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Ed Driscoll

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October 22nd, 2013 - 3:55 pm

“Obama Disassociates from Reality,” Peter Wehner notes at Commentary. Of course, that headline could summarize Mr. Obama’s entire adult life, but Wehner is specifically referring to the president’s Rose Garden infomercial yesterday, his attempt to salvage the reputation of his signature socialized medical insurance program:

About President Obama’s remarks on Monday in the Rose Garden on the matter of the problems plaguing the Affordable Care Act and, specifically,, it seemed to me that they served a valuable purpose, at least to this extent: They distilled the Obama presidency to some of its core qualities: (a) detachment from reality; (b) misleading in its claims; (c) deeply polarizing and partisan; and (d) filled with lame excuses.

But there was another noteworthy element to what the president said. I have in mind the pitiable quality of his remarks. Speaking about the Affordable Care Act, Mr. Obama kept insisting–over and over and over again–how good the product is, how really and exceptionally good it is, how popular it is, and how things really and truly will work out.

Methinks he doth trieth too hard. The president spoke about ObamaCare as if it were a work of art, one or two brushstrokes away from being a masterpiece. Which created the impression that the president is living in a make believe world.

I’d say Mr. Obama is one step removed from talking to the paintings in the White House, but that would assume that he believes that the former presidents would have anything meaningful to tell him. And speaking of ghosts of the the past, Wehner concludes:

There’s a reason reporters who cover the White House say that top aides and even the president are deeply unsettled. It’s not just that what he considers his legacy achievement looks to be imploding before our eyes, which would be bad enough. There’s something else going on as well.

The Affordable Care Act or close approximations of it is something liberals have worked toward for generations. It has been, for the left, a kind of talisman; to have had it codified in law ranks as one of the great liberal achievements in American history. Or so the left though. They probably should have been more careful in what they asked for. As Ryan Lizza of the New Yorker put it, “The ACA is the most important liberal project in decades. If it fails, it is a complete disaster for liberalism.”

Correct. And if you go to the scorecard, you’ll see that the ACA is failing. That the great and mighty Obama seems powerless to stop it. And that ObamaCare may become an ever more complete disaster for liberalism than it is now. Which is saying something.

Of course, it’s not just the inhabitants of the White House who are becoming unsettled — so are the more left-leaning reporters who cover it. Or as Erika Johnsen of Hot Air paraphrases a query NPR’s Mara Liasson asks former Time-Warner-CNN-HBO spokesman turned Obama spokesman Jay Carney, “Will we be getting daily updates on ObamaCare, like during natural disasters?”


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"The president spoke about ObamaCare as if it were a work of art, one or two brushstrokes away from being a masterpiece."

This is the hallmark of modern political speech: Never admit mistakes, and repeat how everything is great. Implying that those that report problems are making stuff up or making mountains out of molehills. Just like how Pelosi kept repeating how her Congress was the "most ethical ever" even when being questioned about scandals.

I've had some experience with gov't PR and the mantra is: Never admit problems exist.
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I just don't believe that Obama was very involved in Obamacare. He is too lazy. He mouthed a few platitudes that would win him support from the feministas and other victim groups, but that is probably it. Of course he thinks his visions of a perfect world are good and he really believes them, but not enough to get involved in the nitty gritty. It's a bit like the Illinois Senate proposals that were drafted by others and yet he was allowed to sponsor their work. Or like Altgeld Gardens, where he campaigned against asbestos but didn't bother with the follow-up. Or like the Annenburg Challenge, where he oversaw the distribution of money to flaky projects, but when they didn't pan out, he moved on.

The man is superficial and lazy. All he seeks is credit and praise.
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The Joan Walsh attempt to re-educate Ezra Klein today ( ) shows why Obama can continue to live in Fantasyland, because he knows there will always be a certain percentage of media enforcers around to carry his water (Walsh would have out alpha-femaled Leni Riefenstahl 80 years ago in her love for her political avatar, and my guess is she'll out-alpha Ezra as well, hauling him back on the liberal pundit reservation to confess his sins, if just has one angstrom of improvement in the next day or two).
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Burn baby, burn.
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