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May 19, 2014 - 10:04 pm

President Obama quipped to an “intimate dinner” crowd at a Potomac, Md., residence Monday night that “in five years it will no longer be called Obamacare” — stating that “when something is working” it will need “a whole renaming process.”

“I don’t know if it will be ‘Reagancare,’ but it will definitely be — it will be something different,” he added.

Democrats long regarded Obamacare as a derisive term coined by the right, then changed course and accepted it around the time of implementation in order to try to use the recognition of the term to their advantage. Most congressional Democrats still refer to the law as the Affordable Care Act.

“I’m at the tail end of my fifth year in office, and that gives you some perspective,” Obama said, rattling off a slate of points for which he took credit, including a Latino dropout rate cut in half since the year 2000 and “the unemployment rate is as low as it’s been since before the Lehman Brothers crash and the financial crash.”

Ticket prices for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraiser ranged from $10,000 to $32,400. The White House pool reporter said the press pool was socked away in a second-floor bedroom of the home while waiting for Obama’s remarks.

Attendees included Maryland Democratic Reps. Steny Hoyer, John Delaney, Elijah Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Donna Edwards.

“There are some jobs that aren’t coming back,” he said. “…We know that we’re going to have to transition to a clean energy economy. If we’re the ones at the forefront of that, that will position us well for the rest of the century. We know it has to happen.”

He also promoted more shovel-ready projects. “We’ve got $2 trillion worth of deferred maintenance right now that at some point is going to have to be rebuilt. Why not now, when there’s still so many folks out of work, and that their ripple effects from rebuilding our roads and our bridges and our ports and our air traffic control systems would allow businesses to move products and employees faster and make sure more dynamic and competitive. We know that.”

Obama said the problem is Republicans in Congress “who don’t believe that we as a community, as a country have any serious role to play in giving people a hand up, whose budget reflects an interest in cutting back commitments to the most vulnerable and freeing the most powerful from any constraints, and whose principal focus at any given point in the day is trying to figure out how can they make people sufficiently cynical, sufficiently angry, sufficiently suspicious that they can win the next election.”

“I hate to be blunt about it, but that’s the play. And, by the way, when I say a party has been captured, it’s because I actually want an effective, serious, patriotic, capable, sober-minded Republican Party. And we’ve had that in the past,” he continued. “I come from the land of Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln thought infrastructure was a pretty good idea. That’s part of why we got a Intercontinental Railroad system.”

“…The debate we’re having right now is about, what, Benghazi? Obamacare? And it becomes this endless loop. It’s not serious. It’s not speaking to the real concerns that people have.”

He added that not only do Americans think nothing can get done in Washington, they’ve “been persuaded in part because of how it’s presented that it’s the fault of both parties — Democrats are just as unreasonable as Republicans, and that must be why nothing works.”

“Well, you know what, when Nancy Pelosi was speaker, we got a lot done and it made a big difference to the people and it helped folks,” the president said.

“Despite the current frustrations when it comes to Washington, we’ve got the best cards when it comes to our future…. But we’ve got to seize the moment, and to do that we’ve got to have a Congress that functions. And to have a Congress that functions, we’ve got to make sure that Democrats are making progress in this midterm.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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"We've got to seize the moment..." What moment? This one? That one? The one over there? That's Obama's leadership style in a nutshell. He wanders from one thing to the next. Time for a pivot to...and in just the last few days; an escalation from "mad as hell" to "madder than hell" regarding the VA non-scandal. Your average high school football coach show a hellofalot more focus and leadership than Obama.
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What possible twist of fate could take Obama's shining jewel of incompetence and waste and title it "Reagancare"? How stupid is this guy, anyway?
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"...at a Potomac, Md., residence..." replace "residence" with "mansion". There are only two types of houses in Potomac MD: old rural houses that have been there for decades or large estates of lobbyists, lawyers and DC media types.

In a way, he is partially correct. These aren't issues most Americans are interested in since they have been largely made ignorant of them by the media. Plus they are really symptoms of the larger issue: gov't overreach and corruption.
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STEP DOWN OBAMA !
17 weeks ago
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"It's not serious. Nothing to see here. There aren't the droids you're looking for."

"Yes, master..."
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This is not the first time Obama has referred to the nation’s transcontinental railroad as “intercontinental.” He does not explain which continents it connected.
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How about the Affordable Neglect Act
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So when something is a total failure you just call it obamacare.
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“I come from the land of Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln thought infrastructure was a pretty good idea. That’s part of why we got a Intercontinental Railroad system.”

Which other continent does our railsystem connect to, again?

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Why, the continent that holds states 51 through 58 of course.
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"We know it has to happen." If it has to happen, then it will happen without government intervention/funds. Involving the government simply gives those in power the opportunity to steer tax (and borrowed) money to their cronies.
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Someone please explain to Dims in DC we prefer the label "American".
If that does not fit your stereotype, then 'Hispanic' is our second choice. Latino is derogatory to many of us.
Second: YOU did NOT lower Hispanic drop out rates. Just like the unemployment rate, the inflation rate, the Zerocare rates....you are not counting them.

YOU are claiming the drop out rates as a percentage of the increasing Hispanic American population has decreased.
If YOU would look at real numbers, the drop out rate has increased by 25,000.

Lies and more lies by this admin.

I couldn't get past this one line to read the rest of what DC bubble head said to his rich elitists that pander to determine our own lives while knowing nothing about us.
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After all the deliberate lies (Close Guantanamo, keep you health insurance, Benghazi was a spontaneous demonstration), after all the policy failures (foreign and domestic) why would any clear minded person believe anything this guy says?
17 weeks ago
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Here, have some Ritalin.
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He still calls it the 'intercontinental railroad'?
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You know, the train that runs between Washington DC and Paris :)
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He also lacks perspective:

“I’m at the tail end of my fifth year in office and that gives you some perspective.”
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OMG lolol ...... 'Best Post of the Month' awarded on the spot
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