February 16th, 2010
03:56 PM ET

Can Obama rebuild bipartisan trust in Washington?

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Mark Halperin

"I guess I shouldn't be surprised by my friend, Joe Biden."

So said Dick Cheney during the bizarre and riveting electronic duel between the former and current Vice Presidents on this past weekend's Sunday morning shows. A tart comment punctuated by the artificial nicety friend is a common device in the congressional culture where both men toiled for years, but from Cheney's lips on this occasion it seemed particularly hollow, buried within a scorching critique of his White House successors. Biden gave as good as he got, blasting the Bush Administration with energy and spirit.

But this was all to be expected. Despite the President's paramount campaign promise to end the bitter recriminations and partisan animus that have defined Washington politics for almost two decades, genuine feelings of friendship across the aisle rarely animate the contours of the debate in Barack Obama's Washington.


Filed under: Dick Cheney • Joe Biden • President Barack Obama • Raw Politics
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Ross Julson

    As a democrat, I wish we had someone like Cheney. Biden is shrill. His mannerisms grate on me even when I agree with him. Cheney is logical and implacable.

    February 16, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  2. Tim Gibson

    The days of a sure bet in Washington are over and there is little Obama or anyone else in elected postions of power can do. The house always wins and the people are the house.

    February 16, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  3. alex lyrics

    out with the old in with the new

    All the old members of congress who are old enough to still use terms such as exceptable negro, and colord need to go.

    All those in the senate who are over 42 years old and have been collecting dust in the stone ages need to be voted out of office.

    All those older congreesmen and Senators who are collecting special interet money and kickbacks from lobbyist need to go

    February 16, 2010 at 4:02 pm |