Friday, January 29, 2010

Obama's 'Question Time' With The House Republicans

Today, Barack Obama addressed the House Republicans. They had invited him to speak at their retreat and he surprised them at the last minute by requesting that cameras be brought in so that the speech and the subsequent question and answer period could be broadcast nationwide.

The term 'question time' is in quotes, even though Zero's pals in the dinosaur media are using it pretty freely. It's based on the name for the British custom of having their Prime Minister have regular meetings with the complete House of Commons to take direct questions and rebut statements by the opposition in a back-and forth fashion. Anyone who's ever seen what the real question time looks like is very aware that Prez Zero's polite reception today bears no relation to a real Parliamentary question time.

As far as I'm concerned, it was a mistake for the GOP to invite him in and an even bigger mistake for them to give him a national platform. They should have steered clear of him and let him sink on his own, rather than being identified with him in the slightest way..which is exactly how the Democrats treated Bush during his second term, when he requested Democrats to come forward to help the Bush Administration craft policy. Or if they had to have him there, it was a splendid time to politely but firmly address and correct the multitude of outright lies he told during his State of the Union Speech on national television.

It's funny how our Post-Partisan President only got around to addressing Republicans now that he needs their votes to pass his poisonous agenda. A mere coincidence that President 'I won' didn't see fit to do that do that for a year.

This is the man who actually had the nerve to say this:

Now, I understand some of you had some philosophical differences, perhaps, on just the concept of government spending, but as I recall, opposition was declared before we had a chance to actually meet and exchange ideas. And I saw that as a missed opportunity.

The anger displayed here by Obama is pretty obvious.

He makes a number of fascinating points.

He claims that the Republicans' rhetoric has denied them any room to compromise on ObamaCare, because they told a bunch of lies to their fascist wingnut tea party going supporters.

Actually, it wasn't the GOP establishment that put the grassroots against ObamaCare but Zero's obsessive secrecy, the use of taxpayer dollars to bribe senators and the gradual leaking out of exactly what was in this truly awful 2,000 page dung heap of legislation.

Obama actually handled the so-called 'stimulus' better, at least from his point of view. He rammed that through in a matter of days while actually locking every Republican in Congress out of the room while the Democrats dickered on which political allies were going to be rewarded with what.

The complaint Obama makes actually applies much more to himself. It was Obama who deliberately demonized insurance companies, lied about illegal aliens receiving care, made a back room borderline illegal deal with Big Pharma and sold his worshipers on the Left that the public option was the only way to go and that guv'mint run healthcare was a necessity.

It was Obama and his allies who demonized his opposition and staked everything on steamrolling the opposition and getting ObamaCare passed by whatever means necessary to "win" and to prove how macho he was.

Obama's now reduced to expecting the Republicans to cut him some slack and compromise, precisely because he isn't able to.

There's also this little admission on Zero's part:

The last thing I will say, though -- let me say this about health care and the health care debate, because I think it also bears on a whole lot of other issues. If you look at the package that we've presented -- and there's some stray cats and dogs that got in there that we were eliminating, we were in the process of eliminating. For example, we said from the start that it was going to be important for us to be consistent in saying to people if you can have your -- if you want to keep the health insurance you got, you can keep it, that you're not going to have anybody getting in between you and your doctor in your decision making. And I think that some of the provisions that got snuck in might have violated that pledge.

Well how 'bout that. Zero is admitting admitting that Obamacare as passed by the House and/or Senate had some sneaky little language "snuck in", that would have stopped people from keeping their current insurance and/or choosing the doctor they want.

Remember how all during the debate the Wizard of O told us that this wunnerful piece of legislative crap would not allow government to come between citizens and their choice of doctors and insurers? Remember how Zero promised up and down that it wouldn't, while Republicans said it would? Zero just admitted that well, maybe they were right. And that 's the same 'rhetoric that Obama chastized the GOP for today...believe it or not!

It's like the death panels - oh, sorry, the Independent Medical Advisory boards mandated in the bill. It turns out the opponents of Obama care were right about that one too..and that includes a certain ex-governor of Alaska.

Some of Obama's fans on the Angry Left are calling this a victory because of Obama's bogus trash talking. It's hardly that.

Zero just showed the American people who happened to watch how shockingly juvenile,devious and unpresidential he actually is, and the kind of deep down contempt he actually has for them.

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Anonymous said...

Blaming the GOP is a red herring. This whole speech gives new meaning to the term red-baiting.


Anonymous said...

This sounds sorta of defensive, mad that the President eat the republicans lunch???

Freedom Fighter said...

Well said DD.

Anonymous, do you really think blatantly lying on camera and taking advantage of a polite invitation to spout partisan gibberish constitutes a 'victory'?

It will resonate with fring of the Angry left, but not with most Americans.

B.Poster said...

The strategy of the Democrats now seems to be to blame the Republicans for not offering any thing or for wanting Obama to fail. It remains to be seen whether or not this will work. I suspect it won't.

It won't work because: a.)even with the Scott Brown victory the Democrats still have a 59-41 advantage in the Senate and a huge majority in the House. As such, on any policy it should be fairly easy for Mr. Obama and his team to pick off two or three Republicans and thwart a filibuster, b.)the Republicans don't have the numbers in the House or Senate to mount any kind of challenge to any thing Obama and the Democrats might want to do.

As such, blaming the Republicans for thwarting Obama's policies or wanting him to fail is unlikely to work. The Republicans don't have the numbers to mount a challenge to any thing he might want to do. If Obama fails, it will because his policies are bad or because the Democrats put a brake on him. Right now it is a combination of wrong headed polices and Democrats not wanting to go along.