Members of Congress have been complaining all week (while out of town on a weeklong break) that they weren’t given enough information when President Barack Obama moved ahead with military action on Libya.
What is the goal in Libya? How will the goal be achieved? Explain, explain, explain! they demanded (while Obama was on a Latin America trip).
So today, Obama held a conference call with leaders of Congress from both parties to consult on Libya, and he plans to address the public in the “very near future” (although not today), White House spokesman Jay Carney said. “We take the need to consult very seriously,” he said.
Congress returns next week and so there will be plenty more calls for more consultation.
No matter which party controls Congress or the White House, when the president makes a big decision, sometimes feelings get hurt on the Hill with lawmakers believing they did not have enough of a say (which can actually offer good cover for unpopular decisions).