Keith Hennessey

Serious policy differences are not petty politics

Here’s the President, speaking yesterday at a town hall meeting in Fairless Hills, PA. See if you can spot his new theme, as pointed out by POLITICO. It’s not too difficult.

THE PRESIDENT: It’s a plan that says we’re not going to play the usual Washington politics that have prevented progress on energy for decades.  Instead, what we’re going to do is we’re going to take every good idea out there.

Again:

THE PRESIDENT: Reducing our dependence on oil, doubling the clean energy we use, helping to grow our economy by securing our energy future — that’s going to be a big challenge. …  It’s going to require us getting past some of the petty politics that we play sometimes.

And again:

THE PRESIDENT: So we’ve agreed to a compromise, but somehow we still don’t have a deal, because some folks are trying to inject politics in what should be a simple debate about how to pay our bills.  They’re stuffing all kinds of issues in there — abortion and the environment and health care.

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