From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) set the table for President Obama to tee off on bipartisanship, encouraging him publicly to continue to reach out to Republicans.
"I'm just a glutton for punishment," Obama said in response before adding, "I'm going to keep on talking to Eric Cantor because someday, sooner or later, he's going to say, you know Obama, he had a good idea."
We've noted before that his efforts on bipartisanship are downpayments for other pieces of legislation.
Isn't it pretty difficult for Cantor to sharpen the knives when Obama's flattering him from the podium?
By the way, that faux press conference at the fiscal responsibility summit was one of the more remarkable images we've seen since Obama's been elected president.
With Obama behind a podium -- a foot higher than the other elected officials made to look the part of White House correspondents, as they were called on to ask questions -- was there any doubt who's the boss?