The SRC sent this out:
Setting the Record Straight: President Obama Cut GOP Some Slack?
At the start of the White House summit on health care, President Obama suggested that he cut Republicans some slack and allowed Senator Alexander to give longer opening remarks. Democratic leadership and President Obama’s opening remarks totaled more than 30 minutes. Senator Alexander clocked in at 13 minutes and 10 seconds.
President Obama to Senator Alexander: “Lamar, both I and Lamar went a little bit over our original allocated time. I — not wanting to be a hypocrite — wanted to give you some slack.”
DEMOCRATS’ OPENING REMARKS
President Obama 14 mins, 36 seconds
Speaker Pelosi 7 mins, 57 seconds
Leader Reid 8 mins, 13 seconds
Total 30 mins, 46 seconds
REPUBLICAN OPENING REMARKS
Senator Alexander 13 mins, 10 seconds