Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Just the right amount of Johnson?

Of course we've all heard Obama compared to Kennedy, Reagan and others, but I'm glad to see he's a scrapper as well as an inspiration.
the presumptive Democratic nominee raised a few eyebrows when he took Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) aside to a quiet corner of the Senate for a private conversation.

A vocal supporter of Obama's opponent Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lieberman has not been shy in criticizing Obama's foreign policy positions.

Earlier in the day, Lieberman participated in a conference call with reporters organized by House Minority Chief Deputy Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) in which Lieberman criticized Obama’s stance on the Middle East, a move that will surely further alienate Lieberman from the Democratic caucus he abandoned in 2006 to become an independent.

The two had what appeared to be an animated, if civil conversation that lasted at least three minutes. At one point Lieberman was literally backed against a wall, as Obama placed his hand on his shoulder and made several animated points.
Another report:
While it was unclear what the two were discussing, the body language suggested that Obama was trying to convince Lieberman of something and his stance appeared slightly intimidating.

Using forceful, but not angry, hand gestures, Obama literally backed up Lieberman against the wall, leaned in very close at times, and appeared to be trying to dominate the conversation, as the two talked over each other in a few instances.

Still, Obama and Lieberman seemed to be trying to keep the back-and-forth congenial as they both patted each other on the back during and after the exchange.
It's about time.


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