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Final Word: Obama ungracious in shutdown victory

So the shutdown is over and we should all celebrate, right?

Well, of course no one is celebrating because there are really no winners in this "reopening" of government, but at least we have a couple of more months to get both sides together and talk about real government spending that we can cut, not Obamacare.

Yep, the president won this one.

John Boehner said Wednesday that the GOP fought the good fight, but lost. And what did the president say?

"You don't like a particular policy or a particular president? Then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election. Push to change it. But don't break it. Don't break what our predecessors spent over two centuries building. That's not what being faithful to this country's about."

Whoa. Really? Go out and win an election?

In the NFL, that's called taunting. In polite company, it's called being ungracious. And no where is it called consensus building.

According to Washington insiders, this is the presidents modus operandi. He is regarded as aloof by most, even within his party, and the tone of his comments Thursday morning sure back that up.

It makes you less hopeful, doesn't it, that the two sides will even talk compromise in January.

Yes, you won. But management starts at the top. In business and in government. Adopt a better tone.

Worried about your legacy? Don't let it be your attitude.

About the Author

Karie Dozer is host of Arizona's Noon News.

She has been an on-air personality nearly continually since her college days. She loves radio because it is intelligent, immediate and almost always available.

She is the youngest of nine children from a Midwestern Catholic family where she learned to be heard, fight for a place at the table and find humor in almost everything. She was hired as a news intern while a senior at ASU's Cronkite School, and found that covering human stories like the OJ Simpson white Bronco chase and the 1992-93 Phoenix Suns was too much fun to pass up.

She loved life in the newsroom with all the action and crazy personalities to go with it. She anchored and covered some sports too, until politics dragged her away. She served as press secretary for Arizona's Attorney General Grant Woods for a five-year stint before jumping back to radio on a part-time basis. Three years ago she got back in the biz on a more regular basis as a midday host on what is now KTAR News. She has a passion for the breaking news of the moment, education, local politics, great food, sports and fitness. She has trouble turning down a good argument, a good book or a good glass of wine.

In her spare time she takes care of her boys, (husband Rich, son Jack, and yellow lab Buddy,) and bakes awesome chocolate chip cookies. She enjoys the quality of life the Valley offers her family and the natural beauty of Arizona. Her favorite places are golf courses, her own kitchen, the city of Flagstaff, and wherever her family is.

She considers herself lucky to work with the amazingly talented people of KTAR radio.


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