Tonight I actually watched Obama’s so called news conference. Normally I make it a point to only read his speeches and news conferences because I find it far more revealing and I am not distracted by his teleprompter head movements or rather good delivery. Here are the notes I made during the speech.
Obama is walking up to the podium: I cannot believe how many people complained about Bush’s swagger, but not a peep about Obama. He is clearly swaggering up to the podium.
Obama starts speaking: Amen he is clearly using the Jumbo Prompter, no ping-pong head tonight!
The press is completely useless, their questions all seem rehearsed. The whole Q and A part reminds me of when I was in grade school and we had to prepare questions for a guest speaker. We would have to write questions and the teacher would edit them, then when the speaker arrived the next day we would stand up and give our scripted questions and sit back and let the speaker droned on and on and on.
None of these questions are kind that the public would like to know. Here is a question I would have asked: Who the hell is the government to decide how long my parents or grandparents get to live and in their “infinite wisdom” should they decide wrong, can I sue the living hell out of them?
Obama’s rambling, long-winded answers seem like just a bunch of assertions, anecdotes and pure BS. No facts or real answers.
This presser was a waste of time. Everything Obama said has been said before. His arguments for radically changing our healthcare system are weak and would hardly stand up if the media were to actually press him on any of it.
None of his arguments really answer the basic question as to why we need to change the entire system by handing full control to the government. All of his concerns can be address individually for less money, less time and without changing everything for everyone.
Obama’s need to paint Republicans as obstructionist is foolish. Everyone knows that they have absolutely no power to change anything. The real holdouts here are from his party and they are balking because the American people don’t like what he is selling.
Speaking of selling, what is it he is trying to sell us so damn quickly? He is basically asking the American people to sign on to a full transformation of our healthcare system because he says it is broken and this is the only way to fix it. Never mind that the fix is not fully defined in terms of costs, terms of service, etc. Plus he is asking for this at a time when the full effect of him damaging himself by bullshitting Americans on the Stimulus is starting to be felt.
In the end, I don’t think Obama will prevail before August. If anything passes this year, it will be some crazy hodgepodge that gives the government more control but not full control of healthcare.