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Tilting at Windmills

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April 1, 2010

QUOTE OF THE DAY.... Last June, President Obama hosted a press conference, and was pressed on the timing of his various pronouncements. "I know everybody here is on a 24-hour news cycle," he told Chuck Todd. "I'm not."

It was a reminder that this White House has little use for cable's clock, despite its pervasive influence on public attitudes and the political discourse.

We heard a bit more of the president's thoughts on this today, during an appearance in Maine. Obama noted that the pundits are now chattering about the fact that divisions over health care reform have not yet disappeared.

"You have to love some of the pundits in Washington. Every single day there's been another poll saying, 'The nation is still divided on health reform. The polls haven't changed yet.'

"Well, yeah, it just happened last week! It's only been a week!

"Can you imagine if some of these reporters were working on a farm and you planted some seeds and they came out next day and they looked -- Nothing's happened! There's no crop! We're gonna starve! Oh, no! It's a disaster!

"It's been a week, folks. So before we find out if people like health care reform, we should wait to see what happens when we actually put it into place. Just a thought."

That's sound advice -- for all of the president's intended audiences.

Update: I've added a clip of this, as posted by ThinkProgress.

Steve Benen 4:15 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (21)

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Nice metaphor.

Posted by: David in NY on April 1, 2010 at 4:15 PM | PERMALINK

So people are supposed to wait and hold judgement until 2014 when the exchanges and mandates take effect?

That is good advice ...if you're running for president in 2012.
Wait: scratch that assessment. It's great advice if you're the POTUS.

In the real world, it's amazing how Obama waited to campaign in MAINE only now when the only effect it would have it so help his re-election instead of, say, last fall when it could have helped with pressuring the Senate on a public option.

Posted by: Observer on April 1, 2010 at 4:28 PM | PERMALINK

I just had an actual LOL.

Obama is as cool as a cucumber. This is a person who actually thinks about what he's going to say before he says it, and it shows.

It is comments such as these that peg my optimism meter.

Posted by: McKee on April 1, 2010 at 4:29 PM | PERMALINK

I love it when Obama bitch slaps the pundits. It's becoming clearer by the day he's reaching the end of his rope with their petty idiocy and Village nonsense, and its about time.

Posted by: electrolite on April 1, 2010 at 4:35 PM | PERMALINK

The Big O, large and in charge, as usual.

Take notes, fools. The "Kenyun Mooslim Soshulist" is eating your lunches. Again.

2010 is gonna be a good year to be a Democrat -- the pundidiots not withstanding.

Posted by: J. Paul Ghetto on April 1, 2010 at 4:36 PM | PERMALINK

or maybe a better analogy....

"hey dad, are we there yet??....... hey dad, when are we going to get there..... hey dad, I got to go to the bathroom.... are we there yet.... I'm hungry."

Posted by: Mike Reilly on April 1, 2010 at 4:38 PM | PERMALINK

"So people are supposed to wait and hold judgement until 2014 when the exchanges and mandates take effect?"

You're putting words in Obama's mouth. He merely suggested that we should give it longer than a week. That's perfectly sensible.

Seriously, calm down.

Posted by: Shade Tail on April 1, 2010 at 4:41 PM | PERMALINK

while I find it somewhat refreshing that Obama doesn't work to the media 24/7, I think it confuses the pundits.

Posted by: Jamie on April 1, 2010 at 4:42 PM | PERMALINK

AND -- if the morons and imbeciles both in and outside of the "librul media" who remain so vehemently opposed to the ACA had *even the slightest clue whatsoever* as to what's actually *IN* the bill, I'd be decidedly more impressed.

On a related note, worthless Head Villager David Broder needs to be forcibly retired and involuntarily committed.

Posted by: J. Paul Ghetto on April 1, 2010 at 4:43 PM | PERMALINK

Shorter Obama: SCHMACK!!

Posted by: Marko on April 1, 2010 at 4:44 PM | PERMALINK

For people who think that the morning-after pill is the same as abortion, that seed-planting metaphor might not work too well.

Posted by: exlibra on April 1, 2010 at 4:49 PM | PERMALINK

Every now & then, Obama lets its slip that he realizes that he's a grown-up surrounded by overgrown spoiled children.

I like those moments.

Posted by: Gummo on April 1, 2010 at 4:51 PM | PERMALINK

You're putting words in Obama's mouth. He merely suggested that we should give it longer than a week.

The point is that what the people are "divided" over is mainly the exchanges and the mandates. And those don't take place until 2014.

So Obama's implicit underlying assertation isn't actually true if you stop and think about it.

Waiting until next month or 6 months from now isn't going to change those opinions or those divisions.

But bashing the press does change the storyline for a few days though. Which is good for him.

Posted by: Observer on April 1, 2010 at 5:08 PM | PERMALINK

The point is that what the people are "divided" over is mainly the exchanges and the mandates. -Observer

I disagree with your premise. Those may be the sticking points that some of us well informed people squable over, but your average Dick and Jane are divided over death panels and paying more taxes and other lies the right wing has pummeled them with.

Obama seems optimistic he can dispell those falsehoods by election time.

Posted by: doubtful on April 1, 2010 at 5:14 PM | PERMALINK

'the people are "divided" over is mainly the exchanges and the mandates.' Really? I thought it was death panels, and cutting grandma off medicare, and excise tax.

Or just hating the Democratic party doing anything.

Posted by: MobiusKlein on April 1, 2010 at 5:15 PM | PERMALINK

"The point is that what the people are "divided" over is mainly the exchanges and the mandates. And those don't take place until 2014.

So Obama's implicit underlying assertation isn't actually true if you stop and think about it."

Uh, no. You are trying to put this into a false context. Obama was specifically talking about pundits bashing him because the health care law still receives mixed poll results. He is absolutely correct to point out that a week isn't long enough to gauge this.

Posted by: Shade Tail on April 1, 2010 at 5:39 PM | PERMALINK

If I were a democrat in Congress and had an ample war chest, I would immediately get a bulk mail permit and do a mass mailing to every address in the district I represent, informing everyone of what the law does now and in the future. Screw the media and help the USPS and the economy at the same time. Obama can't do it on his own.

Posted by: flyonthewall on April 1, 2010 at 5:53 PM | PERMALINK

The point is that what the people are "divided" over is mainly the exchanges and the mandates. And those don't take place until 2014.

Well, no. That's not what "the people" are saying; that's what people who hang out on political blogs all day talk about. The at-large population of anti-HCR folk are saying they don't want the government to choose their doctor, kill their elderly relatives and developmentally disabled children, raise taxes on their (assuredly nowhere near the lower limit for a tax hike) salaries, and other fictional components of the law.

Posted by: shortstop on April 1, 2010 at 8:20 PM | PERMALINK

...which is why you need to wait until closer to 2014 to pass real judgement on whether people like the bill.

Which Obama knows.

Which is that once people realize it doesn't have death panels the polls will go up.

Which will enable him to tell people to vote for him in 2012 because of the "historic" healthcare bill.

Which they will.

Because 2012 occurs before 2014.

Which he also knows.

Which is why he said what he said.

Posted by: Observer on April 1, 2010 at 10:08 PM | PERMALINK

"So before we find out if people like health care reform, we should wait to see what happens when we actually put it into place."

Things like Kathleen Sebelius having to send a nastygram to the insurance industry warning it not to do things just because they're legal?

Posted by: Forrest on April 2, 2010 at 4:13 AM | PERMALINK

Yeah, Forrest, the public always sympathizes with insurance companies looking for a loophole so they don't have to cover sick kids.

Posted by: lou on April 2, 2010 at 10:18 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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