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The president will deliver remarks and take questions at his fourth prime time press conference tonight. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

President Obama will hold the fourth prime time press conference of his presidency this evening at 8 p.m. ET, taking the podium at a critical time for his administration with questions over the efficacy of his approach on health care and the economy being raised in earnest for the first time.

The Fix, of course, couldn't let such a moment pass without commenting on it -- what would Fixistas think of us? -- so starting right around 8 p.m. we will begin our live twittering of the proceedings.

You can follow all of the action in two places. Either sign up for "TheHyperFix" Twitter feed (all the cool kids are doing it) or scroll down in this post for the last ten or so tweets.

Do you know someone not following "TheFix" and/or "TheHyperFix" on Twitter? Unbelievable as it may be, they are still out there. Do them a favor and get them to sign up before 8 p.m. They'll thank you.

In the meantime, use the comments section to let us know what question you would want the president to answer tonight.

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    By Chris Cillizza  |  July 22, 2009; 3:45 PM ET
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    Comments

    "I signed up for CCs tweets for a few weeks but I'm really not into paying extra cell phone charges to read gushing over Bob Dylan. He was great in the 60s but now who cares.

    I don't recall The Fix as so GOP-leaning before Froomkin got the push."

    Ywah, I noticed this too. I'm not saying Cillizza is GOP leaning, but he has a LOT of Palin posts pretty much intended to boost traffic.

    Incidentally, Froomkin credits Cillizza as one of the biggest supporters of White House Watch when it first started.

    You should see Jon Stewart's bit on the birth certificate controversy. It'll be on Comedycentral.com Jon Stewart's page by the time you read this.

    Posted by: DDAWD | July 23, 2009 3:30 AM | Report abuse

    Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" follows a band of itinerant laborers in the Great Depression. Their lives are grinding barren poverty and one thing they do to make it livable is daydream about scraping together enough money to buy and run a small farm, growing their own food, independent and free.

    The dream becomes a recitation, a mantra, lovingly spoken and repeated.

    The birth certificate thing is how these wounded gooper trolls get through the eight years of the Obama administration.

    Jake can take care of the rabbits

    Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 23, 2009 2:42 AM | Report abuse

    I signed up for CCs tweets for a few weeks but I'm really not into paying extra cell phone charges to read gushing over Bob Dylan. He was great in the 60s but now who cares.

    I don't recall The Fix as so GOP-leaning before Froomkin got the push.

    Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 23, 2009 2:35 AM | Report abuse

    P.S. yes, I have figured it out, and here's a sample (redacted) LONG FORM from Hawaii which would show the doctor's name and signature, for instance:

    ==

    give it a rest you pomous fool

    Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 23, 2009 2:26 AM | Report abuse

    "I have given you TWO Republican alternatives"

    Two bad ideas don't make a good one.

    Posted by: nodebris | July 22, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

    I signed in to the hyper fix once and it gave me a headache. I'm enjoying some white clam sauce and garlic bread, it's good, don't need to be fixed.

    Posted by: douglaslbarber | July 22, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

    Ha hahaha. He wants us to take the blue pill rather than the red pill. Who didn't know that?

    Posted by: jdadson | July 22, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

    Tap dancing as fast as he can.

    So far over his head. Bring back the TelePrompTer.

    Employed the fraud and abuse as well as blame bush. Going down in flames.

    Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 22, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

    nothing new here, NOTHING NEW. its amazing he comes to a gun fight without a gun.

    Posted by: dummypants | July 22, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

    obama doesnt realize they people dont want what he is selling.

    and he just talks and talks and talks

    Posted by: dummypants | July 22, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

    Wow twitter! Who knew the WaPo was so "with it"? I mean, they only have their own frickn' Web site that they could update themselves in real time.

    Posted by: sknyluv | July 22, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

    This is turning out to be a more significant speech than the White House had let on. Not just an excuse to stay in touch with the media…

    http://www.political-buzz.com/

    Posted by: parkerfl1 | July 22, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

    Yeap, Jake, you got it right. Thank you Republicans for that!

    Posted by: Classic60 | July 22, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

    P.S. to Classic60: did you click on the link to LONG FORM birth certificate I provided below?

    Posted by: JakeD | July 22, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

    "Worst" recession in history?!

    Posted by: JakeD | July 22, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

    A long form birth certificate is a figment of the warped Republican mind!

    Posted by: Classic60 | July 22, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

    Only Twits use Twitter!

    Posted by: Classic60 | July 22, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

    You still haven't answered my question to you: "why won't Obama release his LONG FORM birth certificate?"

    Posted by: JakeD | July 22, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

    Look, bsimon1, I have given you TWO Republican alternatives -- whether you think they are effective alternatives or not -- this is not a formal Oxford debate, but I have nonetheless carried my burden on the point.

    Posted by: JakeD | July 22, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

    Barack Obama REMIX! - "Admits, I was wrong."

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7urc4KrB8Nw&NR=1

    Posted by: opp88 | July 22, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

    Another one (in case that first link didn't work for you):

    http://texan2driver.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/hawaii-birth-certificate.jpg

    As I recall, Dems were jumping up and down over GWB's Texas Air National Guard file being released, and that didn't even go to his Constitutional qualification to become President of the United States.

    If for no other reason than historical accuracy, why won't Obama release this LONG FORM birth certificate?

    Posted by: JakeD | July 22, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

    "My point was simply to disprove "reason5" implied assumption that Republicans have not offered any alternatives."


    Nice job. One guy offers a half-baked idea that would cost taxpayers more money for less effective care that fails to address any of the flaws in our existing system and you're excited to offer it as a rebuttal to a claim that the GOP has failed to offer alternatives. Well done.

    Whoever said we get the government we deserve was sadly correct.

    .

    Posted by: bsimon1 | July 22, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

    P.S. yes, I have figured it out, and here's a sample (redacted) LONG FORM from Hawaii which would show the doctor's name and signature, for instance:

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_QzXnIvwkwus/SkKqXaFjpQI/AAAAAAAAAQE/eCiaUWJslzM/s320/longform.jpg

    Posted by: JakeD | July 22, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

    bsimon1:

    Did I say "effective reform"? Nothwithstanding whether GOVERNMENT rationing would be a good or bad thing, that was just one example. I think that Lindsay Graham introduced a comprehensive (and, I think he would argue, effective) healthcare reform bill as well. My point was simply to disprove "reason5" implied assumption that Republicans have not offered any alternatives.

    Posted by: JakeD | July 22, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

    Has anyone figured out WTF a long form birth cirtificate is? Mine's a 'Certificate of Live Birth', just like the President's.

    Posted by: bsimon1 | July 22, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

    "Republicans have offered alternative healthcare plans. For instance, Sen. Jon Kyl introduced a bill that would prohibit any move by the federal government to ration health care based on results derived from federally funded comparative effectiveness research."


    Do you call that effective reform? It seems to be saying that if the gov't finds certain treatments ineffective through comparative effectiveness research, they cannot stop patients from seeking those treatments? It sounds like a hand-out to pharmaceutical & medical device companies. If you're the maker of some drug or medical device, it would cause some real shrinkage to your bottom line if a the gov't wouldn't fund your pills or equipment because they're ineffective.

    Hey, maybe I'm missing something, but I want effective treatment when I go to the doc.

    Posted by: bsimon1 | July 22, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

    Kyl's bill is not an "alternative healthcare plan". It's just a cynical, political scare bomb that flails ineffectively at a single issue in hopes of promoting the the GOP's latest buzz-word: "rationing."

    As though rationing doesn't currently exist. I guess the GOP just wants to make sure that we don't base our rationing on effectiveness. How apt.

    I think what reason5 is looking for is a serious proposal, not a political stunt.

    Posted by: nodebris | July 22, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

    reason5:

    Republicans have offered alternative healthcare plans. For instance, Sen. Jon Kyl introduced a bill that would prohibit any move by the federal government to ration health care based on results derived from federally funded comparative effectiveness research. S. 1259 The Preserving Access to Targeted, Individualized, and Effective New Treatments and Services (PATIENTS) Act of 2009.

    Posted by: JakeD | July 22, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

    reason5, you say you are opposed to a public option for these reasons:

    "this will likely drive many great doctor's & nurses out of the profession, leaving America with 2nd rate medical professionals caring for us in time of need."

    This is already happening today under the current regime.

    reason5: "Another question I have is where will money for research & development come from?"

    Are you suggesting that Insurers provide a significant portion of our health related R&D funding today? I could be wrong, but I don't believe that's true.

    Posted by: nodebris | July 22, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

    I find it hard to believe Obama will be giving his speech tonight, with the US Soccer team playing. However, I think people will flip back and forth...as I will. But as for the issue: I am against the public option and I hope the public option does fail. However, I commend President Obama for pressing forth on comprehensive healthcare reform. Instead of just saying no, I hope Republicans truly offer an alternative, set down at the table & help make healthcare in America a better system. Likewise, I hope if Republicans do offer alternative plans, I hope Obama sets down at the table to work through this issue.I work for a financial group myself and sell insurance as a large part of my business. A gentleman who has had a stint in the past is forced to pay $838.45 per month for his health insurance due to his medical condition. Luckily for my client, he can afford this. Many people in his place could not.

    This issue does begin with cost containment. However, the public option isn't the way to go b/c the government will have too much power in pricing medical costs forcing the pay of doctors & nurses lower. As a result, this will likely drive many great doctor's & nurses out of the profession, leaving America with 2nd rate medical professionals caring for us in time of need. Another question I have is where will money for research & development come from? I fear that without funds for R&D not only will America end up with 2nd rate medical professionals, but 2nd rate standards of care. To me, this is unacceptable.

    I do believe there are ways to help lower healthcare costs. One method I think could be useful is for the government to mandate private insurers to offer "community rates." Were all familiar with buying insurance from our company for a reduced group rate. Well, why not mandate that insurance companies must offer community rates? If X amount of people from Community Y banded together to buy healthcare from a single company, that's a major possible rate reduction. This would offer people without great wealth an affordable alternative to buy health insurance and it would take many people off of federal assistance with their healthcare. This would lower the burden of the taxpayer, work well for the private sector & cut costs of government. This can all happen without giving up the quality of healthcare we enjoy. Real cost containment is only going to come in the form of education & prevention. If people would see their doctors for regular physicals, regulate diets, refrain from smoking, refrain frome excessive drinking and exercise. These things would truly cut costs. We all can be part of this effort, and if we really want results, will have to be. These policies and actions would greatly help America's health epidimic.

    Posted by: reason5 | July 22, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

    But jaked, that's not consistent with your belief in a liberal msm bias.

    Posted by: nodebris | July 22, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

    Has Sen. Chrissy Dodd (DEMOCRUD - CT) refinanced his Countrywide loan ?

    Posted by: hclark1 | July 22, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

    scrivener50:

    I think my proposed "Mr. President, why won't you release your LONG FORM birth certificate?" question is more likely than yours ; )

    Posted by: JakeD | July 22, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

    Please ask President Obama why a single-payer health system is not the most cost-effective way for our nation to pay for health care.

    Over the past few months the President has been allowed to avoid this subject, stating that a single-payer plan would be "disruptive" without being challenged on what he means by "disruptive" or to what extent powerful lobbies and political considerations are tainting his judgment. He once was a supporter of a single-payer system, after all. Single-payer is the only real way to reduce the substantial administrative costs associated with the private health insurance system. For all its shortcomings, Medicare, for example, is still more efficient than private insurers when it comes to administrative costs (5% or less for Medicare vs. 31% for private insurance). Let us not be blind to the successful examples of single-payer systems demonstrated by many of the 36 nations ahead of the U.S. in terms of health care outcomes (WHO). As for preserving the status quo, I can't imagine a single person in this country who likes their current insurance (as the President is fond of saying) so much that they would prefer to keep it rather than have the peace of mind of a nationwide plan.

    No, a single-payer system is not the answer to all of our health care problems. We need a comprehensive restructuring of how we pay doctors and hospitals, for example, and we need a single national electronic medical record, but it is the foundation for functional, cost-effective, universal health care in this country.

    Before we make a huge mistake by tweaking our current, broken system and fooling ourselves that we've achieved health care reform, let's bring single-payer in from the margins where it has been relegated by the Congress, the President, and, with rare exceptions, the media.

    Posted by: mcbloke | July 22, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

    Someone should ask Obama why he criticized Senator Clinton's individual mandate during the primaries, but is willing to sign a bill having such a mandate. In addition he should be asked if breaking major campaign promises, such as opposing a mandate, won't increase cynicism among many people about politicians, especially as he promised to be a different kind of politician.

    Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | July 22, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

    JakeD: Okay, make it Mike A. or Dan E.

    Is it in them?

    ***

    Again, TONIGHT'S NEWS-BREAKER QUESTION:

    "Mr. President:

    "What elements of the President's Surveillance Program are ongoing under your administration...

    "...and is there a domestic component which involves the warrantless, covert GPS tracking of American citizens, in their vehicles or on foot?"

    http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

    http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"

    Posted by: scrivener50 | July 22, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

    GOOOOOAAAAAAL! POTUS SHOULD BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM AND SHOW UP LATE...


    This National Soccer Team issue is more important than one might think.

    If POTUS were savvy, he would make a last-minute time switch (blame it on last-minute meetings or whatever) and if he loses NBC, so be it.

    Or push it back 'til tomorrow night.

    He should NOT "diss" the sport that's favored by many Hispanics and "soccer moms" (and dads).

    Who failed to take this into account? Not very sporting...

    Posted by: scrivener50 | July 22, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

    scrivener50 and sverigegrabb:

    Mr. Cillizza is not going to be inside the White House -- probably wouldn't be called on even if he were -- it will be either Michael Abramowitz or Dan Eggen for the WaPo.

    Posted by: JakeD | July 22, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

    PLEASE, CHRIS -- BREAK WITH THE PACK.

    ASK POTUS WHETHER THERE IS A DOMESTIC COMPONENT TO THE 'PRESIDENT'S SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM'...

    ...THAT INVOLVES WARRANTLESS GPS TRACKING OF AMERICAN CITIZENS... IN VEHICLES OR ON FOOT (VIA CELLPHONE).

    YOU MAY BREAK SOME NEWS IF POTUS IS CANDID ABOUT WHAT HOLDER AND PANETTA AND NAPOLITANO KNOW TO BE TRUE.

    http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

    OR (if link is co-opted like too many WH reporters):

    http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA" (see "stream" or "stories" list).

    Posted by: scrivener50 | July 22, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

    "Oh, wait. I forgot. This is the US. ESPN2 might carry the game and there may be more Hondurans in the country watching it than the rest of us. :/"

    Ooooh, is this really going to be on The Dos?

    Posted by: DDAWD | July 22, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

    I'll be there, Chris! (even though it means that it will be after midnight here)! You are NOT the only one who is sleep-deprived!

    What I personally would like to know is if the President feels the following are essential:

    a 'Public Option'

    prescription coverage

    coverage for 100% of Americans

    whether there will be an across the board co-pay, or a graded co-pay system for those who can afford more (good luck on getting him to answer that one!)

    P.S. Give my regards to Chuck's goatee!

    Posted by: sverigegrabb | July 22, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

    The presser will be a success if it adds 3 or 4 points to the number of Americans approving of the president's handling of health care. It just might...

    http://www.political-buzz.com/

    Posted by: parkerfl1 | July 22, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

    " Doesn't he know the US national soccer team is playing "


    We have a national kickball team?

    Posted by: bsimon1 | July 22, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

    I won't be watching Obama (assuming he even is a "natural-born" citizen and therefore President).

    Posted by: JakeD | July 22, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

    How can the president even consider holding a prime time press conference tonight? Doesn't he know the US national soccer team is playing Honduras in the CONCAF Gold Cup semi-final at 7:00 pm EDT? The game will just be starting the second half when he preempts all the major networks and no one can watch...

    Oh, wait. I forgot. This is the US. ESPN2 might carry the game and there may be more Hondurans in the country watching it than the rest of us. :/

    Maybe the president will at least give the national soccer team a mention in passing?

    Posted by: Gallenod | July 22, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

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