White House: ObamaCare opponents lying by … using Obama’s own words

posted at 11:15 am on August 4, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The White House has decided to fight back against the release of a video by Naked Emperor News with some video warfare of its own to defend Barack Obama on his health-care reform plans.  Entitled “The Truth about Health Care Insurance Reform,” itself a change from what used to be called “health-care reform,” the video features former news reporter Linda Douglass accusing Obama’s opponents of scare tactics.  Politico’s Mike Allen reports that Douglass and the White House accuse NEN and others of “cherry picking” quotes to make Obama look as though he favors single-payer systems and wants to use the public plan as a Trojan horse to implement it:

“Hi. I’m Linda Douglass. I’m the communications director for the White House Office of Health Reform, and one of my jobs is to keep track of all the disinformation that’s out there about health-insurance reform. And there are a lot of very deceiving headlines out there right now, such as this one — take a look at this one. This one says, ‘Uncovered Video: Obama Explains How His Health Care Plan Will Eliminate PRIVATE Insurance.’

“Well, nothing can be farther from the truth. You know the people who always try to SCARE people whenever you try to bring them health-insurance reform are at it again. And they’re taking sentences and phrases out of context, and they’re cobbling them together to leave a VERY false impression. The truth is that the president has been talking to the American people a LOT about health-insurance reform and what is at stake for them.

“So what happens is that because he’s talking to the American people so much, there are people out there with a computer and a lot of free time, and they take a phrase here and there — they simply cherry-pick and put it together, and make it sound like he’s saying something that he didn’t really say.”

Douglass seems to have taken to her role as a propagandist rather well for someone who worked as a supposedly objective reporter for so long. How difficult is it to look through the first 64 seconds of the video Douglass attempts to rebut to find what Obama really had to say about single payer in 2003, while Obama prepared to run for the US Senate?

“I happen to be a proponent of single-payer, universal health care plans.”

Or perhaps this at 50 seconds, from 2007 while Obama was running for President:

“But I don’t think we’re going to be able to eliminate employer coverage immediately. There’s going to be potentially some transition process. I can envision a decade out, or 15 years out, or 20 years out.”

What did Obama say here? He says that he wants to eliminate employer coverage over a transition period, and that he favors a single-payer system. If Obama has ever walked back either of those two statements made as a candidate for two national political offices, I’ve yet to hear it. Instead of explaining some sort of evolution in Obama’s thinking on these points, Douglass attempts to propagandize by claiming that people who saw these clips didn’t hear Obama say exactly what he did. It’s the equivalent of a Jedi mind trick, only it’s the weak-minded trying to conduct the trick.

I’ve received a lot of e-mail this morning about this article, with ire directed at Mike Allen for not making more clear the disconnect between Douglass’ attack and the clips of Obama supporting single-payer health-care systems. Earlier, I contacted Allen for his response to the criticism:

The article was a news account disclosing the White House’s video response to a video that had been posted on Breitbart.tv and linked on the Drudge Report. I transcribed the part of the Breitbart video referred to in Drudge’s headline a) for clarity — so readers could see what was being debated; and b) for balance, so that we wouldn’t just have the White House side of it. And we linked to both videos, so people can make up their own minds. We’ll continue to report this story as we learn of new developments.

I think it would have helped to get more of the NEN video transcribed and into the Politico piece. However, the focus of the story was the White House pushback, which was newsworthy in itself (and a feather in NEN’s cap, needless to say). Politico could have hosted both videos as well, but that wouldn’t have been Allen’s call, anyway. They did link directly to the NEN video to give readers access to the argument.


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These aren’t the videos you’re looking for

CMonster on August 4, 2009 at 11:17 AM

What he meant to say was………..

ICBM on August 4, 2009 at 11:18 AM

healthcare will pass. The dems have the votes to do it.

liberal343 on August 4, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Obama certainly has the ability to talk out of both sides of his mouth like no other politician.

Luckily, some of us have brains and common sense and can see through his B.S. If only the other 52% of the nation were so wise……

Yakko77 on August 4, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Let him be clear…

Brat on August 4, 2009 at 11:19 AM

If insurance is so EVIL, Mr Obama, why don’t we work to make health care less dominated by insurance…like in the good old days when health care was much cheaper?

jgapinoy on August 4, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Hmmmmm, whom should we believe? Obama’s lying PR hacks, or our own lying eyes and ears?

Tough choice./

AZCoyote on August 4, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Somebody sent me this email link. I wonder if it’s true.
The first lady’s 20 attendants

maynila on August 4, 2009 at 11:20 AM

This is not the self Obama thought he knew.

ZJPolitical on August 4, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Let’s all say it together….H Y P O C R I S Y

ohiobabe on August 4, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Barney Frank says public option will lead to single payer.

But let’s assume that Obama -honestly- believes that it will not lead to that, okay?

Other people who support the public option say it will and in fact, hope it does lead to single payer. And they are the ones who are actually writing the bill. Not Obama.

So they know something he doesn’t, right? Why is he allowing himself to be in the dark over such an important part of the bill?

It’s either that, or he does realize it’ll lead to single payer. And can’t admit it. So, he’s lying.

Which is better, socialists? That he’s a dumb ass who doesn’t know his bill or he’ll lie out its intent?

lorien1973 on August 4, 2009 at 11:21 AM

healthcare will pass. The dems have the votes to do it.

liberal343 on August 4, 2009 at 11:19 AM

we’ll then why no vote before the aug break?

SHARPTOOTH on August 4, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Question: How do you know Obama is lying???

Answer: His Teleprompter is turned on!

SDarchitect on August 4, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Enter the bureaucrats, the true rulers of the Republic, and on the payroll of the Democrats I might add. This is where the conservative’s strength will disappear.

CMonster on August 4, 2009 at 11:22 AM

Can a president be impeached for being stupid?

Clinton was impeached for lying about being horny…..

izoneguy on August 4, 2009 at 11:22 AM

“Let me be perfectly clear…..I want to destroy private insurance.”

portlandon on August 4, 2009 at 11:22 AM

healthcare will pass. The dems have the votes to do it.

liberal343 on August 4, 2009 at 11:19 AM

That’s not the point…
If they’re blatantly lying about this what else are they deceiving us about that they don’t even have to blatantly lie about?

Or do you not even care?

Skywise on August 4, 2009 at 11:22 AM

Notice how she never denies what he said in 2003. Just newer clips where he says something different today. This just shows he’s a flip flopper of epic proportions at best, or he’s lying though his teeth now (probably) to get it passed. Then years down the line he will be saying, oops, my bad, I really did mean what I said in 2003.

DailyTrackingPoll on August 4, 2009 at 11:23 AM

When he said he WAS IN FAVOR of a single-payer universal healthcare plan, he OBVIOUSLY meant that he was NOT IN FAVOR of a single-payer universal healthcare plan… Seriously, how could we ALL be so stupid…. Clearly, this a racist attack against the integrity and veracity of our Community Organizer in Chief!!!

Delaware Vol on August 4, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Why isn’t RNC/GOP making a big deal out of this video? Where are the attack ads?

promachus on August 4, 2009 at 11:24 AM

I do not know how much longer I can hold off the vote my friends. More and more congressmen are joining the conservatives.

CMonster on August 4, 2009 at 11:24 AM

And they’re taking sentences and phrases out of context, and they’re cobbling them together to leave a VERY false impression.

John Kerry often contradicted himself in the same sentence or the words immediately following.

Obama’s contradictions happen several paragraphs later, or a few pages later, or an hour later, or a few days later, or a few months later.

Rev. Wright, a long time friend and mentor of Obama is proven correct; Obama is a politician, and he will say what he needs to say. He will say what people want to hear. He will use words that mean different things to different audiences. Obama has bragged that ‘he has a talent’, and that he is a mirror; people see in him what they want to see.

Skandia Recluse on August 4, 2009 at 11:24 AM

Which is better, socialists? That he’s a dumb ass who doesn’t know his bill or he’ll lie out its intent?

lorien1973 on August 4, 2009 at 11:21 AM

+1000

ladyingray on August 4, 2009 at 11:24 AM

But who would have the courage to suggest such a radical amendment?

CMonster on August 4, 2009 at 11:25 AM

words just words…

right4life on August 4, 2009 at 11:25 AM

Linda acted stupidly.

faraway on August 4, 2009 at 11:26 AM

Liar! Liar! Liar!.
how many lies does BO tell in a day?
so many that they become truth

hawkman on August 4, 2009 at 11:26 AM

It is with great reluctance that I have agreed to this calling. I love democracy. I love the Republic. The powers you give me I will lay down when this crisis has be abated! My first act, with this new authority, is to create Single Payer Healthcare for the Republic, to counter the increasing threat of the conservatives

CMonster on August 4, 2009 at 11:26 AM

Why would The White House respond directly to this? It will just push the video around more and make people want to know what the White House is responding too?

Their logic if flawed. It’s Obama’s own words. He is speaking them on tape. It needs no interpretation.

portlandon on August 4, 2009 at 11:27 AM

Linda Douglass: The fresh face of tired ideas.

SouthernGent on August 4, 2009 at 11:27 AM

Sorry lady Barack Obama has already proven himself to be a lying scum bag and no matter how hard you try and spin his policy intent he is still a lying scum bag, will always be a lying scumbag and has absolutely no credibility what so ever.

Dreadnought223 on August 4, 2009 at 11:27 AM

healthcare will pass. The dems have the votes to do it.

libturd666 on August 4, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Yes, thank you. We heard you the first 800 times. You can surf back to Kos now.

CurtZHP on August 4, 2009 at 11:27 AM

healthcare will pass. The dems have the votes to do it.

liberal343 on August 4, 2009 at 11:19 AM

And war will start. No hyperbole, son. Bring your britches when you pass BarryCare. You’ll see the Nullification Act on steroids get passed in serveral states. Good luck calling in the community organizers that’ll stop that.

Limerick on August 4, 2009 at 11:28 AM

It’s the equivalent of a Jedi mind trick, only it’s the weak-minded trying to conduct the trick.

Mos Eisley Spaceport The Obama Administration…you’ll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villany.

Disturb the Universe on August 4, 2009 at 11:28 AM

“I happen to be a proponent of single-payer, universal health care plans.”

This is completely taken out of context. Let me be perfectly clear……this is not what I meant to say.

/

Rovin on August 4, 2009 at 11:29 AM

former news reporter Linda Douglass

Funny thing is…they are ALL “former news reporters.”

CurtZHP on August 4, 2009 at 11:29 AM

Linda acted stupidly.

faraway on August 4, 2009 at 11:26 AM

I remember Linda Douglass when I lived in L.A. she was a liberal hack back then too.

grapeknutz on August 4, 2009 at 11:29 AM

promachus on August 4, 2009 at 11:24 AM

Hard to put out ads when their head is crammed up their ass.

And they are apologizing for the Obama Joker (I have the vapors!) poster.

lorien1973 on August 4, 2009 at 11:29 AM

Spread this far and wide.

powerpro on August 4, 2009 at 11:29 AM

healthcare will pass. The dems have the votes to do it.

liberal343 on August 4, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Does it not bother you at all that you are being lied to?
The point is :
Why do you liberals have to hide your real agenda?

Amadeus on August 4, 2009 at 11:29 AM

“Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain! The Great Oz has spoken.”

Christian Conservative on August 4, 2009 at 11:30 AM

Poor propaganda is worse than none.

“Hey, which end does the bullet thingy come out of?”

Akzed on August 4, 2009 at 11:30 AM

I have the power to save the one you love!

CMonster on August 4, 2009 at 11:30 AM

If they have the votes to do it, why don’t they?

Hm?

Just pull the trigger — get it over with.

Oh, I know why — they know Americans don’t want it.

So now, the strategy is to lie enough, so that a proper portion of Amoronicans eventually believe that Hell-Care is good for them.

Then they pass it.

blatantblue on August 4, 2009 at 11:31 AM

Is this the best the White House can come up with? This isn’t even good propaganda. I could defend the president better than she could.

Mark1971 on August 4, 2009 at 11:32 AM

He also didn’t bow to the Saudi thug.

Who will you believe? Them? Or your own lying ears?

jana on August 4, 2009 at 11:32 AM

Barry: “I was for single payer before I was against it.”

Vashta.Nerada on August 4, 2009 at 11:32 AM

‘It’s awwl part of the plaaaaaannnnn…’ 0joker.

TinMan13 on August 4, 2009 at 11:33 AM

when oh when will obama be investigated for high crimes and misdimedors

rone5847 on August 4, 2009 at 11:34 AM

AHH!!! The administration is getting a dose of reality. Not only will Obammacare go down in flames,but we will get many people active in the political process as a side effect.

sonnyspats1 on August 4, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Those are not the words I spoke before I spoke those words. Let me be clear, I did not speak those words, and if I did, those are not the words I spoke.—Barack Insane Obama

ICBM on August 4, 2009 at 11:34 AM

healthcare will pass. The dems have the votes to do it.

liberal343 on August 4, 2009 at 11:19 AM

If they did, they’da done it already.

TinMan13 on August 4, 2009 at 11:35 AM

TinMan13 on August 4, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Careful! You’ll offend someone.

lorien1973 on August 4, 2009 at 11:36 AM

Clinton was impeached for lying about being horny…..

izoneguy on August 4, 2009 at 11:22 AM

Clinton was impeached for lying under oath. Something that other people have gone to jail for doing.

MarkTheGreat on August 4, 2009 at 11:37 AM

Linda=another tool in his box

cmsinaz on August 4, 2009 at 11:38 AM

“That might be what he said but that’s not what he meant, racist.”

Akzed on August 4, 2009 at 11:38 AM

healthcare will pass. The dems have the votes to do it.

liberal343 on August 4, 2009 at 11:19 AM

And there will be no question as to which party destroyed our health insurance system when it comes election time, because the party responsible for the boondoggle (for some reason) WANTS to be held responsible for it. And you will be.

See ya in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016!

Good Lt on August 4, 2009 at 11:38 AM

Careful! You’ll offend someone.

lorien1973 on August 4, 2009 at 11:36 AM

It’s what I do best.

TinMan13 on August 4, 2009 at 11:38 AM

It would be nice to see a reporter at a press conference ask Obama why his Democratic allies Barney Frank and Jan Schakowsky are so certain that the public option will lead to single-payer healthcare.

I mean, if Frank and Schakowsky can come to that conclusion, why is it unreasonable for opponents of the public option to come to that conclusion?

Can’t somebody ask Obama that question. Oh, who am I kidding?

JohnInCA on August 4, 2009 at 11:39 AM

If you’re taking flak, you’re over the target!

Linda Douglass should be fired. She has done a piss-poor job of “communicating” exactly what the Administration’s plan is, and in this response she looks like a juvenile whiner.

And just why does the “White House Office of Health Reform” even exist, much less have its own Communications Director? Why are my tax dollars paying for such foolishness?

rockmom on August 4, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Good call, Ed. Instead of mincing around, you call out Douglass clearly for her brainless propaganda. For people with brains, the notion of a news reporter going to work in the propaganda department of the President is appalling, but it’s a little easier to understand when you see how bad Douglass is at her job:

…such as this one — take a look at this one. This one says…

Again, it’s no wonder the Obaamans like her…she doesn’t even know how to speak effectively.

Jaibones on August 4, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Anyone think there’s something odd about the White House thinking it had to respond to a Drudge Report post? Says something about the influence of Drudge or the waning influence of the White House spin machine.

Wethal on August 4, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Linda Douglass: The fresh tired face of tired ideas.

SouthernGent on August 4, 2009 at 11:27 AM
.
FIFY. Get’s tiring telling all those lies.

dont taze me bro on August 4, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Why are my tax dollars paying for such foolishness?

rockmom on August 4, 2009 at 11:39 AM

‘You shouldn’t expect to be able to keep your money.’ Jim Moran, D/VIrginia.

TinMan13 on August 4, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Dirty little truth

How do we find the money to spend $500,000 to care for an individual who never earned more than $30,000 a year in their lives?

(And I do NOT favor mass euthanasia.)

Rising costs? Have you seen the machinery in a hospital? The increasing medical salaries due to the shortage of trained staff?

The new patented drugs coming out daily?

The costs of research? Lawsuits?

In His stupidity, The One is using socialism on a system with the features of a Ferrari so it will pull a tandem of school buses. Then He will try to run it on diesel fuel

IlikedAUH2O on August 4, 2009 at 11:41 AM

The Obama toolbox:

1. White-out….check
2. Eraser…….check
3. Fading ink pen….check
4. Scissors…..check
5. Tape………check
6. Large hard drive magnet….check
7. Elmers glue….check
8. Look-over-there sign….check
9. Mirror……check
10. Smoke(for#9)….check

Can we fake it? Yes we can!

Limerick on August 4, 2009 at 11:42 AM

I mean, if Frank and Schakowsky can come to that conclusion [that Single Payer Government-controlled "insurance" is the goal], why is it unreasonable for opponents of the public option to come to that conclusion?

JohnInCA on August 4, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Bing. Our Idiot President has said it himself. His idiot leftist supporters have declared that this is what they want – very clearly. And yet he thinks he can deny it?

His stupidity comes in the form of thinking that he can fool anyone, any time.

Jaibones on August 4, 2009 at 11:43 AM

The Achilles heel of the arrogant is arrogance.

tarpon on August 4, 2009 at 11:43 AM

it’s going to get nasty this year.

Check out what’s on the Drudge now….

poppieseeds on August 4, 2009 at 11:43 AM

You are a liar, Barack Obama. A damned baldfaced liar.

spmat on August 4, 2009 at 11:43 AM

That’s not the point…
If they’re blatantly lying about this what else are they deceiving us about that they don’t even have to blatantly lie about?

Or do you not even care?

Skywise on August 4, 2009 at 11:22 AM

Doesn’t know, doesn’t care, can’t be bothered to understand it.

all that matters is that the ONE is the bestest eva!11!!11eleventy!!!

mjk on August 4, 2009 at 11:43 AM

And they’re taking sentences and phrases out of context, and they’re cobbling them together to leave a VERY false impression

This is actually one of the worst rebuttals I have ever seen. She show footage of him talking recently about not eliminating private health care, people can keep it, blah, blah, blah. She does nothing to address the actual footage with him talking about single payer and eliminating private insurance. Where is the “disinformation”? SPIN, SPIN, SPIN!

closetgop on August 4, 2009 at 11:44 AM

Awwww, leave Him alone…today is His birthday.

Brat on August 4, 2009 at 11:23 AM

It’s the where not the when that is important. Perhaps the so-called “birthers” should present the filthy liar with a beaded map of Kenya.

highhopes on August 4, 2009 at 11:45 AM

And there will be no question as to which party destroyed our health insurance system when it comes election time, because the party responsible for the boondoggle (for some reason) WANTS to be held responsible for it. And you will be.

See ya in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016!

Good Lt on August 4, 2009 at 11:38 AM

If they ram this down our throats, I want them to own it, body and soul. No GOP traitors…nothing.

Let this be theirs and let them see the fall out in 2010 and 2012.

powerpro on August 4, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Stalin was a piker.

faraway on August 4, 2009 at 11:45 AM

healthcare will pass. The dems have the votes to do it.

liberal343 on August 4, 2009 at 11:19 AM

It’s not “healthcare” you idiot. It’s health care destruction.

If Obama was sooooo concerned about the small number of people who truly can’t afford insurance he’d use some of the stimulus or TARP funds which are just sitting there gathering dust.

He could actually purchase insurance for these people much cheaper than this monstrosity he wants to shove down our throats.

He wants to destroy the system. get a brain.

darwin on August 4, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Notice how she never denies what he said in 2003. Just newer clips where he says something different today. This just shows he’s a flip flopper of epic proportions at best, or he’s lying though his teeth now (probably) to get it passed. Then years down the line he will be saying, oops, my bad, I really did mean what I said in 2003.

DailyTrackingPoll on August 4, 2009 at 11:23 AM

.
First video above at 1:00 BO: “Here’s a guarantee I’ve made…If you have insurance you like, then you will be able to keep that insurance…”

He doesn’t finish the sentence which is…’as long as that insurance company stays in business.’ He’s not really flip flopping at all. He’s just telling half-truths to mislead.

dont taze me bro on August 4, 2009 at 11:46 AM

Linda: “The only thing missing in these ads are the noose.”

Alden Pyle on August 4, 2009 at 11:46 AM

Douglass seems to have taken to her role as a propagandist rather well for someone who worked as a supposedly objective reporter for so long.

Obama’s big communications chief think that people will be impressed with Douglas’ performance on camera as a former “journalist.” They think she brings gravitas; they are that impressed with themselves.

In reality, it is humiliating for her to have to do this. I hope she realizes it.

BigD on August 4, 2009 at 11:47 AM

In His stupidity, The One is using socialism on a system with the features of a Ferrari so it will pull a tandem of school buses. Then He will try to run it on diesel fuel wind power.

IlikedAUH2O on August 4, 2009 at 11:41 AM

FIFY

ICBM on August 4, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Why do you liberals have to hide your real agenda?

Amadeus on August 4, 2009 at 11:29 AM

Excellent point.

They say they’re not going to take away our guns yet they try to pass every restriction on the 2nd Amendment they can imagine.

They say they’re not pro-abortion yet do everything they can to make it available to anyone and everyone on our dime, no questions asked, even if it’s a minor who has been raped.

They say they’re for the law yet make every excuse in the world not to enforce our borders.

The list goes on and on and on.

Yakko77 on August 4, 2009 at 11:47 AM

As I’ve always said …

aikidoka on August 4, 2009 at 11:48 AM

Going after Drudge?

He links to articles. He doesn’t make things up.

Yet, our tax dollars are going to a White House that is trying to muzzle the press.

Now, where in the Constitution is this psuedo right of a Presidential Administration spelled out?

And f or eight years, we were told constantly that dissent was the highest form of patriotism? Now, it is not?

We need more Drudge report’s, more HotAir’s and more and more Americans willing to speak out to prove conclusively that not only does the Emperor have no clothes, he is trying to steal the shirt off our backs as well….and with our hard-earned dollars confiscated by government.

coldwarrior on August 4, 2009 at 11:48 AM

Why did she go directly to the Drudge Report to speak of a linked video there and play every other video BUT the one she wishes to refute?

Stupid blonde!

Marcus on August 4, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Anyone think there’s something odd about the White House thinking it had to respond to a Drudge Report post?

Wethal on August 4, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Not any more odd than taking on Rush, or Joe the Plumber, or Rick Santelli, or Jim Cramer… or anyone else that dares speak against The One.

jana on August 4, 2009 at 11:50 AM

I saw John Edwards in 2008 debate Guiliani and he used the exact same word “transition” in regards to single payer. They know exactly what they mean.

rob verdi on August 4, 2009 at 11:50 AM

The truth is that the president has been talking to the American people a LOT about health-insurance reform and what is at stake for them.

And they’ve been listening as evidenced by the reception our Congress-folks are getting back home.

BacaDog on August 4, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Linda Douglass isn’t very convincing. Matter of fact, she’s downright embarassingly bad at lying through her teeth.

THE CHOSEN ONE on August 4, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Here’s one for ya!!

sonnyspats1 on August 4, 2009 at 11:51 AM

It’s the equivalent of a Jedi Stalin mind trick

forest on August 4, 2009 at 11:51 AM

“I happen to be a proponent of single-payer, universal health care plans.”

Right. Obama has said this several times. However, he has also said that he doesnt think it’s realistic to try for that system. That is not in the current plan. So why lie and say that Obama is proposing that when he clearly isnt?

“But I don’t think we’re going to be able to eliminate employer coverage immediately. There’s going to be potentially some transition process. I can envision a decade out, or 15 years out, or 20 years out.”

You are aware that Obama will not be president 15-20 years from now, right? He is definitely aware of this.

Do these quotes indicate that Obama wishes for a vastly different health insurance system? Yes. Do they indicate that he has proposed the same system? Nope.

If you want to attack health insurance reform, go ahead. But perhaps attack the actual legislation that’s being debated rather than stuff Obama said years ago. Isnt the current legislation a bit more relevant?

Obama’s well aware that he has to compromise to get any reforms done. Folks on the right complain constantly about being shut out of the debate, yet here is positive proof that Obama is moderating the actual proposals from his ideal in order to appease the declining, weakened, regional minority party. Why not be happy that you’re causing some degree of obstruction?

orange on August 4, 2009 at 11:53 AM

That pushback was sooooo weak!

The White House is infested with Lightworkers.

Dusty on August 4, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Hi. I’m Linda Douglass. I’m the communications director for the White House Office of Health Reform, and one of my jobs is to keep track of all the disinformation that’s out there about health-insurance reform. And there are a lot of very deceiving headlines out there right now, such as this one — take a look at this one.

AnninCa unmasked.

highhopes on August 4, 2009 at 11:54 AM

Hmmmmm, whom should we believe? Obama’s lying PR hacks, or our own lying eyes and ears?

Tough choice./

AZCoyote on August 4, 2009 at 11:20 AM

I’ll take “our own lying eyes and ears” for $2,000, Alex.

steveegg on August 4, 2009 at 11:54 AM

The White House is so stuck in 2008 it still believes it can control the media message by just saying something, and that will make it so.

What’s wrong with that is that in 2008 and the early part of 2009, what Obama was going to do was still in the hypothetical. Conservatives could warn people about what he might do, but swing voters who wanted to believe were free to think Obama really was going to be different. Seven months down the line, the hypothetical actions are now reality, and what Barack Obama said in 2007 about what he believes can be tied into what he’s actually doing right now.

Linda Douglass can basically tell people not to believe that lying Barack Obama from 2007, and in the mania that gripped a large part of the American public last year, might actually have gotten away with it because enough of the public wanted to believe Obama was not what his past statements said he was. Eyes wide open now, Douglass’ spin works only on the true believers, who in any case hope Barack’s lying now just to bamboozle the rubes, and what he was saying two years ago about wanting a single-payer system are his actual beliefs.

jon1979 on August 4, 2009 at 11:55 AM

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