The President tried to apply his “beer summit” approach to health care and it very well may have backfired. The difference: This time, the participants were miked.
The beer summit was one of the most successful— indeed, one of the only successful — P.R. efforts of the Obama administration thus far. It was, maybe, too successful. Successes become a paradigm that we apply to situations that don’t match.
Remember the beer summit? Public outrage boiled for a week after Obama said on national TV that police in Cambridge, Mass., “acted stupidly” when they arrested a black professor, implying a racist motive. As details of the incident became clearer, the police were revealed to...READ MORE