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He’s gonna give A SPEECH!


We’re saved!:

President Barack Obama will address a joint session of Congress on health care reform in prime time on Wednesday, Sept. 9, a senior official tells POLITICO.

Obama will receive House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid at the White House the day before for a previously scheduled sit-down.

The last time a president addressed a joint session of Congress that wasn’t a State of the Union, or the traditional first address by a new president, was Sept. 20, 2001, when President George W. Bush spoke on the war on terrorism following the 9/11 attacks.

After plans for the session had been reported, Reid and Pelosi released a letter of invitation to the president: “Our nation is closer than ever to achieving health insurance reform that will lower costs, retain choice, improve quality and expand coverage. We are committed to reaching this goal. We would like to invite you to address a Joint Session of the Congress on Wednesday, September 9 on health insurance reform. Thank you for considering this invitation to speak to the Congress and the nation.”

Obama plans to give lawmakers a more specific prescription for health care legislation than he has in the past, aides said.

Congress technically returns to Washington on Sept. 8, the day after Labor Day. But many members had planned Sept. 9 as their first workday, so Obama is seizing the first moment when he will have maximum impact.

Does that mean single payer is rescued? Will we get a “strong public option” now?  Medicare for all?

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112 Responses

  1. What will he say? “I was for single payer before I was against the public option.”

  2. I vote “present.”

  3. Obama is running towards one-term wonderdom.
    All of his own doing of course.

    Also, Obama wants to militarize our school system.


    • Yep, we all knew about the militarizing of the schools. That’s what his education person in Chicago did there. Does wonders for recruitment in more distracting endless wars.

      Where else are you going to go…

    • Already done in Chicago. Not news to those of us who actually paid attention during the primaries last year.

      • It’s Colin Powell’s idea, too.

        • I do not think militarizing schools in general is a good idea but since I have worked in Compton and other inner city school neighborhoods, I do know that the one thing military frameworks can give such schools is uniforms and discipline. In neighborhoods where the color of your shoe laces can be a life or death issue the uni’s offer some real protection and the discipline for kids who usually have no structure in their lives, can provide a sense of direction and a clear idea of what is right and what is wrong. Probably sounds like a bad thing to those of us from more liberal lifestyles but it can work for kids who are trapped in a chaotic hell.

          • Perhaps if kids with “no structure in their lives” could see where going to school might possibly make a difference in their futures, we wouldn’t have to militarize them to motivate them. However, it seems to me that by 4th grade or so, those bright, shiny, eager to learn eyes get dull and jaded, and another graduating class is lost. While parents bear responsibility, we have to become more aware of, and acknowledge and address, what the system and its larger society really teaches them.

  4. Goddess is good.

    I have a show opening next Wednesday and consequently cannot attend the bloviator-in-chief”s teleprompter recital.

    • Oh nooooos. I’m sure you’re all torn up about it. 🙂

      Good luck on the show.

      • Thanks. It’s my art association’s Fotoseptiembre show, which I organized and (ahem) curated. (I.e., I bugged the hell out of people to get their work in and smashed a finger hanging it yesterday–just in case anyone ever wondered what “curated” really means.) I told the juror he’s either going to have a really good time or be extremely frustrated because the quality is uniformly high.

        And a local luxury hotel is catering gratis because a rival is catering another show opening the same evening in the same complex–oh, yeah, I’m totally devastated.

  5. Doing my part for “National Day Of Service”..I have decided to knit a pair of ear muffs for obama. It’s getting kind of cool in D.C. and those little ears should be covered.

  6. Have the democratic congress people lost their minds?
    How do you sit there and listen to this telepromter preacher knowing he had pretty well destroyed the party. Knowing that he will probably cost you your job. The only thing I can think of is that he must have pictures and negatives on all of them.
    After the last month at home, why aren’t they smacking him along side of the head for the damage he has done?
    You can not fix all the elections and this congressional election will be closely watched.
    When polls tell you that most of the people in America want all of you to go home and get new people in office why are you continuing to carry this bunch?



    • is this going to be one of those deals where they all clap and stand up and interrupt and drag this thing on even longer??

      if so, then that explains everything…just talking at us would not be enough…he knows his tv ratings are in the tank…he needs the applause…

  7. What’s going on here.

    Click to access prek-6.pdf

    • This is crazy. Are the schools required to do this? Does anyone know any teachers that are doing this? Once again, it is all about him.

    • Axelrod should not put Potus infront of people where he strikes a patronizing tone, no matter what their age. Not good for his brand.

  8. “It had better be wrong.”

    That was the response of Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) to Wednesday’s Politico story that the Obama White House, as it retools its strategy for health care reform, has no intention of fighting for the inclusion of a public option that would offer government-run health insurance to companies and people who can’t obtain affordable coverage elsewhere. And Jacob Hacker, a health policy expert who can be called the godfather of the public option, says, “The White House…has to be told in no uncertain terms that dropping the public plan is stupid and premature.”


  9. I wonder, if he will discuss the huge payoffs to the insurance and pharmaceutical companies. Where is the transparency that he talked about during the campaign? All he does is lie, lie, and lie some more. All of this a smoke screen for what was done behind closed doors.

  10. Digby re: Obama’s plan to “stare down his own party”:

    This makes perfect sense because his problem is that he’s been kow-towing to the left so much that he’s lost the country, what with all the war crimes investigations, the tax hikes for the rich, the crackdown on the banks, the repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell” and the thumbing of his nose at the Republicans every chance he gets. Not to mention the plans for full withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan by 2012 and his full blown assault on the health care industry and insistence on a Canadian style health care system. You’d think Obama would have been far, far more cautious so as not to give the Republican freakshow any possible path to demonize them as “far left.” It’s not like they could just make stuff up and a lot of people in America would believe it, right?


    It will be bad enough if Obama capitulates on health care and tries to sell it as a victory. If he also ostentatiously dismisses his base to show he can “stare down his own party” the only celebrations he sees will be held on K Street and Wall Street. The Republicans won’t participate, of course. The liberals he armtwists will resent him for forcing them to walk the plank with their own voters. His base will be demoralized and verging on active hostility. The mythical “center” will shrug their shoulders and move on to the next issue. (They are, by their own definition, disloyal.) Only the Blue Dog and DLC politicians who got paid by the medical industry will happily stand by his side at the signing ceremony, with visions of lobbyist cash dancing in their heads. I hope he really, really likes them because they will be the only enthusiastic supporters he has left after this.

  11. im not looking to hear anything new from BO . he never takes a stand & just talks in circles.

  12. OT, but OMG! Guess who wants to run for Ted Kennedy’s seat? Curt Schilling. He’s a Republican though.

  13. What new thing is he going to say?

    He is on vacation the rest of the week and Congress is too. He has no time to consult with the Dim leaders and retool to see what the country would bear. No time to talk some sense to Repubs. (I read on politico that the WH is trying to get Olympia Snowe with some sweeteners. Big deal!) Blanche Lincoln said she is out (no public option for her). Jerry Nadler says “WH better not cut out public option”.
    His speech will be boiler plate of mishmash.
    How can he turn the Congress and country around with that?

    Speech will be tuned out. I hope the repubs come back with a barnburner in their rebuttal after O’s speech.

  14. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2009/09/the_divisions_in_the_white_hou.html

    Conversations with a number of White House officials make it clear that, at this point, even they don’t know. The argument was raging as recently as last night, and appears to have hardened into two main camps. Both camps agree that the cost of the bill has to come down. The question is how much, and what can be sacrificed.

    The answer appears to hinge on Sen. Olympia Snowe. “I’m a Snowe-ite,” joked one official. Her instincts on health care have proven quite a bit more liberal than those of many Democrats. In the Gang of Six meetings, she joined Sen. Jeff Bingaman in focusing on affordability and coverage — putting her, in practice, somewhat to the left of Conrad and Baucus. The problem is that Snowe is scared to be the sole Republican supporting this bill, not to mention the Republican who ensures the passage of this bill. The reprisals within her caucus could be tremendous.

    • In my mind, the die has been set, with all the back room deals with the insurance and pharmaceutical companies. Difficult to bring affordability and the costs down, when so much has been given away to the corporate interests and with no plans for a public option, where is the competition going to come from? Drug companies don’t have to compete, so drug prices will stay high, which increases the health care costs tremendously. In the large HMO that I work for, drug costs are one of the major expenses. Where is the competition to keep costs down?

      • These are the 4 points (abbreviated) on health care reform that Centrist Ben Nelson mailed to his constituents…..

        1. OK for pre-existing conditions
        2. Employees can keep coverage when changing jobs or enroll in the new employer’s insurance
        3. No Donut Hole
        4. Cap out-of-pocket medical expenses

        No. 2 — what if the employee moves to another state?
        Repubs love the “crossing state lines” thingy for insurance companies to be more competitive – but won’t the larger insurance companies just swallow up the smaller ones?

        No. 4 — has this been mentioned before?

  15. So much for ‘the good war’? White House stalls as US public opinion swings against Pentagon’s plans to escalate war in Afghanistan.

  16. Tweet from Jack tapper

    WH, Dept of Ed revise language about asking students to outline how they can “help the President”


    • Another one of Obama’s “re-calibrations.”

      Can’t say I’m surprised by this address to schools, there were indications of this “kids for Obama” tendency during the Obama campaign.

      • LOL – you’re so funny.
        Prior to Obama’s use of “re-calibration”, I thought the term was used for machinery – NOT humans.
        But since Obama is TOTUS, it was quite appropriate.

      • O has to cover all his ‘bases’ – he needs the kids, he is losing the adults!

        I see many jokes coming down the road…O and his dual speeches – the kids the day before the congress

    • Which confirms to the wingers that they were right in the first place.

    • Help the President? WTF?! Why doesn’t he help them?

  17. THE WAR OF THE ROSES – HQ Trailer ( 1989 ) I miss you all (Dak, KatieBird, M, M, D, BB, B, J, WTV, Ralph, Cinie, RD, Honora, and the many, many others) 😦

  18. Dear President Obama: Single-Payer or GTFO!

    Whenever Obama opens his mouth, I throw up a little in my mouth.

  19. How tone deaf can they be?! His numbers are tanking, & repeated polls show people are tired of his damn talking. So what do they do? Send him out in prime time to talk some more?

    Snooze me a river.

  20. So, is there any connection between his speech to the joint sessions and his speech to the school children, given the proximity?

    • Hitting all age groups?

      • Perhaps our congress critters will have to reflect: what is the president asking us to do…

    • yes, he is desperate for anyone that will listen…he knows his tv ratings for his ‘speeches’ have gone downhill…he is reduced to taking whatever audience he can get…the poor kids…they are trapped!

      • I have called for a pupil free day on the first day of school for all of my grandchildren. Think maybe we could study the Constitution, and perhaps touch on the Bill of Rights. Bake some Brownies and watch some Country Videos.

  21. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/sep/02/sanford-vows-fight-to-remain-governor/

    The governor, trying to survive a scandal involving a widely publicized extramarital affair, also compared a new ethics probe over his travel and personal expenses to what he called the baseless complaints brought against former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

    “I think I now know what Sarah may have been feeling,” Mr. Sanford told The Washington Times.

    This Sanford guy is something else.

    • Sanford is loopy. Heads up, Mark: you actually did something wrong. Sarah just tried to be a public servant.

  22. Very clever of the Rethugs, repeatedly calling BO a socialist. (As if!)

    It gives him creds with the left and it gives him an out from pursuing a progressive agenda. Win-win from an Obama-Rahma point of view.

  23. New post up, similar topic.

  24. Everyone wants Obama to do something. Well this is what Obama does…it’s ALL he does. He says blah blah blah, and the in the tank Media will say now we MUST pass the hot mess health care bill since this was a slam dunk…er wait that was Powell’s speech buzz work…since this speech was so towering an achievement!!!!

    The fact he’s rolling the dice on this big speech tells me it’s a done deal. He would never go out there if it was in doubt . imo.

  25. http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2009/09/mainstreaming_the_crazy.php

    I do not go to the tpm blog but when I saw this at newscred, I was very angry.
    The obots really do not know history do they or do they just forget it.
    His speech to school children is creepy and not an American ideal. You do not brainwash children.



  26. Fox is covering the story about the White House/Dept. of Education curriculum guidelines regarding the upcoming speech.

    The plans have already been changed. From automatically assuming that everyone will be inspired by him and want to help him, to a more reflective stance. People are reportedly pulling their kids out of class to avoid the lesson/?indoctrination.

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