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VIDEO: Pelosi Candidly Compares Negotiation Styles of Bush and Obama
On Wednesday, representatives from Campus Progress were among a small group of young leaders who met with Leader Nancy Pelosi and other representatives in Congress for a roundtable discussion on young peoples’ priorities in the debt talks. Check out this blog post for more information on the discussion.
Towards the end of the event, Leader Pelosi spoke candidly about a time in 2006 when she and other leaders went to meet with President George W. Bush to discuss drawing down troops in Iraq, the response to hurricane Katrina, and other pressing issues, revealing some interesting tidbits about his negotiating style: “The President came into the room for our discussion on the subject. He said ‘This is what I want to do.’ Not ‘hello.’ ‘This is what I want to do. Goodbye.’ Take it or leave it…And I love President Bush, as I told the members at the meeting the other day, I sent him flowers for his birthday last week. I don’t know if any of the Republican leaders did that. There’s nothing personal about that, it’s just that was what he considered a negotiation.”
Katie is the Communications and Outreach Manager for Campus Progress.
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