The photo ran fifteen days after the 2008 election. Read the caption:
U.S. President-elect Barack Obama (R) applauds Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), the Republican presidential nominee, at bi-partisan dinner honoring McCain in Washington on January 19, 2009. (UPI Photo/Joshua Roberts/Pool)
In reaching out, and reaching out, and reaching out again, it was obvious Tuesday night -- as the Republican's made clear from the beginning -- the President was wasting his applause.
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In the end, the 2010 midterms came down to a very simple truth: if unemployment were near double digits come November, Democrats would take a beating. It is, and they have. Exit polls found that nearly nine in ten voters believe the economy is in bad shape. The same percentage said they feel pessimistic about America's economic future. That's practically everyone! And while a large majority of voters still believe that George Bush is to blame for getting us into this mess, they are clearly holding Obama accountable for not fixing it. The Pottery Barn rule -- "you break it, you own it" -- was given a twist tonight. Turns out, sometimes even if you weren't the one who broke it, you own it. So it is with our broken economy. Bush broke it, but Obama, underestimating just how broken it is, owns it.