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Obama: 'It's Been a Week, Folks'

Topics: Barack Obama , Health Care Reform

As is typical for me on Friday afternoon, my circuits are fried after filing my National Journal column (that will appear on Monday). So for today, I want to turn the poll analysis over to the President of the United States.

Yesterday, President Obama offered his own take on why polls on his health care reform act have not shifted in a positive direction since passage (a topic we have explored here, here and here).

I've copied the relevant portion of the official transcript below, but whether you agree or disagree with Obama's argument, the transcript does little justice to the video (h/t Andrew Sullivan).

But the thing is, though, you have to love some of the pundits in Washington. Every single day since I signed the reform law, there's been another poll or headline that said "Nation still divided on health care reform. Polls haven't changed yet." Well, yeah. It just happened last week. (Laughter and applause.) It's only been a week. (Applause.)

Can you imagine if some of these reporters were working on a farm? (Laughter.) You planted some seeds, and they came out the next day, and they looked, and nothing's happened! (Laughter and applause.) There's no crop! We're going to starve! Oh, no! (Applause.) It's a disaster! (Laughter.)

It's been a week, folks. (Laughter.) So before we find out if people like health care reform, we should wait to see what happens when we actually put it into place. Just a thought. (Applause.)

 

Comments
jack:

It's been only a week, Obama says, warning us to wait. but it had not been a day before every liberal blog was touting a USA Today/Gallup poll that found positive reaction to the health care bill. It is only now, when other polls have shown a different direction, that Obama and liberals use the "only been a week" defense. Hypocrites.

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GARY WAGNER:

This man still doesn't have a clue what it takes to be president. It is a disgrace for a president to stand up and mock 55% of the citizens of this country who want this monstrosity of a healthcare disaster repealed.

He doesn't have a clue the firestorm he has started and doesn't care how much fuel he pours on the flames. His arrogant taunts of, "go for it" and "bring it on" might play well to the hand-picked cheering obamazombies that he allows into his campaign rallies but the rest of the country is fed up with a president who has decided to represent only those who vote for him.

He's playing a dangerous game, mocking, taunting, and demonizing his opposition, and telling his supporters to bring a gun to the fight for his socialist agenda. Who is it that has been accused of inciting violence?

Then he has the nerve to go back to the white house and arrogantly declare that the republicans and tea party need to tone it down a notch.

There's big trouble brewing for this summer. Someone needs to calm people down and that is usually the job of president. When is he going to stop campaigning and become our president?

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