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President Obama met with Senate GOP in a closed-door meeting yesterday which, by all accounts, turned somewhat testy.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) accused Obama of acting "duplicitous" in calls for bipartisanship. "I told him I thought there was a degree of audacity in him even showing up today after what had happened with financial regulation." Corker met daily with Democrats on financial reform, relying on promises of bi-partisan compromise, only to be excluded from the final negotiations.

As seems customary to his character, Obama bristled at GOP policy objections. According to Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.):

The more he talked, the more he got upset. He needs to take a valium before he comes in and talks to Republicans and just calm down, and don't take anything so seriously. If you disagree with someone, it doesn't mean you're attacking their motives -- and he takes it that way and tends then to lecture and then gets upset.

Obama seems to be the thinnest-skinned president in recent history. Ironically, for a lawyer and politician, he is deeply uncomfortable (even angered) by the slightest disagreement or prospect of debate. 

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A misplaced view of where moral rightness originates will do that to a man.

No, his testiness comes from relying on the "moral high-ground" throughout his career. Indignation and self-righteousness are the hallmarks of the New Left -- they really have no cogent arguments, just raw emotion. We you challenge this quivering edifice of self-satisfied morality, they react the way any narcissist would react -- with rage.

Challenging them and not buying into their morality is the very best thing we can do.

I reckon that the more interesting outcome of this story will be efforts by some to have the President break down in public and exhibit this thin-skinned behavior. He went through 2007/8 as the "man From Cool." His testiness belies that epithet.

Someone has to find a way (and a time).

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