Friday, January 29, 2010

Obama: Ixnay on the Olshevik-Bay


Speaking to House Republicans at their retreat in Baltimore today, President Obama expressed frustration with the argument that the Democrats' health care reform effort is creeping socialism. Obama pointed to support from people such as former Senate Majority Leaders Bob Dole and Howard Baker, plus former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, and insisted that the proposed reforms have more moderate goals than some GOPers contend.

"Now you may not agree with Bob Dole and Howard Baker, and certainly you don't agree with Tom Daschle on much, but that's not a radical bunch," said Obama. "But if you were to listen to this debate, and frankly how some of you went after this bill, you'd think that this thing was some Bolshevik plot."
"We've got to close the gap between the rhetoric and the reality."
Watch the video:

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HuffPo: full video / text of Obama's remarks to House GOP Retreat in Baltimore

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flash forward (post-passage) 3.24.2010 Anthony Weiner (D-NY) to Bill O'Reilly:
"You've really got to stop making things up about the bill."

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