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Colleagues tell Barack Obama Down Under trip threatens health reform
Herald Sun ^ | 17 March, 2010

Posted on 03/16/2010 6:51:08 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher

US PRESIDENT Barack Obama is under pressure from colleagues in his own party to ditch the revised trip to Australia, Indonesia and Guam because they fear it will torpedo their landmark healthcare bill.

After eight months of struggle, Mr Obama and backers in his Democratic Party are battling to gain enough support to pass the healthcare legislation.

Friday is viewed as a crucial deadline, but with 26 House Democrats still wavering on the reform there is talk a final vote may not take place until early April.

Mr Obama summoned some of the wavering lawmakers to the White House yesterday for face-to-face discussions.

"For the first time in eight months the President is finally getting his hands dirty, and now he's going to hop on the plane? Please," a Democratic congressman, requesting anonymity, told the Politico.com website.

Another unnamed Democrat said: "This trip is really getting in the way of things."

(Excerpt) Read more at heraldsun.com.au ...


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: australia; byebyebarry; obama; obamacare
I knew Obamacare had an upside somewhere!!!!
1 posted on 03/16/2010 6:51:09 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher
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To: Aussie Dasher

Just go home already and don’t come back!


2 posted on 03/16/2010 6:56:05 PM PDT by irgbar-man (I've been wee-weed up since 1998!)
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To: Aussie Dasher
Friday is viewed as a crucial deadline, but with 26 House Democrats still wavering on the reform there is talk a final vote may not take place until early April.

They don't have the votes!

Let's keep stretching it out. The more time that is spent on this, the fresher it will be in the voters minds in November and the less damage that can be done with the other ideas in the pipeline.

3 posted on 03/16/2010 7:03:06 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: Aussie Dasher

4 posted on 03/16/2010 7:03:25 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: mlocher

If they vote for this pos; they will be living in a hell hotter than th real one.


5 posted on 03/16/2010 7:08:32 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Sounds like they are looking for an excuse for their failure.


6 posted on 03/16/2010 7:20:16 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Aussie Dasher

I see the problem here...’tain’t the man’s trip threatening “healthcare” reform...earth to Dems...where you been for the last year?!!!!


7 posted on 03/16/2010 7:21:41 PM PDT by mo
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I have suspicioned for some days that he will ‘not be able to go to Australia” - and will find an excuse. This may be the smoke screen for it.

I'm sure he is seething at PM Rudd, who has dissed him but good...and succinct. The best put down ever.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/us-president-barack-obama-wont-get-medal-says-kevin-rudd/story-fn3dxity-1225839883115

8 posted on 03/16/2010 7:30:01 PM PDT by maine-iac7
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To: TornadoAlley3
"...Obama... there was a painter! He could paint an entire apartment in ONE afternoon! TWO coats!"

(apologies to Mel Brooks)

9 posted on 03/16/2010 7:41:09 PM PDT by Charles Martel ("Endeavor to persevere...")
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To: Aussie Dasher

What is the purpose of this trip anyway?

Another fling in Air Force 1 ....with no appreciable results for the USA?


10 posted on 03/16/2010 7:56:51 PM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Aussie Dasher

He hasn’t left the USA since December. That is a record for him. Three months took a toll on him. I don’t think he can stand much more time here.


11 posted on 03/16/2010 7:59:55 PM PDT by Brugmansian
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To: freekitty
-- they will be living in a hell hotter than th real one --

Maybe hotter, but the real hell is more tortuous that anything we can imagine.

13 posted on 03/16/2010 8:48:35 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Aussie Dasher

I wonder how many actual days this fool has worked (not campaigned) since taking office.


14 posted on 03/16/2010 8:58:04 PM PDT by scott7278 ("...I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have liked." BHO)
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>>>>”Another unnamed Democrat said: “This trip is really getting in the way of things.”

Which ‘trip’ is that?

If Australian one, I’d say don’t “break a leg”!


15 posted on 03/16/2010 10:43:26 PM PDT by odds
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This is all very odd.

Indonesia is welcoming him and he is going to take this trip at the critical moment of the healthcare debate.

He’s looking tired and drawn, is smoking and drinking too much.

He’s screwing Israel over, thus doing us in.


16 posted on 03/16/2010 10:45:56 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Where’s the indication that Aussies want him to go there? Obama seems the anthesis of everything good about that country—and the aborigines there seem infinitely more admirable.


17 posted on 03/16/2010 11:52:36 PM PDT by mtntop3
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To: Aussie Dasher

I can’t imagine the Aussies, who have taken some pretty tough stances on Muslims and immigration, are all that interested in welcoming him anyway.


18 posted on 03/17/2010 12:01:23 AM PDT by browniexyz
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To: browniexyz

We’re not. We have no idea what he’s coming here for - and don’t really care!


19 posted on 03/17/2010 5:58:17 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: Aussie Dasher

The Aussies aren’t cowards—I love and admire them!! It’s these American Congresscritters knuckling under to Obama’s threats I despise!


20 posted on 03/17/2010 6:55:39 PM PDT by browniexyz
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To: browniexyz

we’ll be better when we get rid of KRudd later this year!


21 posted on 03/17/2010 6:57:26 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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