Obama to Dems wavering on health care: “You’re going to destroy my presidency”

posted at 12:06 pm on July 22, 2009 by Allahpundit

Like I told you the other day: It’s all about the O. Isn’t it always?

Grassley said he spoke with a Democratic House member last week who shared Obama’s bleak reaction during a private meeting to reports that some factions of House Democrats were lining up to stall or even take down the overhaul unless leaders made major changes.

“Let’s just lay everything on the table,” Grassley said. “A Democrat congressman last week told me after a conversation with the president that the president had trouble in the House of Representatives, and it wasn’t going to pass if there weren’t some changes made … and the president says, ‘You’re going to destroy my presidency.’”

Consider this a complete vindication of DeMint’s point, which Obama pretended to take such offense at, that if the GOP defeats ObamaCare “it will be his Waterloo, it will break him…” Evidently The One couldn’t agree more, and with good reason. If he can’t deliver on his centerpiece policy goal with bulletproof majorities in Congress, not only will it haunt him in 2012 but he’ll have to reconsider the public’s appetite for the whole Hopenchange/Great Society agenda. Failure wouldn’t destroy his presidency so much as it would destroy his presidency as he imagined it; he’d have to remake himself as a sort of Clintonian centrist and become the “pragmatist” all those thoughtful conservatives like David Brooks and Christopher Buckley promised us he’d be before he was sworn in and started pushing 13-digit deficits.

Here’s Krauthammer from last night’s “Special Report” explaining the stakes and why, in the end, Obama will swallow whatever watered-down crap Congress hands him. Hint: It’s all about the O.


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Ted Torgerson on July 22, 2009 at 2:18 PM

Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper Community Organiser, now, about to become the Masters champion POTUS. It looks like a mirac… It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole!

DamnYankee on July 22, 2009 at 3:29 PM

Republicans are fighting this to save their skins. Their opinions of the actual policy arent particularly relevent to them. To them, the most important thing is that Obama fails, regardless of what he’s trying to do for the American people. Dont believe me?

orange on July 22, 2009 at 3:12 PM

It’s not really a matter of believing you, dumbshit. We just think you’re a stupid, partisan leftist who just makes arguments to argue. Go away you waste of air.

Jaibones on July 22, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Obama HIMSELF is destroying his presidency.

afotia on July 22, 2009 at 3:33 PM

“and if my people would repent and call me by name, I shall heal their land….”

–God…

ted c on July 22, 2009 at 1:13 PM

Amen.

redwhiteblue on July 22, 2009 at 3:34 PM

just like a child to blame others on his own position…

ted c on July 22, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Pride goes before the fall….

ted c on July 22, 2009 at 3:41 PM

Sean hannity just said the President is afraid of the values he says he represents. He mentioned he is fearful of a substantive debate on this healthcare issue.

ted c on July 22, 2009 at 3:42 PM

orange on July 22, 2009 at 3:12 PM

Please, purchase a copy of The Constitution of The United States of America. Read it repeatedly until you really understand it. Then read it one more time, remembering that real people wrote it at great peril to themselves. If you do this, I don’t believe you will come back here and spew your venom against people who are vigorously defending America and our beloved Constitution.

redwhiteblue on July 22, 2009 at 3:53 PM

“Faster Please”

chemman on July 22, 2009 at 4:02 PM

The thing that really destroyed Obama’s presidency was that joke of a stimulus package. Having fallen into that trap with his eyes and arms wide open (who would have thought Congress couldn’t be trusted?), is it any wonder he thinks passing this joke of a healthcare “reform” will SAVE his presidency?

Infidoll on July 22, 2009 at 4:06 PM

Oh my gosh. If you don’t stop that you’ll ruin my sweet 16 presidency!

Rightwingguy on July 22, 2009 at 4:22 PM

Obama to Dems wavering on health care: “You’re going to destroy my presidency”

One can only hope…

uncivilized on July 22, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Rush said something today that really hit home; The One managed to ram the stimulus bill through without anyone really knowing what the hell was in it…it had to be done now, now, now. And so far, nothing. Imagine what would have happened if ObamaCare had been the first course of the crap buffet that has been this presidency.

uncivilized on July 22, 2009 at 4:39 PM

orange on July 22, 2009 at 3:12 PM

Please, purchase a copy of The Constitution of The United States of America.

redwhiteblue on July 22, 2009 at 3:53 PM

orange, please don’t be yellow and take the advice of redwhiteblue.

RepubChica on July 22, 2009 at 4:42 PM

So. How awesome is tonight’s infomercial going to be?

John_Locke on July 22, 2009 at 4:46 PM

Take your choice Dems, destroy his presidency or destroy the nation . . . your call.

rplat on July 22, 2009 at 4:50 PM

So. How awesome is tonight’s infomercial going to be?

John_Locke on July 22, 2009 at 4:46 PM

He’d better not be going against “So you think you can dance”, or else he won’t be heard at all.

littleguy on July 22, 2009 at 4:51 PM

Republicans are fighting this to save their skins. Their opinions of the actual policy arent particularly relevent to them. To them, the most important thing is that Obama fails, regardless of what he’s trying to do for the American people. Dont believe me?

orange on July 22, 2009 at 3:12 PM

I’m completely down with the Republican approach, regardless of the reasons. The most important thing is that Obama fails, and fails so badly that he’s never a concern again.

Sugarbuzz on July 22, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Mr. President, you’re going to ruin my country.

jimmy2shoes on July 22, 2009 at 4:53 PM

He does not need nay help from any one. He is doing a fine job of destroying his presidency(and the country)on his own.

bayview on July 22, 2009 at 4:55 PM

…. is there a problem?

VTWaldrup on July 22, 2009 at 4:55 PM

So, where are all the doctors on this issue? How come they aren’t howling in protest?

They are, you’re just paying attention. Not only do we understand how devastating this is going to be to our health care system, but we’re pissed as hell that we aren’t being consulted. And no, speaking to the AMA doesn’t count, since the majority of physicians refuse to be members of the AMA. The AMA has spoken out for socialized medicine for many years.

eyedoc on July 22, 2009 at 4:56 PM

They are, you’re just NOT paying attention.

Fixed my own damn post, duh.

eyedoc on July 22, 2009 at 4:58 PM

“Inefficiency is Obama’s Signature Achievement.”–Krauthammer

/FOX panelist a Benjamin Button Brad Pitt look alike.

maverick muse on July 22, 2009 at 4:58 PM

I wouldn’t say that this is Bambi’s “Waterloo”, but I would say that this could well be his “Moscow, 1812.”

Matt Helm on July 22, 2009 at 4:59 PM

He’s dealing with health care they way he dealt with the stimulus (and it’s how he’s handling cap-and-trade): Letting Congress write the bills on their own, which produces crap.

But this is what we get for electing a guy who had NO legislative accomplishments to speak of before becoming president.

It’s cruise control from here on out.

rockmycar on July 22, 2009 at 4:59 PM

tea party patriot alert! Pelosi says she cut a deal. Please man the phones and emails!

full list of the swing critters to contact here

The calls you have been making this week are having an impact. Unfortunately, it seems that our voices are simply not quite loud enough. Speaker Pelosi has said that she has the votes to move the Health Care bill. So, we have to step it up a little bit more. Will you please join us in emailing the Chiefs of Staff of the following moderate to conservative Democrats?

It is best if you email the Congressional members that are in your state and/or in your specific district. In the email ask the Chief of Staff to certify that their Member will NOT vote for the Health Care bill. You can your state the reasons why this bill is not a good bill for Americans.

Be sure to let the Chief of Staff know who you are in your community whether you are a stay at home mom, a small business owner, or a community leader and the impact of the government take over of our health care to your organization (loss of jobs, increased taxes, etc.).

ginaswo on July 22, 2009 at 5:02 PM

orange, please don’t be yellow and take the advice of redwhiteblue.

RepubChica on July 22, 2009 at 4:42 PM

And by all means, stop betting on black. Common sense is there, somewhere. Grasp it, harness it, let it empower you. You can do it! Yes you can, yes you can, yes y……

jimmy2shoes on July 22, 2009 at 5:02 PM

HR 4460 Health Care Choice Act

House GOP Health Care Solutions Group
Chairman Roy Blundt, MO

Discussion @ Ace pointed out that Health Care is not the issue, Insurance is the issue. And Health Insurance is not a right, and is not a privilege. It is a service that we purchase. /tinian

maverick muse on July 22, 2009 at 5:02 PM

I hope you seniors are paying attention and cancel their AARP membership. Shameful AARP.

luvstotango on July 22, 2009 at 5:02 PM

forgive me but here are the tier 1 in priority of importance to contact:

Tier 1: Conservative to Moderate Democrats who are on Energy and Commerce in the House

If Energy and Commerce does not vote the bill out of Committee, then it will force Speaker Pelosi to bring the bill to the floor of the House without the Committee’s approval. Politically, this does not look good for Speaker Pelosi because she will be ignoring the will of her committees.

Please remember to record the number of emails, faxes, and calls you are making.

1. Rep. Boucher of VA Chief of Staff: Becky Coleman email: rebecca.coleman@mail.house.gov
2. Rep. Sutton of OH Chief of Staff: Nichole Reynolds email: nichole.reynold@mail.house.gov or nichole.reynolds@mail.house.gov
3. Rep. Stupak of MI Chief of Staff: Scott Schloegel email: scott.schloegel@mail.house.gov
4. Rep. Braley of Iowa Chief of Staff: Sarah Benzing email: sarah.benzing@mail.house.gov
5. Rep. Mike Ross of AR Chief of Staff: Drew Goesl email: drew.goesl@mail.house.gov
6. Rep. Baron Hill of IN Chief of Staff: John Zody email: john.zody@mail.house.gov
7. Rep. John Barrow of GA Chief of Staff: Ashley Jones email: ashley.jones@mail.house.gov
8. Rep. Charlie Melancon of LA Chief of Staff: Joe Bonfiglio email: joe.bonfiglio@mail.house.gov
9. Rep. Bart Gordon of TN Chief of Staff: Donna Pignatelli email: donna.pignatelli@mail.house.gov
10. Rep. Jim Matheson of UT Chief of Staff: Stacey Alexander email: stacey.alexander@mail.house.gov
11. Rep. Zack Space of OH Chief of Staff: Stuart Chapman email: stuart.chapman@mail.house.gov

ginaswo on July 22, 2009 at 5:04 PM

You’re going to destroy my Presidency.

Make it so.

atheling on July 22, 2009 at 5:05 PM

Obama HIMSELF is destroying his presidency.

afotia on July 22, 2009 at 3:33 PM

Obama is destruction.

maverick muse on July 22, 2009 at 5:06 PM

What? Barely seven months on the job, only trillions into spending away our futures, and old Hopenchange is a lame duck?

I’ll buy a bucket full of that!

…but, given his “community organizer” (read: communist) background, consider that he asks for the moon and quietly gets the stratosphere, which was his goal…or, rather, he doesn’t get all he wants, but he gets the machine in place to wear us down until he and his cronies have it eventually…he doesn’t have to win…he just has to lose creatively….

…after all, we’re still living with the legacies of Woody Wilson, LBJ and FDR…you only need the system in place…that and persistence and inertia takes over after that….

Puritan1648 on July 22, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Republicans are fighting this to save their skins. Their opinions of the actual policy arent particularly relevent to them. To them, the most important thing is that Obama fails, regardless of what he’s trying to do for the American people. Dont believe me? Re-read the above links.

orange on July 22, 2009 at 3:12 PM

It is to laugh. Look at the polls, silly man. It’s Obama who doesn’t give a sh*t about the policy details or public opinion. You need to look at this as Obama’s Iraq War: Something he is railroading across widespread public opposition on purely ideological grounds. How well did that work out for Bush?

Look, you paid trolls need to give it a rest. We’ve all heard the message ad infinitum and it doesn’t wash. Obama is the one who is foisting this on us without a thought in the world of how it will impact real working stiffs, who have said repeatedly in polls that we don’t want socialized medicine; we’re just fine, thank you; lay off our health care; go suck a lemon, etc.

evergreen on July 22, 2009 at 5:18 PM

You’re going to destroy my Presidency.

and the Lord looked at that and said, “It is good.”

ted c on July 22, 2009 at 5:22 PM

Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

ObamatheMessiah on July 22, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Republicans are fighting this to save their skins. Their opinions of the actual policy arent particularly relevent to them. To them, the most important thing is that Obama fails, regardless of what he’s trying to do for the American people. Dont believe me?

orange on July 22, 2009 at 3:12 PM

Oh, darn it. Too bad that public opinion sides with the Republicans on this one. And on the stimulus, too. And on cap-and-trade. “Fighting to save their skins”? That’s Obama and Dems in Congress.

ddrintn on July 22, 2009 at 5:24 PM

Allahpundit: Like I told you the other day: It’s all about the O. Isn’t it always?

Yes, sir. You are correct again.

Loxodonta on July 22, 2009 at 5:28 PM

Barackicide

faraway on July 22, 2009 at 5:30 PM

But, but, but, you’re gonna destroy my presidency dangit. Waaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh. It’s not fair! And if this does not friggin stop, I’m gonna hold my breath. Nyah!

FlyoverJ-HawkFan on July 22, 2009 at 5:33 PM

better his presidency than our country

robo on July 22, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Failure wouldn’t destroy his presidency so much as it would destroy his presidency as he imagined it; he’d have to remake himself as a sort of Clintonian centrist and become the “pragmatist” all those thoughtful conservatives like David Brooks and Christopher Buckley promised us he’d be before he was sworn in and started pushing 13-digit deficits.

Paging Dick Morris and David Gergen…

ddrintn on July 22, 2009 at 5:35 PM

The Health Care Reform bill that Barry wanted:

One backward step for health care, one giant leap for socialism.

The health Care Reform bill that Barry ends up getting:

Take two aspirin and recall me in 2012.

Loxodonta on July 22, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Obama HIMSELF is destroying his presidency.

afotia on July 22, 2009 at 3:33 PM

F*%K his presidency! This zealot is a menace to society.

Dukehoopsfan on July 22, 2009 at 5:38 PM

The Mad Marxist strikes again

faraway on July 22, 2009 at 5:40 PM

“You’re going to destroy my presidency”

Finally a ray of light breaking through the darkness. Praise be to God.

DeathB4Tyranny on July 22, 2009 at 5:40 PM

Yes, please.

Vashta.Nerada on July 22, 2009 at 5:43 PM


and if my people would repent and call me by name, I shall heal their land….”

–God…

ted c on July 22, 2009 at 1:13

PM
Amen.

redwhiteblue on July 22, 2009 at 3:34 PM

+1

CynicalOptimist on July 22, 2009 at 5:44 PM

“You’re going to destroy my presidency”

Which only goes to prove he lied when he said it wasn’t about him.

CynicalOptimist on July 22, 2009 at 5:46 PM

Yes please, and hurry.

bbh on July 22, 2009 at 5:47 PM

Obamacare: “creating more dead Americans than an Al Qaeda nuclear attack”

elduende on July 22, 2009 at 6:06 PM

“You’re going to destroy my presidency”

Obama needs no help, he doing a good enough job himself.

Johan Klaus on July 22, 2009 at 6:09 PM

“You’re going to destroy my presidency”

“Don’t make me schmmoo in my Mom Jeans! Vote for my bill or I’ll schmoo in the Jeans!”

Key West Reader on July 22, 2009 at 6:14 PM

Take your choice Dems, destroy his presidency or destroy the nation your party . . . your call.

rplat on July 22, 2009 at 4:50 PM

There, fixed that. Now maybe the Dems will be concerned. You know most of them don’t give a fig about the nation.

Kevin71 on July 22, 2009 at 6:23 PM

So his concern is his presidency and how this affects him, not the affect on the citizens.

Glad he cleared that up for us. /sarc

Chitownmom on July 22, 2009 at 6:24 PM

I wouldn’t say that this is Bambi’s “Waterloo”, but I would say that this could well be his “Moscow, 1812.”

Matt Helm on July 22, 2009 at 4:59 PM

Good analogy.

Sapwolf on July 22, 2009 at 6:30 PM

Re:Drudge,

OBAMA TONIGHT: ‘So let me be clear: This isn’t about me. I have great health insurance, and so does every Member of Congress’… Developing…

What an idiot.

portlandon on July 22, 2009 at 6:32 PM

“I won damnit! I’m POTUS! You all have to do what I say!”

Captain Queeg on the stand.

Let’s all pull a Fletcher Christian and toss this psycho overboard.

Sapwolf on July 22, 2009 at 6:32 PM

that’s funny
one guy overheard another, un-named guy report what the prez “reportedly” said.
Take it to the bank!

greataunty on July 22, 2009 at 7:23 PM

THIS JUST IN!!!!
Hank Johnson, a truckdriver in Wasilla, confirmed that his wife heard S.P’s hairdresser report that S.P. smoked crack with Levi’s mom while Trig was left in the truck( a dualee)!!!
Take it to the bank Foxnews!!

greataunty on July 22, 2009 at 7:32 PM

which only GOES TO PROVE that everyone in Alaska smokes crack. I KNEW IT!

greataunty on July 22, 2009 at 7:36 PM

We have it in our blood to fight off enemies, we have it in our destiny to preserve freedom, we have it in our blood to fend off this. It’ll take time, but we’ll get to it. have faith young jedi, have faith.

ted c on July 22, 2009 at 1:09 PM

General Philip Hayes, “invaded” Philadelphia with troops, back in WWII, to break a strike by the union, because it was hurting the war effort. We’re still fighting unions, but our president is now the enemy.

Obama, you’re no FDR. We’re coming to get you…it’s deep in our DNA as Americans you SOB!

luvstotango on July 22, 2009 at 7:39 PM

I never would have thought when 16 and humming ABBA’s ‘Waterloo’ I was actually humming the Obama Administration’s theme song. Life is funny sometimes… unless you are BHO!

YouTube – ABBA – Waterloo

Brizzy29 on July 22, 2009 at 7:56 PM

‘You’re going to destroy my presidency.’”

GOOD, I would rather your Presidency be destroyed, than my Country. I can accept a President going down in flames, we can recover from that. The Nation, should it go down in flames, is not an easy fix.

52% of America elected an ego, I hope they are starting to realize the error of their ways. Those who don’t, are true leftists, or are awaiting their “free money”.

Is not the President supposed to serve US? We know they all serve themselves, but jeeeze, this guy is on a full court press to Marxism. He circumvents the system at every turn. At some point the people have to put the brakes on this clown. Congress needs to put the brakes on this clown!

I fear what they are pushing us toward, it won’t be pretty, it may get bloody. In Washington, all is well, good jobs, good pay, they forget that the rest of the Country is hurting, or they don’t care. They throw scraps as they reap millions, they get votes, but we pay for them, sounds like a perfect system, for an oligarchy.

M-14 2go on July 22, 2009 at 8:01 PM

Talk about our whiner-in-chief, he takes a big step up here

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=076_1248168842

stacy on July 22, 2009 at 8:02 PM

Mr. President, you’re going to ruin my country.

jimmy2shoes on July 22, 2009 at 4:53 PM

I think that’s his plan jimmy2shoes.

scotash on July 22, 2009 at 11:30 PM

Oh, and Senator Demint who started this whole Obama freak-out Waterloo thing is a big Romney fan by the way.

scotash on July 22, 2009 at 11:36 PM

DamnYankee on July 22, 2009 at 3:29 PM

Brilliant!!!

alohapundit on July 23, 2009 at 1:59 AM

Mr President — boo freaking hoo!

Mulligan on July 23, 2009 at 9:46 AM

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