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Bob McDonnell takes the high road. And Obama...?

By Lee Hockstader

Bob McDonnell, the newly installed Republican governor of Virginia, took pains in his winning campaign to praise President Obama's education policies. That bow to bipartisanship, amid a generally positive and disciplined campaign, went over well with Virginia’s independent voters, many of whom had backed Obama but broke overwhelmingly for McDonnell last November.

But when the president dropped by an elementary school in Northern Virginia yesterday to push his “Race to the Top” education program, the White House didn’t bother to invite McDonnell, who took office last Saturday and has maintained a refreshingly bipartisan, even-keeled demeanor.

McDonnell, though reported to be irked, took the high road in his public statement. "It is always an honor to have the president in the Commonwealth,” he said.

The president and I are of different parties, but when it comes to expanding positive educational opportunities for our young people we are of like minds. The president and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who joined him today, are committed to dramatically increasing the number of charter schools in the nation and enacting education reform. Virginia is the perfect state to lead this effort.

So in a critical swing state, the White House has now managed to make a Republican governor look like the bipartisan grownup. At the same time, it has made the president look partisan and churlish.

Memo to the White House political office: Hello? Is anyone home?

By Lee Hockstader  | January 21, 2010; 12:16 PM ET
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This post is ridiculous and transparent. The President has spent an entire year, much to the dismay of his base, REPEATEDLY extending his hand to the opposition in much more substantive ways than a silly school invitation, to absolutely no avail. Your specious attempt to make some sort of political point is just a waste of good cyberspace.

Posted by: orbitcv | January 21, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

orbitcv, I don't know where you've been the past year, but the chosen one didn't do squat to extend any hand in bipartisanship here in Virginia unless you define the term to mean complete and total agreement. In keeping with the tone of your comment, you are a complete waste of air, space, and cyberspace.

Posted by: panamajack | January 21, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

For those of you who, like me, are always looking to expand your vocabulary, I looked up "churlish" in Here's the definition:
1. like a churl; boorish; rude: churlish behavior.
2. of a churl; peasantlike.
3. niggardly; mean.
4. difficult to work or deal with, as soil.
Anyway, another fine example of your president proving how petty and small he is.

Posted by: Bronco33 | January 21, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

No pajamajack - you're talking about GW "my way or the highway" Bush. Try as you might fellas, your claims that Mr. Obama is small and petty in light of the right's persistent name calling of the president ("nazi!", "socialist!", and now Bronco33 is calling him the N-word) is both pathetic and churlish.

Let's see what Hosckstader has to say the next time a GOP politician looks the other way when a supporter disrespects the president. I won't hold my breath that he (she, whatever) will proffer a fair and balanced assessment. Too bad, the Post used to be a reputable newspaper.

Posted by: orbitcv | January 21, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

The Democratic Party leadership is trying to enact a wide range of socialist policies into law, regardless of what some of the other posters say here.

And Obama is not some kind of blameless innocent. His part in the campaigning in Massachusetts just the other day was quite ugly. In case you missed it, Obama's remark about Brown and his pickup truck: "Better check under the hood." Get the double entendre?

Posted by: tacheronb | January 21, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

The trouble with Obama's administration is that they think they ought to be the antithesis of Bush's.

Posted by: jboogie1 | January 22, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

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