Being retired, I was able to watch much of the healthcare summit. What I witnessed was not ascending bipartisanship, but an intransigent Democrat side led by an arrogant and condescending President Obama that made me feel shame for that office that I have not felt since the days of Richard Nixon.
Not only did Obama monopolize the talking time, he allowed his fellow Democrats the lions share of time to blather about how despotic the current healthcare system is with little fact-based rebuttal to the Republicans appeal for a more tempered, step-by-step effort to reform healthcare that would not burden the nation and its workers with considerably higher taxes.
I was particularly offended by Obama's retort to Sen. John McCain who questioned the unfairness of special deals to buy Democrat support for the bill, including allowing Florida seniors to continue enjoying Medicare Advantage while the rest of the nation's seniors will be denied that choice. "The campaign is over," thumped Obama in an obvious attempt to humiliate McCain. Obama succeeded only in displaying bad manners. What, may I be so bold to ask, does who won the presidency have to do with protecting unconstitutional and possibly illegal favoritism in the bloated healthcare bill?
Someone in the White House should caution the President on his body language. The cameras were on him a lot, and he was caught in a poise with his chin raised, a haughty expression on his face, reminiscent of a poise often struck by Mussolini.
I could use stronger words than rude and condescending to describe Obama's behavior, but this is a "family-friendly blog." (Pompous also comes to mind.)
The President's arrogance asserted itself again when Eric Cantor (R-VA) began speaking. Obama interrupted Cantor by observing, "I see you brought some props" referring to the mammoth Democrat bill in front of Cantor who quoted from several of the 2000+pages in making succinct and relevant points on why the bill should be scrapped, as the American people want it to be, and for Congress to start over.
Obama made clear that isn't going to happen. What is likely to happen is Democrats will employ reconciliation to pass the bill with a simple majority in the Senate, rather than the normal 60 votes. But that still leaves the House. And there it will take some major bullying tactics by Nancy Pelosi to garner enough votes, according to some influential pundits.
It will be interesting to watch whether party loyalty or self-preservation wins the day, with many Democrat congressmen aware their jobs are on the line if they ignore the disapproval of the American public and approve this monstrosity of a healthcare bill.