The President Talks to Congress, America

Obama has to convince Americans, not just legislators, about reform

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Tonight, the president will appear before a joint session of Congress—perhaps the grandest setting for such an event—and deliver a speech on the need for health care reform. Among those watching will be Congressmen and Senators, but far beyond the halls of Congress, he will also be addressing Brad Bynum in Oklahoma and Faith Dow in California. As Americans who are still unconvinced on health care reform, they are who President Obama really needs to convince in his speech.

We also talk to New York Times White House correspondent Sheryl Gay Stolberg about what might be in the president's speech tonight.

Guests:

Brad Bynum, Faith Dow and Sheryl Gay Stolberg

Hosted by:

Lynn Sherr and Todd Zwillich

Contributors:

Matt Lieber and Molly Webster

Comments [6]

Steve Schlow

John,
So, think carefully about the Sept 10th show. I know it will be about the speech... it has to be. I know that you have been planning for it... you have to have been. But now is not the time to be smart or cute or nudge nudge wink wink.
Now is the time to address what was said not the fools who disregarded it. Now is not the time to be smarter than the man in the oval office. Now - hold your breath - might be the time to remind yourself of your own profession and its rightful place in the American character.
Health care is only the beginning of the changes this country and therefor the world must face. We are a laughing stock not because - as in the past - of a president who thinks it is ok to be non-intellectual but because of fear mongering cowards who we - meaning you with the power - seem unafraid to call out.
Give us more that cute and self serving openings, deliver the goods, ask the hard questions and make them brief; read the words and defy those who distort them.

Sep. 09 2009 09:38 PM
Charles Brown

I made a typographical error above; I meant to write, "the conversation between Todd Zwillich and Sheryl Gay Stolberg."
And, I should add, the more one listens to this "news" story and interview, the more that one might think he was listening to a conversation between two Obama/Democrat strategists, musing about how to get a bill passed.

Sep. 09 2009 04:51 PM
Patrick Carroll

Amen, brother.

I long ago gave up listening to this as news or discussion, and started hearing it as it is: propaganda, pure and simple.

When you hear it that way, you can automatically convert "right-wing extremist" to "ordinary American," "progressive" to "radical socialist," and "health care reform" to "the God King's attempt to grab the power of life and death over all of us."

Fortunately, The Won is proving to be a sort of Ozymandias. In six months. Wonder what's next?

Sep. 09 2009 04:11 PM
Charles Brown

A close listen to this story, and the conversation between Todd Zwillich, reveals that they are both basically cheerleaders for ObamaCare.

They regard it as "optimistic" that ObamaCare might pass.

There's nothing surprising about this of course. NPR and The Take Away behave as party-organs for the Democrats and the Obama Administration.

Sep. 09 2009 01:59 PM
Patrick Carroll

Whoah! I have an even better one: "President Obama! Keep your hands off my body!"

Sep. 09 2009 12:41 PM
Patrick Carroll

I'd be up for something gold-plated, like the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan. Of course, that wouldn't bend down Mr Orszag's cost curve would it? Or hey! Maybe the Feds could shut down the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan and join the lumpen proletariat in whatever single-payer system eventually comes to pass. (Yes, crickets chirping.) If the government takes over paying for our health care, rationing will follow, as night follows day. And yes, that does include "Death Boards." If you doubt it, compare outcomes for cancer patients in the UK and the US. In the end we the peasants will have the benefit of socialism - the equal sharing of misery, while the nomenclatura will continue with its gold-plated Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan. Spare me. I'd prefer to take responsibility for my own future and my own outcomes, rather than depend on America's only native criminal class.

Sep. 09 2009 07:42 AM

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