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Quote of the HCR Summit (So Far!)

Obama's strengths -- and weaknesses.

11:50 AM, Feb 25, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
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At the health care summit, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell just pointed out that Democrats have monopolized the speaking time so far. President Obama correctly replied that McConnell was right. The Democrats had longer opening statements "because I'm the president." Everyone chuckled.

This event showcases the president's strengths: he's a great communicator, he knows the material, and he is always willing to treat the opposition in a friendly manner. But it also highlights his weaknesses: He's too much the lecturing professor, and he mistakenly believes a bunch of men and women sitting around a table in a house on Pennsylvania Avenue can effectively manipulate the lives of 350 million diverse Americans.

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