Yesterday, FOX News aired an interview between Special Report's Bret Baier and President Obama. You may remember that FOX News is equal to the devil's spawn in the minds of this White House. Why? It is because FOX News is a bit different that the other news outlets, especially on cable news - FOX actually steps back and doesn't play the role of Obama cheerleader. For this they are ridiculed and trashed by the arrogant Obama personnel and Obama himself. No one loves Barack Obama more than Barack Obama.
This interview was like no other thus far for the president. Why? Baier did his best to not allow President Obama to filibuster with answers and he asked questions for which the president clearly was not prepared. Much of the questioning centered around the process leading to the inevitable vote and the special deal-making involved to twist arms of Democrats, not Republicans. It is his own party, the party with a notable majority in Congress, that is dragging its feet on the legislation. The man clearly does not know the contents of the bill.
As this Pajamas Media piece states, the process has caught the attention of the American people:
This president has been sold to the American people as a former Constitutional law professor. He has been held up as a Constitutional law scholar. As an Illinois state senator, Barack Obama broke the record for voting 'present' instead of yea or nay. The man knows about process. Now, however, he claims the American people don't care about process and that he isn't really interested in the process. Excuse me? Doesn't the Constitution outline the process of lawmaking? Doesn't the Supreme Court rule on laws based on the Constitution?
If nothing else, this political theatre to which the American people have been subjected for over a year proves one thing. Though American education no longer provides a solid background in the subject of civics - now treated as an outdated subject - it is timely and crucial knowledge. Does School House Rock tout the process of 'deeming' a bill instead of actually voting on a bill? No. "I am a bill up on Capitol Hill ......"
President Obama was visibly irritated and petulant. This is much the same reaction he projected during the ballyhooed health care reform summit with the group of Republicans and Democrats that was televised. The Republicans came prepared with ideas and facts. The President and the Democrats did not and it was a disaster for them. They had nothing but sob stories for the television audience. The president did not come across well that day either.
This continuing reaction to any sort of differing opinion does not flatter the man. President Obama hoped to simply hover above the process and not sully himself in the execution. He is not blessed with leadership qualities.
The CBO this morning released its estimate that the bill will cost $640 billion over 10 years. The CBO uses the bill language for estimates. The bill will go online for 72 hours this afternoon, to precede the vote tentatively said to happen Sunday. Will the bill double count the projected Social Security payroll taxes revenue? Or the Medicare cuts? The projected savings of $1 trillion is to be out over 20 years. No one would really be silly enough to believe a 20 year projection of government budget numbers
The president has admitted in the interview yesterday that the big fix needed for Medicare will not be accomplished with this legislation. The truth is Medicare cuts are never produced. Senior citizens are voters and campaign contributors. They are a strong force in the political world.
The argument has gone past substance of the bill language and is now all about the Obama legacy. Democrats are being told if they do not vote for the bill they will in effect take down the Obama presidency.
The president said that if a politician votes no on the bill it is a vote for the status quo. That is his current straw man. He claims the Republicans will vote no because they are happy with the status quo. That flies in the face of the reality of the GOP plans posted online and the acknowledgement of the president during the televised summit that Republicans had some good ideas. He just had no intention of using any of them.
The curtain has been pulled back. The Obama land of Oz, the hopey changey vision of unicorns and marshmallows, the superior morality of the do-gooder in chief is exposed for what it is. The man is a politician from the Chicago machine.
We told you so.