Even though he didn't rock the Shaft theme as I wanted, President Obama brought the smackdown to all who oppose progress and sanity.
In blunt language rarely heard from a president from the halls of Congress, Obama used words like “bogus,” “demagoguery” and “distortion.” He dismissed the death-panels claim as “a lie, plain and simple.”And even as he declared that “the time for bickering is over” and that “the time for games has passed,” Obama took a strong swipe at his predecessor, President George W. Bush, in arguing that his proposal — whose price tag he himself put at $900 billion over 10 years — would actually save money.That bill would still be “less than we have spent on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and less than the tax cuts for the wealthiest few Americans that Congress passed at the beginning of the previous administration,” he said.Without naming Bush, Obama blamed his administration for bequeathing him “a trillion-dollar deficit when I walked in the door of the White House ... because too many initiatives over the last decade were not paid for — from the Iraq war to tax breaks for the wealthy.”“I will not make that same mistake with health care,” he said.The remarks contributed to a sense of palpable tension in the room. When Obama promised that his plan would not cover illegal immigrants, Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., shouted “You lie!” — the most obvious of several instances when the president was greeted with audible disagreement.
.Joe Wilson is a shame, even McCain has stated that his actions were reprehensible and that he should apologize. [Update: Idiot Joe has apologized and claims to have Tourette's... **crickets**] Moving on, for those of you who missed it, the entire speech (52 minutes) is embedded below. If you want a great re-cap, check out The Daily Beast's Top 5 moments from the speech.
I thoroughly enjoyed the President's speech. It was a much needed, "How ya like me now?" to all who had a lot of smickety-smack to say. It was a firm reminder of who holds the POTUS title. He wrapped up succinctly and if you listened closely, what he really said was, "You betta recognize! Prez 44... OUT!"
What did you think?