Obama’s Dinner With Conservatives

A little politics this morning. As some of you may have heard, Barack Obama had dinner the other night with conservative columnists at the Maryland home of George Will. The guest list included Charles Krauthammer, David Brooks, and Peggy Noonan, and William Kristol.

I was going to write up my take on this meeting, but then I realized that my thoughts seemed to be summed up best by E.J. Dionne in an interview he did last night with Keith Olbermann. So here it is: (If the video is not appearing on your screen, you can watch it here).

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I also found this video by Noam Scheiber of the New Republic to be informative.

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I will say here what I said recently about Richard John Neuhaus. I do not always agree with the conservative columnists who Obama met with the other night, but I do not always disagree either. I especially find Brooks worth reading on a regular basis. Some of these columnists offer commentary that is insightful and intellectually stimulating. I am glad to see Obama reaching across the aisle this way and I hope this will foster more civil dialogue. (I think Scheiber makes a great point about why Obama chose to meet with these conservatives and not people like Rush Limbaugh or Bill O’Reilly). BTW: If you watch the Dionne interview you will know that Obama met with liberal columnists the next day.