- Linkfest Of Last Night's 'Obama Show'
- Hillary Clinton vs North Korea
- The first gasbag in chief spaketh
Posted: 23 Jul 2009 08:34 AM PDT
The Obama show went live last night and you can find the transcript with questions and answers at NYT.
The blogosphere is having a field day with the previously planned informercial where Obama pitches healthcare reform aka Obamacare as is the media, so below are links and headlines for your reading enjoyment.
NYT with "Experts Dispute Some Points in Health Talk."
Wall Street Journal with "ObamaCare in Trouble."
On Monday, the Washington Post/ABC poll reported that 49% of Americans approve of his handling of health care while 44% disapprove. What many people missed is that those who strongly disapprove of the president's approach on health care now outnumber those who strongly approve by 33% to 25%. That presages further decline. Already, 49% of independents disapprove of the president's approach, up from 30% in April, a staggering shift in 11 weeks.
The Politico with "At big moment, Obama goes small"
The president's remarks on his chosen subject, health care, were cautious and choreographed, hemmed in on one side by the calculations of his professional wordsmiths, on the other by the delicacy of negotiations with two houses of Congress.
Despite Democrats attempts to blame Republicans for the delays being seen on getting a vote going on Obamacare, The Weekly Standard has a long list of Democratic politicians who are against Obamacare for one reason or another as well as their full statements as to why they won't vote for it.
Definite must read.
Slate with "Obama's Overreach":
The topic did get changed a bit during the Q & A segment of the Obama show.
NYT again with "Obama Wades Into a Volatile Racial Issue."
Obama: Cambridge police acted 'stupidly' -Ben Smith's Blog headline, to which many are pointing out Barack Obama didn't get the full story before putting his foot in his mouth.
Riehl World View takes the story apart piece by piece, with links.
Distractions aside, did his speech manage to change any monds one way or another? Doubtful.
Did it help give political cover to Democratic politicians that have become weary and wary of the cost factor as well as the controversial abortion issue involved?
Seems he didn't, because as The Hill reports "The House Energy and Commerce Committee canceled its healthcare markup session again Thursday."
The committee began its drafting sessions on Friday and Monday. But they were canceled in the following days as Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) negotiated with Blue Dog Democrats, who've complained the bill doesn't cut enough costs and puts too great a burden on employers.
It looks like the Senate, at least, will not be voting on this issue before their August vacations, which is when the politicians go home and get to face their constituents.
That is you.
Reminder from a previous piece:
Contact your Congressman, let them hear from you, loud and clear... NO Obamacare.
Then Contact your Senators and tell them the same thing, kill Obamacare, trash it and burn it.
Posted: 23 Jul 2009 08:43 AM PDT
North Korea is responding to the work Hillary Clinton has been doing, and they are not pleased with her efforts.
The war of words between North Korea and the United States escalated Thursday, with North Korea's Foreign Ministry lashing out at Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in unusually personal terms for "vulgar remarks" that it said demonstrated "she is by no means intelligent."Good job Hillary, now if ya'll would just please take that same type of stance on Iran.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made statements about Iran Wednesday that are causing a bit of a stir in Israel.
Tough on North Korea but laid back about Iran?
Despite North Korea's assertions, Hillary Clinton is a smart women, certainly smart enough to understand that Iran is a threat to the world of massive proportions.
Her hands may be tied a bit because it is not her administration but Obama's, but someone needs to take this situation in hand, pressure China and Russia and cut Iran off at the knees to stop their nuclear weapons program.
There is no "if" Iran obtains nuclear weapons, they cannot be allowed to do so. Period.
Posted: 23 Jul 2009 08:17 AM PDT
The first gasbag in chief blathered, lectured and mixed in some platitudes. If I actually covered all of the substance in his remarks, I would have blogged a blank page.
eric aka the Tygrrrr Express
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