1. Have a meeting with "key people"
2. Reach some sort of agreement (anything will do)
3. After the "key people" are gone, re-write the agreement to reflect your political goals
4. Announce the re-written agreement to the media
5. Claim an "unprecedented" achievement, a "watershed" moment, etc. etc.
For example: remember this story from the beginning of the week?
Obama trumpted this health care "agreement", and the media faithully echoed his words:
"We cannot continue down the same dangerous road we've been traveling for so many years, with costs that are out of control, because reform is not a luxury that can be postponed, but a necessity that cannot wait. ... That is why these groups are voluntarily coming together to make an unprecedented commitment."
But it seems the agreement was "spun way away from the original intent". This according to Richard Umbdenstock, the president of the American Hospital Association, one of the six groups that was a party to it.
According to Umbdenstock, the agreement "had been misrepresented". The groups, he said, "had agreed to gradually ramp up to the 1.5 percentage-point target over 10 years — not to reduce spending by that much in each of the 10 years. There has been a tremendous amount of confusion and frankly a lot of political spin.”
Umbdenstock is being diplomatic in the language he used. In plain English, the Obama administration appers to have simply lied about this agreement.
The Obama modus operandi is becoming very clear. The administration exhibited the very same M.O. in the "Caterpillar tractor" incident, in which Obama claimed that the CEO of Caterpillar, Inc., James Owens, said that if the porkulus bill were passed, Caterpillar would be able to re-hire 2,000 laid-off workers.
Well, that turned out to be a lie also. When Owens was asked by the press if that were the case, he said no, it was not. He said Caterpillar was going to have to continue laying people off regardless of the porkulus bill. And that is exactly what happened.