The Obama Administration is either utterly indifferent to the ideas of the Republicans, or determined not to allow objective assessment of its failures into the hands of its adversaries, or both:
Mike Hash, who directs the Office of Health reform at the Department of Health and Human Services, will brief House Democrats Wednesday about implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
The closed-door session, which will start at 8:50 a.m., marks the first time the administration will have briefed members of Congress on the online enrollment system since its troubled rollout on Oct. 1....
House Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) office is crying foul that House Republicans aren't included in the briefing. It is asking that the same briefing be provided to the GOP.Imagine the reactions from the press were a Republican Administration to treat its Democrat adversaries in the same fashion. Quoth Sara Noble at the Independent Sentinel:
John Boehner and Republicans in Congress are being punished by a dictatorial President with a get-even mentality and will be kept out of the loop as a result. They will not be given information about the website problems.
We have never had a president like this who completely ignores the opposition party and half the people in the nation....
Mr. Obama will only deal with the Democrats in Congress and he barely deals with them.Mind you, Obama doesn't much like it when the shoe is on the other foot:
There was an unimaginable scene as the president strolled into a meeting of other leaders, only to find there literally was not a seat for him at the table. He quickly said he would "sit by my friend Lula," Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
Reporters summoned to a quick photo op of the session witnessed an unusually chaotic scene for a diplomatic setting.
Mr. Obama was heard raising his voice as he asked, "Mr. Premier, are you ready to see me? Are you ready?"
The question was aimed at Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.
There was an uncharacteristic edge to Mr. Obama's voice as he addressed the Chinese leader....
When Mr. Obama arrived for that meeting, he found the Chinese leader conferring with his counterparts from Brazil, India and South Africa.
A senior official denied that the president and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton crashed the meeting. The official explained Mr. Obama merely showed up at the appointed time to confer with Wen and found the other leaders there too.
Top Obama aides learned of the meeting only moments before the president arrived.It appears that the other potentates at that meeting actively wished to exclude Obama, but he would have none of it:
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