It’s kind of funny. Obama comes out and says:
“Now, let me just start by setting the record straight on a few things I’ve been hearing out here –”
and then proceeds to lie in the name of correcting the record. Keith Hennesy goes into detail on 20 significant factual errors from Obama’s Portsmouth town hall (the link is to the first of 20 parts)
One of his most blatant lies was his statement about AARP:
- “We have the AARP on board because they know this is a good deal for our seniors. (Applause.)”
- “Well, first of all, another myth that we’ve been hearing about is this notion that somehow we’re going to be cutting your Medicare benefits. We are not. AARP would not be endorsing a bill if it was undermining Medicare, okay?”
Obama DOESN’T have AARP – one of the most powerful lobbying organizations in the country – “on board.” AARP has pointedly stated that they haven’t yet endorsed ANYTHING. Obama’s press secretary says Obama merely “misspoke.” But it was a profoundly self-serving “misspeaking.” It’s like the grocery store or the bank: why do the errors always seem to be in their favor?
Obama’s out there “addressing ‘outlandish’ and ‘misleading’ claims about health reform. But my God, he’s one the making the outlandish and misleading claims.
I mean, GEEZ! This former community organizer has been angered that communities have organized. And the Democrats are out demonizing conservatives for organizing even as Obama starts up his new “Organizing for America.” Free speech was the highest form of dissent until Democrats took over everything and started demonizing any dissent. Where do you go to get such naked chutzpah?
At his incredibly organized Portsmouth town hall event, Obama said:
“OK, I’ve only got time for a couple more questions. Somebody here who has a concern about health care that has not been raised, or is skeptical and suspicious and wants to make sure that — because I don’t want people thinking I just have a bunch of plants in here. All right, so I’ve got one right here — and then I’ll ask the guy with two hands up because he must really have a burning question. (Laughter.) All right, go ahead.”
The event was so scripted and so packed with Obama-friendly attenders that he literally couldn’t FIND someone who had a critical question.
What he got was this:
Her question: “I saw — as I was walking in, I saw a lot of signs outside saying mean things about reforming health care. How do kids know what is true, and why do people want a new system that can — that help more of us?”
And if a little girl that cute says that people “outside” are mean, then how can you possibly NOT believe here?
The Boston Globe reported:
Eleven-year-old Julia Hall asked: “How do kids know what is true, and why do people want a new system that can — that help more of us?”
The question opened the door for the president to respond to what he called an “underlying fear” among the public “that people somehow won’t get the care they need.”
Well, who was this little girl, who had been “randomly chosen” to ask a question after being “randomly picked by a computer” to attend the event?
Julia’s mother [Kathleen Manning] was an early Obama supporter and donor in Massachusetts during the presidential election, so she had previously met First Lady Michelle Obama, the Obama daughters Sasha and Malia, and Vice President Joe Biden.
In fact, she actually was a top mucky-muck in the Massachusetts Obama campaign operation.
What a shock that such a little girl with such a liberal Obama-supporting pedigree would be “randomly” selected to ask such a blatant set-up question (How come you’re so wonderful and the people who oppose your plan so evil?). What are the odds that THAT kind of a coincidence would occur?
What are the odds that all the mean people with the mean signs somehow didn’t end up getting their names drawn in that “random” drawing so they could be INSIDE instead?
Given the fact that Obama is so scripted that he doesn’t even sneeze unless he’s told to by his teleprompter, pretty darn good.
The blatant audacity of hypocrisy. These people are demonizing folks who are coming out to tell anybody who will hear them that they don’t want this terrible heath care bill as “plants” and “orchestrated” and “organized” (not to mention “angry mobs” and “racists” and “Nazis”). But the plant simple truth is that these people are so phony that they can only assume that everybody else must be as phony as they are.
As I’ve mentioned before, we get Obama attending a phony, controlled, contrived, choreographed, orchestrated, organized, “Astroturf” town hall filled with plants even as his attack dogs demonize protesters as being “plants” and saying things like:
“I have not said that I was a single-payer supporter”
when he is on record having said:
“I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care program.”
and he is on the record as having said:
“The very first promise I made on this campaign was that as president I will sign a universal health care plan into law by the end of my first term in office.”
“I was for that thing before I said I had never been for that thing.”
You keep on clearing up them “misconceptions” from the other side, Barry Hussein. Never mind all of your lies.
According to a Gallup poll released yesterday, the demonization of ObamaCare protesters has made 34% of Americans more sympathetic to the protests, versus only 21% who are less sympathetic of the protests. Independents are sympathetic to the protesters by a more than than 2-1 margin. And 61% of Americans believe the protests are “appropriate.” Sorry, Nancy Pelosi. I guess your riding in on that broom of yours to throw out swastikas and call Americans “un-American” isn’t working so good for you.
Harry Reid, the corresponding Democrat leader of the Senate, called town hall protesters “evil mongers,” and was clearly quite proud of his creativity. I hope he’s as proud of his next job after he gets voted out of office.
Every poll is showing that support for the Democrats’ health care bill is plunging by the day. Polls are showing that Obama’s own numbers are plunging massively, primarily as a result of his support for ObamaCare and for his demonization of average Americans who oppose his plan. Obama now has only 47% support. He no longer speaks for the country. And he won’t listen as the country shouts at him.
But the less support Obama and the Democrats have, the more rabid they are in demonizing more and more and more ordinary Americans who oppose their agenda.
Democrats keep pounding on conservatives for “organizing.” But 65% of independent voters now disapprove of Obama’s performance.
The Democrats are lying about their health care bill, and they are lying about the people who are increasingly opposing it.
Now, one of the things you’ve been doing in your campaign to change the situation is you’ve been striving for bipartisanship. I think it’s a wonderful idea, but my question is, if the Republicans actively refuse to participate in a reasonable way with reasonable proposals, isn’t it time to just say we’re going to pass what the American people need and what they want, without the Republicans? (Applause.)
But not only have Republicans offered a plan for health care reform, but Fox News reported the irony that a Republican was actually offering a proposal at the very moment that Obama was claiming Republicans weren’t offering “reasonable proposals.” And as for “reasonable,” there frankly aint a whole ought of Americans left who think YOUR proposal is reasonable, Mister President.
What do Republicans want? They agree on seeking to implement cost control measures. They want Congress to reign in the out-of-control and about-to-become-the-Titanic Medicare before we try to nationalize the remainder of our health care system. They want to introduce “tort reform” such as “loser pays” or limiting huge “pain and suffering awards” (while keeping awards for actual damages) to prevent the lawsuits that are eating our medical industry alive. They want to allow private insurance companies to be able to compete with one another across state lines. There are 1300 private health care insurers; why not provide them with competitive incentive to lower their own costs? They want to limit access to free health care to citizens rather than illegal aliens. Republicans would like to see an end to federal and state mandates that require (as one examples) single males to purchase prenatal care and pap smear coverage which add to the costs of plans. It’s not like the Republicans don’t have plenty of proposals; and it’s not like they’re not quite “reasonable” for a statist who wants government control above anything else.
Right now, the Democrats and Barack Obama are doing virtually everything they can – portraying Republicans as offering nothing, demonizing protesters, holding carefully orchestrated events of their own, ridiculing the notion of “death panels” while ignoring the fact that their plan WILL lead to rationing of care and passive euthansia – rather than actually BOTHERING TO DEAL WITH THE FACTS ON HEALTH CARE.
Sarah Palin was demonized for using the term “death panels,” but the egg is on the faces of those who demonized her: she won, they lost. The “death panel” language has been dropped from the Senate version. And word is coming out that many Democrats are backing away from the government system that would actually result in “death panels” altogether.
But you have to understand that Barack Obama is the president who told a woman that her mother might be better off “taking the painkiller” than having life-prolonging surgery. Barack Obama is the man who said this about his own grandmother having a hip replacement that would prolong her quality of life:
Q: And it’s going to be hard for people who don’t have the option of paying for it.
THE PRESIDENT: So that’s where I think you just get into some very difficult moral issues. But that’s also a huge driver of cost, right?
I mean, the chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives are accounting for potentially 80 percent of the total health care bill out here.
Q: So how do you — how do we deal with it?
THE PRESIDENT: …you have to have some independent group that can give you guidance. It’s not determinative, but I think has to be able to give you some guidance. And that’s part of what I suspect you’ll see emerging out of the various health care conversations that are taking place on the Hill right now.
In other words, a death panel.
It’s buried deep within the beaurocracy, but don’t think it won’t become a part of any “public option.”
And Barack Obama is the man who appointed top level officials such as Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, John Holdren, and Cass Sunstein. Cass Sunstein, by the way, has introduced a concept known as the “nudge.” Nudging and tweaking the vaugeries of the law to impose the socialist agenda.
They can blame Republicans all they want, but given their total control over government, it’s THEIR OWN FAULT that they don’t have a health care bill that isn’t anything but a twisted ideological monstrosity.
Stop the lies and the demagoguery, Mr. President. Stop the partisan ideology. If you really want to reform health care, stop demonizing the authentic outrage American people and actually listen to them. Make your reform geninely bipartisan, and don’t offer any more “change” than the people are willing to accept.