Thursday, April 7, 2011

Compare and Contrast

From POLITICO on January 24, 2009 after meeting between President Obama and congressional Republicans over his proposed stimulus package:
President Obama listened to Republican gripes about his stimulus package during a meeting with congressional leaders Friday morning - but he also left no doubt about who's in charge of these negotiations. "I won," Obama noted matter-of-factly, according to sources familiar with the conversation.

From POLITICO on April 5, 2011 after meeting between President Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner over a deal to avoid a government shutdown:
“We don’t have time for games,” the president said at one juncture, and later: ”What we can’t do is have a ‘my way or the highway’ approach to this problem....If we start applying that approach, where I’ve got to get 110 percent of everything I want or else I’m going to shut down the government, we’re not going to get anything done this year, and the American people are going to be the ones that suffer.”

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