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January 29, 2009

Back When Politics Was Just Politics

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I was hoping for an image or two from last night’s bipartisan get-together at the White House.

Short of that (and inspired by the image above), I was reminiscing about the days when Republicans acted “a little bigger,” and personal relationships could exist while “agreeing to disagree.”

(image: Barry Thumma/AP. caption: IIn this April 20, 1983 file photo, House Speaker Thomas “Tip” O’Neill, right, leans forward to ask President Ronald Reagan a question during the Social Security bill signing ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House. A reader-submitted question about Social Security taxation is being answered as part of an Associated Press Q&A column called “Ask AP.” Also pictured, from left: economist Alan Greenspan, head of the president’s Social Security task force; Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan.; Reagan; Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, D-Ill.; Rep. Claude Pepper, D-Fla. partially obscured; Rep. Bob Michel, R-Ill.)

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