In June, comedian Bill Maher complained of President Obama, “You don’t have to be on television every minute of every day — you’re the president, not a rerun of ‘Law & Order.'”
I get paid to listen to politicians tell the same old jokes, repeat the same canned sound bites and — as often occurs — not answer questions. But I do not think it too much to ask that, now that Obama has signed legislation to overhaul the health care system, he ditch the health care spiel.
To watch Obama nine months after Maher’s quip is to live in rerun hell. The president’s remarks at a North Carolina lithium battery plant last Friday were so tedious as to garner attention of, among others, the Washington Post’s Anne E. Kornblut. In answer to a question from Doris of Lake Wylie, S.C., Kornblut wrote that Obama gave a 17-minute response that lulled “the crowd into a daze” as “his discursive answer — more than 2,500 words long — wandered from topic to topic.”
The worst part: Obama didn’t answer the question. He didn’t even come close. This is what Doris asked: “In the economic times that we have now, is it a wise decision to add more taxes to us with health care?” She added, “Because we are overtaxed as it is.”
Obama’s answer, abridged: The prince of self-pity started with his usual lament about “misinformation” from his critics. “No. 1,” he began, America is the only advanced country not to have health care for 50 million citizens. No. 2, you don’t know if you’ll be uninsured. No. 3, the way some companies operate, “you don’t always know what you’ve got.” Then the “final point” that health care costs are out of control.