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Obama's Fox News interview marked by interruptions, focus on 'special deals'

Updated 7:05 p.m.
By Michael D. Shear
President Obama's interview Wednesday on Fox News Channel was a testy affair in which Obama repeatedly appeared exasperated at being interrupted and frustrated with the focus on legislative process rather than the substance of his health care proposals.

Prodded repeatedly by interviewer Bret Baier to discuss the parliamentary procedures that House Democrats are using to pass his legislation, Obama scolded Baier at several points, telling him, "Bret, let me finish."

At one point near the end of the interview, Obama shook his head and turned away when Baier cut in.

Later, Baier apologized for interrupting him, getting a smile and a firm handshake in response.

At another point, Baier accused Obama of fillibustering through the interview, to which Obama said: "Well, I'm trying to answer your question and you keep on interrupting."

Baier had blogged before the rare interview with FNC that the White House had put no restrictions on the topics that could be asked, but had said that Obama wanted to discuss health care. The interview took place in the Blue Room, and later the two walked through Cross Hall in the residence.

Obama refused to give ground to criticism of his health-care efforts, calling the legislation "the right thing to do."

And he predicted that he and his allies will be vindicated once the bill is passed and it begins having an impact on people's lives.

"The reason that it needs to be done is not its effect on the presidency. It has to do with how it's going to affect ordinary people who right now are desperately in need of help," he said.

Baier focused several of his questions on what he called "special deals" in the legislation, and he quizzed Obama about whether he knew if any remained in the legislation that lawmakers will vote on.

Obama discussed several, including defending a provision that would provide extra money to Louisiana because of challenges caused by Hurricane Katrina. The president also responded to Baier's questions by insisting that the bill would soon be posted online for all to see.

But the president appeared uncertain when Baier asked him about special deals for Connecticut and Montana.

"Connecticut -- what are you specifically referring to?" Obama asked.

Obama also said that procedural maneuvers involving his health-care bill will not shield Democrats from those who want to criticize their stance on the issue.

"If people vote yes, whatever form that takes, that is going to be a vote for health-care reform," the president told Baier. "And I don't think we should pretend otherwise. And if they don't, if they vote against it, then they're going to be voting against health-care reform and they're going to be voting in favor of the status quo."

Obama criticized Washington for getting "very concerned" with procedures in Congress, and said he tries to ignore all of that.

"I don't spend a lot of time worrying about what the procedural rules are in the House or Senate," he said. "What I can tell you is that the vote that's taken in the House will be a vote for health-care reform."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been criticized this week for saying that she favored a parliamentary maneuver that would allow House members to make a final decision on broad health-care changes without voting directly on a health-care bill.

The tactic, known as a "self-executing rule" or as a "deem and pass," has been used with increasing frequency in recent years by Democrats and Republicans alike, usually earlier in the legislative process.

After the sit-down portion of the interview, Baier asked Obama about Israel and Iran. Obama said that the recent spat with Israel over the construction of settlements was a disagreement "among friends." And he said keeping nuclear weapons out of the hands of the Iranians was one of his highest priorities.

Baier also asked the president about Tiger Woods. Obama said that the golfer had "acknowledged that he betrayed his family and that's a personal issue that he's got to work out." Obama said he expected Woods to be as good a golfer as ever.

Fox, which has been highly critical of Obama, provided Arizona Sen. John McCain (R), the president's former rival, an opportunity to offer his criticisms before Obama's interview was broadcast.

Speaking to Fox News' Neil Cavuto, McCain said Obama was underestimating the extent to which Americans dislike the process by which Democrats have moved the legislation through Congress.

"The sleazy deals, the Louisiana Purchase, Cornhusker kickback. the PhRMA deal," McCain said. "The sleaze that Chicago-style sausage-making going on in the formation of this bill."

By Michael D. Shear  |  March 17, 2010; 3:58 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency , Health Care  
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Comments

AS WITH THE "reviewer" in this column, I also saw the same Fox News interview.

I WAS STRUCK - before hand - with the lack of transparency at The White House, since their "Comments Line" - unlike the prior George "W" Bush Administration - CLOSES AT 5 p.m. EDT!

That dis-respects three other time zones!!!

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DURING THE INTERVIEW I WANTED TO "advise this 40-something young President" -- who was only age 15 when Ronald W. Reagan took his first oath of presidential office -- to engage in the campaign promise of 'FULL DISCLOSURE' and 'OPEN-NESS' - or more recently - 'TRANS-PARENCY'!

ALL THOSE POSITIVE QUALITIES ARE NOW FULLY ABSENT, at the worst possible time!

Foreign leaders recognized this months ago - before the American public & news media 'caught on' to the duplicities (plural)!

When does the current White House's Chief of Staff get replaced -- perhaps by Leon Panetta, who saved a once & former "Slick Willie" Clinton's bacon during a prior administration?

Posted by: gogosian2001 | March 21, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Obama is an IDIOT!

Posted by: jhayne5 | March 19, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

ADVERSITY IS THE TEST OF STRONG MEN. THE PRESIDENT PROVED ONCE AGAIN HE HAS THE INTESTINAL FORTITUDE TO DEAL WITH IGNORANT BIASED PEOPLE.
I JUST WISH THAT THE LESS IGNORANT AMERICANS WOULD PUT ASIDE THEIR BIASES AND FIGHT FOR WHAT THEY ELECTED HIM TO DO.
HE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR CONGRESS OR THE SUPREME COURT. WE NEED TO PUSH OUR CONGRESSPEOPLE TO BE MORE INFORMED AND LESS GREEDY AND SELF SERVING. WE HAVE NEVER IN OUR HISTORY HAD A PRESIDENT MORE KNOWLEDGABLE. IT IS TOO BAD THAT OUR COUNTRY HAS NEGLECTED IMPORTANT ACTIONS FOR SO LONG; RUNNING ON PAST SUCCESS AND NOT MINDING THE STORE. WE NOW HAVE UNEDUCATED PEOPLE MAKING MAJOR DECISIONS. WE HAVE FINANCIAL PEOPLE ROBBING US BLIND AND IMPORTED PRODUCTS POISONING OUR CHILDREN AND CORPORATIONS STEALING OUR JOBS. WE LET THIS HAPPEN BECAUSE WE ELECTED A MOVIE STAR WHO PLAYED US FOR SUCKERS AND WON. WE ELECTED A GOOD OL BOY TEXAN WHOSE ONLY JOB WAS TO GET CONTROL OF THE OIL AT ALL COST. WE ELECTED HIM AS THE GUY WE WOULD MOST LIKELY WANT TO HAVE A BEER WITH.
WE EVEN ABANDONED OUR CIA AND FBI SO THAT WE DEPENDED ON FOREIGN INTELIGENCE THAT LED US TO WAR. WE GIVE ISREAL 0VER $350, BILLION DOLLARS THAT WE NEED BECAUSE WE CALL THEM OUR ALLIES. NOT SO. ISREAL IS FOR ISREAL AND IF WE KEEP BEING STUPID, THEY WILL HAVE US FIGHTING THEIR WAR WITH IRAN.
SO, IT IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THIS COUNTRY TO SUPPOT THIS PRESIDENT WHO IS TRYING TO KEEP US SAFE INSPITE OF OURSELVES AND TO BRING US INTO THE 21ST CENTURY.
NO, OUR CHILDREN AND GRAND CHILDREN WILL NOT HAVE THE BURDEN OF DEBT IF WE STOP BEING STUPID AND SPENDING OUR TIME ON NEWS THAT DISTRACT US FROM PASSING LAWS THAT PROTECT US FROM OUTSOURCING OUR JOBS. PROTECT US FROM CORPORATE GREED. AND MANY OTHER PROBLEMS THAT HAVE ROBBED THE MIDDLE CLASS AND GIVEN OUR MONEY TO THE WEALTHY. IT'S TIME TO TAKE IT BACK BUT WE CAN'TSEE THAT. WE DEMONSTRATE TO KEEP THEM WEALTHY. THERE IS ENOUGH US DOLLARS IN OFF SHORE BANKS TO GET US OUT OF DEBT. IF WE STOP GIVING TAX BREAKS TO CORPORATIONS WHO MOVE OVERSEAS AND SUPPORTING COUNTRIES WHO WORK AGAINST US. WE WOULD HAVE A SURPLUS.

Posted by: sm98yth | March 19, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

When I was a kid the President was, well the President...

Posted by: edmundsingleton1 | March 19, 2010 4:30 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe all you loser liberals are so obsessed with Fox News. It's very rewarding for me to know that Fox News upsets you all so much that you keep talking about it incessantly!

Here's some bad news for you losers, Fox News is the most successful cable news network and it is going to be around A LONG, LONG TIME! Enjoy your torment!!!

Posted by: jhayne5 | March 18, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm frightened, . . . first it's the banks, then Schools and Health Insurance. Next they'll want to give us those fun tattoo's on our foreheads or hands. Couldn't I just be a devil worshipper without Globel Enlightenment?

Posted by: givenallthings | March 18, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Of course the President was interrupted on FOX TV. The only people they do not interrupt are Sarah Palin, Eric Cantor,and the Cheney kid. They they sit there like love-struck teenagers and gaze adoringly at them while they spew one lie after the other. Why would anybody take FOX TV seriously? It' just a corporate mouthpiece for the GOP.

Posted by: oldwoman | March 18, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

FILMBIZZZ: My comment only proved what I said in the first place,that you did make a grammatical mistake,as well as prove that it is the content that speaks for the American people. Not spelling or grammar,as you put it. I'll leave it to you to find YOUR OWN grammar mistake that you have,so arrogantly,denied.I put a mistake in my comment to sucker you into another response from you. And it worked!
What a DIMWIT you are.

Posted by: GreatScottBrown | March 18, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

If you tell a lie long enough many will beleve it . That is what fox(the republican station)as well as the republicans have attempted to do. While they allow the insurance Companies to RAPE the citenzery. Its a total travesty to watch these money grubbing politicians be so smugg as the citizens die or go bankrupt.All in the name of the LORD. Nothing but a bunch of Judases....

Posted by: bogartalan3 | March 18, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of whether one agrees or disagrees with what the President says, respect for the office requires that he or she not be interrupted. That respect was missing.

Posted by: whodathought | March 18, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

One question I would liked to have been asked is how this bill can be justified when you consider amendments 9 and 10 to the us constitution. It would have been nice seeing him stammer to that one.
Obama's answers were described as rope a dope by charles Krauthammer. Always on defense by A.B. Stoddard and stammering at points by Juan Williams.

Posted by: gfafblifr | March 18, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

As a family of five we pay over $2K/mo in health care. We have had the same plan for more than twenty years and have recently seen our premiums skyrocket. There is no reasonable justification that we can maintain military bases throughout the world and engage in the sort of military incursions we have since the end of WW2 while we have among the worst health care services for our citizenry. Are these actions of a civilized people? All the debate surrounding health care suitably masks debate of the core problem we present to civilization. Our preoccupation with war is creating an insoluble problem for generations to come. Give us liberty and not death for our children or theirs.

Posted by: imacfarlane | March 18, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Bret Baier did a marvelous job of asking relevant questions, instead of the usual soft balls Obama gets from Anchors like Couric and Williams. Obama tried to bloviate and filibuster to run out the clock and Bret kept bringing him back to the unanswered questions. Great job, Bret! We are proud of you and we finally got to see this man and his slimy Chicago politics, up close and personal. He was testy, evasive, and on the ropes when he couldn't get his way. I doubt you will get another interview from this small, petty man, but rest assured, you pulled off the veil so we could see what was underneath. Nothing!

Posted by: coffeenerves | March 18, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Fox news really is an amateurish operation. An interview is supposed to inform and not be a harangue from an uninformed interviewer. I recommend for those interested in true professionalism watch Tavis Smiley or Charley Rose interview a policy maker.

Posted by: jbowen431 | March 18, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

I watched the video. Anyone can watch this video. Why read some biased reporter's version when YOU can watch this video? Google for it or Go to Fox and watch the whole few minutes of it. Obama didn't want any questions. He droned on, and on, and when the interviewer tried to ask a question, Obama became defensive, saying "Don't interupt! Let me Finish! It was a little embarrassing to watch Obama. Obama is NOT doing Obama-Care for the people. He's more interested in matching a political idea to his Leftist ideology.
And that ideology is not what made this nation prosperous and strong. You watch it. See what you think.

Posted by: picomanning | March 18, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Hey, "Great Scott Brown," there was no grammatical error in my previous post, but of course many in yours, which is typical and thereby proves my point.

Posted by: filmbizzz | March 18, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

FILMBIZZ: These comments tha YOU have commented are NOT depressing. They are a barometer on how real America feels about this Socialist/Marxist healthcare takeover.
I noticed a grammatical mistake in YOUR commentyou Kool_Aid drinking JERK!!!!!

Posted by: GreatScottBrown | March 18, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Obama's responses to FOX questioning were nothing more than continued use of democrap talking points in order to avoid giving a true answer. Hooray for Fox for exposing this AS#hole even more!

Posted by: GreatScottBrown | March 18, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

How depressing these readers' comments are. I don't know which is worse-- your grammatical errors or your crazed stupidity. Why is the U.S. becoming increasingly insane?

Posted by: filmbizzz | March 18, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Right now Cavuto (On Fox) has a speed reader reading the 2400 page health care bill and he has discovered that the democrats included a school loan giveaway and a deal for N Dakota (for the SD congressman's vote).

That little scrawny liar Pelosi told everyone 'that provision will probably not be included' lied again! That's your Democrats. That's your 'Real change you can believe in'.

Posted by: jhayne5 | March 18, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

As usual, the intern in the Oval Office avoided tough questions that the msm refuses to ask! As a side bar, a news report today, noted that a certain brand of baby chairs has been recalled, is causing consternation in the Oval Office.

Posted by: nmg3rln | March 18, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Sure, Ebzra, that "rape" has the 86% of Americans who are just fine with their current health care arrangements (insured and not) just quaking. GET THIS -- Americans other than the deluded left prefer their current arrangement to government take over. And, guess what else: we are delighted that we receive our insurance and health services from folks who are motivated by profit, not stealing from tax payers. For profit goods and services beat the gov't any day. If the gov't wants to improve health care then put a real cap the ambulance chasers, permit cross-border insurance, eliminate the tax benefit of employer supplied coverage and let everyone pay their own way. THAT will work. There will be a match between supply and demand, folks will choose what they want to pay for, make the adjustments (or not) in their other purchasing decisions (hmmm, do I buy that new boat or do I pay for my cancer treatment) and adjust (or not) their lifestyles that involve risk to health. It is called personal responsibility. AFFter that is really in place we can take a look and make a coherent decision about whether there is some SMALL group that needs a bit of a hand with premiums. But we arre a long way from that.

Posted by: SaladinsConfessor | March 18, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Ouch

You liberals call it interrupting...we call it trying to cut through the crap.

A majority of all art in the world is crap...but the BS behind it tries to make us think there is validity in the work...WE CALL IT PONTIFICATION...unfortunately, a lot of you go for it!...same difference

Posted by: haic2000 | March 18, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I am sure all of you who are on OBOZO'S band wagon are the same clowns that voted for him and his USELSS agenda. And I am sure that WHEN this HEALTH CARE BILL GETS BOUGHT, I MEAN PASSED, many of you will be crying about HOW HE LIED and HE DIDN;T MENTION THIS or THAT, just like many of you who voted for him ARE NOW SORRY.. Why would anyone want to intrust their LIVES in a bunch of LYING, SNEAKY,CHEATING ,UNDERHANDED POLITICIANS. I know many of you are desperate for HEALTH CARE, But at what COST??? You will al be very sorry when what you thought you were going to get was all a bunch of BULL$HYT.

Let me get this straight......we're trying to pass a health care plan written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn't understand it, passed by a Congress that hasn't read it but exempts themselves from it, to be signed by a president that also hasn't read it and who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn't pay his taxes, all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that's broke.

What the hell could possibly go wrong

Posted by: itscc721 | March 18, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

We don't tie profit to law enforcement. I don't see any difference between the nightmare we would have with competing profit driven police departments shaking down citizens for protection and the nightmare we face living in a society where health care is profit driven by insurance companies. I don't care how we got here, the fact is that it's stupid and it needs to change. Now is the time before it even becomes more entrenched. Do you think it will get easier?

If the bill is defeated, not long after the champagne is uncorked, there will begin the rape of Americans. As your dwindling wealth is transferred to insurance companies to stay alive, when your company copays increase and deductibles double, when your prescrptions suddenly become tier 3 costs or not covered, when your company offers different costs for insurance based upon your ideal weight and what you weigh, or more likely, your company simply drops health coverage like they have retirement programs, you may not be dancing in the streets. BCBS Anthem tipped their hat a little too soon when they raised premiums over 30%, and if you think that's not the approaching trend, you've lost your ability to see.

Finally, Fox & News being used in the same sentence is humorous and entertaining. Like Tea Bag Party & Independents, or Fiscally Responsible & Republicans, the words simply are opposite.

Posted by: Ebzra | March 18, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse


After reading the posts, I see that the organized Seiu & Acorn posters are out in force. Obama's paid posters.

Posted by: Mike60 | March 18, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Hannity would have torn Obama apart like a little rag doll b*tch.

Posted by: jhayne5 | March 18, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Steve681, so your point is that the MSM is only 'liberal leaning media'. OK....
So right leaning media speaks the truth and liberal media is evil.
Right, right, right....

Posted by: priceisright | March 18, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

It is not unusual to get comments from both sides here that are eyebrow-raising, but postDC's suggestion that the Fox interviewer be jailed for not respecting Obama enough is the most insidious (and stupid) I've seen in a long time.

It's good that Obama finally had an interview where the interviewer was not fawning all over him ala anybody from CBS, NBC, or ABC.

Posted by: harveys1 | March 18, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

TO THE FOX DEFENDERS, WATCH JON STEWART TO LEARN WHATH FOX REALLY IS, A MEDIUM FOR "JIJADREPUBLICANS" "HYPOCRITES AND OUTRIGHT LIERS ALAS GEORGE BUSH-CHENNEY AND CO.

Posted by: postDC | March 18, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

wmpowellfan wrote "obama is simply accustomed to softball, fawning, gushing puff-piece interviews by his State Media. He doesn't get that from Fox, the only network that does aim for fairness and BALANCE.

Thank God for Fox!

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You just committed sacrilege thanking God for Fox, what a disgraceful moron. I trust next Sunday or wehenver you go to services ask Gof for forgiveness and please do not pray for the president because you will be committing another sacrilige.

Posted by: postDC | March 18, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

This guy Meir should be sent to a correctional institution, rude, grotesque and full of you know what. What a bad example to our society which already suffers from lack of respect, Fox obviously knows that , that is why they do it with a bunch of charlatans, libertines who stop on nothing to persuade people in believing their lies.
The president was extremely cordial and forgiven of Maier's antics. This is not freedom of the press, is evidence of their hatred for this president acting on actionable memorandums commanded by the extreme right and fanatical zeolots

Posted by: postDC | March 18, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

The Chicago boys are much more inept then the guys from Georgia.

Posted by: jhayne5 | March 18, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Sadly, even after trying to bring the President back to the question asked, the President was able to side step the question. Obama is super teflon.

Posted by: richard36 | March 18, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

tennesseemoonshiner wrote:

". . .

if you or I or your sister or mom were one of the eight hundred thousand people who go bankrupt every year due to ILLNESS, would you still be against health insurance reform?"

Couple responses, you welfare dude: First, there are not 800,000 folks filing for bk due to "illness" every year. That is a lie and you know it is a lie. Second, were it "me, my mom or sister," they'd HAVE health insurance because I and my kin would see to it if they could not do it themselves. We'd NOT insist that the government pay for it (but, we'd be inclined to stop by your place to pick up you apparently voluntary contribution -- oh, I forgot, you don't pay taxes, you just suck handouts from those who do).

Now, were it you who had now insurance, you can count on not getting a dime from me. Your life, your responsibility. Not my taxes, not my hard earnings which, as I said, I spend on my own family.

Posted by: SaladinsConfessor | March 18, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Gosh, I just re-read the U.S. Constitution and it's all about "process" nothing really about outcomes.

Of course Obama knows this -- and also knows that process is the only thing that's so far kept America from being the Marxist state he envisions.

Brett B. should have asked if "process is or isn't important in light of the fact that the Constitution is all about process?"

Obama, as the so-called Constitutional law professor (well, really he was merely a Sr. Lecturer -- near the bottom of the rank system in universities) might have had something illuminating that the Founders overlooked.

Posted by: rethman | March 18, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

It is about time someone interrupted him. I always said that he is just another "Chicago politician". He can't answer the questions so that why he doesn't want to be interrupted.

Posted by: dorrissan | March 18, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Ah yes, the eternal questions:

Teleprompter... or notes on hand?

He really used a teleprompter when he schooled the best of the red at their own retreat... didn't he?

Posted by: jfern03 | March 18, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

tennesseemoonshiner wrote:
Maybe it's just the part of the country in which I live, bgPhil, but I've always been highly impressed by the 'big Jethro brains'. Who else could be a brain surgeon with a second grade education?

And more seriously, if you or I or your sister or mom were one of the eight hundred thousand people who go bankrupt every year due to ILLNESS, would you still be against health insurance reform?
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I am for insurance reform. I am not for this massive unknown mess that Obama is pushing. Before we spend that money;
don't you think we should fix the tax code and go to a fair or flat tax so that our revenue is not diluted by the loopholes and exemptions that waste so much of our wealth.
Don't you think we should fix the immigration problem and send illegals back before we start spending our money on this segment that causes legal citizens to pay more?
Don't you think that having any foreign military base is a waste of money considering that we can annihilate anyone who attacks us? Don't you think our troops could come home then close and patrol our borders?

Posted by: bgPhil | March 18, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to get the quote wrong-it should read 'giant Jethro brains', and if I had one, I might have gotten it right first time.

Posted by: tennesseemoonshiner | March 18, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it's just the part of the country in which I live, bgPhil, but I've always been highly impressed by the 'big Jethro brains'. Who else could be a brain surgeon with a second grade education?

And more seriously, if you or I or your sister or mom were one of the eight hundred thousand people who go bankrupt every year due to ILLNESS, would you still be against health insurance reform?

Posted by: tennesseemoonshiner | March 18, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Highest rated cable channel? If that's the case, how is it that Fox & WSJ are not THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA (MSM) that republicans HATE so much?
BTW, the President took on his opposition face to face (1 v 250) sans teleprompter I might add. Yet, he's a 'PEA brain'? Right, right, right....
Lastly, whining and bytchin' is a universal trait. Both sides do it, no party has a patent.
Posted by: priceisright | March 18, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse


Well lets see. They are not part of the liberal spin media that is the mainstream media. The other networks don’t report straight news. It is all tilted left. MSNBC,CNN, ABC, NBC,CBS

Posted by: Steve681 | March 18, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Leave it to FakeNewsCentral, the Washington Post, to try to characterize Obama's lying, dodging, non-responsive statements as a result of interruptions. Truth is the journalist was doing what WaPo and its fellow travelers should have been doing for more than a year now. Obama is the single most devious occupant in the WH since Tricky Dick, and that is saying a lot given Bubba Clinton's behavior.

Do you nitwits at the WaPo ever stop to discuss Obama's not having had a press conference in about a year? The guy is pathetic off the teleprompter, which is why he could not handle this interview. Really, perhaps the staffers at the Post should be lining up to sell burgers and fries at Mickey D's -- that seems to be a level of energy they qualify for.

Posted by: SaladinsConfessor | March 18, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Fox News has had higher ratings than ALL other cable news networks COMBINED for the past decade! It is obvious that there are more people watching than just hard core right wing 'crazies' as you refer to them.

Even this LOSER president finally got it through his PEA brain that they HAD to go on Fox in order to inform more of the poplation how inportant this legistative debate is.

To all democrats, quit obsessing over Fox News and Sarah Palin! Good Grief! I thought you guys campaigned that you were going to fix the problems. Instead your typical democratic whining b-tches.

Hey, how'd that Air America work out for ya?

Posted by: jhayne5 | March 18, 2010 2:01 PM
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Highest rated cable channel? If that's the case, how is it that Fox & WSJ are not THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA (MSM) that republicans HATE so much?
BTW, the President took on his opposition face to face (1 v 250) sans teleprompter I might add. Yet, he's a 'PEA brain'? Right, right, right....
Lastly, whining and bytchin' is a universal trait. Both sides do it, no party has a patent.

Posted by: priceisright | March 18, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Lunch time's over, righties.

Time to get back to yor stalls, biting a-holes out of cowhides...

Hurry and get your quota in so you can get home in time to watch Beck!

Posted by: jfern03 | March 18, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Fix News Ratings are so high because there are a lot of Americans at home watching TV instead of working. If you guy's are the so-called majority of Americans,Hmph! get a job and stop watching TV! Collecting a lot of public entitlements at Working Americans expense. That welfare you like to complain about is working real well for ya right now. Food stamps and um-employment letting you watch Fox all day and play on your Puter. Blame others for your situation cause your what?
Posted by: minco_007 | March 18, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse


Hey minco - People are watching at night after work dumbo! You democrats sit home during the day watching Oprah and Maury to see 'who the baby daddy'.
Posted by: jhayne5 | March 18, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

He must get his news from John Stewart.

Posted by: Steve681 | March 18, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Why did Obama go on FOX? I will tell you why, Fox is second most watched tv network in the US. MSMBC and CNN are lower than the Cartoon Channel. Fox has more viewers than MSMBC and CNN combined. If you want a large number of people to see you, you go on Fox, pure and simple. USA network is #1 and Fox is number 2.

Posted by: dy19spider57 | March 18, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Hey minco - People are watching at night after work dumbo! You democrats sit home during the day watching Oprah and Maury to see 'who the baby daddy'.

Posted by: jhayne5 | March 18, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Fix News Ratings are so high because there are a lot of Americans at home watching TV instead of working. If you guy's are the so-called majority of Americans,Hmph! get a job and stop watching TV! Collecting a lot of public entitlements at Working Americans expense. That welfare you like to complain about is working real well for ya right now. Food stamps and um-employment letting you watch Fox all day and play on your Puter. Blame others for your situation cause your what?
Posted by: minco_007 | March 18, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, I do work for a living. I am not a liberal who belives in hand outs. I watch FOX MSNBC and CNN for the news. I do not do what Obama wants and go to the white house web site to get Obama’s spin. FOX NEWS ratings is high because they are the only Network that does not tilt the news as CNN and MSNBC tilts it to the liberal point of view.

Posted by: Steve681 | March 18, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

It was worth the time to to watch the shocked look on hussein's face when Baier and NONE of the anchors at FOX rushed up to him to bow (or genuflect) and kiss his hand (or that other part of his anatomy to which the socialist media's lips seem to be surgically attached), like they do at the Lame Stream Media. He was so amazed at getting real questions that were not just softball lobs, he seemed to have a hard time reading his non-answers from his teleprompter.

Posted by: TeaPartyPatriot | March 18, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse


obama is simply accustomed to softball, fawning, gushing puff-piece interviews by his State Media. He doesn't get that from Fox, the only network that does aim for fairness and BALANCE.

Thank God for Fox!

Posted by: wmpowellfan | March 18, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Fox News has had higher ratings than ALL other cable news networks COMBINED for the past decade!
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Absolutely true!

Of course, they're all over 65, so they'll be dead soon, and finally stop screwing up the country.

Posted by: antontuffnell | March 18, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

jfern03 wrote:
The dimwits posting here are the same Jerry Springer types that show up at these "kill the bill" rallies, berating sick people and throwing dollar bills at them (what if that was your dad?). Theses are folks that couldn't add 2 plus 2 but know about constitutional issues, budgets? deficits?"
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Jfern...I suppose that you are the final arbiter on who is allowed to discuss such complicated issues. That you alone can interpret the Stimulus and Health Care Bill.

Please do all of us a favor and publish your findings so that we may be properly guided. Your President could not explain the substance or the process that is going on with the healthcare debacle...can you?

By the way what does "Theses are folks" mean to a giant Jethro brain like you?

Posted by: bgPhil | March 18, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Obama apparently doesn't know what's in the bill either, if he didn't know about the hospital in Connecticut. It's amazing that he wanted to appear on Fox, since he's been so critical of them in the past. He's a desperate man, desperate to get this awful health care bill passed. It's not about insuring those who need it, it's about government take over of health care.

Posted by: grannysunni | March 18, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Fox News has had higher ratings than ALL other cable news networks COMBINED for the past decade! It is obvious that there are more people watching than just hard core right wing 'crazies' as you refer to them.

Even this LOSER president finally got it through his PEA brain that they HAD to go on Fox in order to inform more of the poplation how inportant this legistative debate is.

To all democrats, quit obsessing over Fox News and Sarah Palin! Good Grief! I thought you guys campaigned that you were going to fix the problems. Instead your typical democratic whining b-tches.

Hey, how'd that Air America work out for ya?

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Fix News Ratings are so high because there are a lot of Americans at home watching TV instead of working. If you guy's are the so-called majority of Americans,Hmph! get a job and stop watching TV! Collecting a lot of public entitlements at Working Americans expense. That welfare you like to complain about is working real well for ya right now. Food stamps and um-employment letting you watch Fox all day and play on your Puter. Blame others for your situation cause your what?

Posted by: minco_007 | March 18, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Fox News has had higher ratings than ALL other cable news networks COMBINED for the past decade! It is obvious that there are more people watching than just hard core right wing 'crazies' as you refer to them.

Even this LOSER president finally got it through his PEA brain that they HAD to go on Fox in order to inform more of the poplation how inportant this legistative debate is.
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Speaking of pea brains, you do realize, don't you, that less than one percent of the country actually watches cable TV new? It doesn't matter how many more viewers Fox has compared to its competitors, it is still a very small part of the populace, and even of the people that vote. So go be a Fox fanboy all you want. It remains basically irrelevant.

Posted by: oldabandonedbeachhouse | March 18, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

So why can't the preternaturally sophisticated, educated and hip stations like Air America, CNN, MSLSD and the rest chalk up some numbers of their own? Hmmmm?

Why did Obama want to be on Fox? Because thats where the numbers are.

The little Chicago vote rigger thought he could control the narrative and time clock - but instead ended up looking like a Chicago hack who doesn't even have the time the cafeteria opens down - let alone the issues he is creating.

And he did it on a station with HUGE audiences.

Anyone notice his numbers? Buhawaaaaaaa.

Here are reasons why the left's insanity keeps oozing out, despite the best efforts of the MSM:

If this Cuban Health Care bill was soo good then why -

Is it done in secret.

Does it need massive bribes.

Is it hidden from the public.

Are there no cameras in the conferences.

Are the republicans aced out.

Can't the majority find the votes to pass it?

And most importantly - why are little barry's numbers in the commode?

If the vicious left's narrative of how he is a victim of right wing propaganda were true, and, in fact, if America were a macrocosm of inner city Chicago and a liberal majority...

Why are his numbers tanking?

Just a coincidence?

Maybe because he hasn't hung Che Gueverra, Stalin and Mao posters in the Oval Office?

Because he hasn't ordered Bush and Cheney to be tried and hung by a jury of Obama's peers?

'tis truly a mystery.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | March 18, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

FUNNY THAT FOX NEW TRIES TO HIDE THE FACT THAT THEIR 2ND LARGEST OWNERS ARE THE SAUDI PRINCES!

Posted by: Gone_Rogue | March 18, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

jfern03, Why don't you move back to Zimbabwe and take 50 million with ya! Let's have a telethon and buy you all one way tickets.

Posted by: jhayne5 | March 18, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

What the country hates... is white trailer trash that watches Fox. Only those fools can be fed a bunch of crap ...and like the taste of it.
What an ignorant country this is with all the racists one brain-celled redneck white trash who have never been out of their county lines. Uuuugh!
Nasry, Nasty Nasty, the Jerry Springer, white, uneducated, biting a-holes out of cowhides for a livin' white trash.
Just split the country in half and call their half "dumfuchistan"
Posted by: jfern03 | March 18, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse


One who watches Fox News is not racist. You have racist who watch CNN and MSNBC. Your political leaning does not make you racist. You also have trailer trash who watches CNN & MSNBC. Now if you hate people who watch fox news or happen to lean to the right, you hate the majority of this country.

Posted by: Steve681 | March 18, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Hey America,
Have you noticed that our president and attorney general are only concerned about the rule of law when it comes to the rights of convicted terrorists?

When it comes to jamming thru' unpopular legislation anything goes!

Posted by: reddog19621
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Open up and brace yerself for a good old fashion ramming. Have a nice day.

Posted by: Emmetrope | March 18, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

What the country hates... is white trailer trash that watches Fox. Only those fools can be fed a bunch of crap ...and like the taste of it.

What an ignorant country this is with all the racists one brain-celled redneck white trash who have never been out of their county lines. Uuuugh!

Nasry, Nasty Nasty, the Jerry Springer, white, uneducated, biting a-holes out of cowhides for a livin' white trash.

Just split the country in half and call their half "dumfuchistan"

Posted by: jfern03 | March 18, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Fox News has had higher ratings than ALL other cable news networks COMBINED for the past decade! It is obvious that there are more people watching than just hard core right wing 'crazies' as you refer to them.

Even this LOSER president finally got it through his PEA brain that they HAD to go on Fox in order to inform more of the poplation how inportant this legistative debate is.

To all democrats, quit obsessing over Fox News and Sarah Palin! Good Grief! I thought you guys campaigned that you were going to fix the problems. Instead your typical democratic whining b-tches.

Hey, how'd that Air America work out for ya?

Posted by: jhayne5 | March 18, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

The responses are amazing to say the least.

"I wouldn't listen to FOX if it were the last station on Earth"

"A second rate interviewer who disrespects the President by interrupting all the time."

On and on they go, each almost sillier then the last. Why not listen to Fox? Just because they don't slant their coverage your way? Because all you want to hear about is your point of view? What blind sheep that must make you. Just the kind of stupid torch bearer who falls in behind the likes of a Hitler, Stalin, or plain vanilla psycho like Jim Jones.

In case you haven't noticed the President loves the sound of his own voice and will filibuster any and all questions asked of him. It's as if he feels compelled to talk and talk as a way of showing off his self-proclaimed brilliance. If allowed he would only have time to answer one question because of his oral diarrhea. Any decent newsman will do his best to control the interview since it supposedly isn't set-up to be yet another speech platform for the interviewee. It IS a time set aside for the media to ask the questions that it believes it's listeners or readers want answers to and not the reverse. Baer was correct in interrupting if that's what it took to get his questions asked and i would say the same for any other interviewer that's worth spit from any other media outlet.

I'm not in the least concerned about converting anyone who is a died in the wool lefty since I doubt that would be of any real long term benefit to anyone. The people I'd like to reach out to are the genuine Independents and Moderates. I only ask them to listen, to read, to compare/contrast, and most of all to THINK beyond their own self-interest whenever possible.

Posted by: Sproing | March 18, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

WHY!? When MSNBC or CNN interviews Republicans, they do it to them.


Posted by: Steve681
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Bush never appeared on MSNBC, not enough balls to face the opposition. Remember, for a while he only spoke to pro Bush (ticketed) crowds.

Posted by: priceisright | March 18, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

The President again made an erroneous statement when he stated that a vote in favor would be a vote for health care reform and a vote against would be a vote against health care reform. This guys is almost as good as "Slick Willie" when he said "That depends on how "IS" is defined. Allow me to calarify; A vote for is a vote for the health care reform bill and a vote against is a vote against the health care reform bill. Most Americans want health care reform, what they don't want is the abortion being proposed!

Posted by: rappo12447 | March 18, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Hey America,
Have you noticed that our president and attorney general are only concerned about the rule of law when it comes to the rights of convicted terrorists?

When it comes to jamming thru' unpopular legislation anything goes!

Posted by: reddog19621

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We've failed to notice that in much the same way that we've failed to notice that the Moon is made of green cheese...because it isn't true.

Regards,

Sanity

Posted by: js_edit | March 18, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I see a lot of the droolers and water carriers are being really hard on the fox news interviewed.

IMHO, that is really unfair.

When Obama told him, with a straight face, that the Louisiana Purchase was going to be used for earthquake damage in Hawaii, his response should have been:

Excuse me, but WTF PLANET ARE YOU ON? EARTHQUAKE damage in HAWAII? Have you been riding in Farakhan's space ship again????

Instead, like a gentleman and soooo unlike the MSLSD crowd, he conducted the interview with much more decorum than it deserved.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | March 18, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Well, this puts to rest once and for all whether Fox is a news channel or just another right wing advocacy organization. Clearly, the behavior of its "reporter" demonstrates conclusively that it's the latter. Nice sandbagging job by Fox, though. I'm sure their loyal viewers loved the spectacle of their mouthpiece putting this n____r in his place. Disgraceful. A little respect for the office, Fox, if not for the man in it.
Posted by: halifax1 | March 18, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse


WHY!? When MSNBC or CNN interviews Republicans, they do it to them.

Posted by: Steve681 | March 18, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm not surprised that the President was repeatedly interrupted- it's white trash Jerry Springer TV with 2nd tier interviewers appealing to their fundie Rethug base.

Pres. Obama, no matter how many times you make nice Faux News is like Lucy in the Peanuts strip and they are never going to let you kick the football, so don't go all Charlie Brown on us.

Posted by: Gracefulboomer | March 18, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

SAUDI-WASABI-ISLAMIST OWNED FOX NEWS AND WALL STREET JOURNAL WAGE JIHAD AGAINST CHRISTIANITY

Saudi Government and Ruport Murdoch Begin Propaganda Campaign against Patriotic Christians!

The 2nd largest share holder of FOX News, the Saudi Wasabi-Islamist Government, has begun the process of attacking the Christian faith by letting their opinion makers like Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck attack our Christian Faith.

By viewing FOX News, you are supporting the Saudi Wasabi-Islamist Government who sent the 17 Saudi hijackers to kill over 3000 people on September 11, 2001.

The goal of the Saudis as I read it years ago, was to own a major news corporation in the USA that would promote attacks against Christianity. Help stop Ruport Murdoch and his Saudi allies by boycotting FOX News, and the Wall Street Journal.

Here is the article on Fox News stance against Christianity.

http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/thegaggle/archive/2010/03/12/are-christians-forgiving-glenn-beck-for-calling-them-nazis.aspx?CommentPosted=true#commentmessage.

Churches are now urging their members to boycott FOX News and the Wall Street Journal. Ever wonder why you never hear any criticism of the Islamists and Saudi terrorists on FOX News?

In this video, Roger Ailes, CEO of Fox News admits that FOX is biased against Obama and the Democrat Party: http://thinkprogress.org/2010/03/03/ailes-legitimate-complaints/

Posted by: Gone_Rogue | March 18, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Like most of his "base," I had far better things to do than watch this interview. From reports here, I can see I made a good choice.
To the mouth-breathing screamers here: a) no President controls the contents of a bill passing through Congress--he literally will not know what's in it until you and I do; b) if you're going to congratulate the Fox "reporter," you'd do well to learn how to spell his name; c) the President's appearance on Fox was simply pro forma, so he doesn't have to listen to you guys scream, "he won't talk to our news network!"
Finally, just remember one thing: those of us on the left who have concerns about the compromises Obama believes he has to make will NOT be voting for a Republican anytime in our lifetimes. So don't get too excited about your prospects.
Posted by: abqcleve | March 18, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse
It’s not surprising after all id10t’s like you hate reality. And I love the ignorance you exhibit by stating

“Finally, just remember one thing: those of us on the left who have concerns about the compromises Obama believes he has to make will NOT be voting for a Republican anytime in our lifetimes. So don't get too excited about your prospects”
Only prove that you id10t’s only care about yourselves and not what’s best for the country. Only a complete loser would tie his/her self to a party regardless of the issues or the situation. But what else would anyone expect from a young ignorant so to be welfare recipient. Good luck with your future.

Posted by: askgees | March 18, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Well, this puts to rest once and for all whether Fox is a news channel or just another right wing advocacy organization. Clearly, the behavior of its "reporter" demonstrates conclusively that it's the latter. Nice sandbagging job by Fox, though. I'm sure their loyal viewers loved the spectacle of their mouthpiece putting this n____r in his place. Disgraceful. A little respect for the office, Fox, if not for the man in it.

Posted by: halifax1 | March 18, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

carleen09 wanna cracker, aaawk!!!!

Everyday it's like the parrot cage on WaPo.

Same ad hominem attacks by the same intellectually immature posters. "Obama's a liar", really? If you are an adult and don't know that all politians lie, you must wear a helmet and have your mom cut your food for you.

Posted by: priceisright | March 18, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Wow the cheerleaders of FOX are in full swings, where you happy with the questions they asked GWB and Cheney about WMD and the Iraq WAR, no wait they did not ask them any question beside I like the color of your tie.
and now they are asking about the process, how about ask why do insurance companies are aloud to abuse the American people ?
Posted by: tqmek1 | March 18, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse


I guess you do not watch them, then you would know that those questions were raised to them

Posted by: Steve681 | March 18, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Wow the cheerleaders of FOX are in full swings, where you happy with the questions they asked GWB and Cheney about WMD and the Iraq WAR, no wait they did not ask them any question beside I like the color of your tie.
and now they are asking about the process, how about ask why do insurance companies are aloud to abuse the American people ?
Posted by: tqmek1 | March 18, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse


I guess you do not watch them, then you would know that those questions were raised to them

Posted by: Steve681 | March 18, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Chevy55sc2:
"5 hour answers doesn't work Chimp. America saw your pathetic delay tactics."

Translation: Tell us how good it is in 10 words or less otherwise you're an arrogant liberal elitist using pathetic delaying tactics, because 10 words is the limit of our patience and understanding.

Also, Chimp? Really?

Posted by: presto668 | March 18, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Can you imagine Fax news interrupting Ronald Reagan that way? They would have been glowing, down on their hands and knees, slobbering all over themselves.

Oh yes ,they do that anyway now - in anger.

Posted by: chucky-el | March 18, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Can you imagine Fax news interrupting Ronald Reagan that way? They would have been glowing, down on their hands and knees, slobbering all over themselves.

Oh yes ,they do that anyway now - in anger.

Posted by: chucky-el | March 18, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Wow the cheerleaders of FOX are in full swings, where you happy with the questions they asked GWB and Cheney about WMD and the Iraq WAR, no wait they did not ask them any question beside I like the color of your tie.
and now they are asking about the process, how about ask why do insurance companies are aloud to abuse the American people ?

Posted by: tqmek1 | March 18, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

At least SOMEONE was asking some real questions to Obama.

Not like the queer on MSNBC who thinks we all want to know Obama gives him tingles up his leg.

Posted by: pgr88 | March 18, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

It became obvious Chimp had no intentions of allowing Bret to ask a question.

5 hour answers doesn't work Chimp. America saw your pathetic delay tactics.

Even LIB ICON IMUS berated you.

Why give an interview if you refuse to answer a simple question as it relates to BREAKING the LAW!

What an idiot

Posted by: Chevy55sc2 | March 18, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

1) Majority of Americans think immigration levels are too high, and want illegal immigration stopped. Yet mainstream media either ignores this sentiment or reports stories sympathetic to illegals.

a. [citation required] Plus, I would loooove to know how you think illegal immigration should be stopped. Yeah, good luck with that.

2) Likewise, every time gay marriage has been put to a referendum in the US it has been defeated. Yet media only portrays homosexuals in a positive light.

a. What the H are you talking about??? Why do you care if the MSM 'only portrays' homosexuals in a positive light? What does that have to do with granting a civil right to a minority?

3) When Reagan was president, media covered the homeless relentlessly. See them covering homelessness now, when a Democrat is president?

a. Again, your point? What does this have to do with healthcare?

What does ANY of your rambling have to do with the health care overhaul?
4) When Bush was president, every roadside bomb in Iraq got covered in gory detail. Not so Obama's war in Af-Pak.

5)TEA Party rallies get consistently under-covered by media.

Posted by: jromaniello | March 18, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

To trenda: You don't believe in God, you're a liberal, remember? You believe in gay marriage, killing babies, welfare and climate change.
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Nonsense!

True, I do beleive in all those things.

But I am very religious.

After all, I saw Apollo 13.

There's no way Tom Hanks landed that thing without a computer.

Just don't bend over around the Pope, is all.

Posted by: trenda | March 18, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

THESE POLITICIANS(PROSTITUTES OF THE LOBBYISTS) MUST REALLY THINK WE THE PEOPLE ARE STUPID,WHO AMONGST US IS GOING TO TRUST SOMEONE TO PASS A GOOD BILL WHILE EVERY POLITICIAN IS TAKING MONEY FROM THE LOBBYIST.IT IS AN INSULT TO OUR INTELLIGENCE.VOTE THEM ALL OUT OF OFFICE WE HAVE BEEN TAKING FOR A RIDE LONG ENOUGH.

Posted by: SISSD1 | March 17, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Do yourself a favor. Logoff and go to the Disney web site. You are simple too stup1d to be here. Maybe you should take a couple of hours and brush up on US history. And to think we the tax payers spend hard earned money to produce these f%^king m0r0ns. Maybe what we need to do is change the law so that those who use tax payer’s money for education and fail to be educated are forced to repay the money we spent on them. The last 10 years we've produced nothing but id10t's like this. We should just shoot them. At least they’ll be doing their part to reduce the impact on the planet. Put up or shut up….

Posted by: askgees | March 18, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Uncle Obama is so pitiful. He wants white republicans to accept him so bad and he just can not understand their rejection.

Uncle Obama stacks his administration with Republicans and steals work, resources and contracts from Black Americans to give to them and still no love. Then his feels really get hurt when the people he wants to accept him draws Hitler mustaches on his picture – what a moron.

Posted by: question-guy | March 18, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Way to go Britt! You showed him to be the bully, egotistic boor that he is! He just can't handle a convesation with an intelligent person! His performance must have made his base cringe! :-)

Posted by: thornegp2626
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Like most of his "base," I had far better things to do than watch this interview. From reports here, I can see I made a good choice.

To the mouth-breathing screamers here: a) no President controls the contents of a bill passing through Congress--he literally will not know what's in it until you and I do; b) if you're going to congratulate the Fox "reporter," you'd do well to learn how to spell his name; c) the President's appearance on Fox was simply pro forma, so he doesn't have to listen to you guys scream, "he won't talk to our news network!"

Finally, just remember one thing: those of us on the left who have concerns about the compromises Obama believes he has to make will NOT be voting for a Republican anytime in our lifetimes. So don't get too excited about your prospects.

Posted by: abqcleve | March 18, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Ask yourself why should we allow anyone (DEM or REP) to pass a bill that will effect everyone in America - except the people passing it, and that a majority of people don't want?
1. The people don't want it!
2. Doctors don't want it!
3. Half the Congress doesn't want it!
4. People are happy with the health care they've got!
5. It doesn't even cover the people they set out to cover!
6. Costs will go up, not down!
7. Real cost controls are nowhere to be found!
8. Insurance premiums will rise, not fall!
9. Medicare is already bankrupting us!
10. There aren't enough doctors now!.
11. The doctor-patient relationship will be wrecked!
12. Medical care will also deteriorate!
13. Rationing of care is inevitable!
14. Private health insurers will be destroyed!
15. Is probably unconstitutional!

Posted by: surfdumb | March 18, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I wonder why Obama didn't want to talk about the Democrat behind locked doors no Transparency, no ethics, bribes, earmarks, sweetheart deals and corruption?

Hmmmm, why wouldn't Obama want to talk about this Procedure?

Posted by: Maxim49 | March 18, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Gee, Obama didn't like being interrupted...just the attacking way that Katie Couric went after Palin in her interview. How do lefty politicians like it when the media comes after them??? Did Obama appear stupid like Palin? No, he just fought back. Palin is too polite to fight back - but in her speeches she fights back.

Posted by: steven7753 | March 18, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Brett Bair did a good job flustering Obummer, who responded to bribes questioning saying health bill bribes will "help with the earthquake in Hawaii"??? Obeyme can't even keep his lies straight. A typical narcissist: facts, rules, other people, don't matter as long as he gets his way, he knows what's best for the masses and who are we to question what he's doing to our ability to live healthy and not buried under a mountain of debt for generations? He is our Master, damn the rules, damn the facts, it's a crisis people, and "here he comes to save the day" like underdog, and you dare question him!

Posted by: surfdumb | March 18, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Biden, "Obama is not ready to lead"

Yes Biden most people know and it was evident in this interview.

Posted by: Maxim49 | March 18, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

To trenda: You don't believe in God, you're a liberal, remember? You believe in gay marriage, killing babies, welfare and climate change.

Posted by: jhayne5 | March 18, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

To trenda: You don't believe in God, you're a liberal, remember? You believe in gay marriage, killing babies, welfare and climate change.

Posted by: jhayne5 | March 18, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

A new news star was born last evening -- Bret Baier! Had not previously watched him, and really did not know him, but he had Obama on the defensive throughout the interview. It was very evident that Obama had not done his homework; tried to use canned answers; did not have the foggiest idea what his proposal was going to cost the taxpayers, and in the end, didn't care!

This was the first serious interview Obama has had for a while, and he FLUNKED!

Posted by: wheeljc | March 18, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

If BO just wanted to give his talking points he should of just had a news conference but he went on an interview with FOX. An interview means questions for him to answer which he didn't answer any of. If Brett just let him set there a spout lies then it's not an interview and should not of gone on with FOX. He's just a President, not God, so don't give me this "He was Rude to Him" or "Disrespected Him". I for one thought the President was the one who was rude by need answering the people’s questions. But that means you know something about it if you answer them. It sounded like he doesn’t even know what’s in the Bill and that is disturbing to me.
Where was all this talk when every other news firm bashed Bush. He was President but no one complained about it then. It's a two way street and if you can cross without getting hit, don't cross it

Posted by: edwardmartin | March 18, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Jeez, there is so much mis-information in some of these posts.

The non-Fox networks do not let Obama use a teleprompter when they interview him. What planet are you from? Where did you hear that? Let me guess: Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, Palin, tea partiers. Or some other such well-educated, fair-minded, thoughtful, non-egotisitcal personality at Fox? Such a diversity of thinking.

It's painful and boring to even have to bring this point up....

Posted by: Nancy26 | March 18, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Finally, a good interview of the president--one where the journalist actually asks questions and seeks answers. If more journalists did the same, we would be well-served.

Posted by: kmbd | March 18, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

God, one additional thought.

Since I would be giving up my 72 BSA Lightening 650 in this deal, maybe you could in fact do the job with . . . a real lightening bolt (which I understand to be the traditinal way you smite evil people.

What do you think?

Posted by: trenda | March 18, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

If the President had answered the question instead of repeating the same lines over and over again, Bret would not have had to interupt him. Obama got crushed because he dodged questions or wouldn't answer them. That interview really hurt his cause, and it underscores why Fox is number one as they don't serve up squishy softballs like CBS and NBC. The country is against the socialist takeover of healthcare, but since when in Obama's eyes does that matter.

Posted by: hoytc55 | March 18, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

I hate to break it to you rimantas1, but as with every other Q&A this year between Obama and the Republican party, he expertly dissected the disinformation and talking points.

The lure of big ratings and the prestige associated with an exclusive Presidential interview must be too tempting to pass up. Because the Republicans do not do well when he gets a chance to directly controvert the nonsense, face-to-face.

Posted by: paranoid36 | March 18, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

fink09, you and others that keep making that comparison really need to take a civics or political science class. Nazism is an extreme conservative, right leaning political philosophy. (Socialism and communism are the left extremes.) The correct comparison to Nazism would have been with the last presidential administration - G.W. Bush, a right leaning group. Your reference to Obama as a Nazi is so ridiculous, it just makes the people you are trying to offend laugh at you.

Posted by: wisecat | March 18, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

If Fox News is so wonderful, how come they wouldn't do this with the last president that was so ignorant and dangerous, G.W. Bush?
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Mr. Shear: you weren't listening. We were. And all we heard was Obama's campaign speeches and canned sentences. Most of the time he does not know the answer, on Fox or elsewhere, and covers his ignorance by collection of words which mean little. It was obvious immediately Obama did NOT know the answers to questions posed, was merely lecturing on tired old topics, and we were waiting anxiously for him to be interrupted.
It was refreshing to watch this failure of a president to be challenged instead of adored. No wonder he doesn't like Fox News: they tell him in his face he is wrong, while all others leave their wits at the door, and bow. People want obama challenged, and challenged hard. If you and your liberal colleagues did it, Fox News wouldn't be as popular and respected as it is today.
To repeat: we were happy Obama was interrupted. We did not want to hear his campaign speeches.
Posted by: wisecat | March 18, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse


Fox was tough on Bush when they interviewed him. So was CNN, and MSNBC. CNN& MSNBC has treated Obama with kid gloves, letting him get his answers from a teleprompter. Fox did not let him use one.

Posted by: Steve681 | March 18, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

This interview was a disgusting display of disrespect for the President. Every reputable news organization should voice their disapproval of such behavior. President Obama, with his calm, cool, and reasonable demeanor, showed why he is the most respected political in America and the entire world.

Posted by: richardwhetstone | March 18, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

man o man the left has some true believer dummies. Oblahma is an embarassment. Nothing his defenders can say will change that. You can't blame Bush or Fox or Rush or Hannity. This guy is a dope and ignores his duty to serve the American people. You true believers sound like socialist Nazi's in the 30s and 40s who held Hitler up with such high regard. They thought he was their savior too. I am not suggesting Oblahma is capable of the evil that Hitler was but the way Oblahma supporters defend him is too similar. I just cannot wait for the next elections!

Posted by: fink09 | March 18, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I agree with joboggi. I don't understand how we can have poured huge amounts of money into foreign countries for eight years, and at the first suggestion of helping our own folks at home, people carry on about how much it will cost us and put on tea parties. I mean, what the heck? Where were the tea parties six years ago?

Posted by: wisecat | March 18, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

If Fox News is so wonderful, how come they wouldn't do this with the last president that was so ignorant and dangerous, G.W. Bush?

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Mr. Shear: you weren't listening. We were. And all we heard was Obama's campaign speeches and canned sentences. Most of the time he does not know the answer, on Fox or elsewhere, and covers his ignorance by collection of words which mean little. It was obvious immediately Obama did NOT know the answers to questions posed, was merely lecturing on tired old topics, and we were waiting anxiously for him to be interrupted.

It was refreshing to watch this failure of a president to be challenged instead of adored. No wonder he doesn't like Fox News: they tell him in his face he is wrong, while all others leave their wits at the door, and bow. People want obama challenged, and challenged hard. If you and your liberal colleagues did it, Fox News wouldn't be as popular and respected as it is today.

To repeat: we were happy Obama was interrupted. We did not want to hear his campaign speeches.

Posted by: wisecat | March 18, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

I really thought that I was reading Fox News for a minute. Who keeps hitting the submit button in an attempt to dominate the conversation. Shades of the interview.

Health Care reform in two different versions already passed the House and Senate. Now they need to reconcile the two versions.

They are going through this process. The Republicans are trying to score political points and damage the President. This is politics as usual.

What is unfortunate is that Fox parades around as if it is a news organization, when it is an arm of the Republican Party. News needs to come at you straight so that you can decide what you think.

We just spent 8 years ignoring the country's problems and focusing on Iraq. The real problems are the economy, healtcare, the environment, Afghanistan, and Iran. This President is FINALLY addressing each one of these problems with all immediate speed.

Posted by: joboggi | March 18, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

God, I wasn't kidding about the motorcycles.

There's a 1974 Benelli 650, a 1084 Laverda 1000 triple, an 82 Moto Guzzi LeMans, a 75 Norton Commando 850, a 72 BSA 650 Lightening (might have a bad crank bearing, but of course you know that. You know everything!) and a 74 Trident 750.

Plus all my Jap bikes. (I would like to keep one of my little FZR400's, if that would be OK)

So, what to do you say?

Posted by: trenda | March 18, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Did the interviewer ask Obama about the HUGE SAVINGS this plan will net us over time?

I must've missed that part.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/18/health/policy/18health.html

Health Bill Will Reduce Deficit

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | March 18, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Shear: you weren't listening. We were. And all we heard was Obama's campaign speeches and canned sentences. Most of the time he does not know the answer, on Fox or elsewhere, and covers his ignorance by collection of words which mean little. It was obvious immediately Obama did NOT know the answers to questions posed, was merely lecturing on tired old topics, and we were waiting anxiously for him to be interrupted.

It was refreshing to watch this failure of a president to be challenged instead of adored. No wonder he doesn't like Fox News: they tell him in his face he is wrong, while all others leave their wits at the door, and bow. People want obama challenged, and challenged hard. If you and your liberal colleagues did it, Fox News wouldn't be as popular and respected as it is today.

To repeat: we were happy Obama was interrupted. We did not want to hear his campaign speeches.

Posted by: rimantas1 | March 18, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Where I come from you earn respect. It isn't yours by virtue of the vote.

Posted by: tjmlrc

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Where I come from, I was taught to respect the office, even if I don't respect the man. Matter of fact, I learned it twice, once from growing up in the South and once from my time in the military.

I respect the Constitution and I respect the fact that the citizens of the US voted by a large majority to make Obama President.

Posted by: SPrior | March 18, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Not true. The UK pays for the NHS through a National Insurance premium - roughly 11% of salary. Cheap at the price.
Posted by: strum | March 18, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

The UK is a very high taxed country. A lot of the taxes that they pay go to their health care. It does not only come from the NHS. GORDON BROWN is about to raise Britain’s tax burden to its highest-ever level, raking in nearly £1m a minute.
An analysis by the accountants Ernst & Young, based on the Treasury’s own figures, shows the chancellor will match the record high for the tax burden this year and rise above it next year.
That means it will be higher than in the 1970s under Denis Healey, when the top rate of income tax was 83%, and the early 1980s, when it was 60%. This money will be going to their health care system
Plus it takes forever to receive care over there. That is why the super rich come here to get cancer treatment. The common folk over there wait for 8 to 12 months to get treatment.

Posted by: Steve681 | March 18, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Fox News and the right wing of the Republican Party will raise any distraction, mirage or subterfuge to stop the American People from focusing on the real fact that they are for one thing and one thing only: the Haves having more and the Have Nots working their lives away to support that goal. Period. End of story. In the Health Care Debate, the Haves are the insurance companies (and those with enough money and access to afford them), and the Have Nots are the bulk of the American People, broadly speaking.

Posted by: maw1124 | March 18, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Of course, Obama spars with Fox News, Fox is the only news organization that dares ask Obama REAL QUESTIONS. Obama's not accustomed to having his nonsense challenged.

WHERE ARE THE NEWS ORGANIZATIONS OUT THERE?

Posted by: prossers7 | March 18, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Did the interviewer ask Obama about the HUGE SAVINGS this plan will net us over time?

I must've missed that part.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/18/health/policy/18health.html

Health Bill Will Reduce Deficit

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | March 18, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Interrupting and hounding their interviewees is the hallmark of Faux News. Baier was merely following the playbook. Nothing "new" there.

The amusing story is McCain getting a slot *prior* to the interview to air his criticisms; amusing because they were so predictably larded with teabagger rhetoric, since he's running against three (!) primary candidates who are positioned to his right -- therefore these ludicrous attempts to reposition himself as a Hun.

But I'm afraid he's actually starting to succumb to his own campaign rhetoric, and it's kind of a shame to see him jettison his own honor and reputation in the process.

Posted by: laboo | March 18, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

The self-belittling of Fox, by Fox, which accelerated full throttle last week when Glenn Beck defacated on the Christian faith. I almost feel sorry for the tiny-brained toothless heathens who turn to the network as a "news source."

Posted by: Jumpy66 | March 18, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

(I am repeating my prayer that Falafal Bill, Glen, Rush, Hannity, or one of the other nut jobs on Fox have an on-the-air heart attack.)

Pease God, I really do ask for very little, other than the safety and security of my family and friends. Won't you please, please grant me this one little wish?

Lord, I will donate my entire antigue motorcycle collection to charity if you will just smite one of this blow hards on the air.

PLEASE, GOD, I BESEECH THEE!


Posted by: trenda | March 18, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Oh God,poor FOX News having to smell his BO
stink while just trying to do their jobs
and honestly Question The Liar In Chief
Totally Corrupt Communist Dictator & Fake
Messiah,Self Appointed God,Comrade Leader
Barack The Insane Hussein Obama here...So
Doesn't FOX know that it is apparently
Illegal To Actually Question His Arrogance
Obama now then? Yep you betcha if FOX or
WAPO or the rest of the Butt Kissing Useless Cowardly Mainstream News Media were
to honestly question all of Obama's ahady
deals and endless lies then the American
people might wake up and demand Obama's stupid empty head on a silver platter! Go
Get Him FOX News! Impeach Obama and Vote
All Incumbents Democrat & Republicans out
in 2010 and 2012! Send Obama to jail!

Posted by: carleen09 | March 18, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Did the interviewer ask Obama about the HUGE SAVINGS this plan will net us over time?

I must've missed that part.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/18/health/policy/18health.html

Health Bill Will Reduce Deficit

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | March 18, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Did the interviewer ask Obama about the HUGE SAVINGS this plan will net us over time?

I must've missed that part.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/18/health/policy/18health.html

Health Bill Will Reduce Deficit

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | March 18, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Rupert Murdoch's ultra conservative media monopoly once again proves that they should be registered lobbyist for the Republican Party. Each of his media holdings, including the Wall Street Journal, has but one agenda, attack the existing president and his administration. An Australian by birth, Mr. Murdoch only became an American citizen so that he could own television stations. It certainly was not his burning desire to become a patriotic American. It is said of Mr. Murdoch "He is frequently criticized for his political views and for "lowering the standards" of the publications and outlets he acquires."

Posted by: sanders2 | March 18, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Well, it seems the untold story is that President Obama, by granting Fox an interview, has begun to make Fox into a legitimate news organization.

How magnanimous of the President. He and his Administration correctly identified Fox as political propagandists and not a news group, something few could despite creditably. So, instead of further exposing Fox and bringing them justly to account for their slanders, Obama lends his office to them as he does with legitimate news organizations, thereby offering Fox a chance to legitimize itself and act responsibly. Very cool of the President to offer Fox a path to redemption.

The way Fox handled the interview was quite predictable. The question is, will this experience prompt Fox to examine its unseemly blurring between news and shows like Glenn Beck? They can have Beck, if that's what the want, but the bastardization of news to support their politics is a disservice to viewers. They could begin to beef up to make their news into a truly honest service; let's hope they take Obama's helping hand and start to grow.

Posted by: edarden1 | March 18, 2010 11:23 AM
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I take exactly the opposite view.
I was angry with Fox, at first, for allowing, permitting O’bama, (I do “not” refer to him as President), to present his non-answer, answers to legitimate questions, being asked for benefit of the American Populace.
After seeing clips of the interview, I’ve changed my mind. It was a good move, by Fox. Fox doesn’t need O’bama, to bestow legitimacy, or credibility to their Network. Their numbers speak for themself, as they crush the Lib, networks, in ratings. I like the way Bret, pushed, and cornered O’bama, repeatedly. That was the only way to get at least, partial answers from him. I’m amused that he seemed to anger at times. Good, Bret. The Drive- by’s, never pursued a question put to O’bama. That’s apparently why they’re losing audience share, deservedly.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | March 18, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Fox News owned by an Australian s-c--u--m and the right wingers are out destroy this country. This is battle between the corporate elite and rest of the country in which a bulk of population is acting like zombies marching to the tune of FOX noise.

Posted by: kevin1231 | March 18, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

It was an interview.

It was NOT just another chance for obama to lecture his schoolkids...

Only thing I noticed about the "special" deals was that obama has no problem with them.

that he has no problem subverting the constitution.

that he has no problem telling others they are wrong, when the issues are NOT right/wrong.

basically, I got sick of hearing obama lecture and lecture and interrupt, and dodge and "dismiss" and basically BS his way through

Posted by: docwhocuts | March 18, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Does the President intend cancelling his really unnecessary trip so he can stick around and read, we guess, a new version of the 2000 page monster called Healthcare Reform....it will be posted in 72 hours, which, if Pontius Pelosi gets her way, will be 72 hours too late to do anything about it..........what a magnificent plan by the Demoncrats.........sort of like Chicago politics....."look, just get me MY plan or else."

Posted by: connyankee1 | March 18, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Frankly, I don't care much about health care reform. (I really am not sure it is a swing voter's issue. Certainly not mine.) If it happens, I'm pretty sure I'll still be covered under the insurance I have. If it costs a bit more, it won't bankrupt me. If it costs a lot more, then perhaps I can cut back on the $70+ a month I'm paying for cable as I get HD service and a premium sports channel (and if ESPN wants to keep subscribers then they can charge less to the providers) or perhaps I can not spend $100-200 a month on music and concerts. There is also the internet, the dining out, the cell phone, etc. etc. A lot of places I can cut back if I wanted too.

I've always felt that if we do have some form of universal coverage, then people like me, who can afford it, should pay a little extra to help cover those who are poor and cannot afford it. Of course, I'm not a Christian (or religious at all) and don't understand what is meant by "Christian charity", so I'm not sure what the religious right's position is on universal coverage. I would guess they are against it, from the near united opposition from the Republicans, and that is somewhat sad.

Of course, it's also sad that the Democrats seem to imply that insuring more people will somehow end up costing everyone less. I suppose if I were an idiot then I'd believe that, but I'm not. I wish they had a little bit more honesty about the end cost.

Posted by: prokaryote | March 18, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Did the interviewer ask Obama about the HUGE SAVINGS this plan will net us over time?

I must've missed that part.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/18/health/policy/18health.html

Health Bill Will Reduce Deficit

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | March 18, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Did the interviewer ask Obama about the HUGE SAVINGS this plan will net us over time?

I must've missed that part.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/18/health/policy/18health.html

Health Bill Will Reduce Deficit

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | March 18, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Kermit5: Asking for concrete examples of the mainstream media's pandering to the left is a little like asking for concrete examples of the Bible discussing religion. Where to begin?!?

How about:

1) Majority of Americans think immigration levels are too high, and want illegal immigration stopped. Yet mainstream media either ignores this sentiment or reports stories sympathetic to illegals.

2) Likewise, every time gay marriage has been put to a referendum in the US it has been defeated. Yet media only portrays homosexuals in a positive light.

3) When Reagan was president, media covered the homeless relentlessly. See them covering homelessness now, when a Democrat is president?

4) When Bush was president, every roadside bomb in Iraq got covered in gory detail. Not so Obama's war in Af-Pak.

5)TEA Party rallies get consistently under-covered by media.

Posted by: pmendez | March 18, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Fox viewers had rather have something to condemn, than something to understand - and Baier obliged.

Posted by: angie12106 | March 18, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Fox viewers had rather have something to condemn, than something to understand - and Baier obliged.

Posted by: angie12106 | March 18, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Did the interviewer ask Obama about the HUGE SAVINGS this plan will net us over time?

I must've missed that part.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/18/health/policy/18health.html

Health Bill Will Reduce Deficit

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | March 18, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

"It's no surprise that Democrats hide the fact that every country that provides single-payer health care -- and that's the eventual goal here -- funds it with extortionate personal income taxes along with a value-added tax of 15%-25% on ever single item made, consumed, and sold in the country. "

Not true. The UK pays for the NHS through a National Insurance premium - roughly 11% of salary. Cheap at the price.

Posted by: strum | March 18, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Well, it seems the untold story is that President Obama, by granting Fox an interview, has begun to make Fox into a legitimate news organization.

How magnanimous of the President. He and his Administration correctly identified Fox as political propagandists and not a news group, something few could despite creditably. So, instead of further exposing Fox and bringing them justly to account for their slanders, Obama lends his office to them as he does with legitimate news organizations, thereby offering Fox a chance to legitimize itself and act responsibly. Very cool of the President to offer Fox a path to redemption.

The way Fox handled the interview was quite predictable. The question is, will this experience prompt Fox to examine its unseemly blurring between news and shows like Glenn Beck? They can have Beck, if that's what the want, but the bastardization of news to support their politics is a disservice to viewers. They could begin to beef up to make their news into a truly honest service; let's hope they take Obama's helping hand and start to grow.

Posted by: edarden1 | March 18, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

JHayne5: Couldn't agree with you more.

Obama is America's first & last black president, and not just because of his incompetence. All the white liberals who voted for him can now check, "Elect a Black Man President" off their Feel Nice About Myself To-Do List and move on to something else. Plus, now that we've broken the White-Christian-Guy-as-President barrier, think of all the other groups we'll have to elect president: women, latinos, asians, gays, transvestites, Jews, Muslims, Hindus...

Posted by: pmendez | March 18, 2010 11:13 AM
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Glad you agree.
Next time, can we elect a moral person to be POTUS?
I don't care what color, sex (forget transvestites)or religion they are.
Just a moral, decent person.
Everything else will follow.

Posted by: tjmlrc | March 18, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Did the interviewer ask Obama about the HUGE SAVINGS this plan will net us over time?

I must've missed that part.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/18/health/policy/18health.html

Health Bill Will Reduce Deficit

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | March 18, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Obama, would not tell the truth yesterday afternoon. He also did not know what was in his own bill. The Fox interview is really the first time that he was given anything other than soft balls from the press. Many times he was stammering and speaking in broad generalities so as to cover up the truth about his administration's plan to use an unconstitutional process of bringing his unconstitutional bill into law. Never has any president been so arrogant and deceptive. He has lied about, changing Washington. He has lied about transparency. And he is lying about his motivation for this health care bill. He is a socialist who hates our Constitutional Republic (not a democracy). His actions make that clear.

Posted by: sonofliberty09 | March 18, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

To Steve681: Please help. I understand all the comments on the right opposing healthcare reform. I understand those comments from the right filled with vitriol. It is a free nation with free speech, and whether we do so in a respectful or disrespectful manner is up to each one of us.
What I do not understand is the claim other networks pander to the left, and people who come from the left wish to censor the right. Could you please give some concrete and detailed examples of CNN, ABC, NBC and CBS "pandering to the left?" Could you please give some concrete and detailed examples of censorship? Opinion is all well and good, but when it is not based on fact it begins to look much like paranoia.
Posted by: kermit5 | March 18, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse


MSNBC and CNN have called the tea party movement racist, right wing, Extremist. They never give Republicans the same respect that they give the Democrats on air.
They do miss lead like MSNBC after Scott Browns Election.” Scott Brown is the winner of the senate election. The people of Mass. Have spoken. They are saying pass health care now.

They never ask Obama tough questions. Even Obama has joked about being in bed with MSNBC, and NBC.
You will really hear on MSNBC and CNN that the CBO estimates on budgeted bills never come out as they say. It always winds up costing more.

Posted by: Steve681 | March 18, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Your report is either incorrect or focuses on the wrong matter. Having watched the interview, FOX focused on the bill's language such as giving different States more benefits - e.g.,the Louisiana Purchase. The President hedged his response over this and other matters. His anger, in most instances, appeared over the questions being raised. It is true that FOX, in my opinion, treated the President somewhat rudely. But your report focuses on that matter and not the legislation. As a Democrat I find your article aimed at the wrong matter.

Posted by: gjsamuels1 | March 18, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Did the interviewer ask Obama about the HUGE SAVINGS this plan will net us over time?

I must've missed that part.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/18/health/policy/18health.html

Health Bill Will Reduce Deficit

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | March 18, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

excellent. leading america against the extremists' propaganda machine is a good thing. hope he continues to fight against the the forces of fear and repression around the world and here. it has been too long that the u.s. has been led by corporate lackies and their criminals co conspirators.

Posted by: xxxxxx1 | March 18, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

The incompetent clown can't answer the questions, so he resents them.

Fox is the only news organization that asks Odumbo any tough questions.

The rest of the lapdog media just slobbers and drools over the teleprompter reader Odumbo who is a gross failure.

Posted by: LarryG62 | March 18, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Finally, a good interview of the president--one where a journalist actually comes in to ask questions and get answers. Too many interviews with the president are approached as forums to allow him to expand one what he chooses to share. That is perfectly fine, but that is a talk show format--Oprah or Tyra. Journalists do us a far greater service when they approach interviews to get information. Otherwise, they turn into the president's own public relations staff. When other journalists begin to follow their own independent spirit of inquiry in their approach to the president, health care, and other national issues, we can go from "cheering or jeering" to actually becoming more informed.

Posted by: kmbd | March 18, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

If that was Keith Olbermann interrupting W he'd be getting waterboarded at Gitmo as we speak.

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Can we stop with this sort of nonsense. I know it's a joke, but, really: How many journalists were imprisoned for criticizing W? How many were fined? (And don't give me "Judith Miler": she went to prison for not giving the Justice Department evidence which would have helped punish the person(s) who outed Valerie Plume.) Did secret troops visit any editors? Were any publishers shipped out black sites in the Balkans? For that matter, how many librarians went to jail under the Patriot Act? If questioning people's patriotism is the same thing as prosecuting them, then there would be plenty of opponents of health care reform in jail today. So, let's lay off the "fascist right" bit until you can offer some facts to back it up.

Posted by: CTullius | March 18, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

FOX don't like no Uppity Negroes!

Posted by: cllrdr | March 18, 2010 11:07 AM
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You're sickening!!!

Posted by: tjmlrc | March 18, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

JHayne5: Couldn't agree with you more.

Obama is America's first & last black president, and not just because of his incompetence. All the white liberals who voted for him can now check, "Elect a Black Man President" off their Feel Nice About Myself To-Do List and move on to something else. Plus, now that we've broken the White-Christian-Guy-as-President barrier, think of all the other groups we'll have to elect president: women, latinos, asians, gays, transvestites, Jews, Muslims, Hindus...

Posted by: pmendez | March 18, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Obama couldn't deal with the questions about substance. He continued to say that he didn't know what was in the bill.

Posted by: mike85 | March 18, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

FOX don't like no Uppity Negroes!
Posted by: cllrdr | March 18, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

What a dumbass statement.

Posted by: Steve681 | March 18, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Did the interviewer ask Obama about the HUGE SAVINGS this plan will net us over time?

I must've missed that part.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/18/health/policy/18health.html

Health Bill Will Reduce Deficit

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | March 18, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

To Steve681: Please help. I understand all the comments on the right opposing healthcare reform. I understand those comments from the right filled with vitriol. It is a free nation with free speech, and whether we do so in a respectful or disrespectful manner is up to each one of us.

What I do not understand is the claim other networks pander to the left, and people who come from the left wish to censor the right. Could you please give some concrete and detailed examples of CNN, ABC, NBC and CBS "pandering to the left." Could you please give some concrete and detailed examples of censorship. Opinion is all well and good, but when it is not based on fact it begins to look much like paranoia.

Posted by: kermit5 | March 18, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

That was an eye opener. Obama came across as a person who avoids answering the hard question (not unusual in a politician)..but, at some we need to discuss: "what if?" What if this program costs more than you anticipate? What if...etc. And the really tough one "how" are you going to preclude illegal immigrants, fraud, etc...the only answer is another huge government bureaucracy The point is he kept saying "there was no rush" while at the same tme saying it was going to get done this week and everyone would see the bill, really?

Posted by: djudge1 | March 18, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

That was an eye opener. Obama came across as a person who avoids answering the hard question (not unusual in a politician)..but, at some we need to discuss: "what if?" What if this program costs more than you anticipate? What if...etc. And the really tough one "how" are you going to preclude illegal immigrants, fraud, etc...the only answer is another huge government bureaucracy The point is he kept saying "there was no rush" while at the same tme saying it was going to get done this week and everyone would see the bill, really?

Posted by: djudge1 | March 18, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

He is a reporter trying to get answers to specific questions not a student receiving a lecture.
It is a tough position to be in trying to get answers from a filbuster president while showing deferrence to the president. But all things being equate the reportor tried to get answers for us the general public he should get credit for that.

Posted by: Helpsomeone | March 18, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I just watched the entire interview and was shocked by how disrespectful and obnoxious the Fox interviewer was. I wonder where on earth he got the idea he could behave like an insolent child when speaking to the President of the US.

Posted by: eugene8 | March 18, 2010 10:56
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Where I come from you earn respect. It isn't yours by virtue of the vote.
So far, he hasn't done anything to earn my respect so he gets no special treatment.
I wonder where this president got the idea that he could talk to the American people like we are stupid? He may have a college education, but he doesn't have any common sense and you need both in this world.

Posted by: tjmlrc | March 18, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

I just watched the entire interview and was shocked by how disrespectful and obnoxious the Fox interviewer was. I wonder where on earth he got the idea he could behave like an insolent child when speaking to the President of the US.

Posted by: eugene8 | March 18, 2010 10:56
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Where I come from you earn respect. It isn't yours by virtue of the vote.
So far, he hasn't done anything to earn my respect so he gets no special treatment.
I wonder where this president got the idea that he could talk to the American people like we are stupid? He may have a college education, but he doesn't have any common sense and you need both in this world.

Posted by: tjmlrc | March 18, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

FOX don't like no Uppity Negroes!

Posted by: cllrdr | March 18, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Did the interviewer ask Obama about the HUGE SAVINGS this plan will net us over time?

I must've missed that part.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/18/health/policy/18health.html

Health Bill Will Reduce Deficit

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | March 18, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Obama refers to it as HIS bill because he wants to get something done (even if it is a disaster) so he is not remembered (or forgotten) as the only black president ever.

After his diasasterous one term, there will never be another one! We will all remember this as a DARK period in our history.

Posted by: jhayne5 | March 18, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

With every Republican in Congress opposed to the health care plan, it’s not surprising to find that 79% of GOP voters are less likely to vote for someone who supports it. Fifty-five percent (55%) of Democrats, on the other hand, are more likely to vote for a member of Congress who votes for the plan.

But perhaps more significantly, 51% of voters not affiliated with either major party are less likely to support someone who votes for the legislation. Just 32% of unaffiliateds are more likely to vote for someone who supports the bill.

Posted by: Steve681 | March 18, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

FOX interviewed the President the way the unbiased mainstream media interviews Republicans......the only difference is they treated the President with respect.

Posted by: hartwr1 | March 18, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Did the interviewer ask Obama about the HUGE SAVINGS this plan will net us over time?

I must've missed that part.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/18/health/policy/18health.html

Health Bill Will Reduce Deficit

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | March 18, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Fifty percent (50%) of U.S. voters say they are less likely to vote for their representative in Congress this November if he or she votes for the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey taken Wednesday night finds that 34% are more likely to vote for their Congress member’s reelection if he or she supports the president’s health care plan

Posted by: Steve681 | March 18, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

I missed it,intentionally. I wouldn't listen to fox news if they were the last media source on the planet. The truth is important. Making decisions based on distortions and spin is counterproductive.
Health care, sustainable energy policy and climate change are too important to allow simple minded newsmen to determine the outcome. I have read several books on each topic by experts, well respected academics and analysts, in other words a broad spectrum of authors, to get my information. Fox news isn't even close to the truth. They are an organization dedicated to the dissemination of propaganda under the rubric of reporting the other side of the issue. They are a corporate megaphone being used to protect wealthy interests by shouting down other more informed voices.

Posted by: tryreason | March 18, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

I support the Health Care Bill. I feel it is tipped toward insurance companies and that is its greatest flaw. We have allowed the insurance lobby, the NRA and the Chamber to become too powerful. They are able to kill careers if their issues are not supported and they WRITE too much of our legislation. The President's decision to go on Fox News was a waste of his time. No real issues in the bill were brought out because the reporter had not done his homework and did not know how to conduct a real interview. McCain's appearnce before the program was unnecessary and bad timing. McCain is as bad a loser as he was a bad candidate. He is no longer a person to admire or respect and should realize he lost and the county did not and does not want him in higher office. He needs to make an attempt to do the work that has been alloted to him until he steps down which cannot be soon enough.

Posted by: txajohnson | March 18, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

What interview did you watch? I thought I heard our president refer to helping the people of Hawaii who had suffered through an earthquake with the money from the Lousianna purchase. Then again, keeping track of disasters and states - all 57 of them - is tough to do.

Posted by: rastines | March 18, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Did the interviewer ask Obama about the HUGE SAVINGS this plan will net us over time?

I must've missed that part.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/03/18/fate-health-care-rests-looming-budget-office-estimate/

Health Bill Estimated to Cost $940 Billion, Setting Up Possible Sunday Vote

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | March 18, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Fox News is one of the few networks not to cater to this administration. There are too many people out there who will profit from the agenda promoted by this administation willing to sell out the voice of the American public. When Pelosi and BHO made the comment that they would not be able to cover a large sector of the public with health care and then remove resources from Medicare and increase spending those were the red flags that should have been waved to most objective taxpayers in this country. Does not matter what party you belong to someone in your family will be adversely impacted by this fiasco.

Posted by: Tinker4 | March 18, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

What constitute a true death panel in the US?
a) Government group board to control cost Boards
b) Obama
c) Dim-witted Trailer Park Trash Queen Pelosi
d) Demented Liberal leadership team
e) MSNBC,CNN News & Left Wing media
Answer…
For the 300 million Americans with adequate healthcare insurance Now , But not after the bill is passed

Posted by: Steve681 | March 18, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

We need National Health Insurance. We are the only industrialized country in the world without it. We have a higher infant mortality rate that most "3rd World" countries. We all know the process is flawed and that the lobbies will do whatever they can to scuttle it. Please, let's keep our eye on the prize here. This is important legislation that deserves our support.

Posted by: sdamomma | March 18, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

I just watched the entire interview and was shocked by how disrespectful and obnoxious the Fox interviewer was. I wonder where on earth he got the idea he could behave like an insolent child when speaking to the President of the US.

The only time Bush got this kind of treatment was when he was interviewed by an Irish journalist about the Iraq war sometime in 2003. Otherwise, I don't recall this kind of blatant disregard for the sitting president--true, people hated Bush, but no one dared disrespect him directly.

This is reminiscent of the "You lie" episode.

Posted by: eugene8 | March 18, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Always fun to see the teabaggers, birthers and outright racists who have descended on this board.

Nothing like proving the point that the GOP and Fox Propaganda Network have not only drank the Kool-Aid, but they have shot it up their veins.


Posted by: cschotta1
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You racists love using the word racist against everyone else, don't you? That's probably because you are the worst racist of them all.
The vast majority of people who don't like your dear leader obama is because of his agenda. Those of us with brains listened to him even on the campaign trail and the little red flags were flying then. Like spread the wealth........
Hell, the hardworking taxpayers have been "spreading the wealth" for generations. Every time you get your subsidized housing, your food stamps, your free medical care, we are "spreading the wealth." What else does this graduate of the Acorn School of gimme want?
So, stop with the racist crap and grow up.

Posted by: tjmlrc | March 18, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

OMG, the President couldn't be more right. It is not about him or any of the members of Congress. It is about ordinary Americans.

When I re-up'ed my health insurance. I found that my in-network deductible increased by 200%. I think it is outrageous that any American thinks that health care is in need of massive reform and in the short term.

I am glad that I am in good health because my deductible is enough to keep me from even going to the doctors. I can't imagine how this type of hike is impacting those who have lost their jobs.

When this passes, and it will, the president is right in saying that all of health care reform supporters will be vindicated. When millions of laid off Americans have the benefits restored, from both parties, the GOP is going to be hard pressed in getting it repealed.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | March 18, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

What constitute a true death panel in the US?

a) Insurance Review Boards

b) Tea Party Hags

c) Dim-witted Trailer Park Trash Queen Gov Palin

d) Demented GOP leadership team

e) Fox News & Right Wing media

Answer…

For the 31 million Americans without adequate healthcare insurance, all of the above!

Posted by: Citi__Street | March 18, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

One thing the left will tell us is that we draw strength from diversity, that the mix of differing cultures and ideas generates innovation, creativity, and makes us stronger. Why then do some of those who echo lefty philosophy are so interested in censoring differing views of networks like Fox? Do they not in fact contribute to diversity and make us better?
Posted by: Wiggan | March 18, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

To answer from their point of view, NO. That is because Fox news does not pander to the left way of thinking like the other networks. The left think diversity is good if you think like them.

Posted by: Steve681 | March 18, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

The crazies are out in full force today.

Must be a slow day at the trailer park.

Posted by: sr31 | March 18, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: minco_007 | March 18, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

the "interviewer" at fox news must have been given the same orders from ailes the tea baggers were given to disrupt the august recess town hall meetings: immediately begin by interrupting, don't give the representative a chance to respond, do everything you can take the focus off what he has to say.

did this gain president obama anything? i doubt it, the "interviewer" was playing to his audience to reinforce the lies and misinformation and fear mongering they spew as their "fair and balanced news."

chalk this up with joe wilson and his "you lie" disrespect during the president's address. it plays to their audience but what really does it do to our country?

Posted by: sbvpav | March 18, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

If that was Keith Olbermann interrupting W he'd be getting waterboarded at Gitmo as we speak.

Posted by: CHICO13 | March 18, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Thank God for CSPAN Foxx and these postings. All three give us a good insight into the thinking of the "Righties"
A great deal of the agiggation of the folks on the Right comes from the fact that they are still smarting over the Butt Kicking they received last November '08.
Many on the Right have refused to accept the Legitamacy of the Obama Presidency even though he won the Presidency with over 350 Electoral Votes the largest Margin of victory since Ronald Regan wiped out Jummy Carter.
The Teabaggers all of a sudden have became Fiscal Conservatives, where were they when Bush sqandered the Surplus and set us on a road to huge deficits. Where were they when Bush passed Tax Cuts for the Rich, Priscription Drug Bills that gave us the Donut Hole, Wars that were of the books ALL not paid for?
Now everything is Obam's fault.
May I remind the Foxx Viewers that is was Bush Sec. of the Treasury Henry Hank Paulson who said that we had to bail out the Banks because the Economy was going to crash and we had to give them m $750 Bill immediately with NO STRINGS. It was a 3 Page Proposal people!! How quickly do folks forget.
This is the hand Obama was dealth.
he has to crean up the mess first before he can make any improvement, But my friends on the Right do not want to give him that chance. I know a Sandbag when I see one.

Posted by: Carprin | March 18, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

The barely concealed undertone of racism in the anti-Obama comments is sad and frightening. President Obama is an intelligent, highly educated individual who is extremely thoughtful, always polite, and trying to improve conditions in our country. If only the same could be said of his detractors. Anyone who believes the Fox-generated bull**** that Obama is a Communist or Socialist is simply not looking at what he has done and is doing. You shouldn't believe everything you hear on TV, particularly when it's Fox you're listening to. Obama has, in fact, been far less liberal in his actions than his progressive base of supporters (myself included) would have liked.

As for health care, almost everyone in the US is happy with Medicare, a GOVERNMENT-RUN program. Every other developed country has a government-run or assisted health care system, and the people in those countries are happy with it. That's not to say that those systems are perfect, but they produce better outcomes for people and they cost LESS than our ridiculously expensive system. WHY would you NOT want universal health care? Perhaps when someone in your family becomes seriously ill and your insurance company drops you after years and years of paying premiums, perhaps then you will see the wisdom of universal coverage. Or, perhaps after your insurance company has raised your premiums so high that only Wall Street fat cats can afford insurance, perhaps then you will see the light. An interesting point made today in the NY Times by the incredibly fantastic Nicholas Kristof is that access to health care actually DECREASES the number of abortions performed. As many of you Obama-haters also appear to be anti-choice, this should be another reason for you to support an increase in health coverage for all.

Lastly, if you don't want people to call you stupid or uneducated, it would help if you spelled words (and Bret Baier's name) correctly. It would also help if you could construct a grammatically correct sentence.

Posted by: yeastie2 | March 18, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

the first half reminded me of that movie frost/nixon in the way that Obama gave 6 minute answers that still didnt answer the question.(had to shut it off) Had I been Bret, when he filabustered my first question, I would have said " yes I agree or no I do not agree; are you incapabale of honest straight forward answers mr. president?" the way I see it, if you have the "best" plan and you have the truth on your side then there is no need for smoke & mirrors or double speak, talking points, ect.
I bet if we made our politicians go on c-span and read & explain their bills in person; live on tv. the bills would be written in english rather than political mumbo-jumbo real quick! especially if we held them accoutable and took away their pensions if they act unsavory.

Posted by: DCampbell2 | March 18, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

You missed the interview!
Obama was on the defensive, he talked but couldn't answer the questions; and, Baier even got him to admit that he didn't know what is in the bill......yeah, right.
He knows they sold us out -- but he was squirming big time because he knows that the facts about the "process" are "incriminating"......Chicago anyone???

Posted by: pjcafe
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You forgot Congress writes the bill not the President. The President only writes outlines of policy idea and then is turned over to Congress for the legislative work. It has been done that way for as long as I remember.

Posted by: beeker25
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To beeker25 -

It was my intention in my post to emphasize that President Obama repeatedly refers to this bill as HIS bill -- My healthcare bill -- I do know that it is not written by him ----

On the other hand, since he is campaigning in the bill's support, and even if he were not campaigning as he is, HE SHOULD be able to answer questions about both substance and process (which he dismissed as not important).

He needed to be able to justify what is in the bill.

He has told us that illegals are NOT covered in the bill -- so he knows that.
However, he is very deceptive. He has "assured" Luis Gutierrez that "immigration reform"(amnesty) will be this year and by reasonable logic, that also means we will be paying for the additional immigrants (illegal) if they are not paying the "mandated" premiums. Gutierrez has demanded that all illegals be included in the healthcare program, paid for by American citizens.

To say that these methods are tactically misleading and dishonest is an understatement.

Posted by: pjcafe | March 18, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Faux News? What moron pays attention to a political-favor-buying outfit like Fox? How can anyone think for a microsecond that Fox News is actually news?
Posted by: icurhuman2 | March 18, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse


I guess it is the same as the people on the other side who listen to political-favor-buying outfit like CNN and MSNBC and ABC, NBC, CBS.

Posted by: Steve681 | March 18, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Re: Fox News

If you don't agree with them, watch something else. Blaming Fox News for thuggery is baseless and and uninformed. Demonizing everything Fox is bad- not only does it show you do not support free speech, but also it seems to indicate that people are unreasoning puppets of the media.

Were I to rail against CBS, CNN, as agencies that reinforce the culture of dependence of the individual upon the state, and blame them for spreading idealogical failure that results in systematic drain on and decline of our society, I would be obligated to prove my point in specific by citing instances which support my charge. To make the charge without support is merely unfounded slander.

One thing the left will tell us is that we draw strength from diversity, that the mix of differing cultures and ideas generates innovation, creativity, and makes us stronger. Why then do some of those who echo lefty philosophy are so interested in censoring differing views of networks like Fox? Do they not in fact contribute to diversity and make us better?

One of the warning signs of cults is that when you are in a cult, the cult frequently tries to limit your exposure to outside information. This lets them immerse you in unchallenged propaganda and steer you in a direction. When you demonize contrary news sources, are you not in fact acting in a cultish manner?

So instead of charging Fox in general, state what about this specific interview you disagreed with.

Journalists who do not ask follow up questions and press for answers are derided. Perhaps it was rude to interrupt, but it is evasive not to answer as Obama did. The means do matter, President Obama.

Posted by: Wiggan | March 18, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Why are the democrats so afraid of Sarah Palin? She is more qualified than the current idiot to be president. She has been a mayor and governor dummy!

Obama has never run a business, never run a military unit, never run an executive office in government, all he's run is his MOUTH.

You see the incompetence in everything he touches due to this inexperience.

Posted by: jhayne5 | March 18, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

If O'bama accomplishes half of what he's planned, half of what he's already told us he wants to do, he'll virtually destroy America, as comprised by the Founding Fathers.
I'm listening to the Bret Baier interview excerpts, now, on Fox Radio, giving his long, non-answers. It's fun, hearing O'bama getting verbally slapped around.
He's a born Marxist.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmg

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You and your founding fathers- get a life. If the founding fathers still had their way, the President would be a 5/8 of a person, unpaid and working in the fields. Thank goodness somebody got some sense and changed the error made by the founding fathers.

Posted by: atidwell | March 18, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Faux News? What moron pays attention to a political-favor-buying outfit like Fox? How can anyone think for a microsecond that Fox News is actually news? It beggars belief!

Here in Australia, where Murdoch started his pay-for-editorial scams, he lost all credibility long BEFORE he went to America, where he found to his joy a corrupt system that applauded graft. But what really made him powerful was the absolute gullibity of the largely backward population!

If Goldman Sachs is the "giant vampire squid", Murdoch is "the king vampire leech", a parasite of the first order, able to recruit other parasites to feast on a multitude of suckers at the drop of a hat - that he gets these morons to pay for the privilege of being scammed is the greatest irony of all!!!

Posted by: icurhuman2 | March 18, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Fox news is a lot like Republicans and Bush in particular. Partisan, inept and inaccurate in an almost funny cartoonish way.. but still dangerous.

Posted by: cmsatown | March 18, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

lways fun to see the teabaggers, birthers and outright racists who have descended on this board.

Nothing like proving the point that the GOP and Fox Propaganda Network have not only drank the Kool-Aid, but they have shot it up their veins.

Posted by: B-rod


"SHOW ME A YOUNG CONSERVATIVE AND I'LL SHOW YOU SOMEONE WITH NO HEART. SHOW ME AN ADULT LIBERAL AND I'LL SHOW YOU SOMEONE WITH NO BRAINS!"

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 18, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse
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Ohhhh wow, you showed me! Did you learn that phrase in high school?

Never expect the teabaggers to have an original thought, b/c thinking is not their strong suit.

Posted by: B-rod | March 18, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

The crazies are out in full force today.

Must be a slow day at the trailer park.

Posted by: sr31 | March 18, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: JAH3 | March 18, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

"SHOW ME A YOUNG CONSERVATIVE AND I'LL SHOW YOU SOMEONE WITH NO HEART. SHOW ME AN ADULT LIBERAL AND I'LL SHOW YOU SOMEONE WITH NO BRAINS!"

And if you're cshotta1 you're an a..h..e

Did you have time to cash your SS check yet, so you can spend the rest of the day trolling blogs and listening to Beck?

Posted by: rcasero | March 18, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I'm not sure why Obama would waste his time with Faux News and its cretinous audience, but kudos to him for trying to reach out to the troglodytes anyway.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | March 18, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

If only Fox would actually have had the balls to ask Sarah Palin a tough question during the last campaign instead of being her lap dog/head cheerleader and propaganda arm.

Nope, instead, they hired her to continue to spout her uninformed drivel and talking points and to hide the fact that she doesn't have a 6th grade education.

The Fox Propaganda Network is nothing but the media subsidiary of the RNC. No surprises there.

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Posted by: ttitkonlyyou | March 18, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Obama just can not think. This is a man who has a script. If you deviate from his prepared answers to questions that were not asked he gets upset. When he goes on the other left leaning media networks they let him give his prepared speeches without interrupting him even when he does not answer the question. The reason he does not answer the questions is because he is plain pold stupid. That has to be it. He simply does not understand the qiuestion. If he thinks is is smart to continually be unable to answer questions because he does not understand, he is dead wrong. If the regular American can understand, why can't he?
Is is either very stupid or he is Arrogant or both. I go for both in his case.
He says history will prove him right, but it will not prove George Bush right?
I think just the opposite is true.

Posted by: nychap44 |

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Thank you ---Excellent post!!

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Thank again!

For what it's worth I want to add that I've never been overly impressed with Bret Baier. But I've got to say, his questions were spot on, and his "interruptions" were timed perfectly -- Obama was simply not answering the question. Finally Obama was reminded that he is a mere mortal, accountable to ALL of the people in these United States.

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Posted by: ttitkonlyyou | March 18, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

You forgot Congress writes the bill not the President. The President only writes outlines of policy idea and then is turned over to Congress for the legislative work. It has been done that way for as long as I remember.
Posted by: beeker25 | March 18, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse


Presidents do write bills too. John F Kennedy with the Civil rights act of 1964. The bill was introduced by President John F Kennedy in his civil rights speech of June 11, 1963,[1] in which he asked for legislation "giving all Americans the right to be served in facilities which are open to the public—hotels, restaurants, theaters, retail stores, and similar establishments," as well as "greater protection for the right to vote."
He then sent a bill to Congress on June 19 1963.

Posted by: Steve681 | March 18, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

given his beleif in the power of the bribe it makes one wonder just how DID he get those degrees. or was it the drugs that did it? the so-called "smart" obama has yet to show up, IMO.
Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate
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You make an interesting point...surely he must have bribed someone to "get those degrees", because we all know that either one attends 7 different colleges to finally get "a" degree, or they must bribe someone to get "those" from the two top universities in the U.S. And hey, did you see all of "those" answers scrolled on Obama's hand...going up his arm and down his legs to the "tough" questions brought on by Faux Noise? It no wonder he was agitated, the questions were coming at him so fast he didn't have time to find the answers that were scribbled all over his body...I guess all that's left for him to do is to write "Heya Mom" all over his body and go on Faux Noise in the nude to reveal...LOL...

Posted by: Beingsensible | March 18, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

The crazies are out in full force today.

Must be a slow day at the trailer park.

Posted by: sr31 | March 18, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately for those of us in the middle, the far right and left are simply nuts. You can't reason with unreasonable people. However, Barack Obama is our elected president. Everyone may not agree on everything, but those of you who imply that he is out to 'ruin America' make we want to throw up in my mouth.

Posted by: DurhamBully | March 18, 2010 10:18 AM
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Go ahead, throw up, you'll feel better when you get all the unadulterated bile, out of your system.
If you don't think O'bama's intent is to "ruin America," you're only listening to the Main Stream, Drive-By Media. If O'bama accomplishes half of what he's planned, half of what he's already told us he wants to do, he'll virtually destroy America, as comprised by the Founding Fathers.
I'm listening to the Bret Baier interview excerpts, now, on Fox Radio, giving his long, non-answers. It's fun, hearing O'bama getting verbally slapped around.
He's a born Marxist.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | March 18, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

What a waste of time THAT was!

Obama's supreme arrogance kept getting in the way of actually learning anything.

I feel sorry for his family.

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | March 18, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Obama ethical Americans CARE about procedures from those people that control our country and take our money and WORK FUR US. And right now Obams, YOU Pelosi and the Democrats are looking like Crap on Steroids.

Obama, the BIG MISTAKE

Posted by: Maxim49 | March 18, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Yes. But, in spite of human rights violations. Violation of international law, willfully committing atrocities and war crimes. And, killing innocent women and children and repeatedly, and without remorse, embarrassing the United States...President Obama, his Israeli Chief of Staff, and a minority of Americans continue to turn a blind eye to Israels egregious actions.

But don't worry, its only our volunteer Service men and women who pay the price.

Posted by: w32e31 | March 18, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

@robertmerry - to answer your question: It is because Obama is NOT white. It's that simple. And it's that sad.

Posted by: blaketus

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First robertmerry your cynical, superficial, bashing comments are without substance.
Secondly, to blaketus,

Could you refrain from the ludicrous use of the "race card" -- Obama WON the election -- He was black (and white actually) then. The race card business is OJ Simpson nonsense. We have risen above that undignified, disingenuous nonsense. Haven't we?

If you are so obsessed with race, you should be congratulating this "black man" who is riding around in AF1.

The questionable substance of the bill -- and Obama's inability to respond to either the process (Louisiana Purchase, 100 million dollar hospital in Conn. for Dodd, Montana pay-off, etc.)
and skirting the issue on Medicare and funding were Obama's downfall and reason for his defensiveness.

Posted by: pjcafe | March 18, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

So sorry Obama that you had to feel exasperated at actually being held to a real answer.

With all due respect, we've been exasperated about your for 13 months running.

Posted by: _buster | March 18, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Hey Fox guy, you made a mistake messing with a great constitutional lawyer. I guess you found out he is not Sarah Palin.

Posted by: truth1 |
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You missed the interview!
Obama was on the defensive, he talked but couldn't answer the questions; and, Baier even got him to admit that he didn't know what is in the bill......yeah, right.
He knows they sold us out -- but he was squirming big time because he knows that the facts about the "process" are "incriminating"......Chicago anyone???

Posted by: pjcafe
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You forgot Congress writes the bill not the President. The President only writes outlines of policy idea and then is turned over to Congress for the legislative work. It has been done that way for as long as I remember.

Posted by: beeker25 | March 18, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

To ashlett, you're right, since the president is black, it's expected he would be physically violent, however I don't think an 85 year old grandmother would be afraid of this skinny, scrawny little black man.

Posted by: jhayne5 | March 18, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Too bad Barry doesn't have the "Courage" to be honest with the American public.


Posted by: jas7751 | March 18, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

But, Mr. President, ordinary people don't want this Healthcare Bill. That is what we are desparately trying to tell you. The political elite want 1/6 control over the US economy and it's citizens lives. I believe the Healthcare Reform battle is also a disagreement between friends. We all want Health Insurance Reform, we don't want Government takeover. Let the States handle this issue.

Posted by: lewesjohnson | March 18, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Maxim,

I can see why Fox is your preferred network, you are just as ignorant as them. First show me a clip when Fox interview either Cheney or Bush and show me

A) where they asked him a tough question
B) Kept interrupting them
C) Asked them a follow up.

Now compare that to this tasteless interview by Baier.

Second, the tax cuts for the rich WHERE NOT POPULAR with the public. Any more GOP myths you would like me to refute?

Posted by: rharring | March 18, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

@Dennis : I think Obama (whose name, if you notice, doesn't have an apostrophe in it, so why be ignorant and turn it to religion by putting one in there?) showed great patience and restrait when he didn't punch Bret in the face. They guy kept interrupting him - you'd get upset at that too. Instead, Obama asked him to let him finish, let Bret finish when he began talking at length too, and then thanked him kindly at the end. That's great patience. Bret was really just being rude. Also, do you know what Al-Jazeera is? It's a newspaper, that has a lot of British reporters, actually. Al-Jazeera reports the truth more than Fox does. Do you know what socialism is too? Because the majority of Republicans simply use the word out of fear. Is Obama bringing socialism about? No. Go look at Sweden and see if we're anything like they are.

Posted by: ashlett | March 18, 2010 9:39 AM |
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I added the apostrophe, to make O'bama'a name, "almost" palatalble to me. It still tinges with the spectre, of Islam, as I think that's really where his heart is.
I ocassionally visit Al-Jeezera'a site, especially during times of major incidents. Many times I can get better information, there first. That doesn't mean that I agree with their messages.
Bret gets paid to interupt, and control interviews, as necessary. A good Interviewer should guide, and control an interview to reveal answers to questions, and evoke legitimate answers. O'Reilly would've controlled O'bama's mike, and reduced his volume, at appropriate times.
O'bama wanted to talk, without answering, or revealing his real opinions, or ideas.
Bret did a good job. I reiterate, he acted with restraint.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | March 18, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately for those of us in the middle, the far right and left are simply nuts. You can't reason with unreasonable people. However, Barack Obama is our elected president. Everyone may not agree on everything, but those of you who imply that he is out to 'ruin America' make we want to throw up in my mouth.

Posted by: DurhamBully | March 18, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

The dimwits posting here are the same Jerry Springer types that show up at these "kill the bill" rallies, berating sick people and throwing dollar bills at them (what if that was your dad?). Theses are folks that couldn't add 2 plus 2 but know about constitutional issues, budgets? deficits?

Quit worrying about deficits, as your God Dick cheney would say "deficits don't matter".

Fox news is responsible for the thug mentality of their most uneducated and uncultured viewers. They stoke it, they fuel it. Pure white trash with pure hatred over a black president. Plain and simple.

Otherwise, these "consciencious" citizens would have burned Bush and Cheney at the stake for their crimes against america... oh, they were white guys?... never mind.

Posted by: jfern03 | March 18, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

when is Fox going to subject Palin to the same kind of interruptions? Can you even imagine the outcry from the deluded right if Couric has constantly interrupted Palin? Of course, she would have been interrupting nothing since Sarah couldn't string a sentence together. UH, I can see Russia from where I live. Uh, let me check the notes on my palm. UH, uh, duh, duh.... Fox is shamelessly stupid.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | March 18, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Only a sociopathic entity criticizes others for doing what they themselves have done time and time again. This is the republican gameplan, but healthcare is not a game. People have died for lack of basic healthcare and the republican "death panels" will be responsible for more deaths if reform itself is killed.

Posted by: JovialReaper | March 18, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

fox news is a wing of the republican party.
no one should take anything they see on that station as serious or factual.
I agree Mr. Axelrod.
and your lap dog obama shows up?
I didn't take anything he said
serious. or factual.

Posted by: simonsays1 | March 18, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

And all the other news agencies are the wing of the Democrats.

Posted by: Steve681 | March 18, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Obama just can not think. This is a man who has a script. If you deviate from his prepared answers to questions that were not asked he gets upset. When he goes on the other left leaning media networks they let him give his prepared speeches without interrupting him even when he does not answer the question. The reason he does not answer the questions is because he is plain pold stupid. That has to be it. He simply does not understand the qiuestion. If he thinks is is smart to continually be unable to answer questions because he does not understand, he is dead wrong. If the regular American can understand, why can't he?
Is is either very stupid or he is Arrogant or both. I go for both in his case.
He says history will prove him right, but it will not prove George Bush right?
I think just the opposite is true.

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Thank you ---Excellent post!!

Posted by: pjcafe | March 18, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

thought having someone from the press actually challenge Obama was Historic and Unprecedented.
??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????It was rude, crude and disrespectful. In fact what it did was show that Fox noise has absolutely no respect for the duly elected President of the United States and no respect for the majority of people who voted for him and absolutely no respect for this country. Fox is setting up a precident on how other Presidents will be treated in the future. The reporter was a bully and boorish but why would that be unexpected coming from the station that is working with the rifht wing to destroy our country.

President Obama came out looking Presidential and a little frustrated. Fox came out looking rude, crude and disrespectful and being totally disrespectful to our President and our country.

Posted by: catmomtx | March 18, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

CNN and MSNBC did it to Bush for 8 years. You just do not like the fact that he was pushed to answer questions about his policy and failed to do it.

Posted by: Steve681 | March 18, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

fox news is a wing of the republican party.
no one should take anything they see on that station as serious or factual.
I agree Mr. Axelrod.
and your lap dog obama shows up?
I didn't take anything he said
serious. or factual.

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Posted by: nikejordans1 | March 18, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Lets hope that somehow our elected officials can remove their heads from the rears and vote NO! on this ridiculous bill. As for all of you libs that say that Fox is not a true "real' station... go back to CNN and MSNBC and their biased crap!

Posted by: Anti-SocialistAmerican | March 18, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

The questions on process matter. Obama himself said he did not want to pass bills with a 50+1 majority. He said that 50+1 majorities were a major problem from a governance standpoint, and that he was going to build concensus for transformational change.

Now, when faced with the fact that the American public is opposed to this bill, and while Democrats presently control Congress and the Presidency, he is in the position of pushing a bill against the will of the American people.

He failed at building concensus.

The fact that he is willing to accept any means to an end means he has abandoned his governance by majority stance.

This is significant.

It also is further significant because each elected official promises to support and defend the constitution of the United States of America. Clearly the 'deemed to pass' violates the letter of the constitution, and by turning a blind eye to it in the name of advancing health care, he has violated his oath of office. When major leglislation is not voted on and passed as detailed in the constitution, we move away from the principals of our founding document.

We don't really want to hear Obama re-iterate for the umpteenth time the political candy in the bill. We want him to act like an honorable leader, abide by his oath of office, and respect the will of the American people.

Posted by: Wiggan | March 18, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Procedures?
Of course Obama doesn't want to talk about the corrupt procedures of the Democrats with their behind locked door lack of transparency and ethics with bribes, earmarks, sweetheart deals, favoritism and corruption.
And these Corrupt A##hole want takeover healthcare. Not no but HELL NO!

Posted by: Maxim49 | March 18, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

@obamaalmighT

I was going to address your ramblings but decided that you wouldn't understand anyways so I'll just keep it short (like the bus you used to ride on). You are an idiot.

Posted by: blaketus | March 18, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Why would Obama go over there and try to talk to...what?....3MM people out of the 46MM who didn't vote for him?

F-that!

Posted by: dove369 | March 18, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Hey Fox guy, you made a mistake messing with a great constitutional lawyer. I guess you found out he is not Sarah Palin.

Posted by: truth1 |
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You missed the interview!
Obama was on the defensive, he talked but couldn't answer the questions; and, Baier even got him to admit that he didn't know what is in the bill......yeah, right.
He knows they sold us out -- but he was squirming big time because he knows that the facts about the "process" are "incriminating"......Chicago anyone???

Posted by: pjcafe | March 18, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

I sometimes get the distinct impression that the President is one of the few grownups left in the entire country. And isn't it just childishly typical of his critics on these blogs to make puerile, asinate assertions like" "Brett ate his lunch..." yuk, yuk, yuk.

Look. If anything it was the President doing the eating. Baier's approach was the typical Fox News, right wing, talk-over-them-and-don't-let-them-get-a word-in-edgewise approach. This is what you get when an entire mainstream media pretty much turns its airwaves over to an ignorant, dumb bunch of fundamentalist rednecks who wallow in pig feces and who's first instinct toward any opposition is to bash their heads in.

Posted by: jaxas70 | March 18, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

F@ck FOX NEWS and anyone who watches that biased prejudice station....My bad! was thinking out loud

F@ck FOX NEWS and anyone who watches that biased prejudice station....My bad! was thinking out loud

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Posted by: dove369 | March 18, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse


Now this is mature. Should we all assume that all liberals are this classy?

Posted by: Steve681 | March 18, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

thought having someone from the press actually challenge Obama was Historic and Unprecedented.
??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????It was rude, crude and disrespectful. In fact what it did was show that Fox noise has absolutely no respect for the duly elected President of the United States and no respect for the majority of people who voted for him and absolutely no respect for this country. Fox is setting up a precident on how other Presidents will be treated in the future. The reporter was a bully and boorish but why would that be unexpected coming from the station that is working with the rifht wing to destroy our country.

President Obama came out looking Presidential and a little frustrated. Fox came out looking rude, crude and disrespectful and being totally disrespectful to our President and our country.

Posted by: catmomtx | March 18, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

nm11928 wrote:
bgPhil, the way you write about the President of the United States, with no proof what so ever, you can easily write the same thing about your family and no one would know it's the truth!"
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My family fought as "Regulators" in NC, the Revolutionary War, The War of 1812 and none have been elected President of The United States. That has nothing to do with the pretentious crook that occupies the White House today!

Proof....follow the money from stimulus to ACORN and SEIU. Not to mention whatever is hidden in the bowels of the so called healthcare bill.

I can reason, add and subtract, so it is obvious to me that this bunch of crooks including Pelosi, Reid, Frank and Obama have been in collusion with bad lending at Fannie and Freddie, voter fraud at ACORN and god knows whatever this SEIU is stealing from taxpayers.

Posted by: bgPhil | March 18, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

with his tail between his legs he goes on FOX which he bashes and attemps to get everyone to not watch?

i guess msnbc didnt sell his healthcare for him and knowing the only way to be heard would be where the audienc is he lowered his pride and went on FOX?

being a gentleman Baer did not laugh first or ask him what was he doing on FOX!

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | March 18, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Why is it no one on Fox cared when the GOP used this tactic to ram through a $1.3 trillion tax cut for the super-rich, when it was deeply unpopular among the citizens?

Posted by: maurban | March 18, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

1) The tax cuts were popular to the majority of the Americans.
2) The use of that for tax cuts is what that presence was meant for. Budget related things.
The health care bill is health care, not a budget item.

Posted by: Steve681 | March 18, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

F@ck FOX NEWS and anyone who watches that biased prejudice station....My bad! was thinking out loud

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Posted by: dove369 | March 18, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Funny, the president talks directly to his greatest detractors, an act of political courage
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Political courage? What a joke that is.
A one on one with the ultra polite and one of the nicest newsmen on TV, Bret Baier?
What a daredevil Obana is. ROFL

Posted by: Maxim49 | March 18, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse


Who is John McCain? And to all you folks who think the deem and pass procedure is new, think again and better yet, ask your Republican friends how they have used it it the pass.

Posted by: OHREALLYNOW
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Dear Mr. OHREALLYNOW,

No one is saying that "deem and pass" procedure is new. It has been used repeatedly by both sides.
It HAS NOT been used by anything of the magnitude or controversy of the HCR.

This bill will affect all of us and possibly in ways which are damaging to not only our health but also our businesses, our individual finances, and our access to care for our families.

The "real" medical community opposes this bill; Obama's staged, hand-picked, AMA "props" which medical doctors oppose as "politically" driven are NOT representative of the doctors who are providing our top-notch care, those in the "trenches" professionally treating patients' needs.

It is unconscionable that a bill representing one sixth of our economy could be passed with the "deem and pass" tactic.

This is a "plague on all our houses" if this passes; and no amount of soothing political maneuvering by Nancy Pelosi will change that.

If this passes, Obama will be able to pass the Luis Gutierrez (Chicago, Ill) push for amnesty for illegals, and we will pay for their medical bills and premiums as well.

This is not a good bill for the majority of Americans -- and if you believe the "information" submitted to the CBO was honest in terms of the numbers, I have a couple of bridges I'd like to sell you.

Do notice that trial lawyers who are going to be overwhelming the courts with their "victims" are celebrating the fact that Obama and the Democrats protected them --- they will get the big awards, of which their victims get a percentage.
We will pay for those excesses in the courts as well.
And INSURANCE companies will love Obama for the "mandate" that everyone buys health insurance. Buy health care stock if it passes.....
Obama has been disingenuous and you are very gullible.

Good luck to us all.

Posted by: pjcafe | March 18, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Fox is a sham news channel, and much like Communist propaganda channels will do anything to destroy a real democratic debate.

Posted by: paulnolan97 | March 18, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

DemoncRats and their wombat fans are real tools, plain and simple. HC is NOT a civil, nor basic right under the Constitution of the United States, the Declaration of Independence, OR Federal law.


You cannot take a good, and make it into a right, as this is contrary to our American values. We have the right to free speech (until the tyrants try and take THAT away from us TOO, and tell us what to think, what to read, what to watch, and what to eat), worship, privacy, think- these don't come from the government, but from Humanity, or God.


HC is a GOOD, or PRODUCT that must be PURCHASED, such as food, shelter, basic needs, etc. These GOODS or PRODUCTS do NOT come from the government, because we as INDIVIDUALS must PAY FOR THEM OURSELVES!


You can't take a good, and make it into a right- and that's what the little dependent, lazy, parasitical socialists wan the government to do; along with the other elitist progressives such as Obama, Pelosi, and Reid- and all of the other DemoncRats that aligns themselves with this sleight of hand.


What they need to realize is, many Americans don't want to become generational wards of the state- where the government takes care of you from cradle to grave. Most of us are ambitious, and goal oriented enough to go get what we need and want, instead of sitting around like whelping pups, waiting to suckle on the breasts of the government. These Parasitical losers are the ones making the crooks think it's okay to do this to an entire nation.

I find the present admin to be Domestic Enemies, and should be treated as such.

Posted by: obamaalmighT | March 18, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

It is interesting to note how many posts there were BEFORE the interview aired. Obviously there are many who will simply disagree, regardless ...

Posted by: AMviennaVA | March 18, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Obama just can not think. This is a man who has a script. If you deviate from his prepared answers to questions that were not asked he gets upset. When he goes on the other left leaning media networks they let him give his prepared speeches without interrupting him even when he does not answer the question. The reason he does not answer the questions is because he is plain pold stupid. That has to be it. He simply does not understand the qiuestion. If he thinks is is smart to continually be unable to answer questions because he does not understand, he is dead wrong. If the regular American can understand, why can't he?
Is is either very stupid or he is Arrogant or both. I go for both in his case.
He says history will prove him right, but it will not prove George Bush right?
I think just the opposite is true.

Posted by: nychap44 | March 18, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

obama reiterated pelosi's non-sensical statement of last week. pelosi said "we need to pass the bill to see what's in it."

right in step with Pelosi, obama tells bret baer, "by the time the vote has taken place you will know what’s in it; i will know what’s in it."
((HUH???)) i had to wait for video to play this again and YES, that's exactly what came out of his mouth.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | March 18, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

If the interview was so great why did Bier apologize for intetupting?
Ask yourself why would Obama subject himself to such a circus?
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Circus? Obama was attempting to run the interview with talking points instead of answering the questions. What's the circus in a one on one interview of the #1 news station. Why go on another station that nobody watches and preach to the few leftists there. Even most of the leftists can stand their own stations like the defunct Air America.
It's the job of the interviewer to move the questions along and not let someone like Obama turn it into a Campaign speech.

Posted by: Maxim49 | March 18, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

ChooseBestCandidate writes: given his beleif in the power of the bribe it makes one wonder just how DID he get those degrees. or was it the drugs that did it? the so-called "smart" obama has yet to show up, IMO.
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To that I respond -

I wondered similarly every time Ex-president George W. Bush spoke. How did he ever manage to get into, let alone graduate from, Yale and Harvard. Then I wondered, may be, because of his family connections.

From your userid I infer that you didn't vote for George W. Bush in his two elections!

Posted by: samrtalec | March 18, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

And, again, I'm sorry all you people who'd prefer the 1950's but change is the nature of life; grow up and accept it.
Posted by: topwriter
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So you consider the Hawaii earthquake relief answer "critically" thinking? And what the F UK do you kooks know about growing up? Perhaps you should look at the fine mess social security, medicaid and medicare are in, then tell me who needs to grow up.

LIBERALISM........AMERICA'S WEAKEST LINK

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 18, 2010 8:58 AM
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Sure, change is constant, and perpetual. That doesn't mean that I have to accept, or like changing to a Socialist Society, and form of Government. O'bama's let us know of his Socialist tendencies, and Ideology. It's not for me.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | March 18, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

@robertmerry - to answer your question: It is because Obama is NOT white. It's that simple. And it's that sad.

Posted by: blaketus | March 18, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

I thought having someone from the press actually challenge Obama was Historic and Unprecedented.

Posted by: robtr | March 18, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

If anyone watches fox or should I say faux news and actually takes it seriously they need to watch John Stewart and Stephen Colbert for a week. They will not only see what idiots they all are but laugh your ass off in the process. Last week was especially hilarious when they both went after glenn beck and the Massa interview. faux news is a joke and anyone with a thinking mind would know that. But then again it is specifically for people who can't think for themselves.


Posted by: mmalewitz | March 18, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

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The sad state of affairs in this country is that 49% of Americans cannot think for themselves and need artificial sound bytes for their "news" on a daily basis. They are unable to process true reporting or real news analysis that takes several minutes of what used to be a normal attention span in this country. I'm afraid this problem is going to get worse, not better, as we move through our new century. Pretty soon, with education levels stagnating in the U.S., we'll have to compete with 3rd world countries like Haiti and Venezuela just to keep afloat.

Posted by: dc1020008 | March 18, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Please. Bret ate his lunch. President Obama's tactic is to go on and on for about 10 minutes per question, never really answering anything and then fein outrage when the interviewer reminds him he was asked a question.

Posted by: sah2 | March 18, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

What a nervy interviewer Bret Baier is! He actually expected his subject to answer the questions asked. Had the adoring and submissive liberal press done more of what he did perhaps the American public might have learned something substantial about the stealth candidate Obama and spared us the dangerous spending spree the US is undergoing now.

Posted by: mhr614 | March 18, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Procedure? Hell, Obama was a Chicago community organizer who surrounds himself with Chicago thugs, the type of people that ethical people run away from yet this crap is in the White House attempting to take over health care. Obama is a Fraud.

Posted by: Maxim49 | March 18, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Bold move by Obama going on Fox to speak directly with his critics... McCain twice used the word "sleazy" in his comments. What is truly sleazy is how Fox and co. treat their President. These people have no integrity.

Posted by: maq1 | March 18, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

If the interview was so great why did Bier apologize for intetupting?
Ask yourself why would Obama subject himself to such a circus?
The reason is simple: It's the right thing to do, which simply is his motivation for pretty much everything that's gone down over the last year. Contrast that with congressional repubs who act only according to what they think will aide them polically. Don't take my word for it: Contrast Shelby to Kucinich. Shelby agrees with 90% of Dodds reform bill but wont vote for it so he can say nothing was done in November. Kucinich hates the centerist HCR bill but is voting for it against his polical interests because its the right thing to do. Overtime the differeing motivations of these players will become obvious to the citizens.

Posted by: bob29 | March 18, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse


Very disrespectful to the President....but, hey....what is expected of Fox...nothing less than being impolite.
The Republicans should follow Khrushove's example: pound the shoe on the podium.

Fox and the Republicans are a disgrace....

Posted by: wrock76taolcom | March 18, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Hey Fox guy, you made a mistake messing with a great constitutional lawyer. I guess you found out he is not Sarah Palin.
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Constitutional Layer? Obama is an un-vetted Fraud.
President Obama claimed that the Supreme Court had “reversed a century of law to open the floodgates – including foreign corporations – to spend without limit in our elections.”

Obama Lies yet again.

For the history and the TRUTH,
http://blog.heritage.org/2010/01/28/the-truth-about-president-obama-and-citizens-united
Any Constitutional lawyer should have known this. Do you know what Obama did at Harvard OTHER than receiving titles? And the media in bed with him is not interested either.
I bet like most people you believe that Obama was a Law professor. The media likes to perpetrate this lie. He was a part time lecturer being groomed by the leftists there for politics. He's suit is even emptier than most people think. Yes, the University of Chicago is the home of Obama's friend Bill "the Bomber" Ayers.

Posted by: Maxim49 | March 18, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

bgPhil, the way you write about the President of the United States, with no proof what so ever, you can easily write the same thing about your family and no one would know it's the truth!

Posted by: nm11928 | March 18, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Funny, the president talks directly to his greatest detractors, an act of political courage and yet the righties see it as a performance of weakness. It is one of great strength, which this president regularly exhibits. I do not recall president Bush giving direct interviews to anyone at say CBS, or more to the point, MSNBC or CNN. This president goes to congressional republican forums on TV as they wanted. This president invites the republicans to the White House, again on TV for a health care summit. He doesn't have to do those things. Previous presidents did not. In the end this president will go down in history as one of the great ones. Yes he will and he will have eight years, just wait and see.

Righties, please note that I referred to George W. Bush, as president Bush as a matter of respect for the office he held, though I thought his presidency a total disaster. Why is it that you cannot o the same? You act like a bunch of five year old kindergarteners, calling names in the playground at recess.. It seems to me that you call him Barry and all that in order to make yourselves feel better. What a bunch of childish losers and sore losers at that.

Posted by: robertmerry | March 18, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Poor Barry, he actually was asked a "follow-up" question... MSM is off the hook trying to protect this rookie and it makes many of us ill...

Posted by: aldobender | March 18, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

mottowin wrote:
I'm adding Bret Baier to the list of folks who'd best pray at night that they never step into my elevator (he joins Rove, Hannity and O'Reiily as future steaming puddles)."
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Your elevator? If you have an elevator it does not go to the top floor!

Leftist coward...I doubt you would have the temerity to even speak to another human on an elevator. Brave and tough you are, from the safety of your lazy boy and wireless keyboard!

Posted by: bgPhil | March 18, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Why is it no one on Fox cared when the GOP used this tactic to ram through a $1.3 trillion tax cut for the super-rich, when it was deeply unpopular among the citizens?
But when the Dems try to use same tactic to pass health care bill, it is suddenly an act of treason.
Saddling our grandchildren with debt to China in order to give a trillion dollars to super rich people=good. Doing the same to try and help lower class people without access to healthcare=anti-Christian and anti-American

??????

Posted by: maurban | March 18, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

It is clear that the President got upset during his interview because his scripted 3 key based talking points got interrupted by questions based on the concerns of real Americans. He couldn't handle it simply because he wasn't used to a real interview. Notice how evasive he became when he was thrown off his talking points? Angry? Well, what did he expect? a free ride as all the other left networks award him and his team every time. Listen libs, he only accepted this interview because he is losing the Americans that matter come next November and in the elections in 2012. The independents and straight thinking Americans. For the rest of you gullible folk that by into the hoopla and teleprompter brain wash. Thanks for getting us into this mess.

Posted by: mcostello13 | March 18, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

God for Fox news for standing up against
the avowed socialist

Posted by: akeegan2 | March 18, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Who is John McCain? And to all you folks who think the deem and pass procedure is new, think again and better yet, ask your Republican friends how they have used it it the pass.

Posted by: OHREALLYNOW


For a 875 billion dollar entitlement program? Care to try again?

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 18, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Wait a minute! He's not concerned about the process? HE WAS A CONSTITUTIONAL LAW PROFESSOR!! I would think he would be very concerned about 'the process'.

I'm also curious about the earthquake in Hawaii. I used to live there and follow the local news. Hadn't heard of that one before.

Posted by: rigoman33 | March 18, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

given his beleif in the power of the bribe it makes one wonder just how DID he get those degrees. or was it the drugs that did it? the so-called "smart" obama has yet to show up, IMO.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | March 18, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Hey Fox guy, you made a mistake messing with a great constitutional lawyer. I guess you found out he is not Sarah Palin.

Posted by: truth1


No, he's worse. Atleast Sarah could pronounce "corpsman" and hasn't had to ride the affirmative action train her whole life!

ALL ABOARD!!

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 18, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Who is John McCain? And to all you folks who think the deem and pass procedure is new, think again and better yet, ask your Republican friends how they have used it it the pass.

Posted by: OHREALLYNOW | March 18, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

I have a couple things to say to a couple people:

@jas7751 : Did you see, with the Gallup poll, that there is a +/- 2%. Meaning, his approval rating could be between 44-48% and his disapproval between 45%-48%, both ways. Thus, the poll could be 48% approve, 45% disapprove. So, don't go saying more Americans disapprove until it's a bigger gap that doesn't overlap at all.

@clandestinetomcat : The measures that are big used are not "un-constitutional." Are they the right way to pass such a large bill, probably not. But Congress passes laws on the "will of the majority." If the majority still pass the bill, no matter the method, it's still Constitutional. Republicans have used it too. Is it un-constitutional when they do it?

@gadsdensnake : I completely agree with you and would love to see an honest, professional debate on it - even online - between normal people.

@Obamasnotyamama : He evaded the first question, I give you that, and Brer made him answer, which was good too. I believe he wanted to say specific things though, and Brer wasn't giving him the chance. HOWEVER, I don't think he was rattled at all and he wouldn't have gone on if he expected to be able to read from the teleprompter. This was supposed to be a candid interview, to a more angry audience, to show them the real measures of the HC bill.

@ItsOver2 : Considering he is from Hawaii, I bet he knows more about it than you. He also didn't say they were devestated, just affected by one. And thus, the people hurt by that would have some extentions with healthcare as they recovered. http://cnmnewsnetwork.com/12324/hawaii-earthquake-another-bizarre-quake-shakes-land/

@Dennis : I think Obama (whose name, if you notice, doesn't have an apostrophe in it, so why be ignorant and turn it to religion by putting one in there?) showed great patience and restrait when he didn't punch Bret in the face. They guy kept interrupting him - you'd get upset at that too. Instead, Obama asked him to let him finish, let Bret finish when he began talking at length too, and then thanked him kindly at the end. That's great patience. Bret was really just being rude. Also, do you know what Al-Jazeera is? It's a newspaper, that has a lot of British reporters, actually. Al-Jazeera reports the truth more than Fox does. Do you know what socialism is too? Because the majority of Republicans simply use the word out of fear. Is Obama bringing socialism about? No. Go look at Sweden and see if we're anything like they are.

Posted by: ashlett | March 18, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Proving once again Obama is too nice to be president. That's why I threw all my support behind the mean old lady.

Posted by: Wallenstein | March 18, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

If anyone watches fox or should I say faux news and actually takes it seriously they need to watch John Stewart and Stephen Colbert for a week. They will not only see what idiots they all are but laugh your ass off in the process. Last week was especially hilarious when they both went after glenn beck and the Massa interview. faux news is a joke and anyone with a thinking mind would know that. But then again it is specifically for people who can't think for themselves.

Posted by: mmalewitz | March 18, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Michael,
You should know the difference between a lecture and an interview. Baier gave Obama the opportunity to answer questions people have about health insurance reform and Obama refused to answer.

Posted by: rpatoh | March 18, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Obama believes that "he who uses the most words wins".
Way to go Britt! You showed him to be the bully, egotistic boor that he is!
He just can't handle a convesation with an intelligent person!
His performance must have made his base cringe! :-)

Posted by: thornegp2626 | March 18, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Always fun to see the teabaggers, birthers and outright racists who have descended on this board.

Nothing like proving the point that the GOP and Fox Propaganda Network have not only drank the Kool-Aid, but they have shot it up their veins.

Posted by: B-rod


"SHOW ME A YOUNG CONSERVATIVE AND I'LL SHOW YOU SOMEONE WITH NO HEART. SHOW ME AN ADULT LIBERAL AND I'LL SHOW YOU SOMEONE WITH NO BRAINS!"

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 18, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

whatever, naysayers!

Posted by: 11kap | March 18, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Now that tough-talkers like bratty kathy, jas 7751, egdusa and cschotta have had their say, I do hope they'll crawl back under their rocks.

Posted by: lobern | March 18, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

You kicked his butt, Mr. President. What a small man and what a stupid network--FOX is about as interested in the truth as Al Jazeera is interested in the truth. That you even sat down with this jerk is a testament to your transparency and decency. Republicans are Big Business, tools of the insurance industry and I dare them to tell us just one thing insurance companies do to promote the health and well-being of Americans. Go ahead, we're listening. They are cash launderers for drug companies.


Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | March 18, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

So what you are saying...you had rather he be interviewed by someone.... that Obama is sending a chill up his leg?

Posted by: Micholina1 | March 18, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Earth to Kim, If you really think that idiot (the pres) did a good job handeling the punk, then you're either on drugs, like most liberals, or your mama taught you to be an idiot. Serious kim, you can't be too smart. Your pres. was buried alive. He doesn't even know what is in the healthcare bill by his own admission.

Bob P

Posted by: landrperite | March 18, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Earth to Kim, If you really think that idiot (the pres) did a good job handeling the punk, then you're either on drugs, like most liberals, or your mama taught you to be an idiot. Serious kim, you can't be too smart. Your pres. was buried alive. He doesn't even know what is in the healthcare bill by his own admission.

Bob P

Posted by: landrperite | March 18, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Obama did not answer the questions. He makes speeches on his own subjects instead of answering questions. The one that should have been exasperated was Bret. Bret showed great patience.

Obama swamps the issues with false claims, double talk and outright lies in such volume and speed that it becomes impossible to point them out and correct them. It is the usual technique of demagogues. But if he thinks that the American people have not noticed and that his credibility and cover is now utterly blown, he has something else coming in the next elections.

America is living the "Incredible Lying Presidency", as www.robbingamerica.com put it very well.

Posted by: JohnGalt9 | March 18, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Hey Fox guy, you made a mistake messing with a great constitutional lawyer. I guess you found out he is not Sarah Palin.

Posted by: truth1 | March 18, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

McCain, who calls his wife a C**T in public, calling anyone sleazy....now that's rich!

I'm adding Bret Baier to the list of folks who'd best pray at night that they never step into my elevator (he joins Rove, Hannity and O'Reiily as future steaming puddles).

Posted by: mot2win | March 18, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

McCain, who calls his wife a C**T in public, calling anyone sleazy....now that's rich!

I'm adding Bret Baier to the list of folks who'd best pray at night that they never step into my elevator (he joins Rove, Hannity and O'Reiily as future steaming puddles).

Posted by: mot2win | March 18, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Healthcare is a right to life issue.

Posted by: Glennp2

And sucking the brains out of a living fetus is also considered a "right", no?

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 18, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

The right-wing ad hominem attacks on Obama posted herein reveal not only the intellectual and moral paucity of the hard right, but the deep hatred and resentment that the Republican Party has mined. The underlying psychosexual sources of that resentment and hatred I leave to their therapists to address, but it's time for all reasonable people to focus on what we need to do to recover the enlightenment values that were buried with Reagon, Bush, and Bush. Even Nixon understood that health care reform is morally and economically necessary. To the tea-partiers, I say only: read a book and take a course on critical thinking (where you will learn that "ad hominem" is a logical fallacy).
Posted by: douard1 | March 18, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse


Is that all you can come up with, Attack people you do not agree with as not being as intelligent or moral. Or that right wingers are full of hatred. The conservatives and Independents want health care reform. Just not this bill with all its bribes and sneaky deals.

Posted by: Steve681 | March 18, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Obama seems to think that 'ends justify the means' when it comes to passing a healthcare bill. However, the 'means' is something that the Supreme Court may later rule on and find unconstitutional so Obama should be concerned about the 'means' by which he gets the healthcare bill passed.

Posted by: ahashburn | March 18, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

when stupidity interviews genius..what do you expect! Just what you got...You cannot expect an intelligent person to dumb down answers just for TV ratings.

Posted by: Mamanomia | March 18, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

when stupidity interviews genius..what do you expect! Just what you got...You cannot expect an intelligent person to dumb down answers just for TV ratings.

Posted by: Mamanomia | March 18, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

your saviour looked like the great pumpkin with all that pancake on.

Whats up with that? Post adolescent out break of zits, brought on by extreme stress and nervousness?

Take it easy Barry. All that was required of you was to tell the truth to the American people. You know, your employers.

Oh, never mind.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | March 18, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

It was embarrassing to watch this President of the United States use subterfuge and outright lies in an interview. The obvious conclusion one draws from this healthcare nonsense is the maniacal rush to create more government control. Not to save citizens money or lower taxes or even make insurance fair. Most in congress don't even know what the hell is in the bill and Obama slipped up when he told the reporter that we would all be able to see it online when passed. So much for transparency and debate.

This Obama truly believes that the teachings of Alinsky, the indoctrination he underwent as a boy all justify this collectivist overthrow of America.

The "folks" in this country can sense a snake oil salesman, a suede shoe hotshot and believe me this Obama is as slick as they come. He makes Bill Clinton seem right wing, John F. Kennedy a Soviet Agent, and Harry Truman a double talking KKK Wizard!

If this guy had been alive in the early 1800s pedaling this crap to our ancestors, he would have long since been tar and feathered and run out of town. That process has already begun..the only difference is he will be voted out and will probably end up being prosecuted for his Acorn and Union deals that squander our tax money!

Posted by: bgPhil | March 18, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

obama reiterated pelosi's non-sensical statement of last week. pelosi said "we need to pass the bill to see what's in it."

right in step with Pelosi, obama tells bret baer, "by the time the vote has taken place you will know what’s in it; i will know what’s in it."
((HUH???)) i had to wait for video to play this again and YES, that's exactly what came out of his mouth.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | March 18, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Always fun to see the teabaggers, birthers and outright racists who have descended on this board.

Nothing like proving the point that the GOP and Fox Propaganda Network have not only drank the Kool-Aid, but they have shot it up their veins.

Posted by: B-rod | March 18, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Healthcare is a right to life issue.

Posted by: Glennp2 | March 18, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

f your want a Nation like Calif. Keep voting for Left wing Democrats!

California the Golden state, American future, is fast becoming the poster child for an bankrupt third world State! If Obama & the Democrats are successful the Calif. Nightmare will soon be the Nation,s Nightmare!

An unholy alliance of Socialist Democrat politicians, Unions, and Illegal Aliens supporters are feasting at the trough of tax payers paid benefits while taxing & regulating business and the tax paying public into poverty.

The pandering of Left Wing Democrat Politicians to their constituency of Unions, Illegal Aliens and open border supporters, are driving business and citizens to other states & countries, while leaving the parasites & welfare leeches in an increasing bankrupt, crime ridden, dysfunctional state!

For years California has ignored economics 101 and imported Criminals, Uneducated Peons, and poverty from Mexico, which increased Medical, Welfare, Crime, Prison, etc. & adding a estimated 16 billion per year to Calif. State expense to support the invading horde of Illegal Aliens while exporting business and educated tax payers.

Like all Socialist countries the results have been a astronomical increase in social welfare, schooling, prison cost etc. and a lowing of Living standards, Heath care, Education standards, Tax receipts & finally Bankruptcy.

The policies of Obama and Wash. DC Democrats are intent on following Calif. policies and Pro-Illegal Aliens, Pro-Unions and Anti-tax paying citizens and are endorsing the same socialist process of rewarding the Corrupt, Stupid, Foolish, Lazy, Greedy & Criminal while punishing the responsible, honest, law abiding & hard working citizens of American.

Failure to abide by our Constitution against invasion & enforce our Immigration laws and constraints on wages and benefits for public employees will result in turning the Golden State into MexiCalif and the end of the Calif. Dream and the beginning of the MexiCalif. Nightmare!

Amnesty & Citizenship as a reward for their invasion of the USA, with chain immigration will result in the rest of the USA turned into a Spanish speaking third world cesspool and follow California into a polluted, over populated, Spanish speaking, third world Nation of Crime, Corruption, Poverty, Cruelly & Misery modeled on Mexico!

This will result in a population depending on Welfare and the Democrat party, thus assuring the lock on power for the Socialist Democrat party of the United States of Mexico!

Posted by: american1 | March 18, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Inside sources tell us that 200 million dollars of the Louisiana Purchase that Obama eluded to, is indeed going to the earthquake ravaged Island of Hawaii. Sometimes referred to as our 57th state.

The funds are earmarked and fenced to rebuild mosques not yet constructed which were heavily damaged during the Hawaii tsnumai and earthquake.

This special funding also has provisions that allow the rebuilding of the not yet constructed mosques to escape the usual building code and public input normally required for construction.

Being in a "special" category of necessary religious structures protected by UNESCO, though not yet constructed, it is expected that this scenario will repeat itself in every major metropolitan area in America which receives federal disaster relief.

Residents of Fargo, ND, were too busy filling sandbags and gathering in community organizing activities to save their town to comment, although several bolts operating and slides racking and magazines being inserted were heard just off camera.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | March 18, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

I've noticed that many people sympathetic with the President are posting comments that cast conservative people as 'red necks' or 'ignorant' without actually talking about issues. The same thing can be said about attacking the Fox network. It doesn't add anything to the debate.

Secondly, many are hung up on 'what Bush did'. I'm sorry to tell you guys, Bush isn't President anymore. Why are you still hung up on it? The Executive is only one branch of government and many of your heroes were on the hill and voted for the various bills/wars/policies that Bush enacted.

Lets rationally talk about the content and the specific merits of health care legislation. The two sides come to different answers on the same issues because there is an ideological gulf. Non constructive comments only further that gulf because the two sides are not even having the same discussion.

Check out my blog if you want more rational conservativism - www.gadsdensnake.wordpress.com

-G.S.

Posted by: gadsdensnake | March 18, 2010 9:12 AM
..........................................
How about me. I am attacking you as elitist fascist pigs. Rich dogs with packs of deluded idiots and greedy pyschopaths.
Your not rednecks.
Real Rednecks stood against you bullies.
Rednecks are American workers who rose against oppression by Fascists represented by todays Neo's, neocon's and neoliberals..
http://www.glendale.edu/chaparral/apr05/blair.htm

Posted by: WilliamBlake | March 18, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

The right-wing ad hominem attacks on Obama posted herein reveal not only the intellectual and moral paucity of the hard right, but the deep hatred and resentment that the Republican Party has mined. The underlying psychosexual sources of that resentment and hatred I leave to their therapists to address, but it's time for all reasonable people to focus on what we need to do to recover the enlightenment values that were buried with Reagon, Bush, and Bush. Even Nixon understood that health care reform is morally and economically necessary. To the tea-partiers, I say only: read a book and take a course on critical thinking (where you will learn that "ad hominem" is a logical fallacy).

Posted by: douard1 | March 18, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse


obama's embarrassing performance yesterday is the reason his handlers haven't allowed him to hold a press conference in nearly a year.

obama is scary stoooopid


Posted by: ItsOver2 | March 18, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Way to go Bret Baier and Fox News! Speak truth to power! The commander in disgrace isn't used real questions from reporters who want real answers. He's much more comfortable with guys like Chris Mathews drooling and fawning while talking about the thrill going up his leg. LOL! A couple of real questions from a real reporter wanting real answers and Obama pitches a fit.

Posted by: SayWhat5 | March 18, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Good job, Mr. President. You handled the punk very well.

Posted by: kim4 | March 18, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

****FIRST TIME HE HAS BEEN ASK DIRECT QUESTIONS DURING HIS PRESIDENCY -- AND HE FAILED TO RESPOND!!****

It sure was an eye opener. I can now see why folks watch Fox!

Posted by: wheeljc | March 18, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

I never thought I would witness such disrespect by an American to the Office of the President of the United States of America!

-Those that want respect, give respect!


Posted by: kemcb | March 18, 2010 9:21 AM

SOMEWHERE IN KENYA, A VILLAGE IS MISSING ITS IDIOT

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 18, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

I haven't seen a man tap dance with such desperation since Savion Glover's terpsichorian tribute to Saving Private Ryan at the Academy Awards.

Posted by: tulsadave | March 18, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

realtiy:
here's what obama said to Baer:
"by the time the vote has taken place you will know what’s in it … i will know what’s in it?"

he later went on to say the bill will be posted online after the vote.
WHO NEEDS TO SEE SOMETHING AFTER IT BECOMES LAW; WHO CAN PROTEST OR OFFER INPUT AT THAT TIME.

you can post whatever you like but if this is not disturbing to you - obama supporter or not - then you are lying to yourself and pretending to care about the direction of this healthcare proposal.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | March 18, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

I am not a fan of Fox, but I have to take exception to Shepard Smith being lumped in with the herd. He is, basically, a gentleman. I don't agree with many of his views, but he is well mannered, and of all the correspondents on Fox, he comes closest to actually being fair and balanced. Difference of opinion should be encouraged, but one doesn’t have to be a boor with the manners of a mob enforcer (sorry for impugning your character, Guido) to debate an opponent, and this wasn’t an interview: it was a partisan inquest. I can’t imagine Shepard being as rude as Baier. Coming from the same region as Shepard, I know his upbringing would make it almost impossible for him to be as disrespectful. I never cease to wonder how he can continue to work for Fox. And, come one, when do politicians of any stripe ever stray from their talking points?

Posted by: csintala79 | March 18, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Obama, would not tell the truth yesterday afternoon. He also did not know what was in his own bill. The Fox interview is really the first time that he was given anything other than soft balls from the press. Many times he was stammering and speaking in broad generalities so as to cover up the truth about his administration's plan to use an unconstitutional process of bringing his unconstitutional bill into law. Never has any president been so arrogant and deceptive. He has lied about, changing Washington. He has lied about transparency. And he is lying about his motivation for this health care bill. He is a socialist who hates our Constitutional Republic (not a democracy). His actions make that clear.

Posted by: sonofliberty09 | March 18, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

If any person in government office (Governor, Congress, Senate, Mayor, etc. including President) can't be tested and checked for wanting to push their huge piece of costly legislation that will change millions of lives then they don't deserve to be in that position. Seems Mr. Obama couldn't answer the questions and didn't even know what was in the policy he was advocating.

Posted by: 45upnorth | March 18, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Why would the President of the United States give an interview to the National Enquirer of cable news ?

Posted by: metroman76 | March 18, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

I never thought I would witness such disrespect by an American to the Office of the President of the United States of America! However, not a surprise considering the hate speech of Fox News, Limbaugh, etc. As my wife asked me, how low of a society or culture, the ignorant signs of the racist Tea Baggers, etc. are we going to stoop or decline? Apparently, by this display of ignorance, we haven't reach bottom yet! I am sure the Republican base and Fox News audience cheered it on and savored every insulting interruption!

Posted by: kemcb | March 18, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

I never thought I would witness such disrespect by an American to the Office of the President of the United States of America! However, not a surprise considering the hate speech of Fox News, Limbaugh, etc. As my wife asked me, how low of a society or culture, the ignorant signs of the racist Tea Baggers, etc. are we going to stoop or decline? Apparently, by this display of ignorance, we haven't reach bottom yet! I am sure the Republican base and Fox News audience cheered it on and savored every insulting interruption!

Posted by: kemcb | March 18, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

This interview was the first time where the non-sychophantic press actually questioned the president on the lies he has been telling the American people.


Congratulations to Brett Bayer for cornering our worthless president in this interview.

Posted by: Indpnt1 | March 18, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

If you watch yesterday, regardless of your feelings for Fox or Zippy you at least saw the real Obama. Incompetence at it's best. His whole plan was to give long incoherent answers to run out the clock. It's pathetic when the president has to spout talking points. Hope and change fools.

Posted by: theBozyn1 | March 18, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse


Of course Barry doesn't care about process. He has no use for the Constitution. He has said as much. Apparently he doesn't care what the content of the Liberal Load of Socialist Lard has in it either. He obviously doesn't know.

What an idiot.

Posted by: jas7751 | March 18, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Finally somebody asks Barry real questions not the normal MSM softballs. Barry is a lying crook, the Pelosi is slime and the Washington Post is Barry’s orifice.

Posted by: Drudge1 | March 18, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

cschotta1: you post comments so often without giving anyone here any factual information. Like your response to the woman who wrote about her working daughter and son-in-law not being able to afford health insurance, "they should have gotten better educations to get better paying jobs". HUH???? You couldn't think of a true and honest answer as in ..."it is unfortunate that this is the case for millions of Americans, education not withstanding". No, you just attacked, just like Tom Delay on CNN, saying that people on unemployment benefits could find a job if they really wanted to. Not helpful to discussions or debate, just typical GOP fear mongering and attack the messenger, not the message, cause you don't have any weapons to attack the message. insult, attack and be jubilant in others suffering won't be winning alot of votes this November, the low turn outs at the recent Tea Parties show that while people are angry, they don't want to be associated with wingnuts that do nothing but attack, no solutions, no problem solving, just attack. You are a prime example of the donors the GOP's memo talked about targetting.

Posted by: katem1


Is that the best you got lib? It's always something with the weakest link liberals. I can't do this, I can't afford that, what's your's is mine, blah blah blah! I'm very confident that the magic negrow is going to get his butt kicked this November and again in 2012, and not one poll says otherwise. Hey lib, do us all a favor and start looking out for yourself instead of looking for the next handout!

DemocRAT motto:

"ASK NOT WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY, ASK WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU!"

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 18, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

"The reason that it needs to be done is not its effect on the presidency. It has to do with how it's going to affect ordinary people who right now are desperately in need of help," he said.
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This bill doesn't help anyone NOW. Maybe in 2014. After they have raised taxes on the working members of society (EXCEPT UNIONS EMPLOYEES) for 4 or 5 years.
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Obama said- "I don't spend a lot of time worrying about what the procedural rules are in the House or Senate,"
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But he does spend a lot of time worrying about trying non American terrorists in civilian courts so that they are accorded their contitutional rights.
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I can't understand why President Obama would go on Fox "news." This is the preferred GOP propaganda wing of rednecks, racist cowards, ignorant conspiracy theory loons....... +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
AND the people who pay their taxes so YOU can get YOUR perpetual government hand-outs. You know. You sit at home on your butt and get all kinds of welfare aid, while we work to pay the taxes that get you your government handouts.
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Those who oppose it?, BIG INSURANCE, the same ones who lie, cheat and steal from the public every day, the same ones who don't care if you live or die as long as they can buy their wives their 150th pair of shoes.
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That's kind of funny. Those who are for it in Washington are also liars, cheaters and thieves and no matter what you think in your welfare fantasy world, they don't care if you live or die either. In fact they want you to abort your welfare babies so that will be less drain on the "universal healtcare fund" so they will also pay for your abortions when you are too lazy to use birth control or cross your legs.

Posted by: tjmlrc | March 18, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Funny how the constitutional lawyer and "scholar" either ignores (thereby violating his oath and committing an impeachable offense(s).) or is blissfully unaware of the illegality of his party's intentions.

Oh, I get it, NOW he doesn't care about his party's procedural matters.

Doesn't that sound like a Nuremburg defense?

I wonder, will he be tried in a civilian court or by a military tribunal?

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | March 18, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Bret did exactly what he was supposed to do, and that's get the pressing questions answered. Obama only wanted to answer the questions HE wanted to answer; he tried to control the interview and became quite condescending when Bret wouldn't allow him to escape the questions that would have exposed his lies.


Obama came on the show just to campaign for his HC Bill, not be held accountable for the corruption surrounding this bill. Just because he's the Prez doesn't mean he gets to filibuster through the questions he didn't like.

I'm proud of Bret for being courageous enough to not back down from the big bully; and I'm glad Obama was stupid enough to come on Fox News for an interview; after he claimed they were not news worthy; and the wombat followers with no brain of their own started using his talking points to discredit the show.

He's solidified in my mind that he is a Three Card Molly president, trying to find the quarter under the cards, and failing every time. I sure wish I had a casino, and Obama was an ardent player- he's such a loser, he alone would make my casino rich.

Posted by: obamaalmighT | March 18, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

The only thing Barry should ever be given the responsibility to led is an ACORN Street Agitator training class. A setting that Barry could be honest in.

Posted by: jas7751 | March 18, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

In the meantime, millions of Americans are still unemployed, the petulant child in the Oval Office will be off an another jet vacation, this time to Indonesia on spring break. We find it diagraceful that he continues to violate his oath of office and trash the Constitution, along with his hacks, Pelosi and Reid, masters of bribes and corruption.
Posted by: nmg3rln | March 17, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse


Why does that surprise you when he does not have any American values?

Posted by: Steve681 | March 18, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Good job FOX . . . little Caesar doesn't like to be challenged and FOX had the guts to challenge him.

Posted by: rplat | March 18, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Good job FOX . . . little Caesar doesn't like to be challenged and FOX had the guts to challenge him.

Posted by: rplat | March 18, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

He's trying to destroy, America, as we know it. He wants to replace our system with Socialism.
Dennis
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He is a neoliberal fascist just like you Dennis. Just not as militant, and maybe just a little more heart?

Posted by: WilliamBlake | March 18, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Obama said he does not care about the procedure it goes through to pass. Of course not. If it gets passed by bribes and threats, and illegal procedure, why not. Fox treaded him the way CNN MSNBC had treated Bush. Obama just could not handle the criticism.

Posted by: Steve681 | March 18, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

I found Baier's seemingly calculated - and unquestionably loutish - interruptions objectionable. His behavior was disrespectful, and is the type thing that encourages regrettable comments like those of "tjhall1" above - i.e., that the President is "a foreign-born, corrupt Chicago poverty-pimp who telepromptered his way into his job." The general lack of civility at FNC (and among its evident adherents) show the corrosive effects of the network's calculated bias magnified, of course, by cynical, pompous, and ill-mannered windbags like O'Reilly and Beck.

Posted by: pohare1 | March 18, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

This is the first time in his "career" that Barry Obama was actually interviewed and asked real questions by a journalist.


Posted by: Jerzy | March 18, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Obama's feigned ignorance of the procedural games being played by Nancy Pelosi will effectively end his Presidency if allowed to continue. The People, Mr. President, are watching closely and are not stupid as you hope.

Now I understand why you campaigned on “hope” and “change.” Clearly, you “hope” The People don’t notice unwise, un-Constitutional, and fiscally irresponsible “change.”

Posted by: clandestinetomcat | March 18, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse


Gallup Daily: Obama Job Approval

Approve - 46%

Disapprove - 47%

Posted by: jas7751 | March 18, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

I found Baier's seemingly calculated - and unquestionably loutish - interruptions objectionable. His behavior was disrespectful, and is the type thing that encourages regrettable comments like those of "tjhall1" above - i.e., that the President is "a foreign-born, corrupt Chicago poverty-pimp who telepromptered his way into his job." The general lack of civility at FNC (and among its evident adherents) show the corrosive effects of the network's calculated bias magnified, of course, by cynical, pompous, and ill-mannered windbags like O'Reilly and Beck.

Posted by: pohare1 | March 18, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Obama went on fox news because he has to, because that's where most americans get their trusted news.It was truly refreshing to finally not coddle him and let him endlessly talk threw the whole interview.He truly looked rattled.You can be sure he wouldn't of gone on unless he had too.But they know that they lost the independence and moderate Dems which means he's definitely gone in 2012/THANK GOD !!!

Posted by: votingrevolution | March 18, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

I've noticed that many people sympathetic with the President are posting comments that cast conservative people as 'red necks' or 'ignorant' without actually talking about issues. The same thing can be said about attacking the Fox network. It doesn't add anything to the debate.

Secondly, many are hung up on 'what Bush did'. I'm sorry to tell you guys, Bush isn't President anymore. Why are you still hung up on it? The Executive is only one branch of government and many of your heroes were on the hill and voted for the various bills/wars/policies that Bush enacted.

Lets rationally talk about the content and the specific merits of health care legislation. The two sides come to different answers on the same issues because there is an ideological gulf. Non constructive comments only further that gulf because the two sides are not even having the same discussion.

Check out my blog if you want more rational conservativism - www.gadsdensnake.wordpress.com

-G.S.

Posted by: gadsdensnake | March 18, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Obama's problem is that he is an American hating congenital liar.

He proves it every time he is separated from his teleprompter. He has never made impromptu remarks where he has not looked like a total idiot.

And this is the smartest guy in the room?

On top of that, we have Joe Biden. Now he is telling the Irish PM that his mother, who is very much alive, had passed.

And you drooling, moronic fellow travelers tried to sell the narrative that Palin was stupid.

Incredible.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | March 18, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

It would have elevated the decorum of the interview had Glen Beck run in and thrown a shoe at the President.

Posted by: jeremyisett | March 18, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Obama blabbered like a HO in church. He evaded just about every question with blather, he studdered and showed he didn't even know the subject. He was rattled as he is not used to being asked Real questions, he is happier reading his BS from the teleprompter.

Posted by: Obamasnotyamama | March 18, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

cschotta1: you post comments so often without giving anyone here any factual information. Like your response to the woman who wrote about her working daughter and son-in-law not being able to afford health insurance, "they should have gotten better educations to get better paying jobs". HUH???? You couldn't think of a true and honest answer as in ..."it is unfortunate that this is the case for millions of Americans, education not withstanding". No, you just attacked, just like Tom Delay on CNN, saying that people on unemployment benefits could find a job if they really wanted to. Not helpful to discussions or debate, just typical GOP fear mongering and attack the messenger, not the message, cause you don't have any weapons to attack the message. insult, attack and be jubilant in others suffering won't be winning alot of votes this November, the low turn outs at the recent Tea Parties show that while people are angry, they don't want to be associated with wingnuts that do nothing but attack, no solutions, no problem solving, just attack. You are a prime example of the donors the GOP's memo talked about targetting.

Posted by: katem1 | March 18, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Obama, would not tell the truth yesterday afternoon. He also did not know what was in his own bill. The Fox interview is really the first time that he was given anything other than soft balls from the press. Many times he was stammering and speaking in broad generalities so as to cover up the truth about his administration's plan to use an unconstitutional process of bringing his unconstitutional bill into law. Never has any president been so arrogant and deceptive. He has lied about, changing Washington. He has lied about transparency. And he is lying about his motivation for this health care bill. He is a socialist who hates our Constitutional Republic (not a democracy). His actions make that clear.

Posted by: sonofliberty09 | March 18, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

I'm surprised Fox News didn't cut Obama's mike, as O'Reilly does when he doesn't hear what he wants. Did the interviewer apologize for wasting people's time, a la Glenn Beck?

Obviously, Fox News wants to change the debate from the substance of the healthcare bill to process. Understandable, since they lost lost the debate on substance.

Posted by: DWSouthern


Get help lib. Your Messiah got spanked and his ego didn't like it. Obama admitted he wasn't concerned about the process Congress was trying, even though it could be unconstitutional. Is that what you consider "substance"?

ONE AND DONE

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 18, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

". . . the bitter leftists posting herein simply can't stand the thought of a TV network / journalist that isn't a biased ideologue. . . ." Oh, my, but you rabid conservatives are precious but so disingenuous. Hopefully you are just being insincere and don’t really believe what you wrote. If the contrary be the case, then you need to seek therapy for your delusional disorder (http://psychcentral.com/disorders/sx11.htm).

Posted by: csintala79 | March 18, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

@ LarryG62

"Odumbo" what an ingenious remark. I gonna have to use that one. He is so stupid he graduated from Harvard Law School. You are so on point with your child like wit.

I think the Dems are out of their league imposing this deal on the public. I believe that most Americans want health care reform, just not in this manner. A public option would have been better. However the Republicans should not be off the hook because they provided no solutions. They know this is Obama's main objective as President and they will do anything to stop him. It is like cutting off your nose inspite of your face.

Posted by: no_recess | March 18, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

I am surprised Obama would accept an interview with sleezy Fox News. If he ever watched an interview with fox he should have known he would never get a word in for the interruptions. Hannity and O'riely are the worst for talking over top of someone when they are trying to answer their question followed by Cavuto and shepherd and now Bier, who is he? I don't watch Fox too much on account of their bias but do tune in once in awhile to ridicule and laugh at Hannity's absurb remarks and the token democrat who gets the job of rudely cutting off the guests when they are through interupting him. I think it would be only fair for any democrat on the campaign trail to get equal air time in response to all of Fox's rhetoric.

Posted by: kuma1234 | March 18, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse


obama said a major earthquake devastated Hawaii this year.


obama is scary stoooopid


Posted by: ItsOver2 | March 18, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

"If Bush had been interrupted like that he'd have had the reporter sent to a black site for crimes against the homeland!"

I don't think racial remarks serve any purpose here. You need to apologize to everyone.

Posted by: Skeptic1
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Skeptic1 YOU are a Certified JERK...

Posted by: Fei_Hu | March 18, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

.....And, again, I'm sorry all you people who'd prefer the 1950's but change is the nature of life; grow up and accept it.

Posted by: topwriter | March 18, 2010 8:51 AM
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Thats what I liked about the 50's, 60's and early 70's. Change, positive change, was a constant feature as everything kept improving. Education, roads, highwsys, prosperity, freedom, racism ending, sexual/social liberty kept expanding.
Then 1975 hit and we have been in slow retrograde ever since, as things slowly got nastier and meaner, the homeless appeared along with Paul Volcker and the neoliberals, people more poor, we are swamped with immigrants, hate and racism on the rise, class warfare brewing.
I liked the 50's. We had hope, today, we have nothing, except to be brushed under, pushed aside, as useless unwanted laborers.

Posted by: WilliamBlake | March 18, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse


Obama shouldn't have wasted his time going on this network of Republican shills.

Posted by: jackrussell252521 | March 18, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

You kicked his butt, Mr. President. What a small man and what a stupid network--FOX is about as interested in the truth as Al Jazeera is interested in the truth. That you even sat down with this jerk is a testament to your transparency and decency. Republicans are Big Business, tools of the insurance industry and I dare them to tell us just one thing insurance companies do to promote the health and well-being of Americans. Go ahead, we're listening. They are cash launderers for drug companies.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | March 18, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

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You sound hurt, and chargined. Why? You didn't like your boy being talked to, as he was by Bret, did you? Tough, it's time someone slowed him down, and insisted on an answer to a quesiton from him. He's a combination of Break Dancer, Chicago Thug, and a used car salesman.
Bret showed great patience, and restraint, when he didn't yell out to O'bama, as Joe Wilson did, "You Lie." It was like watching Bret back-hand, him in the mouth.
I'm surprised that you mention Al-Jazeera, and O'bama, in the same paragraph. I think O'bama feels closer to Al-Jeezera, than he does to anything American. He's trying to destroy, America, as we know it. He wants to replace our system with Socialism.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | March 18, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

I'm surprised Fox News didn't cut Obama's mike, as O'Reilly does when he doesn't hear what he wants. Did the interviewer apologize for wasting people's time, a la Glenn Beck?

Obviously, Fox News wants to change the debate from the substance of the healthcare bill to process. Understandable, since they lost lost the debate on substance.

Posted by: DWSouthern | March 18, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse


Libs are not use to seeing their Precious being challenged. They would rather believe that Barry's Smoke and Mirrors campaign of Hoax & Charade is credible. Libs are gullible.

Barry is Deceptive.


Posted by: jas7751 | March 18, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

"If Bush had been interrupted like that he'd have had the reporter sent to a black site for crimes against the homeland!"

I don't think racial remarks serve any purpose here. You need to apologize to everyone.

Posted by: Skeptic1 | March 18, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

And, again, I'm sorry all you people who'd prefer the 1950's but change is the nature of life; grow up and accept it.

Posted by: topwriter


So you consider the Hawaii earthquake relief answer "critically" thinking? And what the F UK do you kooks know about growing up? Perhaps you should look at the fine mess social security, medicaid and medicare are in, then tell me who needs to grow up.

LIBERALISM........AMERICA'S WEAKEST LINK

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 18, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Being totalitarians at heart, the bitter leftists posting herein simply can't stand the thought of a TV network / journalist that isn't a biased ideologue feeding them thier daily leftist gruel.

As such, to satisfy his drooling leftist base, Obama needs to channel his inner Hugo Chavez and simply occupy an entire TV channel for several hours at a time just like Hugo (and Fidel!) does. Only then will the foaming mobs be content.

Posted by: egdusa | March 18, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Goodness, Obama is funny.

When people bring up the specifics of the bill, Obama talks about the process, he's said we'll fix the specifics, let's just get a bill.

When people point out the bill has a lot of under-the-counter deals, and all the questionable and perhaps unseemly parts of the process, he says let's not talk about the process.

So he's confused about what's in it, he's confused about the process, and so what are you left with?

It's like your teenaged son who wants to take the car, but won't tell you where he's going and won't tell you how long you'll be gone for, and oh, he wants $1,000 for gas money too.

Posted by: Skeptic1 | March 18, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Imagine!

He didn't like to be questioned or the light to be shone on the shady dealings of this Congress that is impervious to the questions of their constituents!!!

This "we know best" for you bunch is going to be PERMANENTLY unemployed come November. Can't wait ....

Posted by: beebop1 | March 18, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

In a new take on its policy, White House top strategist David Axelrod said President Obama only objects to state-specific arrangements, such as an increase in Medicaid funding for Nebraska, ridiculed as the "cornhusker kickback."

But instead of dropping them, the concept behind those deals could be widened so that all states benefit.

Though White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs last week singled out state-specific deals as items Obama wanted removed, two powerful committee chairman, Democratic Sens. Max Baucus of Montana and Chris Dodd of Connecticut, have convinced the White House that the arguments being applied for special offers could be expanded to other states where similar circumstances arise.

For instance, the Senate deal gives Medicare coverage to asbestos-sickened residents of Libby, Mont., the only place where that's happened so far. But such a deal could apply to other places where public health emergencies are declared.

"The principle that we want to apply ... are these: Are these applicable to all states? Even if they do not qualify now, would they qualify under certain sets of circumstances?" Axelrod said Sunday.

Dodd's deal would leave it up to the health secretary to decide where to spend $100 million for construction of a hospital, though Dodd has made clear he hopes the University of Connecticut would be the beneficiary.

The decision to back down from the costly add-ons comes as the House awaits an analysis from the Congressional Budget Office on the price of a bill that House lawmakers hope will be passed after they approve the deal-heavy Senate legislation.

Posted by: Micholina1 | March 18, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Anyone whose had any media training saw very clearly the tactics used of avoiding the tough questions, inserting his talking points and generally consuming as much time as possible to avoid answering the questions asked. SAD!!!!!!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | March 18, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

You kicked his butt, Mr. President. What a small man and what a stupid network--FOX is about as interested in the truth as Al Jazeera is interested in the truth. That you even sat down with this jerk is a testament to your transparency and decency. Republicans are Big Business, tools of the insurance industry and I dare them to tell us just one thing insurance companies do to promote the health and well-being of Americans. Go ahead, we're listening. They are cash launderers for drug companies.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd


Shouldn't you be in school by now?

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 18, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

THOSE WHO PRACTICE WHITE SUPREMACY DON'T WANT ANY KIND OF HCR!!! PERIOD!
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Did you suffer traumatic head injury, or were you born retarded?

Posted by: brattykathyi1 | March 18, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Man, if Leon Festinger ever needed any more proof of his cognitive dissonance theory he'd need look no further than any "debate" between a tea-bagger or republican and those who actually think critically.

Bret was rude and confrontational and more interested in getting neat sound bites that could later be cut and trimmed to the liking of Faux news than he was at getting to any substance.

His question about Connecticut was specifically designed to address the Lieberman issue and create the impression of conflict.

Concentrating on the legislative process only illustrates the desire of any republican; to have no legislative process (see previous administration).

If Bush had been interrupted like that he'd have had the reporter sent to a black site for crimes against the homeland!

And, again, I'm sorry all you people who'd prefer the 1950's but change is the nature of life; grow up and accept it.

Posted by: topwriter | March 18, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

If only Obama could REALLY fund this without it costing us any money.


Sorry Obama, didn't anyone ever tell you that there's NO FREE LUNCH?

I've learned not to believe that we can get something for nothing, especially when we're talking about a trillion dollar government program.


Posted by: postfan1 | March 18, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Fox is not a journalistic endeavor. It's simply there to appease the mass of people that don't, can't or won't think. This was simply an exercise in "let's try to embarrass the President". Fox is shameless, and useless. This showed the President is the bigger man among the Fox simpletons.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 18, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Petulant president? This had to be the most disrespectful interview even done with a president. Also, I know of no other president that would have tolerated Baier's rude and obnoxious behavior. OK, now Fox has set a new standard for dealing with presidents. No more is there any need to honor the office. From now on interviewers can deal with a president as they would with any otehr mere mortal. Really, this interview has set a precedent. Notions of manners and decorum are certainly old fashioned, but that is probably to the good. Too b ad this new protocol hadn't been in place during the Bush administration. It would have been interesting to see how Bush and Cheney would have dealt with really being put on the spot about their duplicity in getting us into a never ending and deficit busing war. Regardless of Baier's boorishness, Obama gave as well as he got. He showed himself still to be Mr. Cool. Does anyone believe Bush or Cheney would not have stormed out of the room if they had been subjected to this inquisition? Where is the hue and cry of outrage from the public? Obama certainly is being judged and dealt with using a different standard. Some other Fox thug implied this moring, no, stated, that Obama was “ungracious” in the interview. Give me a break.

Posted by: csintala79 | March 18, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse


FOX News doesn't kiss Barry's Deceptive Butt, actually probes with reasonable questions, Barry refuses to answer revealing his very deceptive character and Libs get all Wee Wee'd Up. Poor Precious.

LOL !!

Posted by: jas7751 | March 18, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

I can't understand why President Obama would go on Fox "news." This is the preferred GOP propaganda wing of rednecks, racist cowards, ignorant conspiracy theory loons, and the worst Americans in history (who gladly looked the other way as Bush lied us into the Iraq war, killing over 4,000 U.S. troops, and wounding over 30,000, for nothing.

I hope that Obama learned his lesson, and won't waste his time talking to Fox again. Their viewers are beneath contempt.
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NOTHING is more contemptible than someone like you that pretends to be American while displaying your obvious contempt for democracy.
Face the facts, America needs Obamacare like Nancy Pelosi needs a Halloween mask.

Posted by: brattykathyi1 | March 18, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

I think it was a mistake for the President to be seen on Fox News. That "network' is so far off the grid, it should not be legitimized.

And who in blazes hell is Bret Baier, anyway? What qualificatins does HE have to be a right wing newscaster???

He doesn't cry? Molest his female producer? Take Oxy? Urge others to convert to Christianity in the middle of a broadcast?

I'm just guessing, but maybe he's a member of the Log Cabin society. He'll marry his boyfriend at a Tea Party convention, surrounded by gun toting protesters.

YEAH. That's get the viewers up, huh?

Sheesh. What a freak show Fox is. Does anybody know who advertises there, so I can boycott them?

Posted by: trenda | March 18, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

If only Obama could REALLY fund this without it costing us any money.

Sorry Obama, didn't anyone ever tell you that there's NO FREE LUNCH?

I've learned not to believe that we can get something for nothing, especially when we're talking about a trillion dollar government program.

Posted by: postfan1 | March 18, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

I can't understand why President Obama would go on Fox "news." This is the preferred GOP propaganda wing of rednecks, racist cowards, ignorant conspiracy theory loons, and the worst Americans in history (who gladly looked the other way as Bush lied us into the Iraq war, killing over 4,000 U.S. troops, and wounding over 30,000, for nothing.

I hope that Obama learned his lesson, and won't waste his time talking to Fox again. Their viewers are beneath contempt.

Posted by: losthorizon10

Still acting like a child, eh lib? Looks like you and Obama have alot in common when things don't go your way. LMAO! Perhaps voting for a failed community organizer as POTUS wasn't such a good idea afterall, no?

LIBERALISM..THE GUTLESS CHOICE!

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 18, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Baier did indeed interrupt Obama, but legitimately for the purpose of getting him to answer the question posed and to stop regurgitating prepared talking points.

Posted by: jborrello2 | March 18, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

I really like the part where the smartest guy in the room tries to tell America that the Louisiana Bribe will help the earthquake damage in Hawaii.

Let me be clear: Did I say smartest guy in the room? What I meant to say was the most pathetic, lying, idiotic, little punk in the room.

Please, Barry, do more Fox interviews. We like it when you get rattled and start spewing. Its hard to sell your snake oil when the interviewer doesn't have a permanent tingle in his leg, isn't it.

No wonder he flunked lunch at Harvard.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | March 18, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

$300M for Louisiana. For the "health concerns" in the aftermath of Katrina? LOL !!

How long will the miserable corrupt Libs milk that sob story.

Stick a fork in the Lib Dem Socialist Party they are done!

Posted by: jas7751 | March 18, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

You kicked his butt, Mr. President. What a small man and what a stupid network--FOX is about as interested in the truth as Al Jazeera is interested in the truth. That you even sat down with this jerk is a testament to your transparency and decency. Republicans are Big Business, tools of the insurance industry and I dare them to tell us just one thing insurance companies do to promote the health and well-being of Americans. Go ahead, we're listening. They are cash launderers for drug companies.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | March 18, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

"I don't know about ___, but what I CAN tell you is___." Oh my goodness, that is Political Basics 101, what every program for getting elected (such as Rutgers' Ready to Run) will teach you. Deflect and change the subject.
The job is not easy, no matter WHO does it.

Posted by: ampavan | March 18, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Finally, a tough interview by a journalist who doesn't secretly want to have Obama's baby. Obama wanted to treat this interview like all his others.....ignore the question and then launch int a long-winded lecture on his talking points. Obama is a world-class gasbag in love with the sound of his own voice. Every time Obama says "let me be clear" you can be sure he's obfuscating.

Posted by: hit4cycle | March 18, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Speaking to Fox News' Neil Cavuto, McCain said Obama was underestimating the extent to which Americans dislike the process by which Democrats have moved the legislation through Congress.

"The sleazy deals, the Louisiana Purchase, Cornhusker kickback. the PhRMA deal," McCain said. "The sleaze that Chicago-style sausage-making going on in the formation of this bill."

Posted by: Micholina1 | March 18, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Bret Baier did the best he could with Barack "Baffle Them with BS" Obama. What BHO should have said re: questions on process -- "I agree that my Democrat friends on the Hill have taken my plan behind closed doors to fashion the final bill and I also agree that all of the special deals could leave one with the impression that this may not be about healthcare. I can appreciate how Nancy and Harry's handling of this would create skepticism about their motives. The solution Bret is a simple up or down vote...let's have that tomorrow. By the way, what's this Connecticut deal you keep mentioning?"

Posted by: boomer131 | March 18, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse


Barry, as always, was deceptive. He would not answer a question. He was trying to run out the clock with his talking points. Bret did a Great job. His persistence revealed a glimpse into was a phony Barry is. Had Bret not persisted in an attempt to get answer to his very easy questions Barry would have thought he was on NBC.

Meanwhile ABC with the frosty Diane Sawyer had a whole segment on Barry's bracket..LOL !

Poor Libs, your Precious was challenged, became defense, deceptive and revealed himself for what he is....a Fraud.

Posted by: jas7751 | March 18, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

I can't understand why President Obama would go on Fox "news." This is the preferred GOP propaganda wing of rednecks, racist cowards, ignorant conspiracy theory loons, and the worst Americans in history (who gladly looked the other way as Bush lied us into the Iraq war, killing over 4,000 U.S. troops, and wounding over 30,000, for nothing.

I hope that Obama learned his lesson, and won't waste his time talking to Fox again. Their viewers are beneath contempt.

Posted by: losthorizon10 | March 18, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Wow, some of you need to study more before you begin spewing. In the new bill, the state's all have the same deal except those affected by natural disasters. Those states get extra help because their costs will obviously go up paying for injured people as a result of the disaster.

Asking for a yes or no vote doesn't seem that unreasonable. Congress needs to do something, it can always be changed. Start somewhere before every U.S. citizen is broke because the lobbyists get their way. This isn't about left or right, it's about who has money to buy influence and who doesn't.

I thank God every day that President Obama is a straight shooter, confident in his convictions, and keeps trying to do the right thing by America...which is why he was elected.

Posted by: OxfordMomof2 | March 18, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

THOSE WHO PRACTICE WHITE SUPREMACY DON'T WANT ANY KIND OF HCR!!! PERIOD! OBAMA COULD CLEARLY HAVE PUSHED FOR THE PUBLIC OPTION, WHICH IS WHAT MOST AMERICANS REALLY WANTED, BUT HE DIDN'T!!! YET THE RIGHT STILL OPPOSES ANY FORM OF HCR!!! THESE PEOPLE ARE OUTRAGEOUS!!! THE GOP AND ITS TEABAGGER MINION DON'T WANT HCR FOR AMERICANS, ESPECIALLY NON-WHITE AMERICANS!!


Posted by: demtse | March 18, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Somebody wake me when all this is over ...

z z z z z z z z z z z z-z-z-z-z-z-z ......

Posted by: kinkysr | March 18, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

The arrogant incompetent slug gets irritated because he thinks he knows it all, and no one is to question him.
He sounded like a doofus when he couldn't use his teleprompter.
What a disingenuous clown Odumbo is.

Posted by: LarryG62 | March 18, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

THOSE WHO PRACTICE WHITE SUPREMACY DON'T WANT ANY KIND OF HCR!!! PERIOD! OBAMA COULD CLEARLY HAVE PUSHED FOR THE PUBLIC OPTION, WHICH IS WHAT MOST AMERICANS REALLY WANTED, BUT HE DIDN'T!!! YET THE RIGHT STILL OPPOSES ANY FORM OF HCR!!! THESE PEOPLE ARE OUTRAGEOUS!!! THE GOP AND ITS TEABAGGER MINION DON'T WANT HCR FOR AMERICANS, ESPECIALLY NON-WHITE AMERICANS!!


Posted by: demtse | March 18, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Baier kept interrupting him because Obama, instead of answering the question he was asked, always started rambling and babbling on one of his campaign-approved talking points. If Baier didn't interrupt, the interview would have been an hour of Obama giving a campaign speech.

Posted by: arlingtonresident | March 18, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

I have never witnessed a more appalling lack of disrespect toward a president of the United States by an American journalist in my life. This egregious lack of civility directed toward a sitting American president was exceeded only by the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President Bush. Shame on you, Mr. Baier.

Posted by: zephyr99 | March 18, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Obama should boycott Fox, I do. They're propagandists using "news" as their cover in a rather classic model. They're an anti-American organization too, and man I don't like that very much at all.

Posted by: Nymous | March 18, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad all you MSNBC fans tuned in to watch a real interview. I never watch Obama interviews on the other stations because I'm tired of hearing Obama's preaching. FOX won't let him do it.

Posted by: Atlanta1 | March 18, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

I watch this interview and Obama simply refused to answer the questions. He had his talking points all lined up and HE interrupted Bret more than the other way around.

Obama was clearly frustrated and did not like the questions and Bret was not about to let him just babble on with his talking points. He wanted answers and Obama was not about to give them to him.

Why can't Obama ever answer questions honestly instead of turning everything around to fit his talking points? Could it be he doesn't want us to know what he really thinks?

Posted by: kavalair | March 18, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Too bad they didn't have the interview at Bret Baier's Ralph Lauren inspired home, written up so lovingly by The Post just last June.

Posted by: mattintx | March 18, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

The interview was pure Bush league (no pun intended). Even the late Time Russert, who was probably the most aggressive interviewer, gave the president the respect he deserves. This guy was just trying to make a name for himself.

Posted by: jjj141 | March 18, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Obama failed to explain how he can claim that he is saving 500 billion for Medicare and then is going to spend the same 500 billion in the Health Care bill.

Both the CBO and the Medicare actuary indicate that it is not possible.

This is one of the Beltway accounting tricks that drive the American people crazy.

Posted by: mwhoke | March 18, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Obama criticized Washington for getting "very concerned" with procedures in Congress, and said he tries to ignore all of that.

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where is this jerk come from, again???????

Posted by: langdu1 | March 18, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

The whole point of the interruptions was to make sure that the interview wasn't another debacle like the one in Baltimore where Obama made the entire GOP caucus look like the fools they are.

Posted by: James10 | March 18, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

The petulant president was unhappy with the questions. He chose not to answer them.

President Obama has no problem if the house shreds the constitution to save his presidency.

I am still waiting to hear what landmark legislation the GOP passed in this method. If the claim is true that it was used hundreds of times, it should be easy to find and tell us.

Bush's tax cuts, medicare part D, and the Patriot Act were all claimed to have been passed this way, except that those were easily debunked as they had votes in both houses and no one just deemed that they had passed. So those laws were just used as emotional arguments to further Pelosi's claim that the GOP had used it hundreds of times.

Anyone else have sweeping major legislation passed this way.

Posted by: thelaw1 | March 18, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

The interviewer was at best an amateur, why else would he look to his predessor for reasurance after the interview.

Posted by: fimclennan | March 18, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

It's a nasty echo chamber in here. I'm getting out.

Good day to all of you.

Posted by: nyskinsfan | March 18, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Kudos to FOX News for not letting this teleprompterless president take 20 minutes to dance around each question. Obama is a pro in limiting questions by giving long-winded answers. All other media outlets allow this guy to dance around questions without giving answers. THANKS FOX NEWS!!!

Posted by: Atlanta1 | March 18, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Fox News and the Republicans aren't American.

President Obama is a great and smart and bright and mature President who cares about this country and is doing everything possible to change America for the better for the American people.

The Republicans have an agenda of destroying America based on the Republlcians' collective actions.

Posted by: blakesouthwood | March 18, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: danfigman | March 18, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

This was Obama's first real interview.

Before this, it was all softball questions with no pushback.

This clown couldn't answer a single question in straight forward manner.

143 days as a junior Senator...what did we expect??? Before that his biggest achievement was suing Chicago banks to force them to lend to people who couldn't afford the homes they were buying (see housing crisis).

What a joke.

Posted by: Frishoo | March 18, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and I'd advocate posting the entire interview. Not the Fox-edited version. I'm not against free speech. I'm against propaganda, e.g., interviews edited to suit political interests.

Posted by: nyskinsfan | March 18, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

If anyone has watched Brett Baeir report, you would say (regardless of what you think of politics) that he is an upstanding journalist who solidly reports the news. I think the same can be said of other Fox news journalists, including Major Garrett, Carl Cameron, etc. Ask Hillary Clinton's campaign team. They were hammered by the MSM who had already ordained Obama and Fox was the only network that was reporting the democratic primary in a fair and balanced way. I actually know at least one Hillary voter who ended up a) switching to watch Fox news religiously and b) ended up voting for McCain because of this.

Posted by: jsypal | March 18, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

If anyone has watched Brett Baeir report, you would say (regardless of what you think of politics) that he is an upstanding journalist who solidly reports the news. I think the same can be said of other Fox news journalists, including Major Garrett, Carl Cameron, etc. Ask Hillary Clinton's campaign team. They were hammered by the MSM who had already ordained Obama and Fox was the only network that was reporting the democratic primary in a fair and balanced way. I actually know at least one Hillary voter who ended up a) switching to watch Fox news religiously and b) ended up voting for McCain because of this.

Posted by: jsypal | March 18, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Obviously John mcCain, like his friend Palin, has trouble constructing a grammatically correct sentence.

Posted by: formerrepublician | March 18, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Obviously John mcCain, like his friend Palin, has trouble constructing a grammatically correct sentence.

Posted by: formerrepublician | March 18, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

I watched the whole Palin interview because it was available. It definitely suited HER interests for it to be edited.

How does it feel to be a minion? You guys/girls are such loyal attack dogs. My post hadn't been up for more than a couple of minutes. Good job. I hope you're rewarded.

Posted by: nyskinsfan | March 18, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Now.........from a real corrupt-free journalist and his take on the interview:

"Whatever the case, I think it was a mistake by the President to go on Fox last night and I do not think he helped himself or his cause with the interview. Obama came across as both dismissive and non-responsive to Brett Baier's insistent questioning about the process. He implicitly approved using parliamentary gymnastics to pass the Senate bill, and he didn't provide very specific or convincing answers about which "special deals" will be included in the final legislation. In the end, he repeated familiar bromides about the benefits and centrist nature of his plan, all of which the public has heard ad nauseum for months and few of which they appear to believe. President Obama offered nothing new, either in substance or tone, that would grab someone whose mind is still open on the issue of health care (and there aren't many left after a full year of debating the issue) and convince them to support his legislation.

Again, given Obama's past war against Fox, the current stakes involved, and without having something fresh to say, I would never have advised the President to do this interview."

...From RealClearPolitics.com


Posted by: allenridge | March 18, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Obviously John mcCain, like his friend Palin, has trouble constructing a grammatically correct sentence.

Posted by: formerrepublician | March 18, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Obviously John mcCain, like his friend Palin, has trouble constructing a grammatically correct sentence.

Posted by: formerrepublician | March 18, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Davidsawh - keep drinking the kool-aid bro. The fact is your boy can't handle tough interviews. Only 2 1/2 more years of this teleprompter dope.

Posted by: Atlanta1 | March 18, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

So nyskinsfan wants the editors to remove the video clip!

Oops, Obama's mask slipped for all to see. Quick, cover it up so the few people who haven't caught on to him being a radical and a fraud won't catch on!

Posted by: thinker16 | March 18, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Davidsawh - keep drinking the kool-aid bro. The fact is your boy can't handle tough interviews. Only 2 1/2 more years of this teleprompter dope.

Posted by: Atlanta1 | March 18, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Fox News, just like most of the other TV news people interupt because all they really want is a sound bite. No in depth discussions, just sound bites for either side of the story. Pitiful excuse for news.

Posted by: reming | March 18, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Anytime Odumbo is honestly pressured he looks exactly like what he is: a foreign-born, corrupt Chicago poverty-pimp who telepromptered his way into his job.

God help us all.

Posted by: tjhall1 | March 18, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

NYSKINSFAN ~ "It also affects Hawaii, which went through an earthquake."

BTW, the earthquake hasn't happened yet.

Hmmm.

Now, about this fascist solution you have for other people's stuff? You actually think that a vendor of First Amendment Material is going to censor the materials loaned to him by another vendor of First Amendment Material?

Do you actually think the WarshPost people are so lowlife they'd take a man's stuff for a day, and then trash it like that?

No, they have a story to tell. The FOX interview was news. This is the part you get to keep.

Bet you took a different position with the heavily hacked Sarah Palin interview.

Problem with the First Amendment ~ it's take it or leave it, and to leave it you gotta' get outta' town. 157 other countries out there don't have it.

Bye-bye!

Posted by: muawiyah | March 18, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

twotimetuna@7:24 - You have it exactly backward: that's what is happening WITHOUT health care reform!

Posted by: stevenveshosky | March 18, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

atlanta1 is a moron just like his beloved that moron w who was illiterate. That moron w was the best the repukes could do. He couldn't even read.

Posted by: davidsawh | March 18, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

"Obama criticized Washington for getting "very concerned" with procedures in Congress, and said he tries to ignore all of that."

So rules of law, the Constitution, and our Democracy don't matter to this Dictator?!

This is America??

Posted by: thinker16 | March 18, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

Washington Post Editors,

Please remove the video clip. It has obviously been edited to suit the interests of Fox News. And it's been well established that those are extremely politically partisan interests.

I realize that it helps to illustrate the story, but I serched on TV and the internet for the full interview and only found this Fox edited version. Please stop supporting their agenda.

Posted by: nyskinsfan | March 18, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Washington Post Editors,

Please remove the video clip. It has obviously been edited to suit the interests of Fox News. And it's been well established that those are extremely politically partisan interests.

I realize that it helps to illustrate the story, but I serched on TV and the internet for the full interview and only found this Fox edited version. Please stop supporting their agenda.

Posted by: nyskinsfan | March 18, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

JPRS ~ Hey, that's supposed to be a secret ~ just like Obama's.

How unfortunate for him he was required to TALK and WALK simultaneously.

I was waiting for him to bang his head somewhere!

Posted by: muawiyah | March 18, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Washington Post Editors,

Please remove the video clip. It has obviously been edited to suit the interests of Fox News. And it's been well established that those are extremely politically partisan interests.

I realize that it helps to illustrate the story, but I serched on TV and the internet for the full interview and only found this Fox edited version. Please stop supporting their agenda.

Posted by: nyskinsfan | March 18, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Ah yes, selective outrage from the libs in ComPost land. When the media wasn't affording Bush the respect due the office, not a peep. (I have a few bones to pick with Dubya as well)But, FOX is a "biased" news source? All without as much as a shred of evidence. All this in spite of at least two studies by that noted bastion of conservative academia, UCLA, that the big 3 nets ARE biased to the left and FOX is deemed more fair and balanced. blah blah blah. The President isn't used to scrutiny and it irks him. Poor baby. It isn't called the toughest job in the world for nothing Mr President.

Posted by: theduck6 | March 18, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Finally, a real journalist asking real questions.

I'm so sick of the Obama Cheerleading Squad fawning over him in "interviews".

Posted by: drjcarlucci | March 18, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Typical right-wing disrespect for the President.

Posted by: Jaz1 | March 18, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

To my leftist friends: Baier did what a journalist is supposed to do. Refreshing to see - I'd forgotten what it looks like.

Posted by: twasneva | March 18, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Kudos to FOX News for not letting this teleprompterless president take 20 minutes to dance around each question. Obama is a pro in limiting questions by giving long-winded answers. All other media outlets allow this guy to dance around questions without giving answers. THANKS FOX NEWS!!!

Posted by: Atlanta1 | March 18, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse

fox news should be ashamed of the bahavior of their staff. Rude and outrageous behavior towards our president is disgraceful. Just more proof that fox is not actually a news agency but a propaganda outlet for the republicon party.

Posted by: John1263 | March 18, 2010 7:43 AM |
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Dear John1263 I guess you were asleep for eight years while President Bush was constantly attacked and disrepected by our liberal/progressive MSM wolfpack press.

John1263 Obama should thank God everyday for the help and support he gets from the his wolfpack pals in our free left-wing press.

Posted by: allenridge | March 18, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

Baier did what a journalist is supposed to do. Refreshing to see - I'd forgotten what it looks like.

Posted by: twasneva | March 18, 2010 7:49 AM | Report abuse

Bravo for Fox. "People should not fear their governments. Government should fear their people".

This President is accountable to the people and his elitist condescension for us, the voters, will not be tolerated. Civilty is a cover for tolerating elitism and condescension.

Thanks Fox for holding Obama's feet to the fire.

If THIS health care bill passes, the battle has just begun.

Posted by: hz9604 | March 18, 2010 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Obama didn't Know what to do when he finally had someone that wasn't going to coddle him or let him endlessly ramble threw the whole interview like his no credibility worshipers in the lame street Medea.He truly looked rattled.

Posted by: votingrevolution | March 18, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

"President Obama's interview Wednesday on Fox News Channel was a testy affair in which Obama repeatedly appeared exasperated at being interrupted and frustrated with the focus on legislative process rather than the substance of his health care proposals." - the corrupt liberal/progressive Washington POST

So the most corrupt liberal/progressive institution in America, our MSM wolfpack press, is upset on how Fox interviewed their hero are they?

Well these liberal progressive fascists can "howl" all they want.

It was because of them that this clueless Divider-in-Chief was installed/elected anyways....

2012 can't come soon enough and our free left-wing press better stay the HELL out of our next election.......

Posted by: allenridge | March 18, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Obama didn't Know what to do when he finally had someone that wasn't going to coddle him or let him endlessly ramble threw the whole interview like his no credibility worshipers in the lame street Medea.He truly looked rattled.

Posted by: votingrevolution | March 18, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

fox news should be ashamed of the bahavior of their staff. Rude and outrageous behavior towards our president is disgraceful. Just more proof that fox is not actually a news agency but a propaganda outlet for the republicon party.

Posted by: John1263 | March 18, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

This just in: Sean Penn hopes Bret Baier dies of rectal cancer.

Posted by: keepandbear | March 18, 2010 7:40 AM | Report abuse

THE RATIONING OF OBAMACARE IS BEGINNING ALREADY. hELP DEFEAT OBAMACARE OR RISK DEATH.

Effective April 16, Walgreens drugstores across the state won't take any new Medicaid patients, saying that filling their prescriptions is a money-losing proposition — the latest development in an ongoing dispute over Medicaid reimbursement.

The company, which operates 121 stores in the state, will continue filling Medicaid prescriptions for current patients.

In a news release, Walgreens said its decision to not take new Medicaid patients stemmed from a "continued reduction in reimbursement" under the state's Medicaid program, which reimburses it at less than the break-even point for 95 percent of brand-name medications dispensed to Medicaid patents.

Walgreens follows Bartell Drugs, which stopped taking new Medicaid patients last month at all 57 of its stores in Washington, though it still fills Medicaid prescriptions for existing customers at all but 15 of those stores.

Posted by: twotimetuna | March 18, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse

THE RATIONING OF OBAMACARE IS BEGINNING ALREADY. hELP DEFEAT OBAMACARE OR RISK DEATH.

Effective April 16, Walgreens drugstores across the state won't take any new Medicaid patients, saying that filling their prescriptions is a money-losing proposition — the latest development in an ongoing dispute over Medicaid reimbursement.

The company, which operates 121 stores in the state, will continue filling Medicaid prescriptions for current patients.

In a news release, Walgreens said its decision to not take new Medicaid patients stemmed from a "continued reduction in reimbursement" under the state's Medicaid program, which reimburses it at less than the break-even point for 95 percent of brand-name medications dispensed to Medicaid patents.

Walgreens follows Bartell Drugs, which stopped taking new Medicaid patients last month at all 57 of its stores in Washington, though it still fills Medicaid prescriptions for existing customers at all but 15 of those stores.

Posted by: twotimetuna | March 18, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse

THE RATIONING OF OBAMACARE IS BEGINNING ALREADY. hELP DEFEAT OBAMACARE OR RISK DEATH.

Effective April 16, Walgreens drugstores across the state won't take any new Medicaid patients, saying that filling their prescriptions is a money-losing proposition — the latest development in an ongoing dispute over Medicaid reimbursement.

The company, which operates 121 stores in the state, will continue filling Medicaid prescriptions for current patients.

In a news release, Walgreens said its decision to not take new Medicaid patients stemmed from a "continued reduction in reimbursement" under the state's Medicaid program, which reimburses it at less than the break-even point for 95 percent of brand-name medications dispensed to Medicaid patents.

Walgreens follows Bartell Drugs, which stopped taking new Medicaid patients last month at all 57 of its stores in Washington, though it still fills Medicaid prescriptions for existing customers at all but 15 of those stores.

Posted by: twotimetuna | March 18, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse

THE RATIONING OF OBAMACARE IS BEGINNING ALREADY. hELP DEFEAT OBAMACARE OR RISK DEATH.

Effective April 16, Walgreens drugstores across the state won't take any new Medicaid patients, saying that filling their prescriptions is a money-losing proposition — the latest development in an ongoing dispute over Medicaid reimbursement.

The company, which operates 121 stores in the state, will continue filling Medicaid prescriptions for current patients.

In a news release, Walgreens said its decision to not take new Medicaid patients stemmed from a "continued reduction in reimbursement" under the state's Medicaid program, which reimburses it at less than the break-even point for 95 percent of brand-name medications dispensed to Medicaid patents.

Walgreens follows Bartell Drugs, which stopped taking new Medicaid patients last month at all 57 of its stores in Washington, though it still fills Medicaid prescriptions for existing customers at all but 15 of those stores.

Posted by: twotimetuna | March 18, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse

THE RATIONING OF OBAMACARE IS BEGINNING ALREADY. hELP DEFEAT OBAMACARE OR RISK DEATH.

Effective April 16, Walgreens drugstores across the state won't take any new Medicaid patients, saying that filling their prescriptions is a money-losing proposition — the latest development in an ongoing dispute over Medicaid reimbursement.

The company, which operates 121 stores in the state, will continue filling Medicaid prescriptions for current patients.

In a news release, Walgreens said its decision to not take new Medicaid patients stemmed from a "continued reduction in reimbursement" under the state's Medicaid program, which reimburses it at less than the break-even point for 95 percent of brand-name medications dispensed to Medicaid patents.

Walgreens follows Bartell Drugs, which stopped taking new Medicaid patients last month at all 57 of its stores in Washington, though it still fills Medicaid prescriptions for existing customers at all but 15 of those stores.

Posted by: twotimetuna | March 18, 2010 7:22 AM | Report abuse

THE RATIONING OF OBAMACARE IS BEGINNING ALREADY. hELP DEFEAT OBAMACARE OR RISK DEATH.

Effective April 16, Walgreens drugstores across the state won't take any new Medicaid patients, saying that filling their prescriptions is a money-losing proposition — the latest development in an ongoing dispute over Medicaid reimbursement.

The company, which operates 121 stores in the state, will continue filling Medicaid prescriptions for current patients.

In a news release, Walgreens said its decision to not take new Medicaid patients stemmed from a "continued reduction in reimbursement" under the state's Medicaid program, which reimburses it at less than the break-even point for 95 percent of brand-name medications dispensed to Medicaid patents.

Walgreens follows Bartell Drugs, which stopped taking new Medicaid patients last month at all 57 of its stores in Washington, though it still fills Medicaid prescriptions for existing customers at all but 15 of those stores.

Posted by: twotimetuna | March 18, 2010 7:22 AM | Report abuse

THE RATIONING OF OBAMACARE IS BEGINNING ALREADY. hELP DEFEAT OBAMACARE OR RISK DEATH.

Effective April 16, Walgreens drugstores across the state won't take any new Medicaid patients, saying that filling their prescriptions is a money-losing proposition — the latest development in an ongoing dispute over Medicaid reimbursement.

The company, which operates 121 stores in the state, will continue filling Medicaid prescriptions for current patients.

In a news release, Walgreens said its decision to not take new Medicaid patients stemmed from a "continued reduction in reimbursement" under the state's Medicaid program, which reimburses it at less than the break-even point for 95 percent of brand-name medications dispensed to Medicaid patents.

Walgreens follows Bartell Drugs, which stopped taking new Medicaid patients last month at all 57 of its stores in Washington, though it still fills Medicaid prescriptions for existing customers at all but 15 of those stores.

Posted by: twotimetuna | March 18, 2010 7:22 AM | Report abuse

I can see why the Democrats want to put this internally contentious and divisive issue behind them. What they don't seem to understand, though, is that the moment of their greatest "triumph" will be followed by a re-focus on their greatest failure - the highest unemployment rate we have seen in years. Nothing they have done so far has done anything to get the economy going, their ballyhooed Stimulus Plan has been an utter failure.

The unemployment rate should take a dip when the hundreds of thousands of Census workers are brought on board, but those jobs will end some months before the election and the rate will climb back up. Ironically, their only hope is a robust private sector that they imagine will save them from themselves - ain't gonna happen.

Posted by: magellan1 | March 18, 2010 7:10 AM | Report abuse

I give our president a lot of credit for going over to the Fascist News network. But frankly, Baier was just flat out rude and disrespectful. I don't have a problem with tough questions or pushing for answers, but that's not what that little "showdown" was about. I recall vividly the softball interviews Fox did with Bush. They handled the guy with kid gloves in a stunning display of deference for their annointed leader or for fear he might break or show the world what an idiot he truly was. All I can say is, shame on Faux News. Their negative impact on journalistic standards in this country is sad to behold.

Posted by: ggwalt | March 18, 2010 6:56 AM | Report abuse

In a democracy, process takes precedent over results. Otherwise we would have a monarch or a tyrant. The Democrats have been livid becuase people don't like their bill. In their hearts lurks the totalitarian.

Posted by: JohnnyGee | March 18, 2010 6:52 AM | Report abuse

In a democracy, process takes precedent over results. Otherwise we would have a monarch or a tyrant. The Democrats have been livid becuase people don't like their bill. In their hearts lurks the totalitarian.

Posted by: JohnnyGee | March 18, 2010 6:51 AM | Report abuse

I give our president a lot of credit for going over to the Fascist News network. But frankly, Baier was just flat out rude and disrespectful. I don't have a problem with tough questions or pushing for answers, but that's not what that little "showdown" was about. I recall vividly the softball interviews Fox did with Bush. They handled the guy with kid gloves in a stunning display of deference for their annointed leader or for fear he might break or show the world what an idiot he truly was. All I can say is, shame on Faux News. Their negative impact on journalistic standards in this country is sad to behold.

Posted by: ggwalt | March 18, 2010 6:45 AM | Report abuse

"Obama repeatedly appeared exasperated at being interrupted and frustrated with the focus on legislative process rather than the substance of his health care proposals."
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He certainly was exasperated at being asked the tough questions he obviously didn't know the answers to or, simply did not want to answer.

He skirted every question and came off looking very poorly indeed.

Posted by: snowy2 | March 18, 2010 6:35 AM | Report abuse

I give our president a lot of credit for going over to the Fascist News network. But frankly, Baier was just flat out rude and disrespectful. I don't have a problem with tough questions or pushing for answers, but that's not what that little "showdown" was about. I recall vividly the softball interviews Fox did with Bush. They handled the guy with kid gloves in a stunning display of deference for their annointed leader or for fear he might break or show the world what an idiot he truly was. All I can say is, shame on Faux News. Their negative impact on journalistic standards in this country is sad to behold.

Posted by: ggwalt | March 18, 2010 6:34 AM | Report abuse

"Obama repeatedly appeared exasperated at being interrupted and frustrated with the focus on legislative process rather than the substance of his health care proposals."
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He certainly was exasperated at being asked the tough questions he obviously didn't know the answers to or simply did not want to answer.

He skirted every question and came off looking very poorly indeed.

Posted by: snowy2 | March 18, 2010 6:34 AM | Report abuse

The president also responded to Baier's questions by insisting that the bill would soon be posted online for all to see.

I'm sure this will after the vote. Pelosi told us they would have to vote before we knew what was in the bill.

This is nothing moe than a tax bill. The money collected over the next four years won't be around to fund the services that begin in five years.

Posted by: letswin | March 18, 2010 6:33 AM | Report abuse

This is one of the mistakes Obama makes. I dislike it will he deals with these clowns. The majority of their viewers don't vote for him anyway. Fox is a bias organization. Being disrespectful to the President doesn't make you a good interviewer. It makes you a jaKass. A good interviewer knows a politician is going to give talking point answers. That's nothing new. These egotistical clowns under the fox tent disrepects the President 24/7. No one on this earth can be right all the time, so its a given that no one can be wrong all the time until you listen to the Bozos' under the tent talk about our President. One of their very own called him a racist. I am not happy that the President talked to the enemy. He would have better luck talking to other enemies like the Taliban or Iran. They don't like our President either. They also want him to fail.

Posted by: MILLER123 | March 18, 2010 6:20 AM | Report abuse

This is one of the mistakes Obama makes. I dislike it will he deals with these clowns. The majority of their viewers don't vote for him anyway. Fox is a bias organization. Being disrespectful to the President doesn't make you a good interviewer. It makes you a jaKass. A good interviewer knows a politician is going to give talking point answers. That's nothing new. These egotistical clowns under the fox tent disrepects the President 24/7. No one on this earth can be right all the time, so its a given that no one can be wrong all the time until you listen to the Bozos' under the tent talk about our President. One of their very own called him a racist. I am not happy that the President talked to the enemy. He would have better luck talking to other enemies like the Taliban or Iran. They don't like our President either. They also want him to fail.

Posted by: MILLER123 | March 18, 2010 6:20 AM | Report abuse

This is one of the mistakes Obama makes. I dislike it will he deals with these clowns. The majority of their viewers don't vote for him anyway. Fox is a bias organization. Being disrespectful to the President doesn't make you a good interviewer. It makes you a jaKass. A good interviewer knows a politician is going to give talking point answers. That's nothing new. These egotistical clowns under the fox tent disrepects the President 24/7. No one on this earth can be right all the time, so its a given that no one can be wrong all the time until you listen to the Bozos' under the tent talk about our President. One of their very own called him a racist. I am not happy that the President talked to the enemy. He would have better luck talking to other enemies like the Taliban or Iran. They don't like our President either. They also want him to fail.

Posted by: MILLER123 | March 18, 2010 6:20 AM | Report abuse

This is one of the mistakes Obama makes. I dislike it will he deals with these clowns. The majority of their viewers don't vote for him anyway. Fox is a bias organization. Being disrespectful to the President doesn't make you a good interviewer. It makes you a jaKass. A good interviewer knows a politician is going to give talking point answers. That's nothing new. These egotistical clowns under the fox tent disrepects the President 24/7. No one on this earth can be right all the time, so its a given that no one can be wrong all the time until you listen to the Bozos' under the tent talk about our President. One of their very own called him a racist. I am not happy that the President talked to the enemy. He would have better luck talking to other enemies like the Taliban or Iran. They don't like our President either. They also want him to fail.

Posted by: MILLER123 | March 18, 2010 6:18 AM | Report abuse

I don't know what it is about the Washington Post, but it attracts the most idiotic message board posters.

Posted by: tristesse27 | March 18, 2010 6:15 AM | Report abuse

He's so used to the fluff questions from the "journalists" at ABC, CBS, and NBC that he was under prepared for someone to hold his feet to the flames in search of a REAL ANSWER to the questions.

It was a priceless interview and showed -- as it showed with Bush before him -- that we have not elected the best choices for President in a heck of a long time!

Posted by: beebop1 | March 18, 2010 5:57 AM | Report abuse

UPDATED EXCLUSIVE: New England Journal of Medicine says it didn't publish or produce health care "survey"
March 17, 2010 12:50 pm

Right-wing media have seized on a dubious, three-month old email "survey" that purports to show that physicians are concerned about health care reform and that 46 percent of the primary care doctors surveyed "indicated that they would leave medicine - or try to leave medicine - as a result of health reform." Many media figures have falsely attributed this survey to the New England Journal of Medicine.
For example, on Fox & Friends, co-host Brian Kilmeade said: "The New England Journal of Medicine has published a report and did a survey, and they said the impact of reform on primary care physicians, 46 percent, they say, feel reform will force them out or make them want to leave medicine."

This is false.

http://mediamatters.org/blog/201003170036

Posted by: angie12106 | March 18, 2010 5:25 AM | Report abuse

You people just don’t get it…I’m sick this racist attack on the President. Trying to score points with their interruptions and focus on one question. Why did we start the show with words from the short loser McCain (hey McLoser you have to go run for another term). Where the questions regarding Afghanistan, Haiti, the Job bill, “Leave No Child Behind”, or why is health care important? No let’s focus on procedural issues. Like GWB knew what procedures were used to pass his agenda. You slow; dumb jerks think “Oh he is not so smart, he not up on the procedures”. Get a clue…Health Care will pass and this country will be better for it. Yeah, we will lose some seats in November. I got that, but I still have SIX more years to support this PRESIDENT. Sir, continue to stand up for what is right!!!!

Posted by: gree8055 | March 18, 2010 5:24 AM | Report abuse

I don't recall such a RUDE interviewer as Baier! - apparently done so that Fox "news" viewers will continue focusing on process rather than learning all the great benefits included in health insurance reform.
Pres. Obama would be wise to stick with credible news organizations, which obviously excludes Fox.

Posted by: angie12106 | March 18, 2010 5:19 AM | Report abuse

Bret got hit with hard reality. Talking points don't work well with President Obama.
Bret diminished himself as a journalist by sounding like a heckling high school jock flaking for a local yokel politician.
This was sad, but at least Bret had the good sense and self respect to apologize for his 'agenda' driven 'bug eyed' performance.
The US Presidency is an elected office steeped in a measure of high human majesty. This President was cleanly elected by the expressed will of the American people, in a spectacular election, that re-set the world's imagination. He has set a new high bar of American excellence. The challenge for the opposition is to meet and beat the mark.

Why try to diminish the office and lower the bar at a time of war and challenge. Could it be that the Loyalist Rebels are back?
Brett's performance was almost as embarrassing as the President's schooling of Congressional Republicans at their recent retreat.
Clearly Mr. Obama is getting even better and stronger in 'the job' than when he first started. He must represent and look out for all of the people.
It is great that he gave the network's regular viewers a dose of a broader reality than they are normally getting.

Posted by: empireport | March 18, 2010 5:11 AM | Report abuse

The president looked like a fool. He should be more prepared.

Posted by: fury60 | March 18, 2010 4:35 AM | Report abuse

Can someone please tell me what earthquake hit Hawaii?!?!? The president mentioned this and I have no clue what he's talking about (especially since I used to live there and still follow events).

Posted by: rigoman33
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That would be the 4.4 quake of March 9:

http://cnmnewsnetwork.com/12324/hawaii-earthquake-another-bizarre-quake-shakes-land/

And let's not forget the 6.7 magnitude earthquake that hit in October of 2006, after which the government released the following:

"The President [Bush] today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Hawaii and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by an earthquake that occurred on October 15, 2006, and related aftershocks.

"Federal funding is available to State and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis in the counties of Hawaii, Honolulu, Kauai, and Maui and the City of Honolulu for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance.

"Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

"R. David Paulison, Director, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Michael L. Karl as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected area.

"The Agency said that more areas and additional forms of assistance may be designated after damage assessments are fully completed in the affected areas."


It's only a matter of time until the next major Hawaii quake, not to mention the constant threat of a catastrophic tsunami strike. But the GOP would rather mock disaster preparation efforts (a la Jindal ridiculing volcano monitoring) to score political points rather than work to protect America.

Posted by: whatmeregister | March 18, 2010 4:20 AM | Report abuse

The interview was the sorry spectacle of a president unable to discuss specifics except for a couple of all-too familiar Democrat talking points. I don't think he has read the bill, or paid attention to the negotiations! Hillary called Obama a man of words, not actions. Well, he turns out to be a man of words only if the words are speeches.

Posted by: suegbic1 | March 18, 2010 4:12 AM | Report abuse

Also I saw a picture last week of Obama with his feet on his desk, the desk that was given to the USA back in 1880! (The desk was made of wood that orinally belonged in a ship that we gave to Queen Victoria!) What a dumbarse jerk of a president we have. Don't lecture us on RESPECT, DUDE!

Posted by: jhayne5 | March 18, 2010 12:10 AM

You mean like this?
http://wonkette.com/413753/black-man-puts-his-feet-on-desk

Check out the 2nd picture! Oh, my, how disrespectful GW could be!!!

Reagan Clinton both Bushs Nixon hell they have all put their feet up on that desk it's made of oak I doubt if they can hurt it it seems to only be a crime if a black manputs his feet up on it grow up and if any reporter had ever treated Bush the way Brett Baer treated President Obama you all would be screaming for the network to fire him, he acted like a petulant child he was interupting the President as fast as he asked the question, he didn't want answers he just wanted to bully him, if I was in charge of allowing interviews Fox would get back into the White House sometime in 2018 because of this behavior

Posted by: mikey30919 | March 18, 2010 3:40 AM | Report abuse

To all of you who voted for Obama and didn't already see this guy was a nothing, it's your fault! You guys are stupid. Now see what you've done!!

Posted by: jhayne5 | March 18, 2010 3:27 AM | Report abuse

Libs probably wanted Baier to ask Obama "what has enchanted you in your first year?" According to the NY Times, that is real journalism.

Posted by: Tostitos | March 18, 2010 3:19 AM | Report abuse

Obama doesn't even know what is in his bill. I guess that's what happens when you work for Pelosi, "let's pass the bill so we'll know what is in it."

Posted by: Tostitos | March 18, 2010 3:16 AM | Report abuse

Finally a decent interview without the softball questions. Most reporters are wearing kneepads during the interview and their drool is embarrassing....especially when they wet themselves as MSNBC has admitted to. Obama's fillerbusting is predictable as he hates to get into real "meat" of any topic. You can see how flustered he gets when he actually gets a tough interview....very revealing. Even this article is more liberal fluff and defense of Obama rather than admitting most other reporters are in the tank. Maybe they will learn something.

Posted by: Tostitos | March 18, 2010 3:09 AM | Report abuse

mason08 wrote; "Does anyone in his entourage realize he now has 46 approval 47 dissaproval on Gallup - his most favorable poll? ... most importantly why?

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That's easy: unemployment."

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i would have said, buyer's remorse.

i.e. "can we exchange this tall and scrawny black dude for someone else? ANYONE else?"

Posted by: AuthoritativeAuthoritarian | March 18, 2010 3:02 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone in his entourage realize he now has 46 approval 47 dissaproval on Gallup - his most favorable poll? ... most importantly why?

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That's easy: unemployment.

Posted by: mason08 | March 18, 2010 2:48 AM | Report abuse

fusillijerry wrote; "Any comments about the content of the interview, or are you just spewing hate?"

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i did post comments prior. you are just too stupid to notice.

Posted by: AuthoritativeAuthoritarian | March 18, 2010 2:20 AM | Report abuse

"i wonder what happens when obama plays someone 1 on 1 in basketball now... if they slip by him and score.. does obama call the secret service and have him jailed? or does he just have the secret service knee that person in his balls...

obama is an a_zzhole.

sorry obama.. but i just call em like i see em"

Any comments about the content of the interview, or are you just spewing hate?

Posted by: fusillijerry | March 18, 2010 2:16 AM | Report abuse

Just watched the whole interview on FOX because I trusted that excerps would favor Obama - although it is a site I rarely visit.

It was so indicative of what the essence of Obama is. Lecture, never engage - he knows best for all = pure arrogance.

Does anyone in his entourage realize he now has 46 approval 47 dissaproval on Gallup - his most favorable poll? ... most importantly why?

Posted by: sally62 | March 18, 2010 2:13 AM | Report abuse

It was embarrassing to watch this President of the United States use subterfuge and outright lies in an interview. The obvious conclusion one draws from this healthcare nonsense is the maniacal rush to create more government control. Not to save citizens money or lower taxes or even make insurance fair. Most in congress don't even know what the hell is in the bill and Obama slipped up when he told the reporter that we would all be able to see it online when passed. So much for transparency and debate.

This Obama truly believes that the teachings of Alinsky, the indoctrination he underwent as a boy all justify this collectivist overthrow of America.

The "folks" in this country can sense a snake oil salesman, a suede shoe hotshot and believe me this Obama is as slick as they come. He makes Bill Clinton seem right wing, John F. Kennedy a Soviet Agent, and Harry Truman a double talking KKK Wizard!

If this guy had been alive in the early 1800s pedaling this crap to our ancestors, he would have long since been tar and feathered and run out of town. That process has already begun..the only difference is he will be voted out and will probably end up being prosecuted for his Acorn or Union

Posted by: bgPhil | March 18, 2010 12:46 AM

Unintelligible, emotional tripe. Please try again. D-

Posted by: fusillijerry | March 18, 2010 2:12 AM | Report abuse

i wonder what happens when obama plays someone 1 on 1 in basketball now... if they slip by him and score.. does obama call the secret service and have him jailed? or does he just have the secret service knee that person in his balls...

obama is an a_zzhole.

sorry obama.. but i just call em like i see em.

Posted by: AuthoritativeAuthoritarian | March 18, 2010 2:04 AM | Report abuse

Can't understand why Obama would give an interview to this outfit. Serves him right for submitting to a rude and rough grilling.

Maybe next time we can leave the neo-cons to stew by themselves.

Posted by: Mnnngj | March 18, 2010 2:02 AM | Report abuse

f obama.

he's turning into quite a crybaby.

i saw him on another interview today, and he wouldn't let the interviewer get a word in edgewise.. it was like obama kept saying, "let ME talk.. no let ME talk.. let ME talk..."

obama doesn't care about anyone's opinion but his own.

the narcissistic b@stard.

i voted for this black man.. but i am REALLY SORRY i did....

:|


obma

Posted by: AuthoritativeAuthoritarian | March 18, 2010 1:59 AM | Report abuse

It appears that Fox News managed to broadcast two different programs, one to conservatives and one to moderates. I am a moderate and I thought Obama handled himself very well. Let's talk substance, and he did.

Posted by: DavidH3 | March 18, 2010 1:29 AM | Report abuse

Obama apparently felt it necessary to side step many of the direct questions. When he was going on about how no one cares about procedural matters I found it reminiscent of the old line that says "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain". This is obviously one of this weeks major talking points, I have heard this line lately from numerous defenders of this sham. Like the liberal pundit said recently "Do they really believe the telephone wires at the capitol are melting from people calling in who want health care?".

Posted by: shukov | March 18, 2010 1:23 AM | Report abuse

"I've always found that courage comes from remembering that we fight

for something and someone beyond ourselves. It comes from our faith.

And it comes from our commitment to those we love."

— President Obama —

http://my.barackobama.com/page/content/joinofasplash/?source=OM_LB_google_ob2-search_pres&gclid=COuQzu67waACFZdM5Qod_CVlZw

http://my.barackobama.com/page/content/ofasplashfm/

http://www.barackobama.com/issues/healthcare/index.php

Both the House and Senate versions of health insurance reform rest upon the following building blocks:

Insurance reforms to protect consumers from insurance company worst-practices – like denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions, capping total coverage, and dropping or watering down coverage when you get sick and need it most

Consumer protections that will restrict how much of your premium dollars insurance companies can spend on marketing, profits, and salaries

Creation of a health exchange to increase consumer choice and guarantee coverage

Affordable health options, with subsidies for working families and a hardship waiver

Tax credits to help small businesses afford coverage

Making preventive care completely free – with no co-payments or deductibles

Lowering the cost of health care for our seniors

Improving the quality and extending the life of Medicare

Ensuring that reform is not only fully paid for, but actually significantly reduces the federal deficit

Posted by: res8d7ss | March 18, 2010 1:21 AM | Report abuse

"The interviewer embarrassed himself and the network. By prematurely cutting off the President..."

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I wasn't prematurely cutting off the President. It was like trying to keep a small child focused upon the question that was asked. All of you parents know what I'm speaking of:

Q: "Timmy, why did you break that window?"
A: "Well, yesterday Mary and I had a soda."

Q: "But Timmy, why did you break that window?"
A: "Because a man came in through the window and started jumping up and down on my bed."

Q: "Timmy! Are you lying to me?"
A: "Well...:
Off Stage: "Wrap this interview up!"

You simply have to be blind to think Brett was being rude.

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Posted by: Hawaiian_Gecko | March 18, 2010 1:17 AM | Report abuse

It's true, Obama is very conceited and arrogant. What puzzles me is what has he got to be conceited about? He's a complete ZERO!

He never ran a business, never ran a military unit, never ran an executive office in government. All he's run is his mouth!

Posted by: jhayne5 | March 18, 2010 1:16 AM | Report abuse

By next Monday the healthcare reform bill will be signed into law and into the history books and the country will move on to the next piece of red meat!

No new death panels would have been created much to the indignation of the dim-witted trailer park thrash queen Palin, her demented tea party crowd, and Fox News.

Death panels currently in the form of review boards at insurance companies will continue to make decisions on whom to treat or deny coverage so they quickly die and not impact profit margins!

The health insurance industry despite being vilified in the process will also be popping champagne and laughing all the way to the bank with 31 million new customers to gorge without a public option creating competition to force down premium cost.

The losers, a bunch of tea party hags and the demented GOP leadership team along with Fox News whose main purpose for opposing healthcare reform was to destroy the Obama presidency.

Sadly, these groups constituted the true death panels in the healthcare debate for 31 million Americans.

Posted by: Citi__Street | March 18, 2010 1:16 AM | Report abuse

Everybody should give Obama some credit for showing up for an interview with the right-wing Fox 'news." I doubt if Bush II ever did the same for the liberal equivalent, MSNBC "news."

Of course, Obama always thinks he is right and others are wrong, being one of the most egotistical, arrogant presidents in the modern era. Bush II was arguably more so. Unfortunately with the health care bill, most of the benefits will not go into effect until 2014. In the meanwhile tens of thousands will needlessly die and hundreds of thousands go bankrupt.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | March 18, 2010 1:08 AM | Report abuse

The interviewer embarrassed himself and the network. By prematurely cutting off the President he came off as afraid of the President's response. He also appeared to not understand his own questions because he never followed up on the specific answers the President managed to get out before being cut off. He asked appropriately about how the Medicare Advantage cuts would be able to make Medicare solvent and reform health care. To which the President responded that "the cuts were NOT going to make Medicare solvent or pay for all of reform. Cutting subsidies to insurance companies would offset SOME of the cost for elderly health care. Additional steps would have to come later, which most likely be based on the debt commissions recommendations." This would have been a perfect opportunity for the interviewer to segue into questions about viability of a commission with no legislative authority. But the interviewer instead repeated his question and claimed the President was filibustering. I don't know where Fox got that idiot who did that interview, but they could have done much better.

Posted by: onifadee | March 18, 2010 1:07 AM | Report abuse

If this supposed 'Health Care Reform' bill goes into effect, on what date does it force down the cost of suture kits, office calls, penicillin, MRIs, chemo-therapy, obstetrics, prosthetics?

Or does this 'Health Care Reform' somehow guarantee the cure for cancer, aids, COPD, heart disease?

If you have cancer today and your bills are mounting, the day after this bill passes, you will still have cancer and your bills will still be mounting.

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Posted by: Hawaiian_Gecko | March 18, 2010 12:50 AM | Report abuse

Fox does not report the news thus they are not a news source. They are the political wing of the fascists.

Posted by: Geopolitics101 | March 18, 2010 12:48 AM | Report abuse

It was embarrassing to watch this President of the United States use subterfuge and outright lies in an interview. The obvious conclusion one draws from this healthcare nonsense is the maniacal rush to create more government control. Not to save citizens money or lower taxes or even make insurance fair. Most in congress don't even know what the hell is in the bill and Obama slipped up when he told the reporter that we would all be able to see it online when passed. So much for transparency and debate.

This Obama truly believes that the teachings of Alinsky, the indoctrination he underwent as a boy all justify this collectivist overthrow of America.

The "folks" in this country can sense a snake oil salesman, a suede shoe hotshot and believe me this Obama is as slick as they come. He makes Bill Clinton seem right wing, John F. Kennedy a Soviet Agent, and Harry Truman a double talking KKK Wizard!

If this guy had been alive in the early 1800s pedaling this crap to our ancestors, he would have long since been tar and feathered and run out of town. That process has already begun..the only difference is he will be voted out and will probably end up being prosecuted for his Acorn or Union

Posted by: bgPhil | March 18, 2010 12:46 AM | Report abuse


Will Health Care Reform Pass? Vote

http://www.youpolls.com/default.asp

.

Posted by: usadblake | March 18, 2010 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Obama is a deceitful liar, this bill is to raise taxes on the taxpayers.

Posted by: happyday3

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

You mean deceitful lies like we can pay for 2 wars with tax cuts?

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 18, 2010 12:40 AM | Report abuse

I voted for McCain. But he is a disgrace now!!!

Now he does not stand for any principle, whatsoever! He is so scared!!

Posted by: VoterfromIL | March 18, 2010 12:40 AM | Report abuse

I voted for McCain. But he is a disgrace now!!!

Now he does not stand for any principle, whatsoever! He is so scared!!

Posted by: VoterfromIL | March 18, 2010 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Also I saw a picture last week of Obama with his feet on his desk, the desk that was given to the USA back in 1880! (The desk was made of wood that orinally belonged in a ship that we gave to Queen Victoria!) What a dumbarse jerk of a president we have. Don't lecture us on RESPECT, DUDE!

Posted by: jhayne5 | March 18, 2010 12:10 AM

You mean like this?
http://wonkette.com/413753/black-man-puts-his-feet-on-desk

Check out the 2nd picture! Oh, my, how disrespectful GW could be!!!

Posted by: Truth12 | March 18, 2010 12:39 AM | Report abuse

The nonsense about insurance companies ripping people off needs to end. Insurance companies only make about 3% profit. If insurance premiums could truly be half of what the are now, someone would start and insurance company and get ALL the business.

Scapegoating insurance companies truly shows that politicians view the American public as stupid rubes that can be led around by their noses.

Lately, more often than not, I'm beginning to agree with them.

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Posted by: Hawaiian_Gecko | March 18, 2010 12:36 AM | Report abuse

For a change it would be refreshing to hear someone oppose healthcare reform with a serious argument but I can not take anyone seriously who thinks that the President is a marxist. If this healthcare reform proposal is Marxist then so is Mitt Romney and for that matter so was Richard Nixon.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/31/opinion/31krugman.html

Posted by: exbrown | March 18, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

a great deal of you boys on the republican side are very narrow minded.

Posted by: kylake62

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And the democrats ae lacking tolerance for other views. Oh wait, that is the definition of narrow minded.

Posted by: bal503 | March 18, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse

Bravo President Obama!

Posted by: paris1969 | March 18, 2010 12:30 AM | Report abuse

I noticed Obama kept interrupting Brett throughout the interview... typical of a prima donna not wanting to answer a simple question by refusing to let it be asked.

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Posted by: Hawaiian_Gecko | March 18, 2010 12:29 AM | Report abuse

So, since he "campaigned on being bi-partisan" (your words) he is to be held to the letter of that, regardless of the behavior of those who want him (and us) to fail? Any moron that accepts that proposition is a fool, your brave, yet self-serving, predictions notwithstanding.

Posted by: michael4

There's nothing self-serving about my prediction. I'm disappointed with Obama's leadership on this issue because I see the harm that it's causing. Republicans, on the other hand, are probably rejoicing. So your attempt to brand me is misplaced.

Posted by: palmettostatesman | March 18, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

a great deal of you boys on the republican side are very narrow minded.

Posted by: kylake62 | March 18, 2010 12:20 AM | Report abuse

I understand your feelings, happyday3, when you write, "For the first time in my life, I am not proud of America....."

It is indeed shameful to have a gang of Marxists leading our government, but we must be proud of the American people, the REAL America, the common folks who don't believe in ridiculous fairy tales, the responsible, honest and patriotic Americans who have waken up and are ready to do what is right and to defend their future and their country from the gang of Marxists bent on destroying our country.

Posted by: AntonioSosa | March 18, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Like Air America?

Posted by: jhayne5 | March 18, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

that interviewer with fox news was very childish. he needed his mammy to make him behave and be respectful. we all knew fox would be an azz and they were. Once again the President over came the rude brasy--tallord-lol

Posted by: kylake62 | March 18, 2010 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Amazing sorting through the, uh, thoughtful comments occasioned by this story. Read these, and then read, let's say, Hamilton's first Federalist Paper. Think in terms of tone, subtlety, and insight. Perhaps the most we can say is that you folks have given us the country we have and deserve.

Posted by: lstrauss2 | March 18, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

I'm not saying someone should bomb FAUXNOOZ studios. But if they went off the air permanently, America would be a much better place.

Posted by: ChristianLibrul | March 18, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Theres is no such thing, as a "pre-existing condition." There is only "failure to plan." No one can pracitically, financially, and reasonanbly cover a condition, that's already occurred. If that were the case, all the Insurance companies would be flocking to Haiti, and Chile, to sell them all insurance. It doesn't work that way. Everyone needs to purchase Insurance, before the need arises.
O'bamacare, is the second step to National bankruptcy.
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Like many people, I lost a job because I became sick and was no longer able to work. (For those who are ready to jump on me, it was not a "lifestyle" illness.) I was offered a COBRA policy for $674 a month. A few months into the COBRA arrangement, my policy was canceled.

This, of course, meant I had to find new insurance. The best deal I could get was $725 a month - with no coverage for my preexisting condition for one year. So, someone who is too sick to work full time (after paying premiums for years with no claims beyond yearly physicals) is now expected to pay $8,700 for insurance, as well as more than $11,000 for treatment during that year. That's almost $20,000.

So I guess some of you are saying that health insurance companies should have to cover us only as long as we are well.

Posted by: carlaclaws | March 18, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Thank you, jameschirico, for demonstrating how some Americans, dumbed down by a substandard and politicized education, see history and the U.S. through Orwellian distorted glasses, as per the warnings of Soviet defector Yuri Bezmenov: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/k6KUDv1wzraWhwl

Fortunately, as we can see now, most Americans have waken up and wised up! Most Americans are NOT sheeple! Most Americans are ready to defend their FREEDOM and the freedom of their children and grandchildren from the abomination of Obama's scams, which lead only to socialism/Marxism and the slavery, poverty, corruption and despair that socialism/Marxism entails

Posted by: AntonioSosa | March 18, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Hey washpost29, You say conservatives don't respect the office of the president? Ronald Reagan never took his coat off in the Oval Office, look what Clinton took off! Also I saw a picture last week of Obama with his feet on his desk, the desk that was given to the USA back in 1880! (The desk was made of wood that orinally belonged in a ship that we gave to Queen Victoria!) What a dumbarse jerk of a president we have. Don't lecture us on RESPECT, DUDE!

Posted by: jhayne5 | March 18, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse


For the first time in my life, I am not proud of America.....

Posted by: happyday3 | March 18, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse

i didn't know we had an earthquake disaster in any of the 57 states.

Posted by: 12thgenamerican | March 18, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse

You are right, onlooker2. Our Government has been hi-jacked by a gang of U.S. hating Marxist who are bent on forcing us to swallow their Marxist scams.

Posted by: AntonioSosa | March 18, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

"Those efforts paid off Wednesday, when Rep. Dennis Kucinich (Ohio) said at a packed news conference that he will back the still-unfinished package, even though the measure would perpetuate the for-profit insurance system that Kucinich, a former presidential candidate and die-hard advocate of government-provided coverage, views as the source of the nation's health-care problems."

The taxpayers have been hoodwinked. They wanted to crucify the Insurance Corp, instead they are going to hand them them $$$$ on a golden platter. LOL


Congress abdicated the taxpayers and they are having a party.


Obama is a deceitful liar, this bill is to raise taxes on the taxpayers.

Posted by: happyday3 | March 18, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Wood just a like sum hailp in understandin all erf this... Leds me sees... The liberal left communists claim the right wing fascists are tryin too keep the government from taking over the health care system by preventing the communist government from requiring everyone to purchase health insurance from private corporations? Now ifn I has got this right, the right wing fascists (“Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power”) is trying to prevent the left wing communists from becomin right wing fascists like them selevs? Guess ids kinda apprapro Pelosi a standing and a blatherin in da House of Representatives between two fasces. Please hailp me in understandin all of this!

Posted by: nemosnemesis | March 18, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

while much attention has been focused on Brets supposed interuptions none has been focused on the fact that obama proved himself to be like all other politicians never really answering the question.
Watch the video, on each question obama never answered the actual question.

Posted by: dreadstalker | March 17, 2010 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Our Government has been hi-jacked.

Posted by: onlooker2 | March 17, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why Obama even bothers appearing on that Repub Infomercial calling itself Fox News.

Hey Fox Newsies how about the time that Tom DeLay BROKE the House rules by keeping the vote open for 3 hours while he prowled the floor threatening his fellow Repubs on what he would do to them if they didn't switch their vote to "aye" in favor of the Bush Prescription bill? Where was the outrage then, my little infomercial zombies?

Posted by: rkerg | March 17, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Imagine Republican fury had Reagan or either Bush been treated so disrespectfully in a face to face interview.

Some of us are old enough to remember when "conservative" meant something not just politically but culturally, back when Republicans would be offended by disrespect to the Office of President, regardless the party of occupant; back when it was the young of the anti-war, anti-draft movements who seemed to know no bounds of civility.

Sadly, the Mayberry Machiavellis of today's right emulate and take license for their "victory at any price" demagogic politics from the worst excesses of the extreme left of the late 1960s.

Posted by: washpost29 | March 17, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

"AIRBORNE FOR OBAMA!"
Posted by: jbento
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You should've worn a `chute.

Posted by: OttoDog | March 17, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

The Bill will most likely be passed but it is the worst possible outcome for a President who campaigned on a pledge of bi-partisanship.

Posted by: palmettostatesman
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That is truly a stupid statement. Obama can't control "bi-partisanship" when the Republicans have veto power over that concept. You blame the wrong people. Get your head on straight.

Posted by: michael4
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Let me explain it to you then. When I say that it is the worst possible outcome, I'm saying that by winning this battle , it's actually sewing the seeds of a much greater defeat down the road. If you don't think so now, wait for the November elections. Furthermore, that Obama campaigned on being bi-partisan is a fact.
And that was a pledge that very much appealed to Independents who now have seen first-hand that it was a very hollow statement.

Posted by: palmettostatesman
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So, since he "campaigned on being bi-partisan" (your words) he is to be held to the letter of that, regardless of the behavior of those who want him (and us) to fail? Any moron that accepts that proposition is a fool, your brave, yet self-serving, predictions notwithstanding.

Posted by: michael4 | March 17, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

clusterFOX is an instrument of the devil and its torture lovers who never served our country for a day. They have no respect for the office of the President or our country but hey no surprise there just look at the idiots they love and the trailer trash tea baggers that tune in. AIRBORNE FOR OBAMA!

Posted by: jbento | March 17, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

clusterFOX is an instrument of the devil and its torture lovers who never served our country for a day. They have no respect for the office of the President or our country but hey no surprise there just look at the idiots they love and the trailer trash tea baggers that tune in. AIRBORNE FOR OBAMA!

Posted by: jbento | March 17, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

If this bill passes, it'll be the new classical example of a "Pyrrhic Victory".

Posted by: OttoDog | March 17, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

"more Nurse Practitioners and less doctors (in certain fields)" - you're going to mandate to MDs what they can specialize in?

-No idiot,

NP can do just as good a job as doctors in certain fields, their costs will be lower. It's not a mandate, but a way to fill in because we also have a shortage of doctors too.
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Name calling? Just what I'd expect...

Ignoring your rudeness, NPs AND PAs (and others, including computer programs) can do a good job. But we don't need "less doctors (in certain fields)."

Posted by: michael4 | March 17, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Boy, he SURE does get ticked off when someone actually tries to keep him "on point". Maybe Bret should've offered him a smoke break.

Posted by: OttoDog | March 17, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

I watch Keith Obermann and they don't ever talk about the news, all they talk about is Fox News. I guess they think by doing that at least it might improve their ratings.
Posted by: jhayne
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You characterize MSNBC better than most. MSNBC is not the opposite of FOXNEWS but more like, what you say, a reaction to FOXNEWS.

Posted by: Emmetrope | March 17, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Casw?

Know how statistical sampling was outlawed before the 2000 Census?

"Deem and pass".

Let's see. "Deem and pass" is a House rule. The prohibition on statistical sampling passed in 1997 under a 'Deem and pass" method. The RepubliGOONs were in the majority in the House from January 1995 until January 2007, which means that it was passed while the RepubliGOON's were in the majority and Newt Gingrinch was Speaker of the House.

So if everything passed under "deem and pass" is illegal and the laws passed using that method need to be considered null and void, we should go back and redo the 2000 Census under the statistical sampling method? You agree that future Censuses should be conducted under the least expensive, and most cost effective, manner possible (after all, conducting the Census every 10 years is in the Constitution, and it takes taxes to support the cost) so you should be for the least costly way to conduct it in a manner that is accurate.

Will you join me in a campaign to get statistical sampling OKed for the 2020 Census?

crickets

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Posted by: critter69 | March 17, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

For perhaps the very first time Bobo had to respond to real questions.

Posted by: state82 | March 17, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

cschotta1,

With respect to poll numbers, if you believe Obama's numbers and health care are going down, it tells me that your only getting your news from one source.

Right now, only one poll out of five major ones has disapproval of the plan increasing while approval decreasing. Most show movement in favor of the passage (although opinion still tilts mostly negative).

As far as the president's approvals go, it's mostly the same story. His numbers haven't gotten significantly worse over the past month -- they've remained pretty much flat.

I realize that's not the story that Fox is telling. But it is after all Fox that we're talking about. They tend to omit information or in this case multiple, respected polls that offer a narrative counter to the one they're pushing.

Posted by: JPRS | March 17, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

The Bill will most likely be passed but it is the worst possible outcome for a President who campaigned on a pledge of bi-partisanship.

Posted by: palmettostatesman
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That is truly a stupid statement. Obama can't control "bi-partisanship" when the Republicans have veto power over that concept. You blame the wrong people. Get your head on straight.

Posted by: michael4
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Let me explain it to you then. When I say that it is the worst possible outcome, I'm saying that by winning this battle , it's actually sewing the seeds of a much greater defeat down the road. If you don't think so now, wait for the November elections. Furthermore, that Obama campaigned on being bi-partisan is a fact.
And that was a pledge that very much appealed to Independents who now have seen first-hand that it was a very hollow statement.

Posted by: palmettostatesman | March 17, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse


It's pretty big of Obama to agree to go on Fox News when it's clear from many of the right wing shriek posts here that much of that audience is far, far beyond any kind of rational thought or dialogue.

Posted by: wideblacksky | March 17, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

I don't think the right wing shriek posts that you see here are truly representative of most conservatives; they're the lunatic fringe.

I think most conservative Fox viewers have a healthy skepticism for big government, and Obama took his message directly to them. That's a good thing. He's not just President of the Democrats.

Posted by: mikem1
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Good posts!

Posted by: michael4 | March 17, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

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Republicans couldn't even pass legislation concerning "across state lines" when they had control. Not to mention, wouldn't that be a government takeover of healthcare, by eliminating state rights? Fool gold.

-Wrong, the republicans got their request for state competition of insurance, which will help lower costs with great competition.


"Prevention is a big part of it, cost reduction for medical devices and drugs" - so you're going to mandate lifestyles and product costs? Are you Stalin?

-People will pay more for healthcare if they are obese, like they do if they smoke, and lifestyle changes is something every person should be trying to do, it's called being responsible.

"more Nurse Practitioners and less doctors (in certain fields)" - you're going to mandate to MDs what they can specialize in?

-No idiot, NP can do just as good a job as doctors in certain fields, their costs will be lower. It's not a mandate, but a way to fill in because we also have a shortage of doctors too.

There already is a shortage of nursing teachers. Acutally, consideration of all healthcare related education issues are appropriate, but not in this bill...or you'll complain how much longer it is.

-The nursing shortage is mostly a myth in this economy. Alot of nurses that wanted to retire haven't, alot of nurses that went into fields like real estate have gone back into nursing, and the new nurse graduates can't find jobs. Nursing schools have a hard time keeping instructors because they don't get paid well, and there's a shortage of nursing school slots available because it's hard to get the hospitals to help with the clinical part of nursing school.

Insurers have been free to work to build clinics right next to ERs for years. They haven't.

-Got me on that one!

"doing something about the costs that illegal aliens bring into the equation" - okay, what? How about they get insurance?

-Sounds like a good idea. Better than them having their babies on our dime.

BTW, you want it in this bill, even though it increases the number of pages you won't read anyway?

"stop buying high price gadgets" - you mean those life-saving thingys? If you only knew...

Posted by: michael4

-Most new gadgets are nothing but minor improvements over older gadgets, yet they cost alot more. Alot of hospitals buy machines that they hope will attract new customers, or doctors buy something new to stand apart from the other doctors. Some of the costs of the equipment is really crazy.

Anyways, off to bed.

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 17, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Can someone please tell me what earthquake hit Hawaii?!?!? The president mentioned this and I have no clue what he's talking about (especially since I used to live there and still follow events).

Posted by: rigoman33 | March 17, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

I watch Keith Obermann and they don't ever talk about the news, all they talk about is Fox News. I guess they think by doing that at least it might improve their ratings.
The democrats should read economics, and not the communist manifesto! What happened to pervert all you democrats that you want a nanny state? Not men enough to make it through the world on your own? You need help? How's that hope and change we can believe in working out for ya so far?

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Posted by: rritkonlyyou | March 17, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

In a recent Washington Post opinion piece, Howell Raines made the point that Fox News has "overturned standards of fairness" that have guided journalists "since World War II" by conducting a "propaganda campaign against the Obama Administration."

This interview is Exhibit I for Raines' argument. Raines is right; it's time for mainstream journalists to call out Fox News on their sleazy tactics.

Posted by: jonathan5 | March 17, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

I watch Keith Obermann and they don't ever talk about the news, all they talk about is Fox News. I guess they think by doing that at least it might improve their ratings.

Posted by: jhayne5 | March 17, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

The Fox Reporter, Bret Baier, asked tough questions, which is what the press is supposed to do.

While I don't agree with bill, in it's current form and think the Democrats have mishandled the process and really look bad;

I personally think the President was wise to go on Fox and answer to the American People.

While he didn't convince me that the bill is very good, I respect him for putting his political capital on the line, for something he believes is right.

I enjoyed the honest and frank debate.

Posted by: chicago77 | March 17, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

It's pretty big of Obama to agree to go on Fox News when it's clear from many of the right wing shriek posts here that much of that audience is far, far beyond any kind of rational thought or dialogue.

Posted by: wideblacksky | March 17, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

I don't think the right wing shriek posts that you see here are truly representative of most conservatives; they're the lunatic fringe.

I think most conservative Fox viewers have a healthy skepticism for big government, and Obama took his message directly to them. That's a good thing. He's not just President of the Democrats.

Posted by: mikem1 | March 17, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Why do the democrats always accuse Fox News as an arm of the Republican Party? Have you guys ever watched msnbc, cnn, cnbc, cbs, abc, nbc or read the NY times or Washington Post? Stop your whining all the time. Good grief!!

Posted by: jhayne5
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Since you don't pay attention to actual news, you probably don't know that Fox was caught using RNC talking points...but why muddy up your silly little delusion with facts?

Posted by: michael4 | March 17, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

cschotta1 - it's evident from your posts that you aren't a rocket scientist, so why don't you read a little history, some economics, and leave the political discussions and comments to your superiors.

Posted by: begal125 | March 17, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

The Bill will most likely be passed but it is the worst possible outcome for a President who campaigned on a pledge of bi-partisanship.

Posted by: palmettostatesman
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That is truly a stupid statement. Obama can't control "bi-partisanship" when the Republicans have veto power over that concept. You blame the wrong people. Get your head on straight.

Posted by: michael4 | March 17, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

It's pretty big of Obama to agree to go on Fox News when it's clear from many of the right wing shriek posts here that much of that audience is far, far beyond any kind of rational thought or dialogue.

Posted by: wideblacksky | March 17, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

I didn't think this clip was all that confrontational. What's the big deal?

Posted by: mikem1 | March 17, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

yes, a little disappointed with Fox

where was the screen crawl

"President Obama Pathological Liar"

Posted by: ProCounsel | March 17, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Why do the democrats always accuse Fox News as an arm of the Republican Party? Have you guys ever watched msnbc, cnn, cnbc, cbs, abc, nbc or read the NY times or Washington Post? Stop your whining all the time. Good grief!!

Posted by: jhayne5 | March 17, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

It's a shame that Rod Serling has already passed on , because I think he would have enjoyed this episode of "The Twilight Zone".

The Bill will most likely be passed but it is the worst possible outcome for a President who campaigned on a pledge of bi-partisanship.

Posted by: palmettostatesman
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Obama can't force the Republicans to behave in a bi way. He tried; they have not.

Posted by: Emmetrope | March 17, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

What actual value does the insurance industry add to healthcare, if any? What costs do you propose cutting? MDs, nurses, rad techs? Hospitals? How about nursing assistants?

Insurers want to make money, not pay for healthcare. Right?

Posted by: michael4

Prevention is a big part of it, cost reduction for medical devices and drugs, insurance across the line competition, more Nurse Practitioners and less doctors (in certain fields), and doing something about the costs that illegal aliens bring into the equation. And also getting people to stop showing up in the ER or calling EMS for something that is not necessary. And also getting hospitals to stop buying high price gadgets to keep up with the Jones.

That's a start!!

Posted by: cschotta1
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Republicans couldn't even pass legislation concerning "across state lines" when they had control. Not to mention, wouldn't that be a government takeover of healthcare, by eliminating state rights? Fool gold.

"Prevention is a big part of it, cost reduction for medical devices and drugs" - so you're going to mandate lifestyles and product costs? Are you Stalin?

"more Nurse Practitioners and less doctors (in certain fields)" - you're going to mandate to MDs what they can specialize in? There already is a shortage of nursing teachers. Acutally, consideration of all healthcare related education issues are appropriate, but not in this bill...or you'll complain how much longer it is.

Insurers have been free to work to build clinics right next to ERs for years. They haven't.

"doing something about the costs that illegal aliens bring into the equation" - okay, what? How about they get insurance? BTW, you want it in this bill, even though it increases the number of pages you won't read anyway?

"stop buying high price gadgets" - you mean those life-saving thingys? If you only knew...

Posted by: michael4 | March 17, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

It was completely outrageous. I have never seen any journalist - even if FNC is a propoganda channel for the RNC - disrespect the President of the United States in that way. Brett Baier and Roger Ailes should be ashamed of themselves.

Posted by: abt16 | March 17, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Fox help themselves with several million people who already don't like Obama. With the rest of people they hurt themselves with the poor treatment of the president.

Posted by: Emmetrope | March 17, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

It's a shame that Rod Serling has already passed on , because I think he would have enjoyed this episode of "The Twilight Zone".

The Bill will most likely be passed but it is the worst possible outcome for a President who campaigned on a pledge of bi-partisanship.

Posted by: palmettostatesman | March 17, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

This man does not like to be asked a tough question and the mindless zombies that want to protect him make me ill. He was talking around and around the questions.

He uses people and their stories wether true or not to convince the mindless people that his ideas are the right ideas. Take Ms Canfield from Ohio for example. She is the one that said she had to choose between home and health care (THIS WAS HER ASSERSION NO LIEN WAS PLACED ON HER HOME NOR THREAT THEREOF. She said she was self employed and made $6000 a year. $6000 divide by 52 weeks a year is $115.38 a week or roughly $461.54 a month. How the the hell did she get a home loan making this amount of money? She asserts she never received Gov. assistance. She says that even with the help she is going to receive, she is still behind on her monthly mortgage payment and taxes. This woman could not afford a home loan. She had to pay a home loan, home owners insurance, property tax, food, clothing, utilities, car insurance, plates, gas, left over medical bills from 16 years ago and she had insurance then, and other misc expenses all on $115.39 wk / $461.34mo ...hogwash! If she had been 100% healthy and never sick a day in her life she still could not afford to be a home owner. She said that she didn't keep business records and that the people she cleaned houses for were dead or in a nursing home. She wouldn't sign a privacy release form from anthem to get her insurance records, a 15 second process. What this tells me is she wasn't paying taxes and is not being forthright on her health insurance cost.

Ms Canfield said that her premium was rasied more than double to $8500 dollars a year. She was self employed mind you, had cancer 16 years ago, a gall bladder problem and had insurance that was $4000yr to begin with? Your telling me that she was only paying $76.92 a week for insurance and that is all? Anthem insurance company gave her that freaking deal? What the heck could be covered in this policy. She is complaining about being asked to pay $163.46 wk after being diagnosed with lukemia?

This 50 year old woman is now receiving the Government option it is called medicaid. She is also eligible for disability. She has been and will continue receiving treatment for her condition. So you tell me how her problems are caused by health care and insurance cost as opposed to her income of $6000 annually, not filing taxes, getting a home loan she could not afford in the first place with that type of income.

I bet the libs bought this story hook, line and sinker. The brain dead bought it, and others will ignore the facts. Obama is about spin, lies, manipulation. The zombies will ignore all of this. They wont research anything just take it as the truth from Obama. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35906477/ns/politics-health_care_reform

Posted by: stormryan | March 17, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Bret Baier's interview emphasizing style over substance has convinced me to support President Obama's health care plan. I just finished writing e-letters to all of the undecided Democrats urging them to vote for the plan. Thanks Bret.

Posted by: RLJComm | March 17, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Because he's losing the battle!

Posted by: cschotta1

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Only in the wingnut echo chamber!

Posted by: JPRS


Nope, just read the news, watch the Messiah's decreasing poll numbers.

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 17, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Because he's losing the battle!

Posted by: cschotta1

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Only in the wingnut echo chamber!

Posted by: JPRS


Nope, just read the news, watch the Messiah's decreasing poll numbers.

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 17, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Outrage over bribing party members? That's pretty rich coming from someone who supports the party of Tom Delay (ask someone to help you with google search if you don't know how he got nicknamed "The Hammer"). Is there a special class right-wingers take in how to be shameless hypocrites?

As for being a "dumba##", according to the Republican National Committee's latest fund-raising strategy, the GOP believes their own supporters are "dumba##es". So, I guess if you're looking for one, you might want to try looking in the mirror (according to the RNC).

Have a nice night, I'm off to bed.

Posted by: KROVE1


I'm pretty sure Rahm considered the liberal base "retarded", no?

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 17, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Calm down there, Sparky. Congress, the president and the president's family are exempt from the bill. What's THAT tell you?

Posted by: waterfrontproperty

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It tells me that this president gets the same kind of coverage that other presidents get.

If you want to see whose getting rich over this, check out the donations that insurers are making to Republicans through organizations like the Chamber of Commerce this election cycle.

After falling to #2 in special interest money from the FIRE sector for the first time in 10 years in 2008, the GOP is back to #1 baby!

Call it socialism and grease the pigs in the GOP caucus. They are getting PAID for their obstruction, baby!

Posted by: JPRS | March 17, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

"Oh please, McCain. Spare us your holier-than-thou protests about the legislative process.

Posted by: dlopata"
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He's running against a Tea-bagger and is trying to look tough and anti-government.

Posted by: JRM2
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McCain may be quite different from McCain 2000 but his GOP opponent was taken to the woodshed by Rachel Maddow's interview. My guess is McCain will use the interview to get the nomination making the conservative base aware of the lies.

Posted by: jameschirico | March 17, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

The president is the big picture guy. Why should he care about the procedures of each house of Congress? Get real... stupid questions focusing on the wrong things. But that's Faux Noise.

Posted by: michael4 | March 17, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

I am glad that the President decided to grant this interview to the Fox news on Health Care reforms . The Fox news was rude to the President . The Q and A sessions exposed the line of questioning based on GOP talking points . It became very obvious that the ill mannered and coached Fox news journalist had lost control over the conversation . Also it was evident that he has no sense of decency or respect for the President or his profession . I am sure that this conversation must have helped hundreds of thousands of uninsured and other open minded viewers of Fox news .

Posted by: dmfarooq | March 17, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

What actual value does the insurance industry add to healthcare, if any? What costs do you propose cutting? MDs, nurses, rad techs? Hospitals? How about nursing assistants?

Insurers want to make money, not pay for healthcare. Right?

Posted by: michael4

Prevention is a big part of it, cost reduction for medical devices and drugs, insurance across the line competition, more Nurse Practitioners and less doctors (in certain fields), and doing something about the costs that illegal aliens bring into the equation. And also getting people to stop showing up in the ER or calling EMS for something that is not necessary. And also getting hospitals to stop buying high price gadgets to keep up with the Jones.

That's a start!!

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 17, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

If and When the Obama Health Care Plan takes on 30 million more customers, does any rational person really think that the cost of insurance will not go up? The left wing posters either have never taken Economics 101 or have forgotten it. Economics 101--When a "good"( Health Care) is used by more people, the price of it goes up.
Economics 101--When there is a physician shortage and millions more see Physicians, there will be waiting lines and shortages of care.

Most Americans want to keep their Health Care as is. The Socialist Obama wants to control one sixth of the American Economy.

Posted by: ronmomel163 | March 17, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Wait a minute here. President Obama isn't concerned about process?? HE WAS A CONSTITUTIONAL LAW PROCESSOR!! How Could he NOT be concerned about process. Sorry folks. I'm an independent but this simply doesn't pass the smell test. I have seen several of the presidents speeches and this is the most defensive I've ever seen him look. Wasn't good.

Posted by: rigoman33 | March 17, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

"I am excited about the possibility of my patients' working parents being able to buy the same coverage as members of Congress."

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Calm down there, Sparky. Congress, the president and the president's family are exempt from the bill. What's THAT tell you?

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | March 17, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Characterizing this interview as "testy" is ridiculous. Is the asking questions about major legislation itself "testy"? Geez, isn't the press suppose to be "testy"? Maybe if we had a press that was more interested into asking probing questions of our politicians we wouldn't be in unnecessary wars and saddled with huge budget deficits. Maybe we wouldn't have had a banking system run amok and maybe we wouldn't have had to bail out big corporations.

Posted by: bryan37 | March 17, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

cschotta1 wrote: "Doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that if members of Congress need to bribe members to change their vote....Care to try again, or do you enjoy being a liberal dumba##?"

Posted by: cschotta1

Outrage over bribing party members? That's pretty rich coming from someone who supports the party of Tom Delay (ask someone to help you with google search if you don't know how he got nicknamed "The Hammer"). Is there a special class right-wingers take in how to be shameless hypocrites?

As for being a "dumba##", according to the Republican National Committee's latest fund-raising strategy, the GOP believes their own supporters are "dumba##es". So, I guess if you're looking for one, you might want to try looking in the mirror (according to the RNC).

Have a nice night, I'm off to bed.

Posted by: KROVE1 | March 17, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

If He Who Wants To Be King doesn't like Fox, why did he agree to the interview?

Obama, Pelosi and Reid realize they can't get the votes they need to pass this debacle, even with the "mile high bribes." Now, Obama has said publicly, he doesn't care how it is pushed through - if there's a constitutional or legal issue, Congress can work it out after.

It's clear He Who Wants To Be King can appear cool and polished when he selects who will be in the press room - but his interview with Fox shows the real man - one who buckles under and lashes out at the slightest hint of criticism.

It's not a secret the man will stop at nothing to push though his personal domestic initiative from buying votes to a little blackmail.

As we get closer to election day, I wonder how many Democrats will explain how they voted against it before they voted for it.

Posted by: asmith1 | March 17, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Because he's losing the battle!

Posted by: cschotta1

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Only in the wingnut echo chamber!

Posted by: JPRS | March 17, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

First of all, getting special "deals" for their states is kind of what Senators do. Many of those complaining the loudest about those few "deals" are only ticked off because they didn't get one themselves. Secondly, I don't recall Fox news or their viewers having a snit fit when the Repubs BROKE the House rules and kept the vote for the Bush Prescription bill open 3 hours while Tom DeLay prowled the floor threatening to ruin members of the house or their family members if they didn't change their vote to "aye". No, Fox news said diddley about this because Fox News is nothing bit a Repub Infomercial posing as a newscast.

Posted by: rkerg | March 17, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

muawiyah,

100 is considered an average IQ. Severe mental damage would be closer to 20-34 range. Based on your comment I would wager that you probably have an IQ that's somewhere in the 85-90 range. Prime candidate for the GOP base.

Posted by: JPRS | March 17, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Why did Obama even waste his time with the RNC's PR firm?

Posted by: JPRS

Because he's losing the battle!

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 17, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Healthcare company wants to raise rates to as much as 40%. You can't blame that on the bill thats being consider. The real "death panels" consist of those who deny people health insurance because of pre-existing conditions.

Posted by: MILLER123


Insurance is a small part of the overall increasing costs of healthcare. Perhaps you should try something new from the liberal playbook, eh?

Posted by: cschotta1
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What actual value does the insurance industry add to healthcare, if any? What costs do you propose cutting? MDs, nurses, rad techs? Hospitals? How about nursing assistants?

Insurers want to make money, not pay for healthcare. Right?

Posted by: michael4 | March 17, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why President Obama bothered to be interviewed by a faux news snake like this arrogant, disrespectful, wanna-be.

Posted by: binkynh

Because your Messiah couldn't sell watermelons if you gave him the state troopers to flag down the traffic.

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 17, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

janet: "I think that if we can cross state lines for health insurance, I don't see what difference it makes since most major insurance companies are in a majority, if not all of the states."


At present you are right. They are in the majority of states because they have to be in those states to sell insurance in those states. Take away that rule and I'd give them a year before all the major companies are headquartered in only 2-3 states.

Manufacturing companies are quick to move to China for cheaper labor. Do you really think insurance companies would hesitate to move to a state that doesn't require them to renew the policy of someone with cancer?

Your post actually points out the lies in the claim that we would increase competition if we could buy across state lines. All the major companies are already in practically all the states.

Posted by: jcm52 | March 17, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Let's get back to that IQ issue. This interview demonstrated he's somewhere between 95 and 98.

This may be the consequence of severe childhood injuries.

Posted by: muawiyah | March 17, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Why did Obama even waste his time with the RNC's PR firm?

Posted by: JPRS | March 17, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

People are mistakenly discussing the health care reform bill as if it actually helped the average American. This bill is all about power and control over 1/6 of our economy, not about improving health care.

How can health care be improved when the AMA predicts that up to 33% of our doctors will give up their practice. How can health care for our seniors be improved when the bill is being partially paid for by medicare cuts, under the guise of reducing fraud and waste.

Wonder why Obama, Reid and Pelosi are willing to bribe, give up on public option and the abortion issues? Because these issues are secondary to them.

This bill creates and funds a host of panels, boards and commissions to control rates, assess taxes and penalties, dictate medical procedures and health care RATIONING.

Without question, the bill will increase premiums and taxes, and will reduce the quality of our health care. If it is a good bill it would have passed last summer. If it is a good bill why isn't congressional members including themselves?

Wake up America!!!!!

Posted by: thehamptons1 | March 17, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

The interview showed clearly that Obama is thin skinned; he cannot understand why anyone would challenge or disagree with him. It's a mystery to him! He's so smart and righteous and caring! Why would anyone doubt anything he says? Or question his pure, angelic motives?

Despite the act he puts on of caring for people, he is rude and arrogant. He speaks well, but he is not that smart, nor does his knowledge go much beyond talking points that have been fed to him. It's painful to watch him because he wants so much to be adored, yet it has slipped away, the people see what a phony he is.

Posted by: farpq | March 17, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

He should not have even dignified FOX with an interview.

Posted by: overhereontheleft | March 17, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

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Care to check when the % of subprime/sub A mortgages went from 8% to 20%, I know my stuff which is more than I can say for you.

Posted by: jameschirico

They were initiated by Clinton, towards the end of his presidency. If he hadn't forced Fannie into the subprime market, Fannie wouldn't have been there in the first place. Reality sux, eh lib?

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 17, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why President Obama bothered to be interviewed by a faux news snake like this arrogant, disrespectful, wanna-be.

Posted by: binkynh | March 17, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

'Theres is no such thing, as a "pre-existing condition." There is only "failure to plan." '

BS. I am self-employed. Until my wife had another job, we were covered by insurance I bought individually ($500/month, $2000 deductible). Under current rules in many states if I or my wife came down with cancer while on an individual plan, our insurer would not be required to renew our policy. If I then tried to get a new policy I could be denied based on having a 'pre-existing condition'.

Whose 'failure of planning' would that be?

Posted by: jcm52 | March 17, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Oh my God. That rude fox guy was ridiculous.

Obama kept hammering him with why our system of unfettered for profit health insurance for the few - needs to be reformed. And the fox phoney kept interrupting with nonsensical talking points. His supposed 'questions' from regular American's emails - were ridiculous glenn beck/hannity/rush slogans.

give me a friggen break - selfish repub a-holes.

I LOVE MY PRESIDENT - PRESIDENT OBAMA!

KEEP KICKING THEIR SLOW WITTED ASSES BARACK!!!!

Posted by: IwillkickyourrightwingA | March 17, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

"Sleazy deals", Mac & Cheese For Brains
mentions in the last statement of this article. Let's begin a list of all the sleazy deals the repukicans dealt from 2000 to 2008, we could circumvent the globe with it if it was on a couple million shoe strings tied together. And if there was ONE that benefited the working class, middle income American, I'm challenging anyone to post it here for us all to see. Put your money where your mouth is pukes. Oh yeah, it's 230 days until SWWEEEEEEEET TUESDAY. GO DEMS!!!!!

Posted by: patriotgmalou
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I'm a progressive and must tell you Dubya did try to stem the recession with the $600 tax rebate. Unfortunately illegal price rigging to cash out future oil contracts sent the price to $140 eating twice the rebate bursting the bubble. The Hunt Bros. went to jail and paid a stiff fine in the 80s for manipulating the price of silver, I blame Obama for not going after them especially the off the exchange bidding up.

Posted by: jameschirico | March 17, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

So, "cschotta1", according to the latest Republican fund-raising strategy, Republican supporters are either "reactionary", “motivated by fear", "ego-driven" or just plain stupid and easy to manipulate. Just out of curiosity, which one are you?

Posted by: KROVE1


Doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that if members of Congress need to bribe members to change their vote, then it's probably a bad bill, especially when they still haven't released the actual bill for the public to see. And it also doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that this country can't afford anymore entitlement programs, especially when the ones we have a going broke! Care to try again, or do you enjoy being a liberal dumba##?

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 17, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

peyton manning “deems” retroactive superbowl win

concerned friends and family gathered in indiana to support peyton manning who has been despondent over losing the superbowl.

“day after day, in the snow and rain, peyton had a dumptruck load of footballs dropped on the 40 yard line each moring in the empty stadium. he had me play the game on the jumbotron as he throws pass after pass until all the footballs were gone,” said an anonymous custodian.

archie became concerned and called his other son eli, who whined, called peyton a whinebaby on the phone, but then came.
“see, peyton you really WON the superbowl,” eli explained.

peyton just glared, then threw a football and hit eli.

“no REALLY,” explained eli

“just DEEM yourself the winner of the superbowl. thats what obama is doing on obamcare.”

“Really??” asked an intrigued peyton.

archie nodded.

“well, I mean I knew I could have won if I could have been coach player, referee, and crooked timekeeper like obama was at the republican healthcare summit, so yes I DEEM we won!!”

“then the family celebrated according to the manning family tradition with a game of football, except of course every manning plays quarterback all the time so they all threw the footballs at each other,” explained the happy custodian.

DISCLAIMER–political satire, not true, peyton manning is not delusional. we wish would could say the same for obama “deeming” obamacare passed without a vote. VOID if obama has deemed the First Amendment away overnight.

Posted by: ProCounsel | March 17, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Fox News Breaks 1th Commandment-

Thou Shalt NOT Question The Narcissist Obama

nor any idiocy that he shalt spew forth

In his monumental work "Hitler and Stalin" Alan Bullock notes both Hitler and Stalin were narcissists. ProCounsel is NOT stating Obama is either Hitler or Stalin. But his analysis, written long before Obama's ascendancy, is a useful model.

Bullock explains narcissism on page 11:

"In such a state only the person himself, his needs,feelings and thoughts, everything and and everybody as they relate to him are experienced as fully real, while everybody and everything otherwise lacks reality or interest."

Bullock describes the effects of narcissism and provides a predictive model useful for Obama on page 343:

"Narcissistic personalities are convinced of their special qualities and their superiority over others, and any threat to this self image--such as being criticized, shown up, or defeated--produces a violent outrage and often a desire for revenge."

Bullock cites 3 psychological reactions Stalin used to guard his narcissistic self image. Bullock credits Robert Tucker for these insights on page 356. The 3 reactions to expect for the Obama profile would be:

1. Repression–simply blankly deny the truth, no matter how obvious or even if caught on video

2. Rationalization-Admit but use the fault as proof of his zeal

3. Projection-Obama will attribute to others the motives and attitudes he refuses to admit in himself

Posted by: ProCounsel | March 17, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

When prominent Republicans are interviewed on FOX News, the interviewers actually ask very few questions, as their lips spend most of the time firmly planted on the guest's anus.

Posted by: labman57 | March 17, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

President Obama did not answer any question put before him. His answers were rambling, off track, confusing, and deceiving. The President has had every opportunity to explain this health care mess for over a year. He has blown it. His total incompetance in this matter has led me to believe that he does not deserve the job of President.

Posted by: bobbo2 | March 17, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Healthcare company wants to raise rates to as much as 40%. You can't blame that on the bill thats being consider. The real "death panels" consist of those who deny people health insurance because of pre-existing conditions.

Posted by: MILLER123


Insurance is a small part of the overall increasing costs of healthcare. Perhaps you should try something new from the liberal playbook, eh?

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 17, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Theres is no such thing, as a "pre-existing condition." There is only "failure to plan." No one can pracitically, financially, and reasonanbly cover a condition, that's already occurred. If that were the case, all the Insurance companies would be flocking to Haiti, and Chile, to sell them all insurance. It doesn't work that way. Everyone needs to purchase Insurance, before the need arises.
O'bamacare, is the second step to National bankruptcy.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | March 17, 2010 =======================================

DUDE where is your head at..
We are alread broke..
Thanks to Republican Governance..

ISA

Posted by: Issa1 | March 17, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Healthcare company wants to raise rates to as much as 40%. You can't blame that on the bill thats being consider. The real "death panels" consist of those who deny people health insurance because of pre-existing conditions.

Posted by: MILLER123 | March 17, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Comparing the various news media. Chris
Matthews might have interupted President Obama a few times, Wolf Blitzer, may---be,
but neither would have been as disrespectful as Baier, it was shameful.
But, this is how the repukes WANT EVERYONE to treat the President of the United States. As inept as Bush was, he
was never treated as badly by the media as President Obama was. This is just another
nail in the repukican coffin of 11-02-10.

Posted by: patriotgmalou | March 17, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Healthcare company wants to raise rates to as much as 40%. You can't blame that on the bill thats being consider. The real "death panels" consist of those who deny people health insurance because of pre-existing conditions.

Posted by: MILLER123 | March 17, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Healthcare company wants to raise rates to as much as 40%. You can't blame that on the bill thats being consider. The real "death panels" consist of those who deny people health insurance because of pre-existing conditions.

Posted by: MILLER123 | March 17, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

My patients need health reform. And so do their parents. We need reform that will stop denials of coverage due to pre-existing conditions. We need reform that prevents insurance companies from dropping our coverage when we get sick. I am a pediatrician. I am excited about the prospect of young people being able to stay on their parents' policies until they are 26 years old. I am excited about the possibility of my patients' working parents being able to buy the same coverage as members of Congress. If the parents get sick, who will take care of the kids? We need reform that covers prevention. The current bill does all of the above and I am for it.

Posted by: arisi1 | March 17, 2010 5:26 PM
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Theres is no such thing, as a "pre-existing condition." There is only "failure to plan." No one can pracitically, financially, and reasonanbly cover a condition, that's already occurred. If that were the case, all the Insurance companies would be flocking to Haiti, and Chile, to sell them all insurance. It doesn't work that way. Everyone needs to purchase Insurance, before the need arises.
O'bamacare, is the second step to National bankruptcy.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | March 17, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Dennis - Because it IS ALL ABOUT YOU, isn't it? I'm glad your health care is so cheap. Mine and that of my husband is not - and we are healthy middle aged Americans in our 40s. Our cost every year is $7,000, thru employer plans. Try to be a real American and reach out to your fellow Americans and help them get coverage. If your insurance goes up $1,000 and mine goes down $1,000, isn;t that a fair trade off for your fellow countrymen? Of course, Red State Americans only care about other Americans when they are poking their noses into our bedrooms, our schools and our doctors' offices. HYPOCRITES!

Posted by: paulaann25 | March 17, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Reagan. How come there is no mention of the press about atrology in the White House when he was POTUS

Posted by: MILLER123 | March 17, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

So, "cschotta1", according to the latest Republican fund-raising strategy, Republican supporters are either "reactionary", “motivated by fear", "ego-driven" or just plain stupid and easy to manipulate. Just out of curiosity, which one are you?

Posted by: KROVE1 | March 17, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Scumbag Repukes pretend they want answers to their questions, but one look at the Teabaggers anal pores screaming until they are red in the face tells you all you need to know. I wish the Democrats would grow some cojones, and let the party of "NO!!!" see how many phone books they can read.

Leave it to the likes of the Repuke slime in the Senate to talk about how rules are different, when it isn't some hassole redneck abusing them.

Posted by: daweeni | March 17, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

I've yet to read a post of yours that was not filled with lies. Fannie & Freddie started lending in 05 when the GOP controlled everything, They let Mozillo change Countrywide from a bank to a thrift to prey on subprime consumers for the commissions. Acorn caused the recession, LOL. Carter created the most jobs of any president since and working wages went up more than inflation. He built 7 boomers forcing the bear to build 16 to avoid a first strike bankrupting them. Raiding social security started with Reagan. Go back to watching Beck rail against an 11 year old that lost his mother, your posts only show your ignorance.

Posted by: jameschirico


The Clinton administration forced Fannie into giving people with shoddy credit home loans, which of course, came back to bite us. Just how FU KI G stupid are you? Perhaps you should go back to Huff-n-Puff, where liberal ignorance is not only expected, but celebrated. No wonder liberals are a dying breed!

"MAMMA DON'T LET YOUR BABIES GROWUP TO BE LIBERALS, COZ THEY'LL NEVER LEAVE HOME, SINCE THEY'RE ALWAYS STONED, AND SPENDING YOUR HARD EARNED CASH"

Posted by: cschotta1
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Care to check when the % of subprime/sub A mortgages went from 8% to 20%, I know my stuff which is more than I can say for you.

Posted by: jameschirico | March 17, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

I agree. They want him to fail. They will sell their soul and momma soul to satan just to make sure he fails. Their own self-interest is sacrifice just to see Obama destroyed. Yet, these same people who call themselves Christians. LOL

Posted by: Sincear2021

Most of America doesn't want Obamacare,amnesty or the carbon tax, therefore, most Americans don't want him to succeed. Try thinking outside the box lib, it would do you a world of good!

Remember lib:

America first, liberalism last!

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 17, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

This is one of the mistakes Obama makes. I dislike it will he deals with these clowns. The majority of their viewers don't vote for him anyway. Fox is a bias organization. Being disrespectful to the President doesn't make you a good interviewer. It makes you a jackass. A good interviewer knows a politician is going to give talking point answers. That's nothing new. These egotistical clowns under the fox tent disrepects the President 24/7. No one on this earth can be right all the time, so its a given that no one can be wrong all the time until you listen to the Bozos' under the tent talk about our President. One of their very own called him a racist. I am not happy that the President talked to the enemy. He would have better luck talking to other enemies like the Taliban or Iran. They don't like our President either. They also want him to fail.

Posted by: MILLER123 | March 17, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

This is one of the mistakes Obama makes. I dislike it will he deals with these clowns. The majority of their viewers don't vote for him anyway. Fox is a bias organization. Being disrespectful to the President doesn't make you a good interviewer. It makes you a jackass. A good interviewer knows a politician is going to give talking point answers. That's nothing new. These egotistical clowns under the fox tent disrepects the President 24/7. No one on this earth can be right all the time, so its a given that no one can be wrong all the time until you listen to the Bozos' under the tent talk about our President. One of their very own called him a racist. I am not happy that the President talked to the enemy. He would have better luck talking to other enemies like the Taliban or Iran. They don't like our President either. They also want him to fail.
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I agree. They want him to fail. They will sell their soul and momma soul to satan just to make sure he fails. Their own self-interest is sacrifice just to see Obama destroyed. Yet, these same people who call themselves Christians. LOL

Posted by: Sincear2021 | March 17, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

I am from Connecticut and am totally opposed to these special deals which include the one for my state. I am embarrassed.

To my countrymen from other states, my apologies to you for the attempt of my elected officials to take your money and use it for a project I am certain that is not as important as other more pressing projects or needs in the country.

We are spending money we have not made and we do not have - To Congress - Stop it. Like little irresponsible kids, you are out of control.

Vote this bill down and vote them all out of office. The new batch could not do worse.

Posted by: commonsense70 | March 17, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

I am from Connecticut and am totally opposed to these special deals which include the one for my state. I am embarrassed.

To my countrymen from other states, my apologies to you for the attempt of my elected officials to take your money and use it for a project I am certain that is not as important as other more pressing projects or needs in the country.

We are spending money we have not made and we do not have - To Congress - Stop it. Like little irresponsible kids, you are out of control.

Vote this bill down and vote them all out of office. The new batch could not do worse.

Posted by: commonsense70 | March 17, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Who in the world elected this BoZo!

Posted by: jhayne5 | March 17, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats on the Hill can do anything they want, the President can sign this enormous power grab, and the States will exercise their own "maneuver", granted to them under the Constitution, to scuttle this bloated example of extreme waste by the Federal government.

Bills pending in 37 state legislatures to amend the constitution and prevent the government from taking control of one-sixth of the U.S. economy.

Posted by: magellan1 | March 17, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

I saw the interview. It followed the usual politician interview formula. Instead of answering the question, give a speech supporting your talking points. The "deemed vote" situation? The Constitution does not allow for "deemed votes". If Congress has used it before, it is further examples of our Constitution being ignored by those sworn to uphold it. But even without a deemed vote, there is no constitutional authority to operate, control, or regulate the health care of Americans. Aside from the health care provisions in this bill, the use of federal tax dollars for state responsibilities is not constitutional. I know that politicians don't care about that because both parties play the same game, but We the People do care.

Posted by: allamer1
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What are you talking about, the Constitution specifically allows congress to pass laws including industry regulation. The Dems are way ahead of you and McCain on the SCOTUS deemed review, by passing the amendments the House acknowledges it passed the Senate bill which is why both presentation to the president and Senate will happen on the same day.

Posted by: jameschirico | March 17, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Look at the relationship Murdock had with the chinese govt and what he did for their propaganda machine. Look how he sent his employers their to help them. Now look at the fox News Corp and its relationship towards the US govt with our POTUS in charge.

Posted by: MILLER123 | March 17, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

What an insult to the Presidency. Rovian thugs bullying and interrupting Obama. Who would have expected anything else from the Huckabees' propaganda organ.

Posted by: coloradodog | March 17, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Look at the relationship Murdock had with the chinese govt and what he did for their propaganda machine. Look how he sent his employers their to help them. Now look at the fox News Corp and its relationship towards the US govt with our POTUS in charge.

Posted by: MILLER123 | March 17, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Look at the relationship Murdock had with the chinese govt and what he did for their propaganda machine. Look how he sent his employers their to help them. Now look at the fox News Corp and its relationship towards the US govt with our POTUS in charge.

Posted by: MILLER123 | March 17, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

question:
if democrats put rules aside and "deem" something passed; can Republicans "deem" it not passed?

quesiton:
if it is deemed passed can citizens against it deem it not passed and revolt against it? since deeming is acceptable now why cant we all join in?

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | March 17, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Keep at it, Mr. President.

Posted by: taid


Yep-he's doing more to destroy the democRAT party than I could ever dream of!

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 17, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

"If I can't dazzle them with my brilliance.....

......then I will baffle them with my bulls$$t !!!"

"I just using the power of persuasion....."

"If that doesn't work, then I will persuade them with my power ! "

Posted by: thgirbla | March 17, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

"Sleazy deals", Mac & Cheese For Brains
mentions in the last statement of this article. Let's begin a list of all the sleazy deals the repukicans dealt from 2000 to 2008, we could circumvent the globe with it if it was on a couple million shoe strings tied together. And if there was ONE that benefited the working class, middle income American, I'm challenging anyone to post it here for us all to see. Put your money where your mouth is pukes. Oh yeah, it's 230 days until SWWEEEEEEEET TUESDAY. GO DEMS!!!!!

Posted by: patriotgmalou | March 17, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Don't blame these Murdock lackeys but Obama for thinking he actually could have honest debate with mercenaries.

Posted by: rappahanock | March 17, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

THE FOX GUY WAS RUDE. THEY NEVER TREATED BUSH THAT WAY. I HAVE NEVER SEEN AN ANCHOR TREAT ANY PRESIDENT THAT WAY. GOOD MANNERS ARE OK TO PRACTICE.

Posted by: teacher91298 | March 17, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Hey vfazio,

Answer my question! Have you noticed that our president and attorney general are only concerned about the rule of law when it comes to the rights of convicted terrorists?

When it comes to jamming thru' unpopular legislation anything goes!

Posted by: reddog19621 | March 17, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Is this WaPo or RedState? Apparently the Birthers and Tenthers and other wack job conservative loons from the John Birch Society love posting here. I'd mention that the GOP used "deem and pass" 35 times when they ran the House, and the GOP Senate used reconciliation to pass legislation, but reality, facts, and history have no place in the conservative mind. Its all paranoia, conspiracy, and the Muslim, librul, commie plots to destroy Western Civilization.

Posted by: vfazio | March 17, 2010 5:23 PM | Report
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This is WAPO, Blue State, terrority, vfazio . The only reason that I'm here, is to listen to what you guys have to say, and effectively, respond. I liked the way Bret slapped him around, somewhat gently. O'Reilly would've been much more adversarial. I don't trust anything positive, that O'bama says.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | March 17, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

This interview was BARELY controversial.

As usual, WaPo tries as hard as it can to create controversy where none exists.

What a load of hooey! President Obama is a centrist and no amount of spin and lies can change that.

Posted by: Heerman532 | March 17, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

The way I read this is the Obama is used to a fawning press and appeared frustrated when people question him as if he was a mere man.

He's funny.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | March 17, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

the Foxx interviewer was rude and not very competent. the network deserves its reputation as a source and a sink for know-nothings. what a disgrace and an insult to us all

Posted by: axolotl | March 17, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

question:
if democrats put rules aside and "deem" something passed; can Republicans "deem" it not passed?

quesiton:
if it is deemed passed can citizens against it deem it not passed and revolt against it? since deeming is acceptable now why cant we all join in?

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | March 17, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

What a thug! BHO looked like one of hs Union goon pals.

Posted by: BenLaGuer | March 17, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Janet:

"New York has one of the most stringent insurance laws in the country."

mmmyeah .. THAT's WHY insurance premiums in NY are so high, dimwit!

As to the same companies in several states .. that doesn't make a difference in costs, because they HAVE TO RUN AS A STANDALONE COMPANY WHICH RAISES COSTS! Allow companies to operate freely interstate and premiums WILL COME DOWN!

Posted by: praxis22
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What world are you living in superman's bizzaro world. They have to obey the state regulations, but staff is universal even overseas customers. The per capita number of providers in NY is the reason for the high cost, check the ratio against insurers rates. The only valid conservative talking points are re-import and tort reform. Obama gave you your answer on state regulation vs national, but then again I don't expect a neocon to listen to anything a progressive may say.

Posted by: jameschirico | March 17, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Keep at it, Mr. President.

Posted by: taid | March 17, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

You wonder how Hitler took over Germany with the peoples support but if these right wing poster believe the garbage they type I guess I now understand. Delusionalism at it's finest. And yes Sarah Palin would have made a great Vice President right? Anti-intelligence at it's finest.

And eight years of their man, George W. Mission Accomplished Tragedy Bush and now it's all President Obamas fault. Let me guess cut taxes for the rich, fight for global warming, fight against health care for all Americans, and back to free willin' corporate America.

Why don't all of you idiots proclaim Rush your king, Sarah your queen, Cheney the Chickenhawk your Sgt. of Arms, and Fox News your voice of suppression and all move to a succeeding TEXAS!!!!!

Please leave us decent folks alone.

Posted by: SEADOGMB | March 17, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

I've yet to read a post of yours that was not filled with lies. Fannie & Freddie started lending in 05 when the GOP controlled everything, They let Mozillo change Countrywide from a bank to a thrift to prey on subprime consumers for the commissions. Acorn caused the recession, LOL. Carter created the most jobs of any president since and working wages went up more than inflation. He built 7 boomers forcing the bear to build 16 to avoid a first strike bankrupting them. Raiding social security started with Reagan. Go back to watching Beck rail against an 11 year old that lost his mother, your posts only show your ignorance.

Posted by: jameschirico


The Clinton administration forced Fannie into giving people with shoddy credit home loans, which of course, came back to bite us. Just how FU KI G stupid are you? Perhaps you should go back to Huff-n-Puff, where liberal ignorance is not only expected, but celebrated. No wonder liberals are a dying breed!

"MAMMA DON'T LET YOUR BABIES GROWUP TO BE LIBERALS, COZ THEY'LL NEVER LEAVE HOME, SINCE THEY'RE ALWAYS STONED, AND SPENDING YOUR HARD EARNED CASH"

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 17, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

These blissfully ignorant keep bringing up that no one knows what's in the bill. Well, if you don't know what's in the bill, what are ya against?

Posted by: shhhhh | March 17, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Sonny-sky...
Better Obama puts his name on a bill that provided healthcare to 30 million Americans now currently without, than Bush putting his name on torture, the Iraq debacle, and the economic crash of Oct. 2008.
Posted by: logcabin1836 | March 17, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse
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O'bama can't provide you with Insurance. He's going to wipe out what we now have.
I have a full coverage, family plan, with Major Medical, and extended coverage, for long term disability. With a 20 percent co-pay, it cost $1182.00 per year. I expect that cost to double, at minimum, if O'bamacare becomes law. My General Practicioner expects to leave the Profession, should O'bamacare becomes law.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | March 17, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

We elected an attorney, not a president.

Posted by: logicprevails | March 17, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Teabaggers, rightwing idiots, and all the rest of you low-life anti-healthcare reform knownothings, get ready for a "healthy" bite of KY Jelly...bend over and meet your daddy!

Posted by: cameracowboy | March 17, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

This is one of the mistakes Obama makes. I dislike it will he deals with these clowns. The majority of their viewers don't vote for him anyway. Fox is a bias organization. Being disrespectful to the President doesn't make you a good interviewer. It makes you a jackass. A good interviewer knows a politician is going to give talking point answers. That's nothing new. These egotistical clowns under the fox tent disrepects the President 24/7. No one on this earth can be right all the time, so its a given that no one can be wrong all the time until you listen to the Bozos' under the tent talk about our President. One of their very own called him a racist. I am not happy that the President talked to the enemy. He would have better luck talking to other enemies like the Taliban or Iran. They don't like our President either. They also want him to fail.

Posted by: MILLER123 | March 17, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

This is one of the mistakes Obama makes. I dislike it will he deals with these clowns. The majority of their viewers don't vote for him anyway. Fox is a bias organization. Being disrespectful to the President doesn't make you a good interviewer. It makes you a jackass. A good interviewer knows a politician is going to give talking point answers. That's nothing new. These egotistical clowns under the fox tent disrepects the President 24/7. No one on this earth can be right all the time, so its a given that no one can be wrong all the time until you listen to the Bozos' under the tent talk about our President. One of their very own called him a racist. I am not happy that the President talked to the enemy. He would have better luck talking to other enemies like the Taliban or Iran. They don't like our President either. They also want him to fail.

Posted by: MILLER123 | March 17, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Obama sits there and states he is going to take $500 billion out of medicare and this is going to make medicare stronger? He makes the ludicrous statment that the doctor fix has nothing to do with health care reform and should not be counted as a cost? I think the Republicans are mssing the boat. Despite all the easy pickins on the procedure side, the content side of this reform is even more odorous and is getting lost in the debate.

Posted by: marknelso | March 17, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

What a tumshie! Yea, an absolute LIAR!

Posted by: nosam32 | March 17, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Baier just doesn't get it. Obama only gives orations, not interviews. He just likes to hear himself talk.

Suggest people read the transcript of the interview. Obama's double-speak is overwhelming. He obviously has no grasp on the substance of the legislation; he just consistently repeated the Democrat talking points and became annoyed when Baier tried to obtain definitive answers. Obama also proved that he remains the master of responding to a disliked question by introducing a different topic.

By the way, he endorsed the procedural convolutions to pass the bill as well as the "Louisiana Purchase." He even went so far as to say that Hawaii might be eligible for its own Louisiana-Purchase-type-of-arrangement to help it recover from the earthquake. Huh? Actually, Obama probably wants to pay back Hawaii for proposing legislation that would shut down the "birthers."

What a "transparent," ethical president.

Posted by: judithod | March 17, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

My goodness... Dubya and the then Republicon Congress urinated on AND wiped their butts with the Constitution on a regular basis! They used every sleazy trick and parliamentary procedure in the book during their dark age of rule. HOW DARE right-wingers in the Congress scream bloody murder over procedure. What kind of freakishly ignorant people are falling for this GOP hypocritical crap?

Posted by: jmr012 | March 17, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

During the campaign, how many times did I hear President Obama and the Dems promise 'change' from past policies. But, in the last few weeks, how many times have the Dems tried to justify criticized actions by saying, 'well, the Republicans did it'. The Dems want it both ways, but the people will see this as dishonesty.

Posted by: dambam64 | March 17, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

EFFFF- FAUX, EFFF- YTS AND PASS THIS BILL JUST TO MAKE THEM ANGRY.

You and the family will be set for life, so who cares. Pass it.

Posted by: Sincear2021 | March 17, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Wrong, cschotta1! Those who SUPPORT Obamacare -- "progressives" (Marxists) -- are the most responsible for harming our economy.

It’s the progressives and their socialist agenda and fraudulent institutions (ACORN, Fanny Mae, Freddy Mac) who are most responsible for our current financial problems.

In spite of nefarious fiscal policies initiated and advocated mostly by Democrats like Carter, we were doing OK until the Democrats gained control of Congress and pushed for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to go even further in promoting subprime mortgage loans, which are at the heart of today’s financial crisis.

Every action taken by Obama has further harmed us, and his Obamacare and cap and trade SCAMS would be the nails on the coffin of the U.S. economy.

Posted by: AntonioSosa | March 17, 2010 8:50 PM
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Posted by: jameschirico | March 17, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

hey tea-baggers, rightwing idiots, and all the rest of you anti-healthcare reform lowlifes, how does that KY Jelly taste about now...
get ready for a big bite and bend over...

Posted by: cameracowboy | March 17, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

He had to interrupe because he wouldn't answer or couldn't answer the questions.

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Posted by: nikejordans1 | March 17, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Obama should be interviewed by Rachel Madow, Oberman or Chris Matthews so that can all tell him what a swell guy he is.

Obama had no interest in answering the questions because he is intellectually dishonest. Fox news should not let this guy on their network. If you’re the President and you can’t won’t answer questions than you shouldn’t be there.

The problem here is Obama views himself as the King and the rest of America as his servants.

Posted by: targa47 | March 17, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: austininc4

The Guy from Fraud News is a MORON, a Light Weight , a Slow Leak.

He was out of his league, and showed how inept he was attempting to interview a man 10 times more intelligent than he was.

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Oh and here I thought Baier was interviewing Obama not some super smart guy.

Posted by: Straightline | March 17, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Sonny-sky...
Better Obama puts his name on a bill that provided healthcare to 30 million Americans now currently without, than Bush putting his name on torture, the Iraq debacle, and the economic crash of Oct. 2008.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | March 17, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

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O'bama can't provide Insurance. He's going to ruin what we now have.
I can get a full coverage family plan,with a 20 percent co-pay, with extended coverage, and Major Mecical, for $1182.00 per year. I can see that rate doubling, if O'bamacare becomes law. My General Practicioner plans to quit the business, if O

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | March 17, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

"One" of the dangerous weaknesses of politicians is the belief they can talk anyone into anything if they can just sit in front of them.

Iran and Obama are good examples of overreaching.

FOX has the ratings and Obama was overconfident and shown to be less presidential.

Obama asked for the interview. He was too egotistical to believe he would be cornered.

Of course FOX nailed him. That is why they are number one with more viewers than CNN and MSNBC combined.

Posted by: donbl | March 17, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Chicago thugs are NEVER concerned about Procedure.
Transparency 0
Ethics-------0

You wouldn't do business in the private sector with A##holes like this. Yet this same A##holes want to take over heatlh care...outrageous


The worst president, the worst congress, the dumbest electorate has come together at the same time in history to produce the Obamination of America. The terrorists have to be happy that someone else is doing their work for them.

Posted by: sophic | March 17, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Chicago thugs are NEVER concerned about Procedure.
Transparency 0
Ethics-------0

You wouldn't do business in the private sector with A##holes like this. Yet this same A##holes want to take over heatlh care...outrageous


The worst president, the worst congress, the dumbest electorate has come together at the same time in history to produce the Obamination of America. The terrorists have to be happy that someone else is doing their work for them.

Posted by: sophic | March 17, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Janet:

"New York has one of the most stringent insurance laws in the country."

mmmyeah .. THAT's WHY insurance premiums in NY are so high, dimwit!

As to the same companies in several states .. that doesn't make a difference in costs, because they HAVE TO RUN AS A STANDALONE COMPANY WHICH RAISES COSTS! Allow companies to operate freely interstate and premiums WILL COME DOWN!

Posted by: praxis22 | March 17, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to Fox. Pres Obama will win passage of the health care bill. He sounded like a convincing winner in this interview.

Posted by: dudh


And the moon is made of cheese!

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 17, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

"A smile and a firm handshake". Exactly why the Right is wiping the floor with Obama. The more plaintive, endearing, "bipartisan" liberals beg for support and appreciation, the more insolent and dismissive the Right becomes, and with good reason. Virtually everything Obama and the Democrats are doing show more fealty to right-wing principles than anything their forebears imagined. And it's still not enough. Health care, the Patriot Act, immigrant-bashing, you name it, he's singing their song, if with a slight centrist figleaf. It's a disgrace, and the main reason he and his worthless gang of supplicants are going down this November.

Posted by: reflecter | March 17, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

The interview is part of the implosion of the Democratic party as the Obamacare stench becomes more and more disgusting.

The stench of the lies, manipulation, intimidation, coercion, bribery, corruption, and backroom deals to force us to swallow the Obamacare SCAM -- which would destroy our health care, our economy, our freedoms and our country -- has forever tainted the Democratic Party and demonstrate the degree of corruption, bribery and fraud we can expect from Obama and his comrades as they continue to enslave us through their Marxist schemes.

More and more Americans understand there's no longer a Democratic Party. The Democratic Party has been replaced by the Progressive (Marxist) party, controlled by U.S. enemies like George Soros and bent on destroying America using the tactics of their Marxist mentor Saul Alinsky.

Posted by: AntonioSosa | March 17, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

I saw the interview. It followed the usual politician interview formula. Instead of answering the question, give a speech supporting your talking points. The "deemed vote" situation? The Constitution does not allow for "deemed votes". If Congress has used it before, it is further examples of our Constitution being ignored by those sworn to uphold it. But even without a deemed vote, there is no constitutional authority to operate, control, or regulate the health care of Americans. Aside from the health care provisions in this bill, the use of federal tax dollars for state responsibilities is not constitutional. I know that politicians don't care about that because both parties play the same game, but We the People do care.

Posted by: allamer1 | March 17, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Flustered, and evasive. This is what an empty-suit without a teleprompter telling him what to say .. a dood who has absolutely NO credibility nor intelligence to be President .. does when he is asked tough questions, other than "what are your bracket choices President 0BowMao?"

Posted by: praxis22 | March 17, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

The interview made it very clear that Obama isn't used to being asked tough questions, and expects that he will have free reign to use interviewers as teleprompters. Thank you Brett Baier

Posted by: marknelso | March 17, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

jcm52,

I think that if we can cross state lines for health insurance, I don't see what difference it makes since most major insurance companies are in a majority, if not all of the states.

They say it will create competition but as I said most are in every state anyway.

And they'd have to follow the laws in the insured's state of residence.

BTW, New York has one of the most stringent insurance laws in the country.

Posted by: janet8 | March 17, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

1. Obama admittedly, doesn't even know whats in his own bill.

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Posted by: dashriprock
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Doesn't know yet what fixes are completed by the House. He knows the bill and the GOP plan or did you miss him taking the GOP House members to the woodshed during their debate.

Posted by: jameschirico | March 17, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Barry thought he could hog the microphone and shuck and jive the whole time like he did at the phony "health care summit".

Baier actually insisted that Barry answer the questions that were asked. Whenever Barry evaded, Baier pressed for an answer. Imagine that. No wonder Barry was flustered.

Posted by: screwjob11 | March 17, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

This clown sure is impressed with himself isn't he.

He shouldn't be.

Posted by: websterr1 | March 17, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

The Guy from Fraud News is a MORON, a Light Weight , a Slow Leak.

He was out of his league, and showed how inept he was attempting to interview a man 10 times more intelligent than he was.

President Obama, swapped him like the Fly he smacked down last year in another interview.

Fraud News is a Joke, and only Delusional MORONS, watch the Circus of a News Network.

Posted by: austininc4 | March 17, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Here's a quote from Dr. Adrian Rogers:

“You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”


ENOUGH SAID!

Posted by: obamaalmighT | March 17, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Any bets the CBO will come in under a trillion and not factor in all the union deals and other deals a Republican would have been hung for. LOL
We all know the CBO will be under a trillion! We all know the premiums will go up not down! But you dems just have to have one more entitlement for those of us who work pay for. Is it really about 31 million w/o insurance? If so how much have you personally donated this year and last to help you fellow man? My guess ZERO!!!

Posted by: usmc1969 | March 17, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

I hear a lot of b!tching and moaning from the right side of the aisle but have yet to hear a single Republican make a pledge to change the Congressional rules if they get elected or to pledge never to use this procedure (again). Until they do that it's just sour grapes.

Posted by: mandrake


We are talking about a 875 billion dollar entitlement program. You do the math!

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 17, 2010 8:31 PM
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The GOP put through a half trillion dollar prescription drug plan than cost consumers an extra 3 trillion for drugs. The most widely used cholesterol drug in the world costs 4x what Canadians pay. This bill covers 98% of people with increased costs to consumers of 1/2 trillion (CBO score). Congress has a constitutional ability to tax, so getting a waiver by having insurance will certainly pass SCOTUS review.

Posted by: jameschirico | March 17, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

It is apt that McCain is talking about sleaze. He should really know -- Mr Sleazebag himself.

Posted by: kblgca
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
True but he isn't dumb as you about the procedural violation that means the bill is unconstitutional.
What a mouth this dumbo has!!!!

He leaves on tape a full Confession that this is his proposal and not the bill voted on in the House or the Senate.

It cannot even sit before Congress yet.

It has to go through due process.

What a dumb arse to admit he doesn't understand his role as provided by the US COnstitution.


WAPO MADE A BEAUTIFUL SNAG ON THIS SNAFU CLIP!!!!

Posted by: dottydo | March 17, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

jcm52:

I was only commenting on the insurance companies, not the credit card companies.

Posted by: janet8 | March 17, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

It's no surprise that Democrats hide the fact that every country that provides single-payer health care -- and that's the eventual goal here -- funds it with extortionate personal income taxes along with a value-added tax of 15%-25% on ever single item made, consumed, and sold in the country. There is simply no other way to pay for it.

Posted by: egdusa | March 17, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse


and we have longer lives, higher pro capita money and better health care...call us stupids! I think the stupids reside in the US and is for all the world to see and laugh at you. Ha, Ha.

Posted by: biglio | March 17, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Bret Baier disrespectful?!!! It was dictator Obama who was disrespectful. He refused to answer questions and just wanted to spew his ridiculous propaganda. Obama was particularly DISRESPECFUL to the American people acting as if it were normal for him to DICTATE to us what we must do, for him to decide what's good for us!

We don't work for him. He works for us. And he's lying and cheating. It's time to IMPEACH him or to just FIRE him. We (and our children and grandchildren) deserve better.

Posted by: AntonioSosa | March 17, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to Fox. Pres Obama will win passage of the health care bill. He sounded like a convincing winner in this interview.

Posted by: dudh | March 17, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

@logjam1836

I agree with you. :)

Posted by: celestun100 | March 17, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse


A few posts here says surgeries cost less in Canada and England. Maybe for a non-resident but for the English and Canadians they are paying taxes through the nose for their so-so public health care.

Posted by: janet8 | March 17, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

1. Obama admittedly, doesn't even know whats in his own bill.

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Posted by: dashriprock
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
He said "A proposal from me".

It is not the voted on bill from the House, or the voted on bill from the Senate....he bluntly says he does "not care about the procedure".

This measure has never been voted on before, or debated by either the HOUSE or Senate.

Presidents do not dictate to the House and Senate in the USA.
This mandate is out of order by not having been created and written in either the House or the Senate.


GOOD GRIEF!!!!!
It is UN Constitutional procedure, illegal and out of order for a President to come between legislators and the people.

Posted by: dottydo | March 17, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

It is apt that McCain is talking about sleaze. He should really know -- Mr Sleazebag himself.

Posted by: kblgca | March 17, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

"You can ask tough questions without being rude."

Kind of tough to do when the person you are interviewing is intentionally going on and on without actually giving an answer to the question, to the point that you must interrupt or you won't get to ask a second question.

Obama plays this well, in interviews and at town halls. He goes on and on and on with an answer, limiting the amount of time available to get another question in...because he doesn't want to have to answer the tough questions. In tonight's interview, he rarely gave a direct answer...it was mostly talking points, which we've heard ad nauseum.

I thought Bret Baier was brilliant tonight, and he made Obama stutter more than once on some pointed questions.

Posted by: boosterprez | March 17, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Wrong, cschotta1! Those who SUPPORT Obamacare -- "progressives" (Marxists) -- are the most responsible for harming our economy.

It’s the progressives and their socialist agenda and fraudulent institutions (ACORN, Fanny Mae, Freddy Mac) who are most responsible for our current financial problems.

In spite of nefarious fiscal policies initiated and advocated mostly by Democrats like Carter, we were doing OK until the Democrats gained control of Congress and pushed for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to go even further in promoting subprime mortgage loans, which are at the heart of today’s financial crisis.

Every action taken by Obama has further harmed us, and his Obamacare and cap and trade SCAMS would be the nails on the coffin of the U.S. economy.

Posted by: AntonioSosa | March 17, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

You can ask tough questions without being rude. British journalists know how to do it. I'm an independent but the more vitriolic comments and disrespectful manners have to be endured by our elected president, the more people like keep on seeing him as the only adult left in politics and medias in Washington.

Posted by: jo1976 | March 17, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Janet,

you said to me:

"Although a lot of companies may be hqtr'd in Delaware, the insurance companies would still have to follow the laws in the insured's state of residence.

Each state has their own insurance laws which must be adhered to by the insurance companies if they want to sell insurance in those states."

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Your first paragraph is incorrect. Invariably when you sign a credit card contract there is a clause in the fine print saying which state's laws apply if there is any legal dispute.

As for your second paragraph you are correct. However, I was replying to someone demanding that it be changed so that insurance companies be allowed to sell across state lines, and thus only have to follow their own state's laws. I am happy with that aspect of the status quo. Are you?

Posted by: jcm52 | March 17, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

I have hope for the first time in 6 years. That's how long it has been since my daughter (who works) and her husband (who also works) have been without health insurance. I have a check ready to give her to buy an individual policy. That's how worried I am. They are in their 30's and earn just a little over the limit to qualify for state programs. The cost of a policy from standard insurers that cover her area would cost them about $24,000 a year, not counting deductibles and co-pays, and whatever else the insurer would deny coverage for. Only in America. I may not have to use my retirement funds to buy her insurance. I will be so very thankful to Obama and the Democrats if they can pull this off.

Posted by: elfchen


Sounds like your daughter and her husband should have gotten a better education, thus better jobs with better benefits instead of relying on someone else to pay for their healthcare, no? It's called being RESPONSIBLE.

DemocRAT motto:

"ASK NOT WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY, ASK WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU"

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 17, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

In case you missed it the polls now are running 50-50 including the independents. My guess is there won't be a new hospital for CT after Brier answered the what question. Bret was rude, acting like Hannity. His reporting generally has a slant. Today he tried to bring up process a number of times after having heard Obama's answer on the process. The dig he never heard was the GOP obstinence forced the Senate rules. In fact Obama pointed out Baker and Dole initiatives were part of the bill. My view is a weak Reid has allowed the GOP to run roughshod over the Senate and I hope he is ousted by voters come November. McCaskill while more to the right than Obama would take no prisoners in dealing with the GOP, my choice to lead the Senate.

Posted by: jameschirico | March 17, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

What?!? No attempt to analyze, applaud or debunk the content of what either Obama or McCain said???

Posted by: jeanhess627 | March 17, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

What?!? No attempt to analyze, applaud or debunk the content of what either Obama or McCain said???

Posted by: jeanhess627 | March 17, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

I have hope for the first time in 6 years. That's how long it has been since my daughter (who works) and her husband (who also works) have been without health insurance. I have a check ready to give her to buy an individual policy. That's how worried I am. They are in their 30's and earn just a little over the limit to qualify for state programs. The cost of a policy from standard insurers that cover her area would cost them about $24,000 a year, not counting deductibles and co-pays, and whatever else the insurer would deny coverage for. Only in America. I may not have to use my retirement funds to buy her insurance. I will be so very thankful to Obama and the Democrats if they can pull this off.

Posted by: elfchen
_______________

Hope your daughter doesn't mind waiting 4 more years for that insurance, as the exchanges don't begin until 2014. Also, if she's buying an individual policy, chances are her premiums will be going UP, not down. She's better off buying now, before premiums skyrocket once this plan takes hold.

And $24,000? For a couple? They've not shopped around for plans a whole lot, have they?

Posted by: boosterprez | March 17, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

mmax wrote:

"I don't know what's in the bill. But I do know that those who oppose it are nothing but self-centered, immoral, dishonest trash. And their 'disdain' over this bill tells me it's probably pretty good.'

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You don't know what's in the bill but you trash those that oppose it BECAUSE WE DON'T KNOW WHAT'S IN THE BILL.

Can I sell you a little swamp land in Florida?

Posted by: janet8 | March 17, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

I agree with you, dashriprock

1. Obama admittedly, doesn't even know whats in his own bill.

2. The language in the Bill is not complete

3. However, What is complete. Obama is not up too speed on. I.E. "Special Deals"

4. The Bill has not yet been scored by the CBO.

5. The Bill has not been posted for 72 hours on line.

And even when the CBO scores it, we can't trust the CBO numbers because those numbers will be only por part of the bill.

Obama and his comrades are using deception, gimmicks, creative accounting, smoke and mirrors to hide the trillions of dollars their scam will cost us.

"Legislative Reality vs, Political Reality," by Peter Suderman, identifies specific deceptive strategies. One of the strategies entails shifting expensive parts of a bill to completely DIFFERENT pieces of legislation. So the costs found by the CBO will be only PART of the costs.

In the House, Democrats shifted an expensive, unpaid-for "fix" to doctor's Medicare reimbursement rates over to a separate bill. And in the Senate, they backloaded the spending so that its full effects would not be felt in the 10-year window that CBO scores. In the latest Senate bill, 99 percent of the spending would occur in the last six years of the budget window.

http://reason.com/archives/2009/12/10/legislative-reality-vs-politic

Obamacare will dramatically increase taxes, costs and the deficit while rationing and destroying health care.

Posted by: AntonioSosa | March 17, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Those who oppose healthcare are the same ones who drove our economy into a tree, the same ones who beat their chests about WMDs in Iraq. At every turn they vote against our Veterans, against our teachers, our law-enforcement, our very government that bails them out time and time again.

I don't know what's in the bill. But I do know that those who oppose it are nothing but self-centered, immoral, dishonest trash. And their 'disdain' over this bill tells me it's probably pretty good.

Posted by: mmax

YAWN!

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 17, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

He said they are voting on a "PROPOSAL FROM ME"

That is not his job to present the bills for votes.
We are being told they are adjusting bills already through both the house and Senate.

This mess is a breech of his office.
He says they are bringing him things he is rejecting.

DO YOU HEAR THAT ACORNS ????

Posted by: dottydo | March 17, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Those who oppose healthcare are the same ones who drove our economy into a tree, the same ones who beat their chests about WMDs in Iraq. At every turn they vote against our Veterans, against our teachers, our law-enforcement, our very government that bails them out time and time again.

I don't know what's in the bill. But I do know that those who oppose it are nothing but self-centered, immoral, dishonest trash. And their 'disdain' over this bill tells me it's probably pretty good.

Posted by: mmax | March 17, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

I've had three surgeries in the last decade - one in England, one in Canada, and one in the US.

The wait for surgery in England and Canada was relatively long. So what did I do? I paid for it out of pocket and had it scheduled quickly. Why? Because it was cheap enough that I could afford it - in the UK it cost me 2000 USD.

I came to the US (before the wackos go off on me, I'm a US-born citizen). In the US the expense of my insurance plus the income tax I paid was higher than it was in Canada or the UK. And yet for my surgery here, I had to wait even longer than I would have waited on the public plan in Canada or UK. Why? Because with all the money going into health insurance, I couldn't afford the deductible (2000 USD). Once my wife found a job with a better insurance plan, I was able to get surgery on the same time-scale that it took in Canada or the UK.

Let's be absolutely clear on this - it costs more to be insured for a half a year in the US than it costs to skip the public system and pay out of pocket for knee surgery in Canada or the UK.

Posted by: jcm52 | March 17, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse


Barry comes on Fox to show that he is a strong leader who can take pointed questions, and he gets the crap kicked out of him. Too funny. Barry has lost the initiative on Obamacare. The trickery that they tried in the House to pass Obamacare without a vote went over like a lead ballon: even the WaPo hacks called him on it. The Republicans found a way to force it to a vote. Pelosi doe not have the votes in the house to pass it, she knows it and Barry knows it.

Posted by: screwjob11 | March 17, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

I have hope for the first time in 6 years. That's how long it has been since my daughter (who works) and her husband (who also works) have been without health insurance. I have a check ready to give her to buy an individual policy. That's how worried I am. They are in their 30's and earn just a little over the limit to qualify for state programs. The cost of a policy from standard insurers that cover her area would cost them about $24,000 a year, not counting deductibles and co-pays, and whatever else the insurer would deny coverage for. Only in America. I may not have to use my retirement funds to buy her insurance. I will be so very thankful to Obama and the Democrats if they can pull this off.

Posted by: elfchen | March 17, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

You are right, obamaalmighT. Adults do NOT want the government, -- particularly not a government led by dictator Obama and his ACORN comrades -- to "take care" of us. We know we would be safer in the hands of the mafia!

Only those who believe in fairy tales can believe the Obamacare scam would improve health care or reduce costs!

Posted by: AntonioSosa | March 17, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Sonny-sky...
Better Obama puts his name on a bill that provided healthcare to 30 million Americans now currently without, than Bush putting his name on torture, the Iraq debacle, and the economic crash of Oct. 2008.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | March 17, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Truly amazing that "the process" that the Republicans are so critical of is the same "process" that they used repeatedly many times to push George Bushs political agenda through Congress. What hypocrites.
Of the 21 times the parlimentary tactic called Reconciliation was used, 14 of those times by Republicans who cried "we want a straight up or down vote!"...now that the tables are turned, they scream just the opposite. Hypocrites all.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | March 17, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Obama loves to talk about stuff he knows nothing about. He has no clue what's in the bill, what it's going to cost, or if it will resolve any of the real issues regarding the realities of health care in this country. All he knows is he wants something to put his name on and anything that leads to government control is good enough.

Posted by: sonny_sky | March 17, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse


Let's see what Tim Cahill, Mass TREASURER has to say about THEIR State run health care system, and what it has done to the Mass economy:


BOSTON — Unenrolled gubernatorial candidate Treasurer Timothy Cahill predicted Tuesday the country would go bankrupt within four years if President Obama and Congress follow the Massachusetts health care model, warning against dramatic access expansion and suggesting the state curb publicly subsidized benefits.


Summoning reporters into his capitol office as he lined up with national Republicans as Congress nears a vote on a health care bill, Cahill said the state’s 2006 health care expansion has wreaked havoc with the state budget and blamed Gov. Deval Patrick for "very little if any oversight."


Pointing to numbers that show spending on Medicaid and health care reform has boomed from $6.3 billion to 10.4 billion between fiscal 2005 and projected fiscal 2010 figures, Cahill said, "It makes it very clear why we're going broke in this state."


Patrick aides mobilized quickly to question Cahill’s numbers and defend Patrick’s performance and the program. Patrick spokesman Juan Martinez, in a statement, said Patrick had exhibited “strong management” of health care reform that has led to Massachusetts leading the nation with over 97 percent of residents insured.


Jumping into the Washington debate, Cahill said, “If the federal government does what Massachusetts has done, I don’t know who’s going to pay for it, except the taxpayers or we’re going to have to borrow money from China, as we’ve been doing.”


Cahill said the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority had "failed," and said the state should do more to promote competition among insurers.


He said the state should "absolutely" consider reducing coverage packages and said he supported changing the state's "fee-for-service" payment model.


Cahill’s public denunciation of the state’s showpiece health care law establishes him as the highest-ranking state official to side so firmly against it. Bay State Republicans, while publicly questioning the program’s cost, have been loath to break with a law they helped pass, and which then-Gov. Mitt Romney signed with fanfare.

http://www.dailynewstranscript.com/news/x1526467812/Diving-into-health-debate-Cahill-warns-against-Obamacare


But yet, ObamO wants to subject an ENTIRE country to this ill fated program, which has failed in other countries plagued with communism and socialism.


This will NEVER work, and lazy a$$, and apathetic losers should stop depending on the government for HANDOUTS!! Nothing is FREE!! Didn't ya mamas tell ya that?? Do you want to be FORCED to buy insurance? If a person doesn't want it, they shouldn't be commanded to buy it.

Posted by: obamaalmighT | March 17, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

I am really getting tired of those who say that repubs abused their authority and overspent, so we should be so entitled.
That's not a solution. It's business as usual, and most folks are ready to take away the government's no-limit credit card.
Starting another over-promised, under-funded entitlement program is sheer folly.
But it will look good in the presidential trophy case.

Posted by: mtpeaks | March 17, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

I hear a lot of b!tching and moaning from the right side of the aisle but have yet to hear a single Republican make a pledge to change the Congressional rules if they get elected or to pledge never to use this procedure (again). Until they do that it's just sour grapes.

Posted by: mandrake


We are talking about a 875 billion dollar entitlement program. You do the math!

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 17, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Teabagging comment bozos = Dumb & Dumber

Posted by: edfunk1 | March 17, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

1. Obama admittedly, doesn't even know whats in his own bill.

2. The language in the Bill is not complete

3. However, What is complete. Obama is not up too speed on. I.E. "Special Deals"

4. The Bill has not yet been scored by the CBO.

5. The Bill has not been posted for 72 hours on line.

Yet some of the democrats want this " One Trillion Plus " dollar bill voted on by Sunday.
A bill mind you, that wont go into effect until 2014.
But both you and I start paying for immediately.


Its time wake up America, and look out for your country not your political party !

Posted by: dashriprock | March 17, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse


jcm52:

Although a lot of companies may be hqtr'd in Delaware, the insurance companies would still have to follow the laws in the insured's state of residence.

Each state has their own insurance laws which must be adhered to by the insurance companies if they want to sell insurance in those states.

Two of the largest insurance companies in the US are MetLife's Hqs are in NYC, NY and Prudential Hqs are in Newark, NJ.

Two of the largest health insurance (only) companies are Blue Cross/Shield in Chicago,IL and Humana in Louisville, KY.

Posted by: janet8 | March 17, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse


jcm52:

Although a lot of companies may be hqtr'd in Delaware, the insurance companies would still have to follow the laws in the insured's state of residence.

Each state has their own insurance laws which must be adhered to by the insurance companies if they want to sell insurance in those states.

Two of the largest insurance companies in the US are MetLife's Hqs are in NYC, NY and Prudential Hqs are in Newark, NJ.

Two of the largest health insurance (only) companies are Blue Cross/Shield in Chicago,IL and Humana in Louisville, KY.

Posted by: janet8 | March 17, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

mr. obama:

first of all, GET OVER YOURSELF!!!!!

the PROCESS is exactly why so many of us despise your presidency.

you have conducted yourself as if you are an enemy of the people. look in the mirror if you REALLY want to know what's wrong.

any questions?

Posted by: potomacfever00 | March 17, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

I watched the interview. Typical Fox interview. The interviewer has his own agenda and interrupts the guest when his or her answer is not along the lines of the opinion of the Fox interviewer.

Obama did ask to not be interrupted while he was answering.
GOOD FOR HIM!

Posted by: janye1 | March 17, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Fox News goons = Nazi Socialist Communists. Right?

Posted by: edfunk1 | March 17, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Obama sparred with Bret Baer and came out a loser because he didn't know what was in the bill, did not have answers, stalled, filibustered and bobbed, weaved, and bluffed his way through the match.

SCRAP OBAMACARE!

FACE REALITY!

FIX THE ECONOMY!

Posted by: Concerned14 | March 17, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

obamaalmighT, I'm sick and tired of you wingnuts and teabaggers using the royal "we."

You don't speak for me and I'm a God-fearing, natural born, veteran, American.

You can only speak for yourself. You meglomanical types think for some reason you elected God. Get over it. A whole lot a America doesn't agree with you nor want you or the teabaggers to speak for them.

Posted by: arancia12 | March 17, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Obama criticized Washington for getting "very concerned" with procedures in Congress, and said he tries to ignore all of that.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

And this man is supposed to be a constitutional scholar? What an effing joke he is.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | March 17, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

BigTrees...thanks for your kind reply. We are "leaderless in America" thanks to you. That will change in Nov 2012...enjoy your majority in the Congress until Jan 2011. Buyers are remorsing all over the place...and justifiably so.

Posted by: powerange | March 17, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

WHO CARES HOW MANY TIMES IT WAS DONE??? Is that ALL you can say? What about it being the right or wrong thing to do with THIS peice of legislation? That's where the concentration is, THIS legislation.


And the answer is- it has NOT been done, and is not intended for MASSIVE PEICES OF LEGISLATION WITH ONLY PARTISAN APPROVAL.


Can you get that through your 10" thick skull?

WE'RE NOT CLONES!! WE DON'T LIVE CLONED LIVES!! WE DON'T HAVE CLONED CIRCUMSTANCES!! AND WE SHOULD NOT HAVE CLONED HEALTH INSURANCE!!

Oops, sorry for the caps. Just looked up and saw them and corrected.

We're NOT a collective society; we're an individualist society in a collective body of people from different ethnicities, cultures, races, beliefs, and values. There should NOT be cookie-cutter health insurance.

We The People are NOT STEPFORD CITIZENS,, and we will NOT be treated as such. There are people who are willing to work to get theirs, instead of waiting like whelping pups for handouts from the government!!!!!

Those that want to be controlled by the government, then give it to the pups. But leave the rest of the GROWN FOLK alone to handle their OWN AFFAIRS!! Just regulate the insurance companies like you're supposed to. Oh. Wait- you can't do that, can you? You're indebted to them also, along with SEIU,so you MUST pass it, no matter what, huh?

Posted by: obamaalmighT | March 17, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

By the way I am not far left, just not for what Roger Ailes has said is "ratings journalism". I am for real reporting, on idiots like Hannity and O'Reilly

Posted by: Brainny | March 17, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

I hear a lot of b!tching and moaning from the right side of the aisle but have yet to hear a single Republican make a pledge to change the Congressional rules if they get elected or to pledge never to use this procedure (again). Until they do that it's just sour grapes.

Posted by: mandrake | March 17, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse


Barry the incompetent boob Obama tried to jam Obamacare through Congress by trickery. When caught at it, Barry becomes testy. Fox has struck a raw nerve; now they will start twisting the scalpel. It is not just Fox News Channel either.

Posted by: screwjob11 | March 17, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

edgusa said: " . . . or -- even tougher -- questions from cute Katie Couric. 'Take all the time you want, Mr President... What's your favorite movie?, How are the kids doing?, I get a thrill up my leg,' ad nauseum."

So, let me see if I got this straight, edgusa. When Katie Couric interviews Palin and asks her if she reads a newspaper, people like you say she's a "gotcha" journalist on the attack. But when she interviews the President -- no wait, when she **hypothetically** interviews the President in your mind -- she's a cutie and her questions are softballs.

Here's some news for you: it's not the media that's doing the filtering in your reality.


Posted by: tomguy1 | March 17, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Civility is gone. An evil wind blows from FOX. Lies all the time. Ignorance all the time. Hate all the time. Shame on FOX. Shame Shame Shame!

Posted by: pcc7407 | March 17, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Clearly, the leftists on this board would've preferred 'questions' from those crack, impartial reporters over at MSDNC, or -- even tougher -- questions from cute Katie Couric. 'Take all the time you want, Mr President... What's your favorite movie?, How are the kids doing?, I get a thrill up my leg,' ad nauseum.


Posted by: egdusa
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Well why not? It was good enough for "I can't name a single newspaper" Palin.

You guys think that was a tough question. Based on that, President Obama got mauled by Faux News. Gee, and I don't hear him whining about the "gotcha" media.

Posted by: arancia12 | March 17, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Obama said he will know what's in the bill when the bill is passed?!!! He does not know what's in it yet, but he's pushing it anyway!

I guess he's following the original guidelines of the Obamacare scam, according to which progressives decided they "need not agree in advance on the components of a plan.”

As per the 2007 book written by Robert Creamer, a CONVICTED FELON and Obama’s ACORN associate, the main objective of Obamacare is only to increase the power of "progressives" (Marxists) through the “democratization of wealth” (socialism/Marxim) as per the teachings of Saul Alinsky.

Creamer wrote in his 2007 book:

* “We need not agree in advance on the components of a plan, but we must foster a process that can ultimately yield consensus.”

As per those guidelines, Obama and his comrades planned to demonize the insurance industry and to agree to ANYTHING to get their scam approved. They don't care about the "components of the plan." All they want is CONTROL over our health care and our lives.

http://biggovernment.com/jpollak/2009/12/07/was-democrats-health-care-strategy-written-in-federal-prison/

Posted by: AntonioSosa | March 17, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse


People keep making blanket statements that insurance companies don't renew health insurance policies or a person is charged more because of their health or they are denied health insurance.

Folks, it all depends on the STATE. Each state has their own insurance laws.

In some States there is no difference in premiums because of health, if you pay your premiums you are automatically renewed and no one is denied purchasing a health insurance policy.

IT ALL DEPENDS ON THE STATE! Which is the way it should be. The states have the power, not the Federal Government. But that's another debate.

Posted by: janet8 | March 17, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

"If it were a REAL insurance reform, then why did it not contain free market competition by allowing for inter-state bidding? "

Very simple - next time you get your credit card statement, look at the return address. Is it Delaware? Probably. Why? Because Delaware has the best laws for credit card companies. Before Congress acted recently, did Delaware make any attempt to pass any of the same sorts of reforms? No, because that would have hurt a big business in Delaware.

Let's assume we put in inter-state insurance... Assume Delaware decides that it's okay for an insurer to instantly drop anyone who is diagnosed with cancer and every other state decides it's not. Guess what the return address for your next insurance statement will be...

Posted by: jcm52 | March 17, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

It's no surprise that Democrats hide the fact that every country that provides single-payer health care -- and that's the eventual goal here -- funds it with extortionate personal income taxes along with a value-added tax of 15%-25% on ever single item made, consumed, and sold in the country. There is simply no other way to pay for it.

Posted by: egdusa | March 17, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

I hope this sell-out keeps going on Fox. This will guarantee that he is only a one-term black embarrassment. I feel like such a fool for voting for him.

Posted by: question-guy | March 17, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

even Obama with o'reilly did not sound that testy. What else can you expect from Fox News. I guess Hannity is the next one wnating and interview to ask Obama about all the "far left" socilaist plots Obama is supposedly hatching. Fox News is so predictable

Posted by: Brainny | March 17, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

My God, I have never seen such a collection of human beings operating in their own disinterest. You teabaggers can't wait to give over all profit and protections to big business.

You didn't blink an eye when billions was being flushed down the toilet of Iraq. It didn't bother you when Halliburton was scoring lucrative contracts for doing nothing overseas. It didn't bother you when your tax dollarsw were being handed to warlords in an attempt to bribe them to not fight each other. It didn't bother you when your right to be secure in your persons and homes was being eviscerated by the Patriot Act.

But, holy cow, how about spending a bit of cash on real live Americans and you guys have bloody strokes. No, we can't take care of each other, that might be, horror, socialism. So screw us, ignore us, let us fumble about on our own, survival of the fitest, God must not love you if you're poor, because we don't want no 'Muricans gettin' nothin' back from this rich and great country.

Bloody, stinking, awful.

Posted by: arancia12 | March 17, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Interstate Bidding: If we were to allow companies to sell over state lines then Health Insurance companies would flock to the states with the least regulations which in turn would decimate the quality of health care in this country.
Posted by: JRM2 | March 17, 2010 8:04 PM
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And you base this opinion on what?
Sorry, but I don't think you have the studies or evidence to prove this and it defies logic, so therefore I don't believe it or you. The rest of your post makes you sound like a shill for the Democrat leadership.

Posted by: tulsadave | March 17, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Our conservative posters talk about the cost of the health care bill BUT did they ever complain about "W's" stupidity in BORROWING $5 trillion to pay for tax cuts, the Iraq war, the donut hole drug plan and his other examples of "conservative fiscal responsibility)?

Did our "conservative posters complain about Ron Reagan tripling the national debt to build up the military? Oh and did they complain about him also increasing taxes?

Did our "conservative posters" complain about "W's" 700+ signing orders issued as part of his effort to ignore the "Republican conservative" congress? No veto, no negotiation, nothing but a letter saying he would not allow the executive department to implement the laws Congress (a GOP Congress) passed.

The "conservative posters complain about the dems and a loss of democracy. Well, you fools, we lost it to the "conservative GOP during the Bush era, along with habeas corpus, freedom from torture, right to a speedy trial, freedom from being arrested and shipped to Syria for torture, civil service hiring laws, equal rights enforcement and many other aspects of democracy that you "conservative" fools were only too willing to give away as long as you were giving it to an evangelical, conservative republican.

What really annoys me is the conservative fools prove they are fools by following -- lemming like -- the people that prove they can't even honor their oath to serve, a commitment to serve (Bush and Palin). the country can't afford more of that kind of "leadership".

Posted by: Freethotlib | March 17, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

@ jrm2: "abuse our emergency rooms"? What the hell are they there for?

Posted by: papple | March 17, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

I think it is criminal that he be expected to answer the question that was asked. He should be allowed to ramble on with obtuse talking points from the first questions until the end of the interview.

He was right, the "ends always justify the means", so why worry about process. Such inconsiderate behavior by a journalist, expecting an answer to match the question. Maybe he got a tingling down his leg and didn't know it was from being in such a divine presence? It can happen, ask Mr Olberman.

I sincerely hope that our anointed leader can be afforded the use of his teleprompter if this ever happens again. I miss the smooth delivery and rue the fact he had to use his own words and thoughts. Not pretty. We shouldn't have to be subjected to such indignity.

ROFLOL

Posted by: Spitfires | March 17, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

The dictator-in-charge didn't appreciate being put on the spot without his teleprompted, and scripted answers. For the last year he has bashed Fox News as an unreliable news source, which had his BARRY KRISHNAS running around frothing at the mouth repeating his philosophy.


Then they admitted that it was the highest rating cable news, and he wanted to reach out to it's viewers. GUFFAW! He should've been more prepared, shouldn't have appeared to get annoyed by some questions, and shouldn't have come off like a Bully, or a spoiled child that is not used to getting his or her way.


He looked,and sounded as disingenious as usual- getting combative when he didn't like the question- draft dodging the hard, or controversial ones. I don't know which interview you people saw who keeps saying how good he did, and how he came out lloking smarter and sharper; but he did himself a disservice by showing his viperous character, AGAIN!


He's not used to not getting the fanfare, the love, the accolades, or respect that the rest of the cowardly lion journalists and news stations shower him with because they fear him. Why? I don't know.


And stop making it a black thing. How stupid, ignorant, and infantile you people sound. Is that all you people can come up? You need to change your deck of cards, because that one is used up.

Posted by: obamaalmighT | March 17, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Obama just drowns without his teleprompter, doesn't he?

What an empty suit.

God help us all.

Posted by: egdusa | March 17, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Mr. President, I hope you get the bill passed, signed and executed. Phugg all your haters. If the country goes bankrupt good, white america need to reap what it has sown since 1863. Again, Phugg em and Phugg Faux News.

Posted by: Sincear2021 | March 17, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Whats the problem with the Louisiana Purchase? What is McCain ranting about?

Posted by: fotocmb | March 17, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

powerange, their be a short in your circuits. You are so brainwashed. When was the last time you had an original thought?

The biggest problem in this country, other than the GOP propaganda, is that the people who need the most help are the Republican Party base. Those are the jobless, homeless, uneducated masses liberals so desperately try to help. But how can you help a class of people who embrace their misery and wear it like a cloak?

The GOP has controlled or obstructed the workings of the United States government and society for 36 of the last 42 years, since Nixon took office. But things keep getting worse. Republican politicians, refusing to admit their constant and repeated failures, spend more energy trying to blame everyone else of all the problems than fixing them, or obstructing those who are working at a fix. The GOP can't change anything they do becuase that is an admission their philosophy IS nothing but failure. They Great Depression wasn't enough for them, so they tried the same stuff again and this time MORE people are suffering.

What happens to all of us if these clueless, reckless ideologues grab power again? Would anything be left to salvage? It doesn't look like any of them, especially McConnell and Boehner. They will say anything and everything as long as they can keep attacking and are not forced to defend their words or actions. We don't need any outside terrorists attacking this country as long as we have the GOP trying to destroy us from the inside.

Posted by: BigTrees | March 17, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Dictator Obama tried to use the interview to spew his ridiculous propaganda, but NO thinking American believes the dictator any more.

IMPEACH dictator Obama and his comrades! They are trampling on our Constitution, destroying our health care, our economy, our future, and our country, and forcing socialism/Marxism on us through scams like Obamacare and cap and trade.

The sooner we IMPEACH Obama and his comrades, the easier it will be for us to protect and restore our country, our freedoms, our prosperity and our future.

Posted by: AntonioSosa | March 17, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Clearly, the leftists on this board would've preferred 'questions' from those crack, impartial reporters over at MSDNC, or -- even tougher -- questions from cute Katie Couric. 'Take all the time you want, Mr President... What's your favorite movie?, How are the kids doing?, I get a thrill up my leg,' ad nauseum.

Posted by: egdusa | March 17, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Think that Obama had his FIRST REAL INTERVIEW since he has been president. He was on the defensive throughout. He did not know what was in the bill, and had a difficult time weaving around it. If this is his CENTER PIECE, sure hope we do not find ourselves in war!!


******SHAMEFUL******
Obama and Pelosi fail to obtain votes from Democratic representatives, so they will just rule via fiat!
A lot of folks – including this one – voted for “change” in 2008, but the leadership team that has ruled (NOT LEAD) the past 14 months has been a combination of embarrassment; shame; disappointment; and TOTAL DISGUST!
These ploys are the same that we would have expected in the USSR in the 1950’s! They have FAILED to listen to their constituents. They are making members of their own party look like a group of fearful lackeys – bordering on behaving as COWARDS (not the type we will reelect in November!)
Obama – with the able assistance of Pelosi and Reid – are bankrupting this country. One day in the near future they are going to wake up with the revenue producers relocated to business friendly shores. They will go down in history as the architects of America’s demise. Who will keep the union chiefs in high cotton then???

Posted by: wheeljc | March 17, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse


Brett missed a couple of good questions I would have used as rebuttals to Obama's statements.

1. When Obama talked about the Medicare cuts and double talked about the donut hole, etc., I would have asked him "If you make cuts then how are you going to accommodate the Baby Boomers who become 65 starting next year?" That's going to be a huge increase in the Medicare rolls.

2. When he mentioned the Louisiana Purchase and said it was because of Hurricane Katrina, I would have asked "Well, what about Mississippi, they were hit just as hard from Katrina?"

3. Obama said they'll be putting the bill on the internet soon and Congress and the public will have plenty of time to look at it. "How much time is there going to be when as soon as you get enough votes or if you use the Slaughter rule, it might be tomorrow or Friday? So how much time will we really have to read it?"

4. Then I would have changed the subject to the Sestak job bribe and the Judgeship given to a Congressman's brother.

There was a lot left on the table, that's probably why he chose Brett. So he can control the conversation.

Posted by: janet8 | March 17, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Looks like this president had a scolding lesson in mind for Bret...He just cannot understand that his version of health care reform is not wanted by the majority of the electorate.
We need reform, yes, but not these 2700 pages of ill prepared legislation.
Kill the bill in its present form and start over!
At whatever the cost is going to be, we do NOT want this legislation rammed down our throats!

Posted by: SeniorVet | March 17, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

But what about Poland.. whoops I meant Connecticut.. Bret Baier unfortunately did not take the time to find out what health reform would provide for the American people. Right now insurance companies can refuse to renew policies for sick people. Small businesses are being forced out of the market. Bret's time would have been better spent asking whether or not the bill would fix this. Unfortunately, he was worried about Connecticut.
Why are we the only industrialized nation in the world without health care for all? Gee even Costa Rica has universal care.

Yeah, I know but what about Connecticut.

Posted by: Judy_L | March 17, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

McCain is an old man, out of touch with America and losing status. He is desperate to hold on to what noteriety he has.

It's time for him to retire. His policies change with his desire to stay relevant.

Goodnight, John.

Posted by: arancia12 | March 17, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Democrats can not be trusted to fulfill any promises that they make. In this past year they have shown themselves to be dishonest. "Vote for it now and we promise to fix it later." Yeah, right! Sure you will. I do not trust these Democrats.
My mother is a Democrat and I don't trust her either.

Posted by: tulsadave | March 17, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

If it were a REAL insurance reform, then why did it not contain free market competition by allowing for inter-state bidding?

No government should or have the power to enforce or dictate that decision - PERIOD! This is America, isn't it???

Posted by: american17
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Fair questions, I've wondered about these issues myself and now I will tell you why.

Interstate Bidding: If we were to allow companies to sell over state lines then Health Insurance companies would flock to the states with the least regulations which in turn would decimate the quality of health care in this country.

The Mandate to purchase health insurance: One of the biggest problems is that health insurance companies can reject you based on pre-existing conditions, for instance, if I were to lose my job, my infant son who has a serious congenital heart disease would essentially be given a death sentence. So, the bill tackles this problem, but, what is to stop people from waiting until they get sick to purchase insurance?, thus, the mandate. This will also stop the people who abuse our emergency rooms and drive up costs for all of us. Do you drive a car?, if so then you are required to purchase auto insurance in the case of an accident. Getting old and requiring health care isn't something that just might happen, if you are lucky, you will live to be old and it will eventually become inevitable that you will need health care.

I hope I have adequately answered your questions.

Posted by: JRM2 | March 17, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

We keep coming back to blaming the Bush murdering admin for our present state; but you keep neglecting to say that OBAMA was A PART of CONGRESS DURING HIS MANIACAL REIGN, and VOTED YES on everything that his COUSIN Bush WANTED.

If you like layaway plans, then you'll just LOVE this bill. Pay for three years before the REAL BENEFITS, LIKE YOU BEING ABLE TO SEE YOUR PROVIDER kicks in. The stoppage with pre-existing conditions, medicine for seniors, and children under 27 have access right away. Obviously you all keep pontificating CNN, MSNBC talking points, without looking things up yourselves.

Posted by: obamaalmighT | March 17, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Brett did a great job with Obama. If the Main Street News Media had been doing its job for the last decade, they would have held Bush's feet to the fire on the Iraq War and just maybe, the War could have been stopped.

Anyone who wants to be President should always face the toughest questions to get at truth. This "go along to get along" policy of the news media so that they can get the interviews or invites to White House dinners is a disservice to the country.

Posted by: snowflower | March 17, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

A question to all the posters (especially the Republicans). Ok, now all of a sudden you have a big concern about how the legislative process of Congress works.

1. We know in a few days, someone in the press will write about the "pass and deen" process. As noted in this article, the procedure has been used by REPUBLICANS as well. What will your reaction be when you discover how many times it was used during 2000 - 2008, and at any point when the Republicans controlled the House but not the Senate?

You can't pick and choose when to get riled up, especially when you don't fully understand what you are getting riled up about.

2. TO ALL POSTERS: Have you ever asked yourselves why CIVICS class is no longer taught in our schools? Because some powerful people want the MAJORITY of the population (middle-class and the poor) to to REMAIN CLUELESS and IGNORANT to how our Congress and legislative system is SUPPOSED TO WORK(regardless of who is the majority) as some of the comments here indicate.

ASK your REPRESENTATIVE that question. What happen to Civics?

Posted by: Just_An_Observer | March 17, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Three hours before the interview I wrote.

"Don't do it Uncle Obama, they hate you for what you are, not what you say! I realize that you think you're special...you are not. And surrounding yourself with 10-15 old white guys, for photo shoots, only weakens you. It certainly doesn’t make you look more competent."

Posted by: question-guy | March 17, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Were his lips moving ???

Then he LIED !!!

Period !

End of discussion !

Next question ?

Posted by: thgirbla | March 17, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Uncle Obama is so pitiful. He wants white republicans to accept him so bad and he just can not understand their rejection.

Uncle Obama stacks his administration with Republicans and steals work, resources and contracts from Black Americans to give to them and still no love. Then his feels really get hurt when the people he wants to accept him draws Hitler mustaches on his picture – what a moron.

Posted by: question-guy | March 17, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

american17, you already are a lost soul. Sole? You haven't a clue about anything. I bet you watch the RNC Propoganda Channel (aka News Corp).

What happens in this country when right-wingers start learning just how badly the right-wing "leadership" has mislead their cause? What happens when they learn the backbone of GOP philosophy is "Big Business can do no wrong?" What happens when the Republican base figures out their politician have built the party's entire platform on lies and disinformation?

Here is a good point. Abortion. The GOP said they hate abortion. They control the courts, controlled the White House with 43 sitting at the big desk, and they controlled Congress. So, what became of abortion? Nothing. Why? Big Business does NOT care about abortion. There is no profit in it either way.

Want to talk about big business in healthcare? Who makes the decisions as to who gets healthcare? You? No. Your doctor? No. The politicians? No. Insurance companies decide what healthcare you can have, if you can have any at all. They pick who is treated and who must go bankrupt before the government is allowed to help you. That is called "rationing healthcare." And since they are exempt from anti-trust laws they fix prices any way they see fit and share your personal, private health records among themselves.

We wouldn't be having this political argument if right-wingers would think for themselves occasionally, or demand some documented facts right-wing talking heads.

Posted by: BigTrees | March 17, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

The lefty libs have GOT to have buyer's remorse after seeing the guy they voted for stumble and dodge every question. What a joke....glad he came on Fox...not often we get interviewees who haven't got a clue...time to buy him the clue box so he can reach in and get one....OTO...One Term Obama assured.

Posted by: powerange | March 17, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse


Barry was deceptive, evasive and tried to demagogue. Had Bair not challenged him to answer the question Barry would have thought he was on NBC. Barry was defensive and only could cough up the Lib talking points.

Barry has no use for legislative process because he has no use for the Constitution, as he has said previously.


Posted by: jas7751 | March 17, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and Rupert Murdoch? Rendition and summary execution in the middle of the ocean, dump the body, bye bye, Fox.

Posted by: cythera45 | March 17, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

McCain talking about sleaze is like Bush talking about (literally) kissing Saudis for oil. The President knew what he was getting into. Fox "News" is to reality, what wrestling is to sports: morbidly entertaining, but a twisted fantasy.

Posted by: revbookburn | March 17, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

"Obama criticized Washington for getting 'very concerned' with procedures in Congress, and said he tries to ignore all of that."

What was his health care summit all about then?

Posted by: kwoods2 | March 17, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Nothing Faux News is fair and balanced. HOw can they even be consider a journalistic organization.

Posted by: Sincear2021 | March 17, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

All FoxNews executives and on-air personnel are guilty of treason. They should be seized by special forces in the night and sent to Gitmo. Start with Brit Hume when it comes to the waterboarding, because of those big liver lips. Then Roger Ailes--shackle him up with some ladies' underpants on his head. Glen Beck is so obsessed with cockroaches and snakes--put him in a sealed coffin with a bunch of them. Bill O'Reilly, break out the loofah. These people need to be taught a true, firm lesson about executive power, right away.

Posted by: cythera45 | March 17, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Casw said "I have never heard of being able to pass a bill without a vote in the house as I understand that Madam Speaker Pelosi wishes to do."
Just because you have never heard of it doesn't mean it hasn't happened. It has been done many times by both Republicans and Democrats over the years. Newt Gingrich employed this method many times when he was House Speaker. As Pelosi said Americans aren't interested in the procedures. That's true because most people don't even know that it's not at all uncommon. Right now you have Republicans trying to make everything Dems do look bad and that is the reason you're hearing about it now. No other reason at all. Too many people are letting Republicans drag them around by their emotions over trumped up issues.

Posted by: bgormley1 | March 17, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Our system is so sad. An intelligent debate is turned into everything but substance.
If you are against healthcare reform, please read with an open mind…
Let’s take another “socialist” system inside of our country, like Public Education. Yes, this is a socialist system run by the government. Who decided that K-12 education should be free to everyone? Why did we decide that and do we want to keep it? Why is education a right?
Now, if you agree with education for all, how can you not agree with healthcare for all? Do we want people dying on the street? No. We actually ALREADY HAVE healthcare for all. It is called the ER room and people going bankrupt due to bills they will never pay. We all end up paying for that. It is VERY inefficient and expensive, not to mention cruel to those who happen to be run over by it. People are dying. The system is broken.
The current bill is not perfect by any means, but you have to ask if it is better than what we have now? I think it might be and it might be a first step to fixing our system.

Posted by: riley9 | March 17, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

"Oh please, McCain. Spare us your holier-than-thou protests about the legislative process.

Posted by: dlopata"
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He's running against a Tea-bagger and is trying to look tough and anti-government.

Posted by: JRM2 | March 17, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Obama, what is the point. The term "spin" was created to describe what the GOP talking headless were gabbing about in the 70s and then throughout the 80s. You can tell them truth all you want. As soon as you turn your back they go right back to spinning more lies, more disinformation, more RNC propaganda. It is a no win proposition, just like negotiating or compromising with a rabid right-winger who makes up the facts to fit his latest theory.

Posted by: BigTrees | March 17, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

I watched this interview and the first thing I was feeling was a used car salesman trying to sell me the car without answering my questions about what is under the hood...
Now I'm getting scared. First, Kusinich backs a deal meaning that Obama probably promised him that in time, he will get the public option that he so fought for AND this health care bill will pass ANYWAY possible...Especially significant was when he seemed to not know exactly what has been added or deleted from the bill??? The most articulate, intelligent man NOT knowing the details and yet willing to put everything on the table for this bill?

This is what I would do IF Pelosi insists on self-executing (which the Dems are in the process of doing to themselves):
1. declare unconstitutional & bring the suit to supreme court to decide. They decided the election of Gore & Bush so why can't they decide on a major legislative law about to be signed?
2. have each State either support or refuse to follow this law in advance.

I keep coming back to the 30 million that this insurance reform bill is to cover which is a quid pro quo for the insurance companies for accepting the small percentage of denied coverage on basis of pre-existing condition, etc. If these 30 million HAD jobs the individuals could either get insurance through their employers or purchase the insurance for themselves. It doesn't have to be mandated or be covered by the government for one to obtain insurance - it is NOT a RIGHT! This is in fact a redistribution because the ones who already have insurance will be faced with higher costs and premiums and deductibles. If it were a REAL insurance reform, then why did it not contain free market competition by allowing for inter-state bidding?
The majority of the bill impedes the individuals for making decisions or enabling them to make decisions for THEMSELVES and their families. Health protection for families is their CHOICE as abortion or other health decision is the INDIVIDUAL's CHOICE. No government should or have the power to enforce or dictate that decision - PERIOD! This is America, isn't it???

Posted by: american17 | March 17, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Obama did FOX a favor... There is nothing fair or balanced there. FOX News makes a mockery of true journalism, and journalistic standards.

FOX News legitimizes the darker passions, and hatred that brews in the anti-social mind, and the severely uninformed (ignorant).

Posted by: gmoore40 | March 17, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Frankly the outcome doesn't matter. That's right it doesn't matter. There will be many lawsuits challenging the Constitutionality of this Bill, whatever it is. Add this to the outrage that will occur when people realize they will be paying for something they won't be able to use for at least 4 years. It's not going to be pretty!

Remember this bill will likely be similar to RomneyCare in MA. Insurance premiums are skyrocketing in MA and it is bankrupting the state. Check out the details for yourself. They don't call MA Taxachusetts for nothing!!!!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | March 17, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

"The media blamed George W. Bush for all of Katrina's problems but in reality many of the concerns rest on the shoulders of the Democratic Governor of Louisiana and the Democratic Mayor of New Orleans.

Posted by: mwhoke | March 17, 2010 7:27 PM"
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A disaster of this magnitude requires Federal help, states and cities just do not have the resources to mitigate or recover from that kind of destruction and ensuing chaos.

Posted by: JRM2 | March 17, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Oh please, McCain. Spare us your holier-than-thou protests about the legislative process. Every bill that's ever gotten through Congress has gone through the "sausage-making" process you're moaning about now.

Oh, and Republicans have several times in recent years used the same legislative reconciliation process to get major legislation through.

Posted by: dlopata | March 17, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

If this interview is an example of what he told other House members, including Dennis Kuncinich, we're all in trouble. He doesn't know the bill or what he is talking about. Yikes!!!

Posted by: 45upnorth | March 17, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

The President was not testy.....he was confused....he is sooooo "FOR" the bill, but does not know what's in it. Nice leadership that will end in Jan 2013. Funny stuff watching him being called out by a reporter with great questions he couldn't answer.

Posted by: powerange | March 17, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

sdavis4, then in a few years when you get on Medicare and Social Security please don't take it. Wait, those have existed pretty much all your life. Why didn't you move to the libertarian paradises of Africa so you didn't have to pay those taxes?

Posted by: corybharris | March 17, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

If this interview is an example of what he told other House members, including Dennis Kuninich, we're all in trouble. He doesn't know the bill or what he is talking about. Yikes!!!

Posted by: 45upnorth | March 17, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

While I give him his props for going on a Fox interview, he has to remember that Fox doesn't like him and he has made it clear that the feeling is mutual.

Now he knows what Republicans feel like every Sunday mornig when they go on Meet the Press.

Posted by: jimbob3 | March 17, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Have you ever watched Fox being "fair and balanced"? They bring on two people, one labeled a democrat and one labeled a Republican and then they both argue the same viewpoint? That is like having two bankers on to discuss, "fair and balanced" whether they need more regulations. (Come to think of it, they did that, and they both said they did not)

Posted by: NewThoughts | March 17, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Obama said- "I don't spend a lot of time worrying about what the procedural rules are in the House or Senate," he said. "What I can tell you is that the vote that's taken in the House will be a vote for health-care reform."
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Recently he said that the American people deserve an up and down vote. I guess we don't deserve it anymore.

Posted by: 12oreo | March 17, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Bret Baier - just another Ailes tool - just like Johnny McSame... They will never get it.. just too good at wasting time and spewing hate.

Baier, trying to get O engaged in a debate on the intricate details of a legislative process, is a complete waste of the presidents time. Since he proven over and over and over he can more than hold his own in those conversations he did Cluster-Fox an amazing favor today by not leaving Baier in a little pile of pieces on the veranda today.

The house and Senate are doing NOTHING that hasn't been done over and over and over again in both houses and is only being highlighted now as a stalling technique by resluglicans that have nothing left - NOTHING.

Baier conducted an awful interview today as might be expected but it will turn into another month of propaganda on Cluster-Fox for the next two or three months... AWFUL...

Posted by: rbaldwin2 | March 17, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

There were more people in New Orleans than in the state of Mississippi. A major American city got wiped out. Had nothing to do with what party ran what state. Mississippi lost some shore front property, including the Gov's vacation house. Louisiana lost a whole city. No comparison.

Posted by: mikel7 | March 17, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Some 60 years ago,I was born into a free America..

God how I long for those days again!

Posted by: sdavis4 | March 17, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Obama is the biggest lying piece of manure ever to occupy the White House. Corruption is his stock in trade, and BS his only rhetorical skill. He couldn't tell the truth if if the country's life depedended on it. Oh yeah, it does.

Posted by: jhr1 | March 17, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

debate

Posted by: walterpayton | March 17, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

I have never heard of being able to pass a bill without a vote in the house as I understand that Madam Speaker Pelosi wishes to do.

Would someone who does understand this enlighten me. I'm both fascinated that this can happen and horrified that someone would steal the right to the democratic process from our representatives, the right to vote AT ALL! They DO represent us and often hear our concerns.

I'm sure that you sense my outrage. My representative didn't want this legislation. Is there someone who can inform us about what is happening and why. I feel that I'm in the presence of "Boss Tweed Pelosi" who goes in the back rooms of the House of Representatives to work shady deals that deprive honest, hardworking representatives of their ability to express their opinion.

Did I misunderstand what they were saying about "passing a bill without a vote?"

I thought that was only possible if they had "unanimous consent to pass on a voice vote." In other words,if anyone objects to the measure at all they can call for a roll-call vote.

Posted by: Casw | March 17, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

What gets me is why any human would denie another human heath insurance is beyond me. Why this debat even had to take place for something like this is creepy. We as a nation have made ourselves look horrible.

Posted by: walterpayton | March 17, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

One additional thought relating to the special deal for Louisiana that is in the Health Care Bill. If it necessary to for the "Louisiana Purchase" to be included in the final bill then why doesn't the State of Mississippi receive additonal funds as Hurricane Katrina caused significant damage in that State also but then Mississippi had a competent Repupublican Governor, rather than an incompetent Democratic goof, running the State and he responded in the proper fashion.

The media blamed George W. Bush for all of Katrina's problems but in reality many of the concerns rest on the shoulders of the Democratic Governor of Louisiana and the Democratic Mayor of New Orleans.

Posted by: mwhoke | March 17, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

President Obama could not answer the question regarding the so-called 500 billion dollars in savings from Medicare.

Both the CBO and the Medicare actuaries say the money can only be spent once but this Health Care Bill spends it twice.

I am glad that FOX attempted to get a straight answer regarding this and the answer from President Obama shows why the bill should be defeated.

Posted by: mwhoke | March 17, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

The president did exactly what he set out to do and that was shut down fox spin machine. But never fear they will beat up on some trivial subject not the real facts witch they enjoy distorting. They love to see how many sheep(peps) they can control. Red Necks and peps that are not very smart are their favorite. They love that hate message they spew.

Posted by: walterpayton | March 17, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

The President said:

""If people vote yes, whatever form that takes, that is going to be a vote for health-care reform," the president told Fox News Channel's Bret Baier, according to excerpts released Wednesday afternoon. "

Well, the People did vote yes. They voted in this Democratic President and Congress.

With 253 Dems in the House vs. 178 repubs, health care reform is a foregone conclusion.

Posted by: Reesh | March 17, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

He actually said that? President Obama doesn't care how bills ultimately land on his desk, as long as he gets his way? Well, you should, Mr. President. Those are the laws and rules you took an oath to uphold and protect.

Posted by: c0lnag0 | March 17, 2010 6:52 PM


Wrong. The procedural rules at issue are not the law. The procedural rules at issue are not in the Constitution. The President's Oath of Office has nothing to do with these rules. Please retire to your fainting couch and let the adults discuss the issues.

Posted by: stewiegriffen | March 17, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Obama presented himself this evening as the backyard bully he really is. Blustering over questions he couldn't answer. Becoming nasty when asked the first real questions of his presidency. Obama is immature, irrational when challenged, unprepared and unskillful.

Obama makes a better street organizer.

Posted by: prossers7 | March 17, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Our rightwing friends on this blog seem quite displeased with the interview, come on did they really believe that Brett meier could outfox Obama haha? If the fox news reporter was that smart he would not work for fox news in the first place.

Posted by: diakhateus | March 17, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

We truly live in an Obomination . . . .

Mr President, you're right . . . voters won't forget . . you and Nazi Pelosi and Dirty Harry Reid will see come November. . . . and it can't come any too soon for me.

Posted by: donholt | March 17, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Oh my God, all of these anti-Obama right wing, Rush Limbaugh "lemmings" stayed up past their bedtimes to listen to him? Now they can posts their comments suggesting how badly he answered questions put to him by a hostile FOX News flack on a station which is at best latent racist.

Posted by: october30 | March 17, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

"I guess you can put a surtax on the tax like my state just did.

Posted by: deeman"
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Well I'm sorry your STATE put a surtax on your tax but the Federal Govt. actually cut the middle-class tax by historic proportions.

Posted by: JRM2 | March 17, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

To those who are criticizing Obama for interrupting Bret Baier. You have it exactly backwards: the person asking the questions is supposed to let the person he's asking answer the question. If this were turned around and it was, say, Tom Brokaw interviewing George Bush and he kept cutting him off, you'd be livid.

Also, so far I have just been able to see the preview of the interview on the Fox web site. I wonder if they're planning on putting the entire interview on their site for people to access (if not, why not?).

Didn't see this myself on tv, but i've read here that the comments of various commentators at Fox were interspersed in the showing of the interview. If this is true, that'a a horrible tactic (and yes, I'd have to say it's a tactic). Why not let the interview speak for itself, and then have commentary. Another weird thing about Fox.

Posted by: Nancy26 | March 17, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

"I don't spend a lot of time worrying about what the procedural rules are in the House or the Senate."

He actually said that? President Obama doesn't care how bills ultimately land on his desk, as long as he gets his way? Well, you should, Mr. President. Those are the laws and rules you took an oath to uphold and protect.

Posted by: c0lnag0 | March 17, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Fox News challenged the president and he could not answer the questions.

No other news agency has ever challenged Obama and he appeared quite discomforted by the change.

Obama greatly dismayed at being asked real questions that he did not have scripted answers for.

Posted by: prossers7 | March 17, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Marketing? I thought Rather said he couldn't sell watermelons even if the state troopers were flagging down traffic for him.

Posted by: EliPeyton | March 17, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

"Faux interview was garbage. Whoever that guy was interviewing the President was pretty obnoxious and disrespectful. Faux viewers are the folks that needed to hear the facts, but the interviewer cutoff the President on any response that set the record straight.

Posted by: onifadee"
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Onifadee,
You definitely did not watch the same interview that people who have followed HC carefully watched.
Most of us watched because we wanted to hear answers.
Bret Baier was very professional and he did manage to get a few questions in -- but Obama was defensive, the kid with the "cookie jar criminal crumbs" on his hands, he avoided the questions by talking over them.
He hasn't read his bill and most of us wanted the answers to what has happened to the 'deals."

You must have been distracted as you watched, even Obama supporters, liberal commentators on various channels acknowledged his defensiveness and annoyance with having the difficult questions thrown to him.

However, I do admire your loyalty to Obama -- As they say, "love is blind" and sometimes interferes with functioning of brain cells.

Posted by: pjcafe | March 17, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

I've done a lot of hiring in my time, and if Mr. Obama had applied for a job with my organization, I would have put him in marketing, not management.

Posted by: mtpeaks | March 17, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Let's be honest on both sides:

The Democrats may use some less than desirable way to pass the legislation without a vote in the House.

But that's only because the Republicans would otherwise prevent the legislation from coming to a vote in the Senate. For goodness sakes, the Republicans filibustered a bill to fund the troops in an attempt to slow down healthcare reform.

I have no doubt the Democrats would back down on this if the Republicans promised to allow it to come to a vote in the Senate.

Posted by: jcm52 | March 17, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

You knew Fox would spin the interview no matter what Pres. Obama said. The interview was interspersed with comments, about the interview, from Hume; Carl and then Juan and Charles. My goodness let the interview stand on its own don't get your colleagues to justify why you kept interrupting him; what questions you asked; his answers; etc.

Posted by: rlj611 | March 17, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

To writedave who wrote:
"Old man mccain has been tipping to much of the bottle again! You can stop with the Chicago cracks we have way more going on then that sandlot you've had your head baked in for to long! Is your face finally falling off?"
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writedave:
I've read your comments a couple of times. However, I don't think I understand the main point. I'm sure you aren't just wasting time by making ad hominem attacks.
I did see McCain's remarks and Obama's interview. Obama lost.
He talked so fast and refused to answer questions (filibustered) that he looked more like the sneaky kid who is in trouble and if the questions are too tough, he has to talk over them.

Obama's answer on Medicare status was circular and verbose -
but not substantial.
He could not talk about the flawed process; instead, he said that the process wasn't important -- in so many words -- just as long as the bill passes.

I would love to hear some of the substance of the HCR that makes you so angry with McCain that you have to ridicule his bout with cancer.

Posted by: pjcafe | March 17, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Obama filibustered throughout the entire interview and would not allow any questions. What a jerk!

Obama is not even aware of which backdoor deals are still in this health care bill! What a joke!

Obama had no answers on any of the process issues.

Posted by: prossers7 | March 17, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

..........

Boy, oh boy...

The Dick Armey is out in force!

I guess falling asleep at the wheel on 911 was good!

I guess not catching OBL when we had the chance was good!

I guess starting a needless war and killing more than a million
Iraqis is good!

I guess funding wars without budgets is good!

I guess supporting too big to fail banks and insurance
companies is good!

Come on Dick Army get your priorities straight...what kind
of teabagging unit are you?

.........

Posted by: printthis | March 17, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Faux interview was garbage. Whoever that guy was interviewing the President was pretty obnoxious and disrespectful. Faux viewers are the folks that needed to hear the facts, but the interviewer cutoff the President on any response that set the record straight.

Posted by: onifadee | March 17, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: mjwilstein | March 17, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Obama was the first to cut a "back room" deal over a year ago with the drug companies! READ:

http://theohiolaborlawyers.wordpress.com/

This is just one back room deal after another and the bill needs to be killed!

Posted by: N369RM | March 17, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Bret Baier is a good newsperson, very fair.

I could not believe Obama's rudeness, talking over the interviewer who was simply trying to get straight answers.

Obama can't justify the HCR process and resorts to talk, talk, talk saying nothing, nothing, nothing as he skirts every issue and exposes an incredibly inappropriate, rude attitude.

His lack of transparency, his numerous judgment errors ( Cambridge Police / Prof; Christmas bomber acted alone; etc.)
will catch up with him.
This interview said a lot more about Obama than he wanted us to know.
HE doesn't know what is in the HC bill!
WE get to see it AFTER it is passed.

Very pathetic that we have allowed this to happen.
Wake up people. He has no clothes......He talks, he refutes, but there is no substance.

Posted by: pjcafe | March 17, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Old man mccain has been tipping to much of the bottle again! You can stop with the Chicago cracks we have way more going on then that sandlot you've had your head baked in for to long! Is your face finally falling off?

Posted by: writedave | March 17, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

"Oh, that's right, you need a job to pay taxes. My bad.

Posted by: deeman"
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I have a very good job deeman, they pay a large part of my medical plan which is a good thing because I have an infant son with a very serious congenital heart disease, and you know what?, even if it does raise my taxes I am still for it because I recognize that there are hard-working everyday Americans that need help getting healthcare in a system that is rigged for the insurance agencies to have their way.

I suppose you don't mind being a corporate slave, but I do, and if and when my Insurance provider decides to try and drop me because of my son's condition then what would you say? What could an infant have done to deserve a death sentence at the hands of a greedy corporation?

This is about life and death for thousands of people so stop crying about your conservative dog-whistle "Taxes"

Posted by: JRM2 | March 17, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Obama does 'interview' on Fox News tonight, it was a joke! Obama talked over the journalist, did not allow any questions, did not know answers to anything.

Obama lies!

Posted by: prossers7 | March 17, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Deeman:The same upper 1% that received tax breaks for the last ten years when the law which was passed using reconciliation without a mandate sunsets and isn't renewed.

If you get sick and your insurance agency drops you because you've become a liability who will keep you alive?

Posted by: JRM2 | March 17, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

So Obama is FOR FILIBUSTERS when he's interviewed by an actual journalist who doesn't serve up Teen Beat-style questions!

Posted by: UncomfortableTruths | March 17, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

I guess you can put a surtax on the tax like my state just did.

Posted by: deeman | March 17, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Neither he nor the health-care legislation are perfect, but both are highly preferable over the alternatives, namely another right-wing president and doing nothing at all to fix health-care.

Posted by: JBGJRESQ | March 17, 2010 6:02 P

This has nothing to do with healthcare, dumba@@. Perhaps you should view FoxNews more than you currently are doing. Having you had enough of being in the CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN crowd? Isn't it time to start paying for your own healthcare, instead of looking for another "me" first entitlement program?

VOTE DEMOCRAT, IT'S EASIER THAN WORKING

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 17, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Oh, that's right, you need a job to pay taxes. My bad.

Posted by: deeman | March 17, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Who will help you pay the taxes?

Posted by: deeman | March 17, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

And there isn't a large Catholic nun group supporting this bill. I checked by investigating and calling 703-549-1390, 314-576-3993 and 202-296-3993 and talking to the groups.

But, then again, I am sure you checked out the veracity, too, before spouting off.

P.S. The middle phone number said they haven't made an official stance, BTW. But I wonder if the AP wire is running with the story without checking. Could be that a few leaders are stating their opinion, but be careful with this media story. It didn't check out that there was a ton of nuns (nice word grouping) supporting this bill.

Posted by: deeman | March 17, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Go for it deeman you won't be missed and America will be a lot better off for it.

Posted by: JRM2 | March 17, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

"Obama: I don't worry about procedure, man. We Progressives - which is most of the Democratic party - pulled in so much dough from the pharmaceutical industry - PhRMA (Hi, Billy Tauzin - thought you got locked up in Louisiana years ago...you were the biggest crook of your day when you still had your hair) and insurance companies - most of my Democratic cronies have so much money in their campaign coffers - hell, they'll leave Washington millionaires. But first, we have to bring into fruition our Progressive ideas - which includes socialized medicine. Now I know that the bill on the table isn't there yet, but what I said in 2007 is still true - that we will - like Nancy said - bust through that door...then the single-payer system will be next."

"I just can't believe I'm sitting in the White House..."

"Want a drink? How about a drag? Stick around...we have a party in here every night."

"Oh yeah, don't worry about how we get that damned piece of legislation through...it doesn't matter, does it? It's the nail in the coffin...and it's already done, at least as far as I'm concerned."

"Repeat after Me: White is black. Black is white."

"I think Michael Jackson said that..."

Posted by: easttxisfreaky | March 17, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

"the names of the pro bill voters on a piece of legislation that will be 1/6 of the total budget.
Posted by: nosuchluck"

You have nosuchidea of what you are talking about. It is 1T over ten years, by CBO estimates (last I checked) it will reduce the deficit by over 150b.

Cons have no problem spending trillions to spread death and destruction in other lands and ruin our economy, but oh God! Obama wants to better and save lives of ordinary Americans and you go nuts.

Unbelievable, no wonder America is in decline.

Posted by: JRM2 | March 17, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

He's right, we won't be fooled. This is a complete reversal by the administration. What happened to the promise of transparency?

On March 3, 2009, in his speech in the East Room of the White House, Mr. Obama called for an up or down vote, saying of the health care bill, “it deserves the same kind of up or down vote that was cast on welfare reform... all of which had to pass Congress with nothing more than a simple majority.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/04/health/policy/04health.html

Posted by: ogrady1

And the Senate Bill had a vote and it passed with 60 votes; more than a simple majority. Now it just tweaking. And the Republicans have said it doesn't matter which procedure they use, they will count it as a yes vote [or maybe it's an "aye" if you want to be picky about the procedure].

So what's your beef? You didn't like the 60 aye votes because it was a super majority?

Posted by: James10 | March 17, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm . . . it looks like some of the wing-nut tea-baggers who are usually glued to the "Fox News" website have found their way to this mainstream and legitimate news source -- the Washington Post. It's quite amusing to see the foam-at-the-mouth rants typed in all CAPITALS and copious use of the terms "marxist", "socialist", and "lobbyist".

Well, I have cast my lot with President Obama. Neither he nor the health-care legislation are perfect, but both are highly preferable over the alternatives, namely another right-wing president and doing nothing at all to fix health-care.

Posted by: JBGJRESQ | March 17, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

The AMA is a joke. Don't even go there.

Posted by: deeman | March 17, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

DEEM an PASS has been used before... tht's true. It has never been used to hide the names of the pro bill voters on a piece of legislation that will be 1/6 of the total budget. Herein lies the anger. Your Reps don't want you to know how they ignored your wishes. Pity.

Posted by: nosuchluck | March 17, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Let's see what to do today:

Buy gold, check.
Sell stocks, check.
Cash out IRA, check.
Buy land in foreign country, check.
Get free health care before getting passport, check.
Move...

Posted by: deeman | March 17, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

So you have the American Medical Association AND a large Catholic Nun group supporting this bill.

Those who oppose it?, BIG INSURANCE, the same ones who lie, cheat and steal from the public every day, the same ones who don't care if you live or die as long as they can buy their wives their 150th pair of shoes.

How come we have doctors, nurses and practitioners supporting it and an anti-abortion group if it is what you nuts claim it is?

Posted by: JRM2 | March 17, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

I see a bunch of fools posting here. What would Jesus do? Go ahead! Go there. :-)

Posted by: johnson901 | March 17, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

When Newt Gingrich did it, it was fine. When Nancy Pelosi does it, it's outside the constitution? Right. And when your insurance company can't deny you coverage, can't cut your benefits, can't reject you because of pre-existing conditions, the Republican position will be vindicated? I don't think so. None of these parliamentary maneuvers would be necessary if the Republican corporatists weren't holding the Senate hostage. If they allowed an up or down vote in the Senate, everything could proceed normally in the House. You can't cry about maneuvers and tactics just because there is a way around your delaying actions.

Posted by: barbarian_horde | March 17, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Wow, all these new-found constitutional experts posting today.
Seems you didn't mind it in the past, but now you do.

Further, not one of you has shown any evidence or references that show that the constitution is being "trampled on" by the Obama administration, or has. I dare you to prove it or shut up already because you sound like a typical reactionary fool.

Where was your concern when we had a President that ACTUALLY did trample on the constitution?

Posted by: JRM2 | March 17, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Obama's wrong, Obamacare isn't the only kind of reform.. But, its the ONLY CHOICE
HE'S GIVING US!
Its his way or the highway.
I can't believe Americans are putting up with this. Obama's forcing his Marxist
agenda on us and most people don't even
recognize it.
There are plenty of freemarket solutions
to our healthcare problems, the conservatives have identified these solutions but Obama rejected them.

Posted by: ohioan | March 17, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Obama's wrong, Obamacare isn't the only kind of reform.. But, its the ONLY CHOICE
HE'S GIVING US!
Its is his way or the highway.
I can't believe Americans are putting up with this. Obama's forcing his Marxist
agenda on us and most people don't even
recognize it.
There are plenty of freemarket solutions
to our healthcare problems, the conservatives have identified these solutions but Obama rejected them.

Posted by: ohioan | March 17, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

No, Mr. President, we voters won't be fooled, but not perhaps in the way you imply.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | March 17, 2010 4:59 PM

Nice sentence Tex. Home schoolin'?

Posted by: mack1 | March 17, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Obama is so conceited and arrogrant that he thinks he can just pass it off and the people will lay down and take his Socialized Democratic party garbage and not do any thing.
No matter how they try and desquise the vote by thier pass by illigal means or what have you the people will remember come November. It doesn't bother Obame or Nancy if they all get kicked out as thier jobs will be protected for the time being. As long as their ego is soothed that is all that matter to either of them.
They do not care about the American Voter and their wishes nor do they care who will be hurt in this debacal of corruption they have crafted in the dark of night in back room dealings and under the table payoff with out and out bribes. This is truley the party that will define the defination of corruption for years to come.

Posted by: jmsmaxwell | March 17, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

When are the American people going to wake up and open their eyes! The Republicans are puppets for big money, wall street and the health insurance companies! The Corporations pull their strings and they jump and scream trying to cut all cost for the bad guys. They never fight for the American public .... infact for the last 25 years they have been trying to distroy the middle class so we can go back to the plantation days of free slave labor. If things don't change the 1% weathy will be the plantation owners and everyone else will be the slaves. Don't vote Republican!

Posted by: lunetrick | March 17, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

He's right, we won't be fooled. This is a complete reversal by the administration. What happened to the promise of transparency?

On March 3, 2009, in his speech in the East Room of the White House, Mr. Obama called for an up or down vote, saying of the health care bill, “it deserves the same kind of up or down vote that was cast on welfare reform... all of which had to pass Congress with nothing more than a simple majority.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/04/health/policy/04health.html

Posted by: ogrady1 | March 17, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

My patients need health reform. And so do their parents. We need reform that will stop denials of coverage due to pre-existing conditions. We need reform that prevents insurance companies from dropping our coverage when we get sick. I am a pediatrician. I am excited about the prospect of young people being able to stay on their parents' policies until they are 26 years old. I am excited about the possibility of my patients' working parents being able to buy the same coverage as members of Congress. If the parents get sick, who will take care of the kids? We need reform that covers prevention. The current bill does all of the above and I am for it.

Posted by: arisi1 | March 17, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

My patients need health reform. And so do their parents. We need reform that will stop denials of coverage due to pre-existing conditions. We need reform that prevents insurance companies from dropping our coverage when we get sick. I am a pediatrician. I am excited about the prospect of young people being able to stay on their parents' policies until they are 26 years old. I am excited about the possibility of my patients' working parents being able to buy the same coverage as members of Congress. If the parents get sick, who will take care of the kids? We need reform that covers prevention. The current bill does all of the above and I am for it.

Posted by: arisi1 | March 17, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Hey vfazio,

Answer my question! Have you noticed that our president and attorney general are only concerned about the rule of law when it comes to the rights of convicted terrorists?

When it comes to jamming thru' unpopular legislation anything goes!

Posted by: reddog19621 | March 17, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Is this WaPo or RedState? Apparently the Birthers and Tenthers and other wack job conservative loons from the John Birch Society love posting here. I'd mention that the GOP used "deem and pass" 35 times when they ran the House, and the GOP Senate used reconciliation to pass legislation, but reality, facts, and history have no place in the conservative mind. Its all paranoia, conspiracy, and the Muslim, librul, commie plots to destroy Western Civilization.

Posted by: vfazio | March 17, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope that the President speaks truth, when he states that the voters won't be fooled. Perhaps he should have added the word "again". He speaks truth when he says that he is not concerned about procedures in Congress and is not concerned about it, yet he is the President, who swore to abide by, uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States.

We know however that the President said several times that the Health Care Reform Bill should not be passed by a 50% plus one vote in Congress, but now he is prepared to accept even less by allowing the Bill to be passed by a form of "proxy" vote on a procedure he does not pay any attention to.

Posted by: CalP | March 17, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Obama criticized Washington for getting "vry concerned" with procedures in Congress and said he tries to ignore all that.

"I don't spend a lot of time worrying about what the procedural rules are in the House or Senate."

So he doesn't care whether the Constitution is trampled on or not as long as it suits his needs.

When promoting a legacy in the narcisstic attempt to create a legacy becomes more important than the wishes of the majority of the people he serves, a leader has failed. Obama has failed. Reid has failed. Pelosi has failed.

Posted by: inmanorj | March 17, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

This would not be a vote against healthcare reform. It would be a vote against this outrageous bill and all of it's deals and provisions that do nothing to stem the cost of health care. There are too many things wrong with this bill.
DO IT RIGHT AND YOU WOULD GET THE VOTES without all the deals.

What is the Congressman from Ohio going to receive for his vote?

Posted by: tucsoncaller | March 17, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

In the meantime, millions of Americans are still unemployed, the petulant child in the Oval Office will be off an another jet vacation, this time to Indonesia on spring break. We find it diagraceful that he continues to violate his oath of office and trash the Constitution, along with his hacks, Pelosi and Reid, masters of bribes and corruption.

Posted by: nmg3rln | March 17, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Obama has gone out of his way for a year to oppose his liberal base and develop healthcare reform legislation that is basically an exact copy of ideas that Newt Gingrich and most other Republican lawmakers have supported for 2 decades.

From a political perspective, I can understand that Republican politicians don't want to see Obama getting credit for enacting their ideas.

But the fact is that taking care of Americans, American businesses and the deficit are more important than a few political careers.

It's high time to turn these Republican healthcare ideas into law.

Posted by: paul65 | March 17, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter if you're a Republican or Democrat, voters won't be fooled. It doesn't matter what Congress does, the vote to advance HCR is a yes vote and the vote to defeat it is a vote for continuing current practices. This bill contains most of the proposals Republicans offered in 1994, it's amazing that they think it's so terrible 16 years later. The public wasn't fooled when the GOP said "start over". The voters knew that meant start again and never go anywhere.

It's simple, let's vote. If the bill dies, it dies. If it lives, it will be improved in the future.

Posted by: asja | March 17, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Obama say's he doesn't care about procedure. I guess as a constitutional lawyer he isn't concerned about it. All he cares about is passing this so he can say he did it.. not about bankrupting the country or how it is actually going to affect people. And if they don't vote for it "if they don't, if they vote against it, then they're going to be voting against health-care reform and they're going to be voting in favor of the status quo." Hoe closed minded is that thinking.... If they don't vote for it Mr. President they are listening to the people who say they DON'T WANT IT.....

Posted by: tbastian | March 17, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Hey America,
Have you noticed that our president and attorney general are only concerned about the rule of law when it comes to the rights of convicted terrorists?

When it comes to jamming thru' unpopular legislation anything goes!

Posted by: reddog19621 | March 17, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

THESE POLITICIANS(PROSTITUTES OF THE LOBBYISTS) MUST REALLY THINK WE THE PEOPLE ARE STUPID,WHO AMONGST US IS GOING TO TRUST SOMEONE TO PASS A GOOD BILL WHILE EVERY POLITICIAN IS TAKING MONEY FROM THE LOBBYIST.IT IS AN INSULT TO OUR INTELLIGENCE.VOTE THEM ALL OUT OF OFFICE WE HAVE BEEN TAKING FOR A RIDE LONG ENOUGH.

Posted by: SISSD1 | March 17, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

No, Mr. President, we voters won't be fooled, but not perhaps in the way you imply.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | March 17, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

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