Sunday, September 6, 2009

One More Time, The President Supports a Public Option

Again, Robert Gibbs, on This Week this morning, states, strongly, plainly and without any waffling that I could see, the President supports the Public Option and wants it in the bill he expects Congress to pass.

What more does anyone expect?

Later George Will says.. and I don't have video of that.. you will just have to take my word for it.. that the President has stated this 111 times according to Mark Steyn.

111 times.. Good grief people.. what more can you want?


majii said...

Thanks so much for this. I'm not getting myself upset unnecessarily about a hc reform bill just yet because nothing has been finalized. Some things that have upset me, though, are: the lack of support for the president by some dems in Congress who know that hc reform was a part of our platform that featured strongly in last year's campaign; the tendency of some in our party to give up on the president so easily and to attack him on hc reform when he has stated repeatedly that he supports the PO. I think the president did the right thing by allowing Congress to craft the bills first because it, IMHO, can be used as a rebuttal to the talking point that the president wrote the bill and is trying to shove it down the throats of unwilling Americans. I also think it has been a good move on his part not to address the tea party disruptions and not to confront the members of Congress who are lying about hc reform because I've noticed that everytime Obama says anything, those on the far right distort the meaning of the message. Attacking these liars could also create a useless type of back and forth between the WH and the rw. Sometimes one has to have enough sense to know when and when not to respond. A case in point is the president's message to kids about staying in school, setting goals, and working hard has been changed by some of those on the right into "Obama wants to indoctrinate your kids with his liberal socialist propaganda," which is the farthest thing from the truth. I retired in May after 33 years of teaching high school social studies, and I could have benefitted greatly from having a POTUS speak to my students on a regular basis to inspire them. I just believe that a POTUS can be a leader in many areas, and that focusing on kids' educations is necessary in light of where they stand in many areas when compared to students in other countries. As always, thanks for your no nonsense approach to looking at the issues. We could use more of your type of logic and reasoning rather than that of teevee/radio/other pundits because you cut through the BS while they infuse their own biases into their writing and reporting.

Sue said...

and majii we can use more of your responces too, great read!! Hurry up Wednesday night, I'm excited!!

Mauigirl said...

I'm really looking forward to hearing what he has to say this week. I hope he is emphatic, straightforward and passionate about the subject. He needs to win over his own supporters as much as anyone else, and get them passionate about this too. There don't seem to be enough voices on Obama's side to counteract the ridiculous accusations of the right.

TomCat said...

Thanks for the visit, Annette! I'm now a follower and have you in my blog roll. I haven't given up on him either. In fact, I said so in an article at PP this morning. I guess great minds fall in the same ditch. ;-)