I will write more about this later as I watch more of it but something is really striking me.
We have a body that is given by the Constitution the authority to debate and write laws. It's called Congress. The authority of Congress is very clearly delineated. I believe the President is not even allowed to address Congress unless he is invited. Legislation is debated in Congress under strict rules of order and those who participate in the debate are elected representatives of the people. The President of the United States does not set the agenda. He does not run the debate. He is not the chairman of the discussion. In fact, he does not even participate in the discussion on the Senate or House floor.
What I'm seeing today seems very bizarre to me. Why is the President running this public debate? Public debate belongs in Congress. Congress exists for this purpose. The "summit" gives the President undue power. He is in control of the debate. All of the elected representatives of the people are not there. (Conspicuously absent is Bart Stupak, the author of the Stupac pro-life amendment!) The President is grandstanding and once again assuming unto his office authority that is not given it in the Constitution. I'm thinking the republicans should have made a public statement to this effect and refused to attend.