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December 16, 2009

What Obama Really Said in Meeting With Senate Democrats on the Health-care Bill

Topics: Police Brutality and Corruption

As Mary Katharine Ham writes (with accompanying imagery):

It was with an odd statement that Obama announced the progress he had made in meetings with Senate Democrats today on the health-care bill he's desperate to pass by Christmas, no matter what's in it.
"We are on the precipice of an achievement that has eluded Congresses and presidents for generations," Obama told reporters after meeting with Senate Democrats for about an hour at the White House complex.
If you're thinking to yourself that the word "precipice" has negative connotations, and you're wondering why the great orator would use it to illustrate his grand victory, you have reason to wonder. Here are the two definitions of the word, both quite unnerving when applied to the health-care debate:
1. a cliff with a vertical, nearly vertical, or overhanging face.
2. a situation of great peril:
If Bush had done it, the clip would have been on loop as Freudian proof of Bush's dislike of Americans and his intention to get rid of them via risky health-care overhaul, but when the greatest orator of our time stumbles over his words, nary a newscaster will mention it.
But on the other hand, perhaps it really is a "Freudian proof of Obama's dislike of Americans and his intention to get rid of them via risky health-care overhaul."

For surely, the Freudian slip is far more applicable to what the Democrats' health care bill actually accomplishes.

Other coverage: Ed Morrissey's Obamateurism of the Day

Posted by Richard at December 16, 2009 8:22 AM

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