President Obama has labored to unite different political factions with policy compromises and conciliatory speeches. But it was Obama's incisive grappling at the Republican retreat last week that really lit a bipartisan fire, drawing politicos and commentators of all stripes to call for more questions sessions for the President and the opposition party.Howie P.S.: Nobody asked me, but I think these Q&A may suit Obama as well as FDR's "Fireside Chats" did as a vehicle to get "the people" and someday, "the congress," (primary the Blue Dogs and Yellow Belly Dems) on board with his agenda. The issue of frequency is a separate matter, just like any other strategy, David.
POLITICO asked White House senior adviser David Axelrod about the possibility of regular question time on Monday, before the online campaign was announced, and he said the president's aides were more likely to look for one-shot opportunities for Obama to engage with Republicans. "The thing that made Friday interesting . was the spontaneity," Axelrod said. "If you slip into a kind of convention, then conventionality will overtake the freshness of that."
Thursday, February 04, 2010
"New Effort Calls on Obama & GOP to Re-Up on Question Sessions"
Ari Melber (The Nation):