I’m sure I’m not the only person who scratched his head at Obama’s odd anecdote of his experience with car insurance, which didn’t sound like anything that had happened in this world. John at Powerline discusses it in detail and shows its absurdity.
Amidst our criticisms of Obama, however, let us give him credit for something, which a friend pointed out. He had the guts and the generosity of spirit to sit there on national television for six hours allowing his political opponents to tell him to his face that his signature legislative initiative is no damn good.
But there is a less complimentary way of seeing it. Obama is so arrogant, so filled (in the typical liberal way) with the sense of the rightness of his own opinions and of the complete worthlessness and irrationality of his opponents’, that he didn’t realize that the Republicans were demolishing the case for the health care bill.
Update: from cool to clueless
And what about Eric Cantor placing the entire 2,700 (or was it 2,400?) page Senate bill in front of him during the conference, and Obama getting annoyed about that? That was just remarkable. Obama made it clear that he thought it was somehow unfair for Cantor to bring to the meeting the actual bill that the meeting was about. He then launched into a lengthy, and rather pretentious, discourse about the need for complexity in federal legislation, that is, about the need for bills that are 2,700 pages long. At one point, when Obama was expressing his irritation with what Cantor had done, Cantor had a little smile on his face which I thought expressed disbelief that Obama was reacting the way he was.
James P. writes:
“Amidst our criticisms of Obama, however, let us give him credit for something, which a friend pointed out. He had the guts and the generosity of spirit to sit there on national television for six hours allowing his political opponents to tell him to his face that his signature legislative initiative is no damn good.”LA replies:
Still, whatever his motives for doing it, and whatever the consequences for him of his doing it, the fact is that he sat there for six hours on national television letting his political opponents speak at length about why his program is terrible and should be rejected. And he sat there listening (or not listening) to them.D. in Seattle writes:
There is another strange aspect of the Obama auto insurance story, and I’m surprised John at Powerline didn’t pick it up.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at February 26, 2010 07:36 AM | Send