Obama to NYC: Drop Dead. Slowly
The President has finally found a health bill he won't spend money on -- 9/11 victims. No joshin'. Read:
The Obama administration stunned New York's delegation Thursday, dropping the bombshell news that it does not support funding the 9/11 health bill.
The state's two senators and 14 House members met with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius just hours before President Obama implored in his speech to the nation for Congress to come together and deliver a government that delivers on its promises to the American people.
So the legislators were floored to learn the Democratic administration does not want to deliver for the tens of thousands of people who sacrificed after 9/11, and the untold numbers now getting sick.
"I was stunned — and very disappointed," said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who like most of the other legislators had expected more of a discussion on how to more forward.
"To say the least, I was flabbergasted," said Staten Island Rep. Mike McMahon.
This is about a tone-deaf a maneuver as I've seen since... well, maybe since last night's SOTU. Admittedly, that's not going back very far. But for a guy who's been hailed as the next "great communicator," he is about as close to a Man from Mars as we're likely to see in the White House.
At least let's hope so.