Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Obama and the Cleveland Plain Dealer Impostor

The best and toughest questioner at Obama's news conference got the floor toward its end.

Obama called on Steve Koff, a reporter from the Cleveland Plain Dealer, but that wasn't who asked the question. A man stood up when the reporter's name was called.

The man asked a two part question. First, will medical decision be made between the doctor and the patient? Second, will the president and Congress be willing to be covered by the same health care plan?

Obama didn't answer either part. He babbled quite a while but never answered.

Obama called on Lynn Sweet for the last question, but the real Steve Koff interrupted to ask his question.

Who was the impostor?

It was Steve Thomma of McClatchy.

I'm glad he got his question in. Too bad Obama didn't answer. What Obama didn't say spoke volumes.

1 comment:

Eric said...

Too bad Mary, like so many others, did not do her research. Or did she just decide to make it up as she went along? The President answered both questions.

The questions and responses were:

"One, can you guarantee that this legislation will lock in and say the government will never deny any services; that that's going to be decided by the doctor and the patient, and the government will not deny any coverage?

The President responded, "Now, to get to your original question, can I guarantee that there are going to be no changes in the health care delivery system? No. The whole point of this is to try to encourage changes that work for the American people and make them healthier. The government already is making some of these decisions. More importantly, insurance companies right now are making those decisions."

"And secondarily, can you, as a symbolic gesture, say that you and the Congress will abide by the same benefits in that public option?"

The President: "You know, I would be happy to abide by the same benefit package. I will just be honest with you -- I'm the President of the United States so I've got a doctor following me every minute. Which is why I say this is not about me. I've got the best health care in the world. I'm trying to make sure that everybody has good health care -- and they don't right now."

As you can see, the President answered the questions, but probably not to your liking.

I would ask that you do some research before you pass along inaccurate information which mischaracterizes an event.