Obama Video Address: June 6, 2009

One of the highlights, or lowlights depending on your perspective, of last year’s presidential campaign was John McCain’s announcement that he was “suspending” his campaign to rush to Washington and save our failing financial system. He said this effort might preclude having the first televised debate with then-candidate Barack Obama. Obama’s classic response was that a president ought to be able to walk and chew gum at the same time.

Today’s video exemplifies his putting his money where his mouth is. One would expect that this week’s video address would be about Obama’s travels throughout Europe and the Middle East, but instead he chose to discuss health care reform. Whether you like this president or not, you must concede that he has a lot on his plate and he isn’t shying away from any of it.

While I wouldn’t want to base a health care dissertation on the anecdotal evidence I gleaned from a conversation with a Canadian friend of mine, I did learn a bit that gave me cause for alarm. Whatever Obama does by way of health care reform, he must avoid the temptation to totally socialize medical care in this country. My Canadian friend told me that government provided health care carries a huge tax burden. Emergency care is readily available and of good quality. Non-emergency care however can take as long as six to eight months to schedule.

Obama’s challenge is to improve the state of health care in this country without introducing a bureaucratic nightmare that will result in delayed care to many and an overly burdensome tax bill to all. I see nothing yet in Obama’s plans that say we are headed for socialized medicine and I do hope it remains that way.

And now the President of the United States of America:

Respectfully,
Rutherford

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31 thoughts on “Obama Video Address: June 6, 2009

  1. Yes…. a lot on his plate indeed. But as we know he can walk and chew gum at the same time. President Obama is facing many challenges on all fronts.

    I’m sure the conservative Christian right is helping in this regard. Just take this for example.


    A former Southern Baptist Convention officer who on June 2 called the death of abortion provider George Tiller an answer to prayer said later in the day he is also praying “imprecatory prayer” against President Obama.

    Wiley Drake, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church in Buena Park, Calif., and former running mate of American Independent Party presidential candidate Alan Keyes, said June 2 on Fox News Radio he didn’t understand why people were upset with his comments quoted by Associated Baptist Press from a webcast of his daily radio talk show.

    “Imprecatory prayer is agreeing with God, and if people don’t like that, they need to talk to God,” Drake told syndicated talk-show host Alan Colmes. “God said it, I didn’t. I was just agreeing with God.”

    Asked if there are others for whom Drake is praying “imprecatory prayer,” Drake hesitated before answering that there are several. “The usurper that is in the White House is one, B. Hussein Obama,” he said.

    Later in the interview, Colmes returned to Drake’s answer to make sure he heard him right.

    “Are you praying for his death?” Colmes asked.

    “Yes,” Drake replied.

    Now if some homeless guy mumble a drunken threat against the president would he not be jacked up on the street and be swarmed over by agents in dark glasses. But let a right-wing religious leader use the excuse of his personal religious beliefs to call for the president’s death and what…. you want to bet nothing will happen to him.

  2. Curator, I have seen an unprecedented and entirely irrational reaction to Obama being in the White House. We saw glimmers of this irrationality back during the campaign when McCain and Palin stoked audiences to the point of yelling “kill him” with respect to then-candidate Obama.

    While our country usually emerges from adversity better than it was before, the process is often an ugly one. A good portion of our population is unnerved to say the least by our current economic conditions and having a black man with a funny name be the one to lead them out of it simply doesn’t sit well. It increases their insecurity rather than calming them down. For this set of folks, every asset Obama possesses is turned into a liability.

    He’s cool under pressure = he’s a snake oil salesman
    He’s careful what he says = he obfuscates or he’s dumb
    He wants to meet crisis with bold action = he’s a radical

    The list goes on and on. I get email from one of my readers who does not comment on this blog … email that makes me wonder if our country has lost its mind. Nutty stuff about Obama not being a legitimate president … about violence in the streets being on the immediate horizon. You can either dismiss this stuff as the fruit of harmless lunacy or you can begin to get very worried about whether there is a faction in America far more dangerous to America than any Muslim extremist.

    To be honest, I sometimes question whether it was worth it to get a black man in the White House. When I read some of what I read, I fear that our country is still not ready. It makes me want the four years to go by at an accelerated pace so we can just get the man back to the relative safety of civilian life.

  3. “It makes me want the four years to go by at an accelerated pace so we can just get the man back to the relative safety of civilian life.”

    Oh, come on. Drama Queen. WTF are talking about. Have some fricking perspective of the Civil Rights Movement, the unrest of the late 60’s…the damn Civil War.

    Even if what you are alluding to is true, what a cowardly thing to say.

    So the boogie man emailed you.

    I beg of you to breath some real air one day, man.

  4. “A good portion of our population is unnerved to say the least by our current economic conditions and having a black man with a funny name be the one to lead them out of it simply doesn’t sit well.”-R

    Obama is rocking the polls. A good portion? Might some nut job try to wack Obama? God, I hope not. But, unfortunately, that seems to go with the territory. Ask Dutch.

    LOL. Obama is not a victim. America has shown itself to be so very, very progressive in terms of race since November. And you still want your violin music for some tragedy that hasn’t taken place yet.

    You might see some unrest, alright. But, its going to be because we were promised a max of 9% unemployment in return for ruining our kids lives. I’m at 13 over here, soon to be 15.

  5. And yet those from the right label our concern as some radical “hit job” on conservatives.

    Didn’t DHS issue a report on this? Now a religious leader in the conservative movement calls for the President’s death. Should we not call this rising “Right-Wing Extremism”?

  6. “To be honest, I sometimes question whether it was worth it to get a black man in the White House. ”

    If you were honest, you wouldnt call him a black man, he is biracial. But you libs love to play the race card to divide the nation.

  7. BTW Dodger, his so called race has absolutely to do with our opposition to his policies and thuggery. So quite with this racist crap and start debating us on the issues if you ever can actually debate. Because this race card crap is really wearing thin.

  8. What we need is more Obama Czars to circumvent constitutional checks and balances!

    By the way Rutherford and the lefty shill Curator. Your magic President when elected inherited an unemployment rate of 6.7%.

    Since his election and quadrupling the deficit spending money like there is no tomorrow, for selling out our childrent, magic man has left us with an unemployment rate of 9.4%.

    Where’s the magic now? Got news for you – I don’t care what your polls say. Obama’s wearing thin.

    Muwahahahahahahaha….

  9. Elric, do I need to revisit the one-drop-rule on your ass? Sometimes I think you suffer from short-term-memory loss. Obama is black. You can call him mulatto until you’re blue in the face, he’s black.

    Also, you need to look up “thug” in the dictionary. From Dictionary.com:

    a cruel or vicious ruffian, robber, or murderer

    Sorry, but Obama does not qualify as a thug. Your use of the term makes you look like a right-wing nutjob. I know from at least most of your posts that you are not a nutjob so why don’t you stop acting like one?

    Speaking of right-wing …. Rabbit you know I can’t follow sports analogies … who the hell are the Wings?

    Oh yeah …. Rabbit I couldn’t get your article link to work. Could you please repost?

  10. No Dodger, he is biracial. The only people that call him black are racists. He as much white as he is black. I could care less what the racist “one drop rule” people say.

    “Sorry, but Obama does not qualify as a thug.”

    Wrong again. He is a thug through and though

  11. Anybody Victor Davis Hanson and me think it a little more than ironic that:

    (1) Our promised postracial President just nominated a justice who seems not just to be race-obsessed, but race-obsessed to the degree it governs her judicial philosophy?

    (2) A half-African, half-white prep schooled person, lecturing the world on the African-American civil rights experience—with which by heritage and chronology he has had no experience?

    Of course, “R” I could point the fingers right at your philosophy too concerning these points.


  12. (1) Our promised postracial President just nominated a justice who seems not just to be race-obsessed, but race-obsessed to the degree it governs her judicial philosophy?

    Your opinion. You are entitled to it, but it is obvious to anyone with a brain that since 50 of her most recent race-related cases Sotomayor ruled on covering the gamut from employment discrimination to racial bias in jury selection, she and the others on the panel, including Republican appointees, accepted the claim of race discrimination only three times.

    Do us all a favor Tex…..READ HER OPINIONS!

    Don’t get your talking points from Redstate.com

  13. Reid isn’t the one calling Sotomayor “race-obsessed” is he?

    Try to keep up, I know it could be difficult for you.

  14. Curator,

    You sound like Rutherford lite…

    From the incomparably brilliant Victor Davis Hanson:

    We are told not to believe what Justice Sotomayor on several occasions said and published—this is now something called “misspeak”. What was fascinating about her Berkeley speech was not just her now serial avowal that race and gender make one a better or worse judge. Two equally frightening facts emerged. She published these views in a periodical called La Raza Law Journal (“The Race’s” Law Journal). In her text, she referenced herself as a Latina or invoked Latina/Latino, according to my count, some 38 times. (I once told a student that if she did not stop prefacing every classroom remark about classical literature with “As a Latina…” I would answer back with the preface “As a white guy…”).

    Like I’ve said before, you’re a clueless shill, and a lefty hack. 😈

  15. “Reid isn’t the one calling Sotomayor “race-obsessed” is he?”

    You are the one saying to read her opinions. But then, the demomarxists didnt read the pork bill either

  16. Maybe the straw that broke the camels back for that senile, 90 year old nazi piece of shit was when he heard Rev Wright blame the Jews for messing up the Reverend’s hang out time with Obama.

    Jews. Far left. Far right. Every radical seems to hate them.

    And people wonder why Israel deems a nuclear Iran to be a nightmare.

    The story always seems to be the same. Talk about killing Jews. Then go do it.

  17. In her text, she referenced herself as a Latina or invoked Latina/Latino, according to my count, some 38 times. (I once told a student that if she did not stop prefacing every classroom remark about classical literature with “As a Latina…” I would answer back with the preface “As a white guy…”).

    The 2001 Berkeley symposium was titled “Raising the Bar: Latino and Latina Presence in the Judiciary and the Struggle for Representation.

    ..and you want to complain that she was able to stay on topic?

    This confirms my theory that the mere mention of Hispanics/Latinos drives the GOP/conservative movement to incoherent fury.

    Hanson is clearly obsessed with Sotomayor as is Tex.

    Hanson wrote a post about her, and in that post about Sotomayor, he made twelve references to her!

    He must be obsessed. I mean, come on!

  18. Curator the Flaccid,

    Funny. Where I live, I’m surrounded by “Hispanics/Latinos”, including one neighbor who loathes your race baiting, race hustling type, and neither of us have been moved to incoherent fury. In fact, we like each other and drink coffee together virtually every Saturday morning.

    As far as being obsessed with Sotomayor, I’m the one who told the Republicans to bring in the firemen she screwed over for being the wrong color and to get their story on record for the public to hear. It will serve as a great historical reminder about the weakness of liberalism and its blatant lies of “diversity”.

    Then confirm her…

    As I’ve told Rutherford on many occasions, that progressive phony message of diversity you spout is a crock of shit and the biggest of lies. Your bias is steeped in the worst racism of all – the racism of sanctimonious pandering. You’re phony as hell.

    P.S. Flaccid

    If I ever have the displeasure of meeting you or your sorry ilk, rest assured I won’t be introducing myself as Tex “the European”, or Tex “the White”.

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