One of the stranger sub-memes to fly around Washington in awhile is the new conservative rewrite of the story surrounding President Obama's televised appearance before House Republicans at their annual policy retreat back in January. Colloquially dubbed "question time," the event has taken on a cult status among progressives, who see the session as basically a long sequence of Obama kicking Republican rhetorical butt.
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Conservatives, apparently, are still smarting from the episode and have begun to misremember it. At the time, Republicans were practically goading Obama into coming to Baltimore to address their retreat, and were extremely excited when he agreed to appear. Republican Representatives in the audience tweeted their followers, urging them to tune into C-SPAN and watch what was to become a defining moment of Obama's presidency when, seemingly from off the cuff, he aced Republican question after Republican question (at least in the eyes of his supporters).
But as Republicans gear up for another high-profile meeting with Obama -- this time, the so-called Slurpee Summit post-election dinner scheduled for Nov. 30 at the White House -- conservatives have begun to pretend that the drubbing observers said Republicans took the last time around wasn't their fault.