No ObamaCare anniversary celebration for Obama

posted at 12:10 pm on March 21, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

In just two days, Barack Obama will celebrate the two-year anniversary of his signature legislative achievement as President — ObamaCare. Or rather, he won’t celebrate it.  In fact, according to The Hill, the White House won’t even bother defending the bill against its critics in the days leading up to the Supreme Court review of ObamaCare:

President Obama will not mark the two-year anniversary of his signing of the healthcare law — which takes place days before the Supreme Court offers a decision on the constitutionality of his signature legislative achievement.

Senior administration officials said on Tuesday that Obama will not be offering a vigorous public defense of the law, holding events or even making public remarks in the lead-up to the Supreme Court case.

Amie Parnes reports that White House officials labeled it a “faux milestone,” which might surprise some who also think of it as faux reform, too.  Others think it’s a missed opportunity:

“It’s a little surprising that they’re not trying to get more out of it,” said Martin Sweet, an assistant professor of political science at Northwestern University. “They could go out to the American people, explain what’s happening and set themselves up for whatever happens.

“They might be a little worried about the backlash,” Sweet said, adding that he thinks it is a miscalculation.

If they’re worried about a backlash, they’re almost exactly two years too late for that.

If the White House had confidence in its arguments at the Supreme Court, one would guess that they would use their media power to make that case to the public at the same time, especially in an election year.  I’d guess that they’re worried about having to use arguments about the mandate being a tax as justification for its constitutionality, and they don’t want to have to make that argument explicitly in public any more than they have to do so.  Otherwise, they may be hoping that the media doesn’t cover the substance of the arguments at the Supreme Court in order to play down the arguments of the plaintiffs who are suing to have it overturned.

Either way, this should make good grist for a campaign ad or two.  “Barack Obama hides on anniversary of ObamaCare” has a nice, punchy ring to it, doesn’t it?


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Another anniversary:

March 23, 2011

Obama on “gunwalking”: Serious mistake may have been made
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31727_162-20046151-10391695.html?tag=cbsnewsMainColumnArea

“There may be a situation here which a serious mistake was made and if that’s the case then we’ll find out and well hold somebody accountable,” he added.

Galt2009 on March 21, 2012 at 12:14 PM

But didn’t I read somewhere they want to hold a prayer vigil during the hearings at the white house

cmsinaz on March 21, 2012 at 12:14 PM

“It’s a little surprising that they’re not trying to get more out of it,” said Martin Sweet, an assistant professor of political science at Northwestern University.

No surprise at all. Its a burning tire around their necks, and they don’t want to be seen it public with it.

“Hey everybody….just wanted to celebrate the first anniversary of the most reviled law in the last 200 years…hello?….these lights are too bright…I can’t see anybody…is this mic on?…..”

BobMbx on March 21, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Must suck to be not only ashamed of your ideas, not only ashamed of your world view, but ashamed of your legacy, also.

That’s the best thing about not being a leftist moron.

MNHawk on March 21, 2012 at 12:15 PM

What a surprise. Axelrod just said two days ago that he was looking forward to having the health care debate in this election. Yet, here, the President has a chance to take the national stage and make his points when they would get maximum exposure…and he doesn’t!

[sarc]You don’t think Axelrod was just joshin’ us with that BS about defending the indefensible, do you? [/sarc]

MTF on March 21, 2012 at 12:15 PM

President Obama will not mark the two-year anniversary of his signing of the healthcare law

………….because it’s so POPULAR!

TX-96 on March 21, 2012 at 12:16 PM

“Barack Obama hides on vacation on anniversary of ObamaCare” (always about a 50/50 prospect day-to-day …)

ShainS on March 21, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Well, in Obama’s defense, he’s not done READING THE BILL yet.

kirkill on March 21, 2012 at 12:18 PM

White House officials labeled it a “faux milestone”

OK, but it’s a real millstone.

forest on March 21, 2012 at 12:18 PM

I am just praying daily that the SC Justices will rule bhocare un-constitutional! If they don’t, anything bho, team, and d’s will get away with whatever they want in the future? bhocare has been the worse bill EVER passed and signed in our Republic’s history, IMO.
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letget on March 21, 2012 at 12:18 PM

They are obviously putting it in place anyway. They aren’t waiting around for the Supreme Court’s stamp of approval. Inflation is way up again, for a good reason.

rickv404 on March 21, 2012 at 12:19 PM

What’s wrong with Obamacare? Mitt Romney said it’s “not worth getting angry about.”

Right Mover on March 21, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Did they deem it on Good Friday or the night before? I recall both votes were pushed up against Christmas and Easter.

DanMan on March 21, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Amie Parnes reports that White House officials labeled it a “faux milestone,”

The two year anniversary is a faux milestone? So Dear Liar and his wife didn’t celebrate their two year anniversary either?

rbj on March 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Fluke used up all of the “balloons” that were going to drop from the ceiling.

NoDonkey on March 21, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Afraid of his own shadow, perhaps?

Bmore on March 21, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Why is the link missing in the headlines for the U2 story on Breitbart’s site?

http://www.breitbart.com/System/404?item=%2fbig-hollywood%2f2012%2f03%2f19%2fexclusive-bono-tax-dodge&user=extranet\Anonymous&site=website

stingray9813 on March 21, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Yet, haven’t we read that Obamuh is soliciting “religious” groups to “organize” in front of the Supreme Court, while the Court is hearing arguments about the constitutionality of State dictated healthcare?

This is pure Alinsky – when the majority are against what you’re doing, or have done, use others to support it, while you remain at arm’s length.

This is pure Alinsky … pure Obamuh … pure deception.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 21, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Perhaps he will quietly celebrate ObamaCare by exempting some more cronies from it.

NotCoach on March 21, 2012 at 12:36 PM

What’s wrong with Obamacare? Mitt Romney said it’s “not worth getting angry about.”
Right Mover on March 21, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Link or it didn’t happen.

jawkneemusic on March 21, 2012 at 12:37 PM

No ObamaCare anniversary celebration for Obama

Quite a contrast to that day two years ago when he signed the bill into law. The Dems were quite orgasmic that day.

Bitter Clinger on March 21, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Link or it didn’t happen.

jawkneemusic on March 21, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Get over yourself.

Bitter Clinger on March 21, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Obama’s comments on Obamacare-

Rush Limbaugh called her what?!!!

Seriously, this lack of what is touted as the jug-eared idiot’s single most important “accomplishment” says all that needs to be said about this legislation. He can’t string three sentences together without mentioning that he took out Bin Laden but on hijacking healthcare, the holy grail of the left, he says nothing.

Happy Nomad on March 21, 2012 at 12:42 PM

This is a big effin deal.

Crazy Joe told us so.

MTF on March 21, 2012 at 12:43 PM

I can’t believe the MSM still treats this clown circus as a serious bunch of men and women.

Cicero43 on March 21, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Barry,
You can pretend you didn’t step in the dogpile, all you want, the smell still follows you around.

stormridercx4 on March 21, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Link or it didn’t happen.

jawkneemusic on March 21, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Mitt Romney to Rick Santorum on Obamacare: “It’s Not Worth Getting Angry About”

There you go.

JPeterman on March 21, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Link or it didn’t happen.

jawkneemusic on March 21, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Google it

bbordwell on March 21, 2012 at 12:46 PM

“I’d guess that they’re worried about having to use arguments about the mandate being a tax as justification for its constitutionality, and they don’t want to have to make that argument explicitly in public any more than they have to do so.”

Ed Morrissey

What chu talkin bout,Morrissey? Barak O’liar clearly and definitively told the American people on national television that the Obamacare mandate is NOT a tax:

In an exchange that can only be described as “Clintonesque” Stephanopoulos pressed President Obama to admit his individual mandate was a tax. But President Obama refused to acknowledge reality and denied it. Stephanopoulos was forced to read the definition of “tax” straight from Merriam Webster’s Dictionary. But even then Obama refused to come clean:

“George, the fact that you looked up Merriam’s Dictionary, the definition of tax increase, indicates to me that you’re stretching a little bit right now”.

Cavalry on March 21, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Oh look… the Presidential podium is just like the Presidential suit.

Empty.

SD Tom on March 21, 2012 at 12:46 PM

But didn’t I read somewhere they want to hold a prayer vigil during the hearings at the white house
And who are they praying to? G-d doesn’t exist according to the leftists

stormridercx4 on March 21, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Wonder if some R would make a video of bho signing bhocare and what dear joe said at the time to ‘celebraite’ this un-constitutional bill to be shown on the anniversary? And have how American’s feel about this bill?
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letget on March 21, 2012 at 12:49 PM

I want to “thank” you Romney voters for taking Obamacare off the table for debate.

Decoski on March 21, 2012 at 12:49 PM

If ever you knew a person you hated so much and wished to have him put to death in the most agonizing and slow death possible, you need but call on the Supreme Court to handle the job. They would do a professional job, considering they have killing laws by slow and agonizing deaths down to a science.

This is how I feel the SCOTUS will rule on Obamacare. Leave the law bleeding and dying….but still breathing.

timberline on March 21, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Oh look… the Presidential podium is just like the Presidential suit.

Empty.

SD Tom on March 21, 2012 at 12:46 PM

What??? No teleprompters either?

timberline on March 21, 2012 at 12:54 PM

You have to pass this bill to be able to run away from it as fast as possible.

I really think that the 0bama regime had a big party when the CBO came out doubling 0bama HellCare’s cost.

jukin3 on March 21, 2012 at 1:00 PM

It’s a faux milestone for a faux reform that’s just really a big faux poo. This is supposedly the capstone, the crowning achievement, of Oblockhead’s first–and only–term in office. And the dumbmasses on the left still don’t get it.

stukinIL4now on March 21, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Obamacare

He should celebrate the worst piece of legislation in my time and I am 71. To make it worse for seniors, middle class etc the Dems added a surprise for everyone starting in 2013 [after the election of course] Note after 2012 you will pay a 3.8% tax to the Govt when you sell your house. They hid it in the Bill that very few read. That particulary screws Seniors whose houses have already declined significantly, and need the money as they retire, and who are now making a 0 return if they are lucky enough to have cash in a money market fund. The sneaky socialists hid the tax in the Obamacare bill like theives in the night

HAGGS99 on March 21, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Link or it didn’t happen.

jawkneemusic on March 21, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Mitt Romney to Rick Santorum on Obamacare: “It’s Not Worth Getting Angry About”

There you go.

JPeterman on March 21, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Link or it didn’t happen.

jawkneemusic on March 21, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Google it

bbordwell on March 21, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Where did jawkneemusic go? Facts can be such a b!tch.

Right Mover on March 21, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Why is the link missing in the headlines for the U2 story on Breitbart’s site?

http://www.breitbart.com/System/404?item=%2fbig-hollywood%2f2012%2f03%2f19%2fexclusive-bono-tax-dodge&user=extranet\Anonymous&site=website

stingray9813 on March 21, 2012 at 12:31 PM

That wasn’t Bono. It was a Bono impersonator.

Jason Mattera got punked… bigtime.

LmaO

SD Tom on March 21, 2012 at 1:20 PM

It is odd that not even Pelosi is giddily announcing at her weekly presser: “Only 2 years left to find out what’s in it!”

de rigueur on March 21, 2012 at 1:24 PM

How about having a bunch of Tea Partiers re-enacting the signing of Obamacare with giant paper mache puppets of Nancy Pelosi holding an enormous gavel followed lyin’ ass members of the Black Congressional Caucus, and someone holding a sign that says “they didn’t bother to show up in person to celebrate this awful bill, and they didn’t get spat upon two years ago either”

ardenenoch on March 21, 2012 at 1:47 PM

I’m sending Cee Lo to the WH to sing his signature song to Odumbo in honor of the anniversary, with a going away card signed by the populace.

waterytart on March 21, 2012 at 1:49 PM

What about the prayer vigils and golfing for Jesus events and stuff the White House was organizing just last week in order to create a political circus event of the Supreme Court hearings? Oh, I guess that’s actually a desperate ploy to save ObamaCare, so celebrating it as an achievement at the same time is kinda cognitively dissonant. Sucks to be dem.

starboardhelm on March 21, 2012 at 2:02 PM

That wasn’t Bono. It was a Bono impersonator.

Jason Mattera got punked… bigtime.

LmaO

SD Tom on March 21, 2012 at 1:20 PM

lol I see they removed the page and hid the youtube.

stingray9813 on March 21, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Their polling data must be HORRIBLE on this issue if they aren’t even going to take advantage of the opportunity to prepare the political battlefield. They are running from this like scalded dogs.

jnelchef on March 21, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Their polling data must be HORRIBLE on this issue if they aren’t even going to take advantage of the opportunity to prepare the political battlefield. They are running from this like scalded dogs.

A newly released USA Today/Gallup poll shows that, by a margin of 13 percentage points (53 to 40%), swing-state voters want Obamacare to be repealed. The poll included registered voters in 12 key states: FL, OH, VA, PA, WI, NV, CO, IA, NH, NC, NM, and MI. By a margin of 15 points (53 to 38%), registered voters in those state think it was “a bad thing” that President Obama’s signature legislation was passed.

When asked how Obamacare would affect their family’s “healthcare situation” in “the long run,” swing-state voters said Obamacare would make it “worse,” rather than “better,” by a margin of more than 2 to 1 (42% “worse,” to 20% “better”).

Moreover, by the overwhelming margin of 4 to 1 (76 to 19%), registered voters in these 12 states say that Obamacare’s individual mandate is unconstitutional. Nationwide (not just in the swing states), a clear majority of Democrats — 56% — agree that the individual mandate is unconstitutional.

Resist We Much on March 21, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Looks like Biden was wrong (again), it’s not a big f-ing deal.

HellCat on March 21, 2012 at 3:29 PM

But didn’t I read somewhere they want to hold a prayer vigil during the hearings at the white house

He might have wanted people thinking he might, as a political ploy, but in actual practice this can’t happen. Nobody who is as confirmed and highly placed a servant of who he is a servant of, wants to bring the attention of the Mighty One on himself.

Believe me — he knows better than to pray to the Everliving God. He may mime it to fool the idiots, but to actually do it or invite others to on his behalf? Stupid…

Dirty Creature on March 21, 2012 at 5:02 PM

I’d guess that they’re worried about having to use arguments about the mandate being a tax as justification for its constitutionality, and they don’t want to have to make that argument explicitly in public

shhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Tim_CA on March 21, 2012 at 5:48 PM