Obama meets the press
President Obama has been criticized lately for avoiding the mainstream media. He hasn't held a formal press conference since last July. So today he found his way to the White House press briefing room for a little one-on-one time with the MSM.
When discussing the upcoming health-care summit with congressional Democrats and Republicans, Obama said something that sounded like an olive branch to me, albeit a small one. As I wrote this morning and as he said today, he is working to put the House and Senate bills together in one package. But he added that he will put it on the web for all to see "over a long period of time." That appears to be a nod to one of the demands made by Republican leaders in a letter to White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. "If the President intends to present any kind of legislative proposal at this discussion," wrote House Republican Leader John Boehner (Ohio) and House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (Va.), "will he make it available to members of Congress and the American people at least 72 hours beforehand?"
Obama addressed energy, as well. He repeated something he's said since before coming into office. Namely that the country that leads in clean energy “is going to win the race in the 21st-century global economy.” Obama is absolutely right. Unfortunately, as this New York Times headline from last month makes note -- China Leading Global Race to Make Clean Energy -- the U.S. isn't that nation right now.
| February 9, 2010; 2:50 PM ET
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