On John Huntsman, the former Republican Governor of Utah, whom Obama appointed to be ambassador to China, and who is considering a run for president in 2012:
“I’m sure that him having worked so well with me will be a great asset in any Republican primary.” – Obama
“It’s also good to see Jon Huntsman, our ambassador to China. Or as we call him around the White House: the Manchurian Candidate. I want Jon to know that the president has no hard feelings. In fact, he just did an interview with the Tea Party Express saying how integral he has been to the success of the Obama administration.” – White House Chief of Staff William Daley.
Meanwhile, Obama advisor David Axelrod thanked Mitt Romney, who “did some interesting things there on health care, you know. We got some good ideas from him.”