Smart move for the president. It wasn't exactly the British parliament. But he took questions from the Republican caucus and the event was open to press. He showed himself a great deal more willing to engage than they have.
In a remarkable exchange, Obama took Republicans to task for portraying health care reform as a “Bolshevik plot” — even though, he said, many parts of the bill were consistent with Republican principles.
“What happens is that you guys don’t have a lot of room to negotiate with me,” Obama said. "The fact of the matter is, many of you, if you voted with the administration on something, are politically vulnerable with your own base, with your own party because what you've been telling your constituents is, ‘This guy's doing all kinds of crazy stuff that's going to destroy America.' ''