It would appear that Barack Hussein Obama really is who we thought he was: a purely ideological Chicago-style thug who doesn't give a rat's fat backside about The Constitution or the will of over fifty percent of Americans.
During an almost hilarious interview with Fox News' Bret Baier, President Obama looked like a tired fighter on the ropes, holding his gloves up in defense of a flurry of body blows and sharp jabs.
As Baier continued to press the President or facts, Obama fell back into an all too familiar position of deflect and blame, and at times seemed to have no concern for Baier's desire to bring facts to viewers of America's most watched cable news network.
Baier began with a simple question about an up or down vote versus the "Slaughter Rule," asking Obama to define his position. Obama tried to babble about how there's legislation in Congress, and how it's going to reduce costs, and Baier had to interrupt the President to ask again. Obama finally gave a waffling answer at best, stating:
"What I can tell you is that the vote that's taken in the House will be a vote for health care reform. And if people vote yes, whatever form that takes, that is going to be a vote for health care reform. And I don't think we should pretend otherwise."After Baier pressed Obama again, Obama waffled more, offering:
"Bret, let me finish. If they don't, if they vote against, then they're going to be voting against health care reform and they're going to be voting in favor of the status quo. So Washington gets very concerned about these procedural issues in Congress. This is always an issue that's — whether Republicans are in charge or Democrats in charge — when Republicans are in charge, Democrats constantly complain that the majority was not giving them an opportunity, et cetera.
"What the American people care about is the fact that their premiums are going up 25, 40, 60 percent, and I'm going to do something about it."
"Let me insert this. We asked our viewers to e-mail in suggested questions. More than 18,000 people took time to e-mail us questions. These are regular people from all over the country. Lee Johnson, from Spring Valley, California: 'If the bill is so good for all of us, why all the intimidation, arm twisting, seedy deals, and parliamentary trickery necessary to pass a bill, when you have an overwhelming majority in both houses and the presidency?'
Sandy Moody in Chesterfield, Missouri: 'If the health care bill is so wonderful, why do you have to bribe Congress to pass it?"
"These are people. It's not just Washington punditry."Obama went on with more talking points about small businesses costs rising (ed: no thanks to him!) and mothers with children, when Baier tried again to bring Obama back to the original question; up or down vote, or "Slaughter Rule."
Obama again waffled:
"The key is to make sure that we vote — we have a vote on whether or not we're going to maintain the status quo, or whether we're going to reform the system."Baier replied:
"So you support the deem and pass rule?"Again, a minute of waffling, followed by Obama saying:
"What I'm saying is whatver they end up voting on — and I hope it's going to be sometime this week — that it is going to be a vote for or against my health care proposal. That's what matters. That's what ultimately people are going to judge this on.
"If people don't believe in health care reform — and I think there are definitely a lot of people who are worried about whether or not these changes are, in some fashion, going to affect them adversely. And I think those are legitimate concerns on the substance — then somebody who votes for this bill, they're going to be judged at the polls. And the same is going to be true if they vote against it."
During a post-interview discussion, Britt Hume offered that this interview was likely of little consequence, since Obama brought nothing substantial to the table. Hume also discussed the fact that Baier was in an extremely uncomfortable position and did rather well, considering Obama's complete disregard for the questions and desire to filibuster with talking points. Damned if you interrupt, damned if you don't press for information.
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The entire transcript of the interview is available at FoxNews.com, and as always there's more discussion at Memeorandum.