Steele Criticizes Obama For Not Holding A Health Care Summit Last Year...Which He Did

February 25, 2010 10:45 am ET — Matt Finkelstein

Today on MSNBC's "Daily Rundown," RNC Chairman Michael Steele dismissed today's bipartisan health care summit as a "dog and pony show." The beleaguered chairman added that if President Obama was serious about working across the aisle, he should have started off the reform process with a bipartisan event last year.  But, as hosts Chuck Todd and Savannah Guthrie quickly pointed out, Obama actually did hold a bipartisan summit last March:

STEELE: This whole dog and pony show that we're about to witness today is something that should have taken place a year ago, when the administration first came in last February and laid out its agenda for health care.  This is how you should have started it - bipartisan, public forum, CSPAN, your cameras rolling to capture this and to capture, most importantly, what the American people want.  And right now, they want us to start over, and I think we should. 

TODD: Chairman Steele, in fairness to them, I mean, it was a year ago that they actually had a summit.

GUTHRIE: On March 5th.

TODD: And it wasn't just the legislative leaders.  They brought in folks from the industry as well.  And that one was televised. So...does that one not count? I'm just curious. 

STEELE:  Well, apparently it didn't. Because we don't have health care. 



Perhaps Steele's memory is fuzzy because on March 5th, when the summit was held, he was busy fending off calls for his resignation after a series of public gaffes

Update: Matt Corley has more.