Obama again defends ObamaCare, urges Americans to enroll by phone

Obama on healthcare.gov

Anyone who expected to see an angry President Barack Obama yesterday was no doubt surprised to hear him go into yet another long, drawn out defense of his healthcare law and brag about the number of hits the federal ObamaCare exchange website received when it launched at the beginning of the month.

“[L]et me remind everybody that the Affordable Care Act is not just a website,” said President Obama before a backdrop of people who have supposedly benefitted from the law (just three of them had actually signed up for coverage on the exchange). “It’s much more,” he added before listing off some of the provisions, including the “slacker mandate” and Medicaid expansion.

President Obama mostly repeated familiar lines, absurdly claiming that the law “essentially created competition where there wasn’t competition before” and that insurance prices “have come down,” before subsidies are even taken into account. Sorry, but that’s not true for most Americans.

Obama would’ve been better off not giving the Syria speech

Despite taking his case for intervention in Syria directly to the American people on Tuesday night, President Barack Obama has been unable to sway their elected representatives in Washington. Votes continue to pile up against a potential authorization of force should a diplomatic solution fail, largely because of the confused, contradictory case the White House continues to present.

President Obama insisted that intervention against Syria was in our nation interest, even though he once again said that Bashar al-Assad’s regime didn’t represent a threat to the United States. He all but said that Assad’s government used chemical weapons against its own people, even though the Obama Administration can’t prove who ordered the attack.

And while he claimed that strikes would be a deterrent against future use of chemical weapons, President Obama didn’t present any plan for what happens should the situation in Syria escalate. The speech was basically a glorified summary of everything that has been said since the end of August, with the added detail that there may now be a diplomatic solution.

Americans favor diplomacy over war against Syria

Barack Obama

President Barack Obama did not make a convincing case for military intervention, according a CNN poll of Americans who watched the speech on Tuesday night.

Under intense criticism from members of Congress and polls showing a lack of support from the American people, President Obama hoped that he would be able to sway public opinion by taking repeating the same talking points that had been in the next for the past few weeks in a televised address.

But the CNN poll shows that 50% of Americans believe that President Obama failed to make a convincing case for military strikes. The poll found that 47% said that he did make the case, putting the results within the margin of error.

Additionally, 58% of Americans who watched the speech say that air strikes against Syria would not achieve significant goals for the United States. There was a slight shift in the numbers on this question from the pre-speech poll of the same respondents when 66% said that air strikes be unsuccessful.

Those who believe that air strikes would accomplish the United States goals’ rose from 30% pre-speech to 36% after.

Americans are, however, more confident in the outcome of a diplomatic solution brokered by Russia, with 65% saying that such an angle is likely to resolve the dispute.

Sixty-nine percent (69%) reacted positively to President Obama’s speech, with 35% describing calling their reaction “very positive” and 34% saying it was “somewhat positive.” Though that’s still a high number, it’s down from CNN’s past post-speech favorables.

Obama heckled by protestor during speech

Obama heckled

During the unveiling of his new college unaffordability policies yesterday in Syracuse, President Barack Obama was heckled by a protester upset about the prosecution and conviction of Pfc. Bradley Manning and briefly lost control of the situation.

You can watch the video below. You can’t hear the protester very well at all, but President Obama got frustrated as he tried to calm down the audience.

“No, no, no, that’s fine. Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait,” Obama told the crowd amid a chorus of very loud boos.

“We’re okay. We’re okay. That’s okay. Hold on a second. Hold on. Hold on. Hello, everybody, hello.  Hold on. Hold on a minute,” Obama said loudly as he struggled to regain control. “Hold on a minute. Hold on. So, now — hold on a second. “

“Can I just say that as hecklers go, that young lady was very polite,” he added as the crowd started to pay attention again. “She was. And she brought up an issue of importance, and that’s part of what America is all about.”

Republican students denied entrance to an Obama speech

Obama speaks at UCM

Apparently, wearing a Tea Party shirt and holding a sign that says good things about capitalism means you’re a security threat. That’s what 10 college-age Republicans were told last week when they showed up at the University of Central Missouri to listen to President Barack Obama give a speech:

Ten College Republicans were dubbed a security threat and refused admittance to President Barack Obama’s speech at the University of Central Missouri on Wednesday.

Despite the fact that the students had tickets to the event, security personnel turned them away at the door to the recreation center where Obama gave a speech on economic policy, telling the group it wasn’t about their politics but the president’s safety, State Treasurer of the College Republicans Courtney Scott told The College Fix.

The students, some of whom donned Tea Party T-Shirts and others who wore patriotic or Republican-inspired clothing, had protested the president earlier in the day on campus, but had put away their signs and said they were ready to simply listen to Obama when security shut them down – and even told them to leave the vicinity and stay several hundred yards away from the rec center.

The students had waited in a long line and under the hot sun to wind their way to the front of the line two hours in advance of Obama’s scheduled 5:30 p.m. remarks. Still, they were rejected.

Obama’s teleprompters stolen, White House in a panic

Given all of the criticism that President Barack Obama has received for his frequent use of Teleprompters, this story was just too humorous to pass up:

When you see President Obama speak, there is a pretty typical setup including the presidential seal on a podium, the see-thru Teleprompter and a portable sound system.

Thieves saw the truck carrying that equipment and couldn’t resist the target.

We’re told the truck was parked at the Virginia Center Commons Courtyard Marriott in advance on Wednesday’s presidential visit to Chesterfield.

Sources said inside that vehicle was about $200,000 worth of sound equipment, several podiums and presidential seals, behind which only the President himself can stand.

They told NBC12 around 12:30 Monday afternoon that truck was recovered in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn Express near the airport and hotel staff confirm police activity.

For what it’s worth, I never really liked the meme; but I understood where it came from. Obama is great at giving a speech, but he isn’t good at shooting from the hip, especially when he is caught off script.

Enjoy this one, my conservative friends.

Rand Paul’s maiden speech on the Senate floor

“As long as I sit at Henry Clay’s desk, I will remember his lifelong desire to forge agreement, but I will also keep close to my heart the principled stand of his cousin, Cassius Clay, who refused to forsake the life of any human simply to find agreement.” - Rand Paul

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) gave his maiden speech yesterday on the Senate floor where he explained that he wouldn’t be a “great compromiser” on issues, such as taxes and spending. He explained that compromise in the past, pointing to slavery, has often lead to more problems for the country.

Here’s the video (transcript here):

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