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Can Health Address Cure What Ails Obama?

By Ben Pershing
The president who essentially made his political career with a few well-delivered speeches has two on tap in the next 36 hours -- a seemingly minor education address that became unexpectedly controversial and an undeniably major speech on health care for which the White House has raised expectations to potentially unattainable heights.

Early previews of President Obama's address Wednesday to a joint session of Congress suggest two possibilities: 1) Obama really believes this speech can appeal simultaneously to all sides of the debate, shift public opinion and unstick the legislative gears all at once; or 2) Obama isn't quite sure what he's going to say yet. "Despite all of the setbacks and all of the missed opportunities -- despite this train wreck of a month -- the situation remains remarkably similar to what it was before the recess," Jonathan Cohn writes. "Significant health care legislation is likely to pass, particularly if Obama manages to give a good speech on Wednesday night." In its boldly-headlined story, "What Obama will say in his address," Politico predicts that Obama "will not confront or scold the left" but will also "make an overture to Republicans." He "will try to reassure the left about his commitment to a public option" but "without promising to kill health reform to get it." (How reassuring can he be, then?) And "he will lay out a specific 'President's Plan,'" though "the speech was very much in flux over the weekend, because key decisions are being hashed out."

The Wall Street Journal reports that Obama "will emphasize what he says the health-care system would look like without change," something he has done dozens of times previously. The New York Times says Obama "has been under intense pressure from Congressional leaders to lay out specifically what he wants. Aides said he will do so in the speech on Wednesday." But can he really be that specific without alienating one side or the other?

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Posted at 8:18 AM ET on Sep 8, 2009  | Category:  The Rundown
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I am looking forward to his speech. And to his detractors I say " let Obama be Obama." Still believes he has the 'grit' to get what he wants done.

Last year he made me a believer in his abilities to lead. That was not an easy task. I believe in President Obama, the best is yet to come. And I will be watching.

Posted by: Victoria5 | September 9, 2009 8:05 AM


Access to health care doesn't help untold thousands of unjustly targeted Americans recover from the devastating physiological effects of being silently irradiated by microwave and laser radiation "directed energy weapons"...

...the weaponization of the electromagnetic spectrum, a silent "final solution" that may have the nation's political leadership in its ideological cross-hairs.

This technology is capable of altering moods, emotions, inducing fatigue, weakness, exhaustion, confusion, life-altering injury, disease and a slow-kill death.

And key elements of the Obama administration -- chief among them the defense/security/intel establishment -- are proliferating these technologies by various modalities -- from hand-held weaponry to satellite and terrestrial cell tower based delivery systems.

American citizens and families targeted by this covert torture matrix also are subject to financial sabotage that decimates their livelihoods and financial resources...

...and relentless "community stalking" -- harassment, surreptitious home entries and vandalism by government-enabled vigilantes affiliated with federally funded community policing and anti-terrorism organizations.

Warrantless, covert placement of GPS tracking devices and misuse of cell phone technology to hunt down the unjustly targeted enables this grassroots terrorism.

But the Obama administration continues to allow these warrantless intrusions into the lives of unjustly targeted American families.

By its naivete -- its unquestioning rubber-stamp approval of the deployment of these destructive technologies and programs -- the Obama administration is presiding over the destruction of democracy, the rule of law, and personal liberty.

The bureaucratic saboteurs and Dr. Strangeloves behind these multi-agency crimes against humanity and the Constitution must be removed from power, immediately, before this silent genocide claims more victims -- endangering the Obama presidency while making a mockery of the rule of law.

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled): RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | September 8, 2009 10:08 AM

Obama/Pelosi/Reid/Democrats and their dwindling ignorant tingly legged followers don't realize it takes a lot more than a "good speech" to make good health care.

Posted by: ekim53 | September 8, 2009 9:18 AM

Take control of the dialogue and the public will at last stop listening to the mobs...

Posted by: parkerfl1 | September 8, 2009 8:49 AM

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