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Giving the weekly radio address from the Oval Office,
Taping a radio address with President Nelson Mandela of South Africa in the East Room, October 7.
Celebrating Thanksgiving at Camp David, November 24.
One would think that after the White House being so shocked to find out his base kinda liked the “public option” some explanation to those wacky, puzzling liberals would follow.
Instead, NY Times reports that Obama will go on a right wing radio show. Interestingly enough, the talk show host has endorsed Obama last year.
I don’t blame Obama for dong so.. After all, it’s an easier job arguing that he is not socialist than proving that he is progressive.
Anyway, this gesture confirms Ted Rall’s opinion& cartoon
Democrats’ own predilection for arguing against themselves. “If we ask for too much, they won’t give it to us, so we’ll ask for less. Wait, now they want us to compromise from our fall-back position. OK, we can do that.”
As for B0bots – here’s a good observation from Cannonfire
Well and good. But I’ve noticed something odd about Obama’s supporters: They no longer can bring themselves to write pieces in support of Obama. Instead, they spend all of their time and energy pointing out the obvious fact that the president’s right-wing enemies are a bunch of loons.
Work that frustration guys!
The White House and Senate Democrats won’t buckle to demands from liberals that they revise their health care strategy, officials said today.
Reminds me of the time KO praised him for “not caving to his base” on FISA…Brave man, that Obama…
Oh, and this is from the WH briefing
Q So he’s not going to cave at all?
MR. GIBBS: No, I’m going to reiterate what the President has said all along, Helen. The President believes we have to have choice and competition. In a private insurance market where people are entering, they have to have the ability to choose among insurers that will drive down their costs and improve their quality. His preference is for a public option. If there are others that have ideas about how we can institute choice and competition, he’s happy to look at those.
Q Will he fight for the public option?
MR. GIBBS: We will fight for whatever is best that brings about that choice and competition. That’s what the President always maintained and that’s what we’ve continued to say.
Choice and competition. Somehow I know what he’ll say on that radio show
Image – courtesy of Afrocity Brown
Axelrod was president and sole shareholder of AKPD from 1985 until he sold his interest after Obama’s victory, government records show. The firm owes Axelrod $2 million, which it’s due to pay in installments beginning Dec. 31. Axelrod’s son, Michael, still works there.
The problem is that Axelrod’s former firm is currently receiving huge fees “from Healthy Economy Now, a coalition that includes the Washington-based Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America, known as PhRMA,” as well as AARP, the SEIU and other big players in the health care debate.
Big players to the tune of 12 million – in an advertising deal for Obama’s propaganda they just got – this was also news to me
plan that were produced and placed partly by AKPD Message and Media, a firm founded by Axelrod that employs his son and still owes Axelrod $2 million.
I’d like to know who’s paying the 12 million? Taxpayers?
House Republicans got a talking points memo that says
White House-PhRMA deal raises “serious questions as to whether the drug lobby is helping to bankroll a multimillion dollar severance package for one of the President’s senior advisers.”
The memo points out that the drug industry will profit handsomely from the deal and asks whether Axelrod “recused himself from the PhRMA ‘deal,’ or will he work to defend an agreement with an industry that is directly funding his son’s work, and indirectly funding his own $2 million severance package?”
And while Axelrod has to respond to this, the White House has been “caught by surprise” by all this love for the public option from the left
“I don’t understand why the left of the left has decided that this is their Waterloo,” said a senior White House adviser, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “We’ve gotten to this point where health care on the left is determined by the breadth of the public option. I don’t understand how that has become the measure of whether what we achieve is health-care reform.”
Wow! Sometimes I feel like during the Bush years – I am not sure whether to attribute all the fubars to incompetence or corruption!