03/25/2010 (7:48 pm)
The Hill reports a speech by President Obama in which he challenges Republicans to try to repeal the health care reform act.
“This is the reform that some folks in Washington are still hollering about. And now that it’s passed, they’re already promising to repeal it,” Obama said. “They’re actually going to run on a platform of repeal in November. Well, I say go for it.”
This brings to mind President Bush’s similar moment of bravado, when, on July 1 of 2003 he declared his confidence in US military preparedness for destabilizing attacks in Iraq by saying “Bring it on.”
The most remarkable difference between these two challenges by two Presidents is this:
Obama’s enemies are Americans.
In fact, a Rasmussen telephone poll released today indicates that 55% of Americans polled favor repealing the health care act, 46% of them strongly. So the adversaries that Obama is challenging are the majority of American citizens.
President Bush later regretted the combative tone of his challenge, acknowledging that some around the world got the wrong message. But at least he was challenging America’s enemies.
The President’s speech was delivered in Iowa City, IA, where candidate Obama first announced his health care agenda,
UPDATE: American Elephants linked here (thanks, guys), and also found the video from the speech. Here’s the video:
4 Comments »
Comment by RM
Arrogance, pure and simple. And quite revealing. He and the Dems were hurting and they won a big one at the last second. Now they are riding high and the arrogance and their true colors are showing. He, and they, despise us and hold us in contempt.
I remember George Bush at his inauguration saying to those who voted against him that he respected their point of view, that it was his job to govern responsibly and consider them as his constituents as well, and that he would do his best to be the President of all the people. I’m paraphrasing, obviously, but his message was clear.
Quite a contrast, no?
And one of the most disconcerting things about this (to me, anyway) is that those moderates who voted for him, part of his 52%, seem to still be hanging in to a large extent. What exactly would he have to do for them to say, “Enough, I made a mistake, but never again.”?
Maybe they are just quiet because it’s hard to admit you totally misjudged someone. Or maybe we’re not really such a center right country after all.
Comment by The Elephant's Child
Oh, very good catch, Bob. Isn’t this amazing? The dirty bill is passed, signed, and NOW Obama has to go out and sell it, when some 54 previous speeches did not?
There are a lot of folks who think that what Obama describes is what is in the bill and what the bill will do. Has he not read it, nor has his staff read it? His claims have always been inaccurate, but no one calls him on it.
[...] Plumb Bob notes that the Hill reports a speech by President Obama in which he challenges Republicans to try to repeal the health care reform act: This is the reform that some folks in Washington are still hollering about. And now that it’s passed, they’re already promising to repeal it,” Obama said. “They’re actually going to run on a platform or repeal in November. Well, I say go for it.” [...]
Comment by suek
About that arrogance…check this out. The truth about their goals is finally coming to the surface.