Making the Bulldog Sleepy


I’m still at work, so I haven’t seen Obama’s big speech.  But according to TPM, this is the “key passage”:

Well the time for bickering is over. The time for games has passed. Now is the season for action. Now is when we must bring the best ideas of both parties together, and show the American people that we can still do what we were sent here to do. Now is the time to deliver on health care.

Wow.  That’s great, Mr. President.  You know what else now is the time for?  Ice cream that doesn’t melt or make you gain weight.  Cars that burn no fuel and cost no money.  Toilet paper that doesn’t delaminate.

Now is the time to bring together the best ideas of both the Russian mafia and the Sisters of Mercy on proper table manners.  To bring together the best ideas of the paranoid schizophrenic and the scientific community on the whole issue of laser-eyed elephant babies who lurk in soda cans.

Honestly, if that’s the key passage of Obama’s speech, health care reform — any health care reform — just got much, much less likely.  As did an Obama second term.

Somebody please tell me there was some substance in this speech.  That the president didn’t just call a joint session of congress and interrupt America’s primetime tv viewing to say, “Gee, wouldn’t health care reform be just be the dreamiest?!”

Update (8:50 pm): Since I posted this, TPM put up some new posts about the rest of the president’s speech.  Not being where I can watch the speech, I thought it was over when their first live-blogging post stopped getting updated, ending with the “key passage” bit I quoted.  I’ll withhold judgment until I’ve had a chance to see the full speech, myself.

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One Response to “Making the Bulldog Sleepy”

  1. Terry A. Says:

    Seems to be fairly positive reviews going on. And you got a slam dunk candidate for Deep Stupid (“You lie!”).

    Here’s a quote from MSNBC’s coverage:

    “I will not waste time with those who have made the calculation that it’s better politics to kill this plan than improve it. I will not stand by while the special interests use the same old tactics to keep things exactly the way they are.

    “If you misrepresent what’s in the plan, we will call you out. And I will not accept the status quo as a solution. Not this time. Not now.”

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