President Obama was interviewed by Thomas Friedman for the New York Times and to say it was a friendly interview would be an understatement. Then again, what would you expect from Thomas Friedman? If you aren’t able to access the article NewsBusters has the low-lights, including this little nugget:
At the end of the day, the president mused, the biggest threat to America — the only force that can really weaken us — is us. We have so many things going for us right now as a country — from new energy resources to innovation to a growing economy — but, he said, we will never realize our full potential unless our two parties adopt the same outlook that we’re asking of Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds or Israelis and Palestinians: No victor, no vanquished and work together. …
“Our politics are dysfunctional,” said the president, and we should heed the terrible divisions in the Middle East as a “warning to us: societies don’t work if political factions take maximalist positions. And the more diverse the country is, the less it can afford to take maximalist positions.” (Read More)
“Maximalist positions” means any positions that differ from his positions. When has he compromised with anyone? Even if he was willing to compromise, why would anyone want to work with him after he compared them to terrorists in the Middle East? His vacation can’t come soon enough.