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Barack Obama’s Mock Magnanimity

Or maybe it’s just (the appearance of) government by photo-op.

Athena explains:

The president’s inviting Mitt Romney for lunch is a small thing but a brilliant move. It makes Mr. Obama look big, gracious. It implies the weakened, battered former GOP nominee is the leader of the Republican Party—and if the other party has to have a leader, the weakened, battered one is the one you want.

Mr. Romney is not the leader of the party; he left no footprints in the sand. . . . .

To the extent the GOP has an elected face, it is that of Speaker John Boehner. And he is precisely the man with whom Mr. Obama should be having friendly lunches. In fact, the meal with Mitt just may be a clever attempt to obscure the fact that the president isn’t really meeting with those with whom he’s supposed to be thrashing out the fiscal cliff.

It’s Peggy.  Read the whole thing.



  1. This is brilliant! Well done! Precision nalitics.

    Comment by adam manganello — December 1, 2012 @ 6:27 pm - December 1, 2012

  2. Obama invited him over to gloat and have a photo op. That’s it.

    Comment by V the K — December 1, 2012 @ 6:40 pm - December 1, 2012

  3. Obama likes to meet with those who are no threat to him – hence the reason he will often go on “The View”, but, not hold press conferences in which folks ask him “tough” questions.

    Likewise, he will have lunch with his “defeated” election opponent; But, not have lunch with the leaders of the House who can actually challenge him.

    This is what cowards do.

    Comment by Charles — December 2, 2012 @ 12:06 am - December 2, 2012

  4. I never understood how “they” think that Washington can work if they don’t at-least pretend to work with each-other. Reagan and O’Neil met at-least once a week…just to be social and chat. You would think that the President and the Speaker of the House and the Senate Majority Leader would meet face-to-face at-least one every week or two for lunch or drinks or golf.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — December 2, 2012 @ 1:35 am - December 2, 2012

  5. “It makes Mr. Obama look big, gracious.”

    Too bad it doesn’t cancel out the multitude of other things he’s done that make him appear petty and spiteful.

    Comment by alanstorm — December 2, 2012 @ 9:49 am - December 2, 2012

  6. Obama is born a piece of shit and will remain so for the rest of his life.

    “Reagan and O’Neil met at-least once a week…just to be social and chat.”

    You are comparing an outstanding man with a pos.

    If you read the Reagan diaries, a direct recount of the Reagan years from the man’s mouth, you will find that he had roots with tip O’Neil both being of Irish origin, but despite Reagan class and decency, tip was often maliciously toying with him, saying some things in person and the opposite in the press.

    I guess Democrats cannot help being dipshits.

    Comment by susan — December 2, 2012 @ 1:01 pm - December 2, 2012

  7. I tend to agree with V the K. I didn’t see more than one or two pics (was there more than one?), but one struck me as typical Obama. They were standing in the Oval Office, Romney standing in front of the desk, back to it, facing Obama.

    To me that was nothing more than Obama saying ‘I won, this is mine, look what you don’t have, neener, neener’.

    Gracious was Romney’s demeanor. Unfortunately, the left will see that as Obama’s.

    Comment by Kate — December 3, 2012 @ 8:10 am - December 3, 2012

  8. What do you expect from the Narcissist-in-Chief.

    Comment by Tom — December 3, 2012 @ 6:24 pm - December 3, 2012

  9. How quickly you wash your hands clean of someone you believed had great ideas and a plan for this country’s future.

    Comment by Vince Smetana — December 3, 2012 @ 9:21 pm - December 3, 2012

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