Sweet September: Are You Fired Up Yet..part 2

Much as I am tempted  to crow,  “See, didn’t I say so?”, I will restrain myself, considering there is more work ahead. For now, I will satisfy myself reading the excerpts/analysis of  President Obama’s speech and watching the “Maestro” work his magic at the  joint session of congress…

I am not the first President to take up this cause, but I am determined to be the last…..

…..Well the time for bickering is over. The time for games has passed. Now is the season for action. Now is when we must bring the best ideas of both parties together, and show the American people that we can still do what we were sent here to do. Now is the time to deliver on health care.

The plan I’m announcing tonight would meet three basic goals:

  • It will provide more security and stability to those who have health insurance.
  • It will provide insurance to those who don’t.
  • And it will slow the growth of health care costs for our families, our businesses, and our government.
  • It’s a plan that asks everyone to take responsibility for meeting this challenge – not just government and insurance companies, but employers and individuals.
  • And it’s a plan that incorporates ideas from Senators and Congressmen; from Democrats and Republicans – and yes, from some of my opponents in both the primary and general election.

….This is the plan I’m proposing. It’s a plan that incorporates ideas from many of the people in this room tonight – Democrats and Republicans. And I will continue to seek common ground in the weeks ahead. If you come to me with a serious set of proposals, I will be there to listen. My door is always open.

But know this: I will not waste time with those who have made the calculation that it’s better politics to kill this plan than improve it. I will not stand by while the special interests use the same old tactics to keep things exactly the way they are. If you misrepresent what’s in the plan, we will call you out. And I will not accept the status quo as a solution. Not this time. Not now.

Here is where I stand up straight and repeat, “YES HE CAN AND YES HE WILL” achieve great health care reform!!


Here is what some of my favourite bloggers are saying about this great speech..

Andrew Sulllivan of  The Daily Dish:

A masterful speech, somehow a blend of governance and also campaigning. He has Clinton’s mastery of policy detail with Bush’s under-rated ability to give a great speech. But above all, it is a reprise of the core reason for his candidacy and presidency: to get past the abstractions of ideology and the easy scorn of the cable circus and the cynicism that has thereby infected this country’s ability to tackle pressing problems. This was why he was elected, and we should not be swayed by the old Washington and the old ideologies and the old politics. He stands at the center urging a small shift to more government because the times demand it.

And he makes sense. And this was not a cautious speech; it was a reasoned but courageous speech. He has put his presidency on the line for this. And that is a hard thing to do.

Joan Walsh of  The Salon:

I know some Democrats doubted whether President Obama’s healthcare speech to a Joint Session of Congress could be a so-called “game-changer.” , I heard from Obama supporters who were tired of inspiring speeches and who wanted action from the president instead. I sympathized.

But if ever a speech was a form of action, it was Obama’s Wednesday night.

……. The president must realize his party colleagues are the ones who can save or sabotage his presidency, and act accordingly. After Wednesday night’s speech, I have some faith that he will.

Todd Gitlin in Talking Points Memo:

I want to say only a small thing about a very large thing: his spirit.He sounded like a winner. Like all great preachers, he started methodically and built to crescendos.

Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo:

I found this a difficult speech to judge. Especially at the beginning,….It was only in the latter stages that it really began to build a cadence and rhetorical power that carried and elevated the moment, that the line items and hitting of particular points for different groups gave way to something broader and richer.

Taken together I thought President Obama did a solid job laying out the essential elements of his reform, rebuking the liars and laying out some beginnings of an elevating vision of just what this whole effort is about.

……I think Obama may have resumed a certain command over the debate. Because the contrast between him and the hucksters to whom the Republicans have ceded this debate, and the difference between the actual details of reform and whatever it is everyone has been talking about through August, is simply very difficult to ignore.

Matt Yglesias of Think Progess:

POTUS did a great job of breaking down what’s actually in the bill, and both making the case for the public option and also putting it in perspective.

Erza Klein in Washington Post:

……But if Obama hasn’t created the perfect plan, he’s created something arguably more impressive: a plan that actually might pass. That plan might not do enough to change the system, and it may not spend enough to protect everybody, but there is plenty in the proposal that will better the lives, health coverage, and financial security for millions of real people. It will insure around 30 million Americans and protect tens of millions more from insurer discrimination, medical bankruptcy and rescission. It will bring more evidence to medicine and more competition to the insurance market. That may not be perfection, but it is improvement. And it is achievable.

And finally Malkan from The Daily Ping Pong:

I rest my case…

********Update 2********

My friend G3 shares her views on this speech:

Boy, he doesn’t miss a chance to take a jab at the left , with some false equivalences with repugs. We are only demanding what he promised on the campaign trail. And I don’t understand why he is hell-bent on preserving those insurance industry jobs (that is his excuse for not going the sibngle payer way) while he didn’t hesitate a bit to ruthlessly cut those auto industry jobs (who were one of the few groups making “real” things). He didn’t even demand that those companies keep all  the remaining jobs here (GM might even move HQ to Mexico I understand).  
He is forgetting that it is the left which put him on top over Hillary. And he is due for a royal smackdown sometime. I think he gave way too much credit for the lunatic repugs. Some people refuse to learn.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. G3 says:

    ..I am one of those on the left who can’t be pleased easily any more by platitudes ((Matt Taibbi ‘s phrase: “I am for Sunshine & puppy” platitudes). Bill Maher pointed out Bush was very good at gettin things done even if he had crappy ideas. And here we have someone who is so dragging his feet unable to channel the anger against insurance companies, wall street etc after coming into office similar to Reagan with people longing for change. . He bizarrely praised Reagan way back in 2008 but if there is one lesson he can take from Reagan, it is not to act like the nice girl but use the mood for change to transform. He seems pretty inept still mooning on repug support…..

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