There were several points in yesterday’s health care
photo op summit where the Republicans, particularly Rep. Paul Ryan, were challenging the President with facts and figures. Obama responded by scolding Ryan and saying that he didn’t want “to get bogged down in numbers.”
You know, because facts only get in the way.
I immediately thought of this, which I feel could be genuine secret footage of Barack Obama preparing for the summit:
Aside from the fact that the summit yesterday was among the most excruciatingly boring seven and a half hours since the three Star Wars prequels, I thought that the President did not come off well. He was even more insufferably arrogant than usual, scolding the Republicans for “talking points” because the Republicans stuck with facts while the Democrats recited teary anecdotes about people with ill-fitting dentures and kidney stones. He doubled the amount of air time for the Democrats and claimed that it didn’t count because “I’m the President.” He not-so-gently reminded John McCain that the election was over and McCain had lost when McCain pointed out the difference between Obama the Campaigner’s promises and Obama the Campaigner-In-Chief’s actions. He accused Rep. Eric Cantor of bringing the Senate bill and using it as “a prop.” (Memo to Cantor: next time look him straight in the eye and say, “Mr. President, this is not a prop. This is what we are here to discuss.”)
The summit may have helped the President appear more bipartisan, at least to those people who didn’t actually watch it (and God help me, but I did). But to those who did watch it, I doubt very much whether it changed any minds. The Democrats stuck to their guns, and so did the Republicans. Despite the constant assurances of the Democrats, there was no real common ground reached. There is a massive philosophical divide between the two parties on this issue. Where you stand depends on how you answer this question: Do you believe the Federal Government should control and regulate your health care and make decisions about the type of coverage you have and the type of treatment you receive, or do you believe that health care reform should be based on the free market, allowing you to decide the type of coverage (if any) that you have, and allowing you and your doctor to decide on the type of treatment you receive? For me, that’s the easiest question I’ve ever heard.
Michelle Malkin has a great syndicated column up about this sham of a mockery of a travesty.