For months we’ve all heard about how Barack Obama will be a great leader. He will unite this country and reach across the aisle to make policies that will strengthen this great country of ours. This morning in a meeting with House and Senate Republicans, Obama proved he is just like any other politician.

President Obama listened to Republican gripes about his stimulus package during a meeting with congressional leaders Friday morning – but he also left no doubt about who’s in charge of these negotiations. “I won,” Obama noted matter-of-factly, according to sources familiar with the conversation.

The exchange arose as top House and Senate Republicans expressed concern to the president about the amount of spending in the package. They also raised red flags about a refundable tax credit that returns money to those who don’t pay income taxes, the sources said.

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Last time I read How to Win Friends and Influence People, it said to show respect for others. Somehow I don’t think telling his opposition ‘I won’ will do much to win them over to his way of thinking.

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