Last Night’s Speech

September 10, 2009

I’m not going to go on and on about Obama’s terrific speech last night, nor I am going to spend too much time or energy dissing Congressthug Joe Wilson, the imbecile who called the President of the United States a liar, in the House Chamber, while Mr. Obama was actually correcting conservative lies (When you follow the link, the facts about illegal immigrants and access to health care — the issue that provoked Wilson’s outburst — is pretty close to the top.  Scroll down to the reference to “Page 50”).  I will say this:  I found it amusing listening to NPR this morning and hearing Republican Senators and Congressmen complaining that Mr. Obama had been “too combative” and “too partisan.”  This after a summer of Republican attacks on “Obamacare” and the use of phrases like “Death panels”, “Socialized medicine”, “Huge government takeover of health care,” and the like.  The President is being too partisan?  Too combative?  No doubt they’d prefer a President who will roll over and allow them to do anything they want with health care legislation, a President who will ignore the fact that Americans elected him by a large majority and gave him equally large majorities in both houses of Congress, based in part on his promise to reform the health care system.  During the campaign, Republicans tried to portray Obama as an inexperienced naif who would be steamrolled by foreign leaders.  Turns out they were wrong.  This man won’t be steamrolled by anyone, including Mitch McConnell and John Boehner.

Two links for you.  One is a great YouTube video that I found at the blog of my friend Christopher Rowe.  Very entertaining.  The other is aterrific article about last night’s address by Paul Begala.  Enjoy!

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