Skip to comments.Obama's "Charms" failed to Woo GOP at Summit
Posted on 02/28/2010 5:04:55 AM PST by IbJensen
In an attempt to paint Senator John McCain as bitter over his defeat in the 2008 presidential election, President Obama was blunt during last nights Health Care summit. After McCain articulated some of the GOPs concerns with the health care bill, a cantankerous Obama tells him, Let me just make this point, John, because were not campaigning anymore. The election is over.
Obamas remark tarnished the personae of a diplomatic mediator that he attempted to establish during the summit. Of course, it didnt help that he also dominated the conversation and did little to hide his impatience at the statements from the GOP, even mocking them at times. Needless to say, his behavior has sparked another media frenzy and has Americans once again calling Obama both rude and arrogant.
Ron Fournier of the Washington Post writes that throughout the debate over the health care bill, Republicans have branded Obama as arrogant and overreaching for refusing to drop a health care plan that a majority of voters dont favor.
Aside from the level of arrogance to which Fournier points, Obamas demeanor and remarks throughout the summit betrayed his overall arrogant nature. When Senator Lamar Alexander, (R-Tenn.) commented on Obamas healthcare plan as a car that cant be recalled and fixed, and we ought to start over, Obamas body language revealed his frustration, from his pursed lips down to his smirk and the cradling of his chin.
Likewise, when Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell remarked that the Democrats spoke for 52 minutes during the first portion of the summit while Republicans had a mere 24 minutes of talk time, Obama once again felt the need to remind him that he was president. Youre right. There was an imbalance on the opening statement because Im the president. Fournier adds, Call it home court advantage.
Perhaps the most striking aspect of Obamas seemingly impertinent response to McCains statement was Obamas unwillingness to address the concerns that McCain raised. Instead, he turned to Kathleen Sebelius, his secretary of health and human services, with an inquiry.
This is not the first time Obama has been accused of being rude or arrogant. Just a month ago, during his State of the Union address, Obama receieved a lot of flak for publically reprimanding the Supreme Court justices, an unprecedented act. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) reffered to Obamas remarks as kind of rude.
The impression that Obama may be a bit too haughty and uncouth is not limited to Americans. In March of 2009, Iain Martin of the British publication Telegraph.co.uk addressed Obamas demeaning" disposition during Gordon Browns visit to the Oval Office. Martin wrote, Why couldnt President Obama have put on more of a show for his British guests? He looked like he simply couldnt be bothered. Martin continues by remarking that Obamas treatment of the British PM was exceptionally rude and that Obama spoke with little sincerity.
Despite Obamas inability to win the favor of Americans, and apparently the British, through his "charm," the fact remains that the summit proved to be unsuccessful, and not because of the Presidents arrogance. The Democrats have emerged from the summit as rigid and the Republicans have been labeled obstructionists. More importantly, the Republicans have yet to make the important argument that the best health care reform would be for government to gradually withdraw from health care altogether.
After the 7-hour bipartisan summit on health care reform, Obama concludes by saying, We cannot have another year-long debate about this. So the question that Im going to ask myself and I ask of all of you is, is there enough serious effort that in a months time or a few weeks time or six weeks time we could actually resolve something? He adds, And if we cant, then I think weve got to go ahead and make some decisions, and thats what elections are for.
Strict adherence to the Constitution would do Americans a world of good. It would lead us to far more prosperity than the Progressives (Communist Traitors) could dream of. And that is the point--we don't want them implementing the policies of their dreams. We want the individuals to do that! We want to be the Progressives' nightmare.
What wonderful statesmen these Democrats are.
Obama’s been named Captain Ahab in the Brit press for his obsession with healthcare “change” and inability to govern.
Congressman, Paul Ryan (R) from Wisconsin, nailed him to the floor over and over with words from the Senate Bill. obama had no discussion, or sought meaningful resolution.
To me that said it all.
We have a weak and ineffective president. This country is bigger than him, and he's finding it out rather quickly.
He showed himself to be a petulent child like politician, not the miracle worker and constructive person he desired to demonstrate. All in all it was very boring to watch and one had to be alert to the nuggets of truth that showed through. I think perhaps the GOP could have made more of the fact they had not been consulted about anything prior to that day. Canter had the perfect opportunity when demeaned by Ozero for bringing a “prop”, the actual bill. He could have countered this was the first time they had any input into the pile of crap sitting before him.
I do not believe the GOP came off as “obstructionist”. They merely pointed out what they wanted to see in the bill. Meanwhile, there was never an adequate answer from either Ozero or his fellow travelers how any of those points would or may be addressed, rather, Ozero just wanted to polish the language and try to make a sow’s ear into silk purse. Meanwhile, Ozero and his minions know they have until the New Congress gets seated to get this done if they ever do because many of the pro bill supporters will be GONE in 2011.
Watched every minute of the summit and normally I switch the tv when obango comes on. Just watching obango the commie being taken to the cleaners by some very intelligent
congressmen was worth the sick feeling I get when looking
at the muslim,communist,usurper.
Thank you, for your service in combat in Vietnam and in DC.
After Obama leaves office(which I hope is very soon), I wonder how he will struggle through life without a teleprompter.
Does anyone else think his casual attire at these meetings is demeaning to the Office?
“We didn’t just lower the bar for 0bama; we laid it on the ground.”
Or buried it so low that it is now in China!
I, too, picked up on the 'prop' attempt at slamming. The OP should have said 'Is that what you call it?'
Agreed. Our country has been damaged more by Pennsylvania Avenue than by 14th Street.
Did anyone in the media notice that every Republican had a better speaking ability than Zippy? Zip didn’t have a prompter and was a stuttering fool. Check out Rep Ryan who put together a series of cogent, well organized thoughts and made sense the whole time.
Every thing he does is demeaning including calling everyone by their first name. God, I wish I was there so I could correct him on that issue alone. You don’t go into a meeting with the Chief Justice and call him John nor do you call Senators Mitch.
“Hey Liz, how is England these days?”
Ishmael: Queequeg: ...such behavior isn't Christian. In fact, it's downright pagan and heathenish." Moby Dick
We've found that nothing Obama says is true, every statement, every promise, has an expiration date. His word is not his bond...
Nutsy and Filthy were clowns of oration. Bauchus speaks in fits and starts like someone whose brain is in a state of constant malfunction.
He must wear contacts, otherwise how could a habitual wanker like him get through life?
In print, this comment loses the dripping arrogance with which it was said.
0 has no style, no experience, no substance. It has been elected through the cult of vacuous personality which permeates the political estate, in which truth is transient and sincerity is rehearsed.
He picks his nose on TV!
Obama is a puppet. It’s the puppetmasters that scare the crapola out of me. He’s got another one, the union president that so far has been running things under the radar, coming to the rescue. God save us all.
” . . . and thats what elections are for.
Seems that the Democrats and the liberal media have missed the point that the Bamster has thrown them under the bus in his spoiled-brat, Lucy-Van-Pelt temper tantrum. He wants to have his way and believes everyone else is Charlie Brown.
Not to mention that the commiecraps’ presentation looked like a yuppie group therapy meeting at the asylum blaming their actions on the stories of fake constituents having to wear their dead sister’s false teeth that need their help, terribly....just terribly.
He bobs his head from side to side like a tennis fan, while the Secretary of Steak bobs her head up and down like one of those plastic gooney birds you occasionally see clamped on the edge of a water glass.
Obummer is reading his script while attempting to look natural while the SS is just bobbing up and down until it's her turn to speak.
With all the ciggies this creep sucks I'll bet he smells like an ashtray.
I just wonder if there is any significance to the "white" in the whale as the Brits evaluate our Phony In Chief.
Obama has the charm of the brother-in-law who can’t put down the spiked egg nog at the family Christmas party.
Only an insane person would shove a corpse’s choppers into her maw.
Makes no difference he personally demeans the office.
Looking back a few months from now, that may be the understatement of the year.
Obama is like that girl or guy you pick up in the bar at quarter till closing time. They look darn good then, but you wake up in the morning chewing your arm off.
Any person who is seasoned in the business world has encountered this personality type. Overall, in the end, all but a limited circle of close associates just quiety avoid the person and avoid having to interact with him/her. I suspect that, my now, a large number of both REPUBS and DEMS have decided to just avoid the Odumbo at all costs and to go about doing the best they can under the circumstances. Reid and Pelousy are stuck to Odumbo’s arse, unfortunately.
Sheesh, can’t spell this morning...Sorry
Was Boxer there?
OBAMANOMICS—TRICKLE DOWN DESTRUCTION of the economy
SET THEIR LOCAL AND DC LINES ON FIRE!
Bambi doesn’t keep his promises...so buyer beware!
Sen Scott Brown’s number is 202-224-4543
Capitol Hill switchboard is 202-224-3121
Lots of local demwit phone numbers on this thread
Rename, repackage, rewrite it a tad smaller, and sell another pig in a poke. NO COLAs for granny, retired Military or retired fed employees. BIG NEW fees for Tricare for Life retired over 65 Military’s secondary health ins.
(DOD bill already passed, delayed but goes into effect 2011 NEEDS TO BE REPEALED!
OBAMAs WAR ON SENIORS http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2433867/posts/
New Dem mantra: Woof, woof eat dog food granny....ala let them eat cake. http://www.lifenews.com/bio3058.html
Friday, February 19, 2010
Obama says slight fix will extend Social Security
Health Care Rationing for Seniors Another Problem in New Obama Plan http://www.lifenews.com/bio3058.html
Medicare tax may apply to investment income (ObamaCare tax hike)
SOCIALIZED MED THREAD http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2460358/posts
TRI CARE FOR LIFE This from a google search:
This option would help reduce the costs of TFL, as well as costs for Medicare, by introducing minimum out-of pocket requirements for beneficiaries. Under this option, TFL would not cover any of the first $525 of an enrollees cost-sharing liabilities for calendar year 2011 and would limit coverage to 50 percent of the next $4,725 in Medicare cost sharing that the beneficiary incurred. (Because all further cost sharing would be covered by TFL, enrollees could not pay more than $2,888 in cost sharing in that year.) http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/99xx/doc9925/12-18-HealthOptions.pdf
Bill Would Restrict Veterans Health Care Options 11/06/09
Buyer and McKeon Offer Amendments to Protect Veterans and TRICARE Beneficiaries
Congress plans to block Tricare fee increases
By Rick Maze - Staff writer, Oct 7, 2009
Tricare fee increases imposed last week by the Defense Department will be repealed by a provision of the compromise 2010 defense authorization bill unveiled Wednesday by House and Senate negotiators.
Snip The fee increases were announced on Sept. 30 and took effect on Oct. 1, but the defense bill, HR 2647, includes a provision barring any fee increases until the start of fiscal 2011.
Retired Army Maj. Gen. Bill Matz, president of the National Association for Uniformed Services, said the announcement of fee increases was shocking considering that the Obama administration promised earlier this year to hold off on any new fee Tricare fee increases until fiscal 2011.
President Obama and DoD assured NAUS and the entire military family earlier this year that there would rightly be no increases in any Tricare fees in fiscal 2010, Matz said. We took them at their word, and I cant believe that a co-pay increase like this was allowed to go forward, he added.