Misleading Headline of the Day

YahooNews headlines a Jonathan Karl report “Frustrated Senator Olympia Snowe Gives Obama an ‘F’.”

If there were ever a Republican for President Obama to work with, it was Maine Senator Olympia Snowe. She was one of just three Republicans in the entire Congress to vote for his economic stimulus plan in 2009 and even tried to work with him on health care, but in an interview with ABC’s Senior Political Correspondent Jonathan Karl, Snowe makes a remarkable revelation: She hasn’t spoken to President Obama in nearly two years.

Snowe said that if she had to grade the President on his willingness to work with Republicans, he would “be close to failing on that point.” In fact, Snowe, who was first elected to Congress in 1976, claims that her meetings with President Obama have been less frequent than with any other President.

“Close to failing” isn’t an F–it’s a D!

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  1. Or maybe a D- !!

  2. John Burgess says:

    Since we can’t expect a W, maybe an I is the most honest grade.

  3. Hey Norm says:

    You’d be hard pressed to find someone in Congress who had so much leverage and made so little use of it. I know Karl asked the question…but she has no credibility judging anyone.

  4. John Peabody says:

    Maybe the headline writer rounded it to an F! Oh, wait, the rules say that you round UP, not down….darn…

  5. Franklin says:

    Not only is it not an F, she’s grading only a subset of his activities. But, that said, taken from one of the most moderate Republicans, there’s probably some truth to her statement.

  6. Tlaloc says:

    Given the ridiculous lengths Obama has gone to to accomodate the right if he gets an F on working with republicans isn’t that really their grade and not his?