Barack Obama held a question-and-answer meeting with Democratic Senators yesterday to field questions about where the administration is heading on various initiatives. I posted yesterday about Obama’s clueless answer to Blanche Lincoln’s comment that her constituents feel like no one in the administration understands what it means to have to meet a payroll.
In keeping with Obama’s renewed commitment to transparency, the event was televised, much as the Q and A with Republicans was televised a few days ago.
The entire event was scripted, with the Senators keeping away from the health care bill during the televised session. Instead, Senators held back on questions about that most pressing issue until the cameras were turned off, Obama had departed, and the doors were closed:
Senate Democrats held back from asking President Barack Obama about healthcare reform during a carefully scripted question-and-answer session in front of television cameras.
With the cameras rolling, a group of senators selected in advance by the Democratic leadership asked questions about such topics as partisan gridlock and GOP obstruction.
But once the president left and reporters were escorted out of the room, senators pressed White House officials about healthcare reform, according to those at the meeting.
Democrats expressed their frustration with the lack of a clear plan for passing healthcare reform, according to one person in the room.
One Democratic Senator even grew heated in his remarks, according to the source.
The administration used Democratic Senators as props for a phony Q and A session. That would have been bad enough. Then Obama didn’t even stay around to deal with what really was on the Senators’ minds, the health care bill.
The health care bill is killing Democrats at the polls, yet Obama doesn’t have the time or inclination to stick around long enough to hear the Democratic Senators out on the issue, much less do so so the public could see.
It’s almost enough to make me feel sorry for the Democrats in the Senate. But then I remember all the nasty comments by Harry Reid, Sheldon Whitehouse, Chuck Schumer, John Kerry and other Democrats in the Senate.
So I’ll never get past “almost” feeling sorry. They deserve what they get, and then some.