Obama's After Vote Remarks - With Snarky Comments by Me
Excerpts, followed by my observations:
"Tonight, at a time when the pundits said it was no longer possible, we rose above the weight of our politics". (is that what "we" did, Mr. President? Cause it looked a lot more to me like the "weight of our politics" is what was driving this thing from A to Z)
"We didn't give in to mistrust or to cynicism or to fear" (or to the will of the American people who really don't want this mess forced on them).
"We proved that this government - a government of the people and by the people - still works for the people". (or, er, the political ruling class...whatever).
"And I know this wasn't an easy vote for a lot of people. But it was the right vote." (why wasn't it "easy" if it was so good, so well-crafted and so timely? Hmmmm???)
(What follows is a festival of adjectives:)
"I want to thank Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her EXTRAORDINARY leadership, and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn for their COMMITMENT to getting the job done.
I want to thank my OUTSTANDING Vice President, Joe Biden, and my WONDERFUL Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, for their FANTASTIC work on this issue.
I want to thank the many staffers in Congress, and my own INCREDIBLE staff in the White House, who have worked TIRELESSLY over the past year with Americans of all walks of life to forge a reform package finally worthy of the people we were sent here to serve." (This is one extraordinary, committed, outstanding, wonderful, fantastic, incredible and tireless bunch of political opportunists!)
"To every unsung American who took the time to sit down and write a letter or type out an e-mail hoping your voice would be heard - it has been heard tonight." (provided you already agreed with our totally correct approach to all this to begin with...)
"Most importantly, today's vote answers the prayers of every American who has hoped deeply for something to be done about a healthcare system that works for insurance companies, but not for ordinary people." (Translation = God hates insurance companies almost as much as I, your President, does.)
"For most Americans, this debate has never been about abstractions, the fight between right and left, Republican and Democrat - it's always been about something far more personal." (Really, cause it looked a lot more like a fight between right and left, Republican and Democrat to me which is why all the Republicans were firmly planted in their chairs while you were saying this and the Dems were clapping like wind up toys).
"Tonight's vote is not a victory for any one party - it's a victory for them. It's a victory for the American people. And it's a victory for common sense." (choke, snurf, aaackk, what did he just say?)
"Now, it probably goes without saying that tonight's vote will give rise to a frenzy of instant analysis. There will be tallies of Washington winners and losers, predictions about what it means for Democrats and Republicans, for my poll numbers, for my administration" (Translation = that sucking sound you hear is Democrats being extracted from both houses of congress this November...)
"So this isn't radical reform. But it is major reform" (or major radical reform, or radical major reform or...)
"Now as momentous as this day is, it's not the end of this journey" (not by a long shot, Mr. President, not by a long shot).
"It's time to bring this debate to a close and begin the hard work of implementing this reform properly on behalf of the American people." (Translation = "get in, sit down, shut up, and hold on, losers".)
"When faced with crisis, we did not shrink from our challenge - we overcame it. We did not avoid our responsibility - we embraced it. We did not fear our future - we shaped it". (and we did not respect the limits of our Constitution, we shunned it).