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Obama Tells Senate Dems to Step Out of the ‘Echo Chamber’ (Update: Video)

Posted on Feb 3, 2010
Obama and Senate Dems
AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

President Barack Obama answers questions at the Senate Democratic Policy Committee Issues Conference on Wednesday at the Newseum in Washington. From left are Sen. Charles Schumer, Sen. Patty Murray, Sen. Byron Dorgan, Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the president.

President Barack Obama gave Senate Democrats a pep talk Wednesday, rallying the battle-fatigued and dispirited among them by reminding of the need to “finish the job” concerning health care and financial reform and recommending that they refrain from taking their cues from cable TV news and the blogosphere. Instead, Obama said, they would do well to get out and talk to ordinary Americans.  —KA

Los Angeles Times:

“There’s a mistake I made last year,” Obama said, “and that’s just not getting out of here enough.”

But even as Obama delivered the advice at an issues conference of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, several lawmakers in danger during this year’s elections queued up at the microphone for a question-and-answer session that would make nice footage for campaign ads.

Fortunately for them, cable TV news was there to capture it all.

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By gerard, February 3, 2010 at 4:48 pm Link to this comment

PS is Paul Street at Znet interview:

PS: “We have to embrace and undertake the difficult and painstaking and day-to-day work of re-building and building and then expanding rank-and-file grassroots organization and capacity on key issues beneath and beyond the corporate-crafted candidate-centered narrow-spectrum biennial and quadrennial electoral extravaganzas the masters stages for us, telling us that these rigged contests are the sum total of “politics.”

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By screamingpalm, February 3, 2010 at 3:51 pm Link to this comment

Kudos to Arlen Specter for bringing up the perspective of the trade deals we’ve made with the devil! Obama’s response is quite telling and don’t forget that he wants to expand these WTO agreements with Doha.

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By ofersince72, February 3, 2010 at 3:13 pm Link to this comment


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By ofersince72, February 3, 2010 at 3:05 pm Link to this comment

replace Timmy G. with RALPH NADER

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By samosamo, February 3, 2010 at 3:04 pm Link to this comment

How does o explain this:

Seems no matter what, coal will be a ‘part of the solution’.

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By ofersince72, February 3, 2010 at 2:59 pm Link to this comment

Have Reid tell Lieberman to go stand in the corner.
nose to wall….
Have democrats refuse AIPAC until the wall comes down

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By ofersince72, February 3, 2010 at 2:40 pm Link to this comment

He again speaks of inheriting two wars…

They are his wars now….....not Bush’s..
He speaks of reining in Pentagon spending saving
tax payers billions as he raises their budget.

He is a great speaker,  I sure hope he makes a fool
out of me and my cynisizm some day..not likely though

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By ofersince72, February 3, 2010 at 2:31 pm Link to this comment

I have been looking for that

“Democrat core set of values” forever…

Tear that repressive NAFTA treaty up Democrats
you might just start gaining some credence.

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By G.Anderson, February 3, 2010 at 1:41 pm Link to this comment

Ok, so Republicans won’t work with you, we get that.

So then, there’s going to be no compromise with them. Absolutey No negotiation with Democrats, sounds like our policy with terrorists doesn’t it?

Maybe that’s how they view Democrats, as threatening the power of their Corporate hold over America, and it’s looting of the country, etc.

So why can’t Democrats play by the same rules?

So then, what’s stopping you from using reconcilliation to pass single payer?

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By NYCartist, February 3, 2010 at 12:58 pm Link to this comment

Good article on “Obama and American politics” on today’s Znet by Paul Street: (Feb.3,2010)

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