Via the Republican Party, “Senior White House Official Says Obama’s GOP Outreach Is ‘A Joke’ And ‘Wasting’ Time”Ron Fournier at National Journal writes,

He is dining with Republicans after advisers openly mocked suggestions that he do so. He is visiting Capitol Hill after telling aides that such a gesture was beneath him and the dignity of his office. . . .

Obama’s sudden burst of public outreach coincides with a drop in his approval ratings . . . . This raises the uncomfortable question: Is this schmooze-a-thon a legitimate act of humility and leadership or a cynical public display?

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