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On Obama’s 17-minute, 2,500-word response to woman’s claim of being ‘over-taxed’

April 6, 2010

I looked over this story, and immediately realized that there was just something biblical about it.

First, as it ever should be, the words of the Bible:

Proverbs 10:8 “The wise of heart will receive commands, But a babbling fool will be thrown down.”

Proverbs 14:7 “Leave the presence of a fool, Or you will not discern words of knowledge.”

Proverbs 17:12 “Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, Rather than a fool in his folly.”

Proverbs 17:24 “Wisdom is in the presence of the one who has understanding, But the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.”  Which is to say, the prudent man keeps the word of God continually in view. But the foolish man cannot fix his thoughts, nor pursue any purpose with steadiness.

Proverbs 17:28 “Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips, he is counted prudent.”

Proverbs 18:2 “A fool does not delight in understanding, But only in revealing his own mind.”

Proverbs 26:12 “Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.”

Proverbs 27:22 Though you pound a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, Yet his folly will not depart from him.

Ecclesiastes 5:3 “For the dream comes through much effort, and the voice of a fool through many words.”

Ecclesiastes 10:12 “Words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, while the lips of a fool consume him”

Ecclesiastes 10:14 “Yet the fool multiplies words. No man knows what will happen, and who can tell him what will come after him?”

And now for the words of Obama:

Obama’s 17-minute, 2,500-word response to woman’s claim of being ‘over-taxed’
by Anne E. Kornblut

CHARLOTTE – Even by President Obama’s loquacious standards, an answer he gave here on health care Friday was a doozy.

Toward the end of a question-and-answer session with workers at an advanced battery technology manufacturer, a woman named Doris stood to ask the president whether it was a “wise decision to add more taxes to us with the health care” package.

“We are over-taxed as it is,” Doris said bluntly.

Obama started out feisty. “Well, let’s talk about that, because this is an area where there’s been just a whole lot of misinformation, and I’m going to have to work hard over the next several months to clean up a lot of the misapprehensions that people have,” the president said.

He then spent the next 17 minutes and 12 seconds lulling the crowd into a daze. His discursive answer – more than 2,500 words long — wandered from topic to topic, including commentary on the deficit, pay-as-you-go rules passed by Congress, Congressional Budget Office reports on Medicare waste, COBRA coverage, the Recovery Act and Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (he referred to this last item by its inside-the-Beltway name, “F-Map”). He talked about the notion of eliminating foreign aid (not worth it, he said). He invoked Warren Buffett, earmarks and the payroll tax that funds Medicare (referring to it, in fluent Washington lingo, as “FICA”).

Always fond of lists, Obama ticked off his approach to health care — twice. “Number one is that we are the only — we have been, up until last week, the only advanced country that allows 50 million of its citizens to not have any health insurance,” he said.

A few minutes later he got to the next point, which seemed awfully similar to the first. “Number two, you don’t know who might end up being in that situation,” he said, then carried on explaining further still.

“Point number three is that the way insurance companies have been operating, even if you’ve got health insurance you don’t always know what you got, because what has been increasingly the practice is that if you’re not lucky enough to work for a big company that is a big pool, that essentially is almost a self-insurer, then what’s happening is, is you’re going out on the marketplace, you may be buying insurance, you think you’re covered, but then when you get sick they decide to drop the insurance right when you need it,” Obama continued, winding on with the answer. [That entire droning paragraph full of drivel is ONE sentence, btw].

Halfway through, an audience member on the riser yawned.

But Obama wasn’t finished. He had a “final point,” before starting again with another list — of three points.

“What we said is, number one, we’ll have the basic principle that everybody gets coverage,” he said, before launching into the next two points, for a grand total of seven.

His wandering approach might not matter if Obama weren’t being billed as the chief salesman of the health-care overhaul. Public opinion on the bill remains divided, and Democratic officials are planning to send Obama into the country to persuade wary citizens that it will work for them in the long run.

It was not evident that he changed any minds at Friday’s event. The audience sat politely, but people in the back of the room began to wander off. [People in the front of the room were cursing over the tragic fact that they were sitting in the front of the room].

Even Obama seemed to recognize that he had gone on too long. He apologized — in keeping with the spirit of the moment, not once, but twice. “Boy, that was a long answer. I’m sorry,” he said, drawing nervous laughter that sounded somewhat like relief as he wrapped up.

But, he said: “I hope I answered your question.”

And, of course, I’m sure he didn’t.

For what it’s worth, do you remember how Brett Baier was attacked by the left for interrupting Obama during their interview on Fox News? That 17 minute answer ought to more than tell you why.

I actually quit watching Obama during the campaign.  This man who is billed as the greatest orator who ever lived has a habit of droning on and on without actually saying anything.  He hedges his phrases with so many caveats and exceptions that he never actually seems to come to a meaningful conclusion.  And that’s the primary reason that most people still don’t know who the hell he is or what the hell he truly stands for going on three full years after he started talking to the nation.

I heard Obama say one thing, and then later say a different thing, while saying, “As I’ve been saying,” too many times.

If I want to know what Obama said, I look for a transcript.  He’s reading practically everything he says off a teleprompter; why shouldn’t I read it as well?

The American mainstream media may swoon over Obama (or at least get shivers running up their legs), but Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, would have seen right through him.

“… the voice of a fool through many words.”

Update: Here’s an article entitled, “Obama’s 17 minutes of hate,” which supplies a few corrections to Obama’s blathering rhetoric.

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