GOP Senator: Obama ‘Doesn’t Normally Like Calling Us’


Just how adamant is President Obama about getting emergency unemployment benefits extended? He’s talking to Republican senators on the phone.

Politico reported on Obama’s phone calls to Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) to build GOP support for a bill to extend the benefits for three months, a telling sign that the President is serious.

“He doesn’t normally like calling us,” Kirk said.

Obama’s apparent aversion to the phone call has long annoyed the punditocracy. “Morning Joe” has been a reliable source of this line of criticism. Typical is it for host Joe Scarborough to assail Obama as someone who “just never reaches out.”


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