Saturday, December 19, 2009

Pres. Obama Today On Senate Agreement

Here is the brief statement Pres. Obama made today on the Health Care Reform agreement that was reached today in the Senate.

We still have a ways to go.. It is not done yet... But this is a huge step forward.

The CBO score is in also and it is looking good. Here is the President.

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He also touched on the Climate Change agreement that was reached in Copenhagen yesterday.

One of the things that was interesting was a note from a pool reporter that stated the President "Burst into the meeting between China and Brazil and the security tried to stop him but he wasn't to be stopped." Now does that satisfy everyone that the President can be assertive when he wants to be?

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TomCat said...

I have not been able to analyze the Reid Amendment yet, so I don't know if it damages or helps. I do hope the Senate passes the bill so that it can be improved through merging it with the House bill.

With LIEberman in Connecticut, though, I'm concerned that he may choose to be snowed in all next week

Sue said...

yes Annette he can be assertive :-), LOL! Overall, you know I adore the guy!

morb320 said...

I notice that once again, the president is being blamed for the results of the climate change summit in Copenhagen. This time the criticism comes from Bill McKibben, and it makes me wonder whether they think the president is POTUS or world dictator? It would be interesting to see what kinds of concessions they would get when dealing with almost 200 countries, each with its own agenda? Sometimes I wish it were possible for some people to walk in the shoes of the president. I don't think they'd get very much done. It's easy standing on the outside looking in when you don't really have to wade into the mud to do the actual work.
I think what a lot of progressives have not thought about very much is the importance of getting the hcr bill out of the Senate and into the Conference Committee where changes can be made. As I wrote previously, the pessimism in the liberal blogosphere was wreaking havoc on me. I think sometimes it's better being older because by then you have learned something about patience, and that you don't always get everything you want. Sometimes you have to take baby steps and not look upon those as not taking any steps at all, but then, I'm the classic example of the perennial optimist. I'll either make lemonade or lemon meringue pie with my lemons rather than sit there worrying that all I have are lemons. When you teach school for a living like I did for over 30 years, you get very used to making the best use of limited resources, and it's a career field that requires huge amounts of patience to get things done.