Contrary to "Concept of 'meaningful dialogue' foreign to Obama" (Letters, April 18), the lack of meaningful dialogue began with Republicans.
While President Barack Obama was inaugurated in January 2009, a large group of Senate Republicans gathered to commiserate losing the White House. They ended up by scheming to take down the president. They made a pact to give lip service to bipartisanship while opposing Obama at every step.
Obama compromised with Republicans on health care reform - to the chagrin of many liberals - by trashing the so-called single-payer system and the public option. Obamacare encourages private competition, and was first proposed by the conservative Heritage Foundation, endorsed by the likes of Newt Gingrich and implemented by Mitt Romney.
The so-called stimulus was another compromise. It was much smaller than many liberals wanted and one-third of it consisted of tax breaks - a fact obscured by the bellyaching of GOP heads and their mouthpieces.
Whenever Obama tried to engage the GOP, members said he should drop his ideas and implement theirs. He finally learned that the GOP was not interested in engagement.
As far as I know, Eric Holder and his "underlings" - with the exception of one Internal Revenue Service official - testified at hearings when subpoenaed. The letter writer may be confusing them with Gov. Chris Christie's underlings in New Jersey's "Bridgegate" scandal.