- The Washington Times - Friday, March 15, 2013

Freshman Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee got a quick schooling on Capitol Hill politics this week, after President Obama answered his long-winded question with a snappy dress-down, served on a plate of mocking tone.

Roll call reports that the Michigan lawmaker, who’s been in office for about two months, asked during a closed-door session with congressional colleagues and the president, about the need for job creation in his economically struggling district.

“I can tell you’re a freshman because you didn’t pay much attention to the State of the Union,” Mr. Obama shot back, Roll Call reported. “I talked about that.”


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Sources at the meeting told Roll Call that Democrats at the meeting broke into laughter. And House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra offered to give Mr. Kildee a copy of the president’s speech, which contained references to the development of 15 “innovation centers.” The details of these centers aren’t clear — but the cost is proposed at $1 billion, Roll Call reports.

But Mr. Kildee’s question wasn’t rooted in ignorance: Roll Call says he had just met a day earlier with White House officials about the planned innovation centers and that his remarks to the president during the closed-door session were aimed at soliciting a broader explanation about economic reforms.



Dan wasn’t specifically talking about innovation centers in his question,” a spokesman said, in the Roll Call report.

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