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General News    H2'ed 12/8/09

President Obama asks Rep. Conyers Why He is "Demeaning" Him

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An interesting story in the Hill. Representative Conyers recently received a call from President Obama:

Conyers, the second-longest-serving member of the House, said, "[Obama] called me and told me that he heard that I was demeaning him and I had to explain to him that it wasn't anything personal, it was an honest difference on the issues. And he said, 'Well, let's talk about it.'"

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Representative Conyers has been critical of President Obama's policy choices on several issues:

"I've been saying I don't agree with him on Afghanistan, I think he screwed up on healthcare reform, on Guanta'namo and kicking Greg off," Conyers said, referring to the departure of former White House counsel Greg Craig.

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Conyers was an early supporter of Barack Obama:

Conyers was the first member of the Congressional Black Caucus to endorse Obama over then-Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) for the 2008 Democratic nomination for president.

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"I did whatever was necessary to be done to win. I met with ministers, I met with unions, I met with lawyers, I met with community activists, I met with healthcare people," Conyers explained in early April.

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What I find interesting is that President Obama saw this as personal criticism, not as issue differences.

Obama's decision to challenge Conyers highlights a sensitivity to criticism the president has taken on the left. Conyers's critical remarks, many of which have been reported on the liberal-leaning Huffington Post, appear to have irritated the president, known for his calm demeanor.

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It appears the President does not understand how much he has demoralized the base with his centrism and lack of audacity.

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