: HemiHead66 | March 30, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Funding for beach replenishment?? Why?? After the ice melts our front lawns will be the beach.

Posted by: HemiHead66 | March 30, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Where does WP get these nambi-pambi reporters? This is a gang of communists seizing power and spending the country into a hole we can't climb out of and he writes as benign as a sophmore in hih school. God, man - where's your head at Kane?

Should American families follow government's model. Borrow more money than you can ever repay from loan sharks and then set up a counterfeit mint and print as much as you can spend, and spend lavishly, foolishly. What moraon thinks that is a good financial model for anything?
Obama is the Man From A.C.O.R.N. and as dumb as a rock; We all need to face that. This Democratic Congress is the most despised Congress in American history. There it is . . .

Posted by: lclifton | March 30, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Has obama given back all campaign fund received from GM, AIG and all taxpayers bailed out companies????????
Has obama given back his $500,000 dollars signing bonus he took 5 days befroe entering the Whitehouse???????
Has obama and geithner resigned yet????? obama is an incompetent inconsiderate marxist LIARS.
and geithner is a tax cheat.

obamas craps and shove carbon tax will double the cost of food, double the cost of gasoline, double the cost of electricy.
It will also double the loss of contributions to charities and church.
I believe this is what obama objective is to have people beg from the government so he can be their master.
Why does obama reid,schuuuuummmmmmmmmmmer, and peloski hate American middle class hardworking taxpayers?

Call and email your Senators and Congressman every day this next 2 weeks ask them to shove obama budget where the sun don’t shine.

this rape of the hardworking middle class taxpayers.
Why does reid,schuuuuummmmmmmmmmmer

Posted by: bobojake | March 30, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

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