Obama: Tea-Baggers Control GOP Agenda

President blames Republican opposition to the stimulus
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2010 12:24 PM CDT
Financial adviser Larry Summers has President Obama's email address.   (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
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(Newser) New York has an early look at Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter's book on the Obama White House, The Promise. Tidbits (some newsier than others):

  • Obama tells Alter that GOP opposition to the stimulus "helped create the tea-baggers and empowered that whole wing of the Republican Party where it now controls the agenda for the Republicans."
  • Obama doesn't think much of the "diplomatic skill set" of Larry Summers (presidential nickname: Dr. Kevorkian) and thought he deserved to get the boot from Harvard.

  • Also on Summers: He got whiny when he wasn't on the short list to get the president's Blackberry email address. Rahm Emanuel made it right.
  • Notable Rahm f-bombs: "I'm going to kill that fucking dog," referring to Bo's early accidents and the resulting presidential cleanup duties. "Take your fucking tampon out and tell me what you want to say," to a male staffer.
  • A third party says budgetary stud-muffin Peter Orszag wears a "bad toupee."

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