A couple of weeks ago, I wrote in the American Spectator that Obamacare was killed by the President himself. Today, he buried the corpse. His arrogant behavior at the summit deep-sixed it. Today’s exercise should have been good for him. He had two huge advantages: control of the format and a press corps ready to report anything he did right as a stroke of genius.

At the very least, he should have been able to make Obamacare’s failure seem the fault of the GOP.  But his trademark hubris undermined all his advantages. The only things anyone will remember from today’s summit will be two incredibly arrogant statements Obama made. The first was a gratuitous cheap shot at Senator John McCain:

We’re not campaigning anymore … The election is over.

This snide remark, the video of which I posted here earlier, was a major screw-up. Nothing McCain said called for such a response and it made Obama look like a jerk. The second statement was even worse. In response to a comment about the imbalance of time in his favor, he said he didn’t divide his time evenly “because I’m the President.” Here’s the video:

The stupidity of this is breathtaking. One consistent feature of the American electorate is that we don’t like in-your-face arrogance. Everyone implicitly understands that the kind of man who wins the presidency possesses a certain amount of hubris. But we don’t like our faces rubbed in it. By doing so, Obama has buried what little chance his “reform” plan had left.


Michelle Malkin has a good piece today summarizing yesterday’s farce, also concluding that it was a box-office bomb

While Republicans came off well and reasonably, the six-hour blowhard-fest was a monumental waste of time. Obamacare Theater tied up GOP energy and resources as the White House readies its “Plan B? (expanding government health care coverage, just at a slower pace) and Democrat leaders prep their reconciliation ramdown for early next week. This Washington box-office bomb is a prelude to much bigger legislative horrors still to come. Don’t you love farce?

I think she’s wrong about the reconciliation thing, however. That has been a bluff all along. The Dems don’t have the votes for the “nuclear option,” or they would have done it by now.

Comments 10

  1. ECM wrote:

    This man, if he makes it to 2012 without completely blowing a gasket, will be crushed in brutal, Reagan-smashing-Mondale, fashion.

    Posted 25 Feb 2010 at 7:39 pm
  2. magicarb wrote:

    Obama will lose in all of his 57 states.

    Posted 25 Feb 2010 at 8:23 pm
  3. Colin McCauley wrote:

    “because I’m the President”. What gall smashing attitude! This individual is, by far, the most inconvenient truth I have ever seen. Besides being a Communist and Islamic jihadist, he shouldn’t be within 34,000 miles of this office he was dishonestly elected to hold. Let’s give him some real truth in November of 2010!

    Posted 26 Feb 2010 at 1:36 am
  4. Neil Holman wrote:

    I am utterly disgusted by the arrogance of this President Obama. How did we get this president? I am appalled at how he ignores the American people. I am appalled at his lack of judgment. Iran is trying to destroy the world, and all he can think about is how to change this country into a puppet of the Democratic Party by making the people more reliant on government. President Obama is the worst president that has ever existed.

    Posted 26 Feb 2010 at 2:24 am
  5. hemustgo wrote:

    Obama’s remark to Mccain just shows how arrogant, narcissistic, and completely out-of-touch this ‘president’ is. Mccain should have walked out.
    Did you see the looks on some of the Republican’s faces? They hate him. This one person is bringing the country down to it’s knees.

    And I think he loves every minute of it.

    When this bill doesn’t pass, what a fool he will look like. And everything after that he tries to pass will go down the tubes also.

    Keep up the good work Obama- how about an apology to Mccain? don’t hold your breath John.

    Posted 26 Feb 2010 at 5:46 am
  6. Marc Brown wrote:

    Obama was quite clear that the reform goes ahead, and it was quite clear the GOP has no substance of its own, either major criticism or alternatives. You far rightists just hate the idea that ordinary Americans might just get the security everyone else in the West gets and that says all we need to know about your humanity.

    Posted 26 Feb 2010 at 7:54 am
  7. Walt Marty wrote:

    It’s always interesting hearing from lefties like Mark. For some reason, they believe they are OWED something. If you want the security the government can give you, GO TO CANADA!! Why not rely on yourself for a change. Why should I have to pay for someone else’s’ healthcare?

    Posted 26 Feb 2010 at 4:51 pm
  8. Marc Brown wrote:

    ‘For some reason, they believe they are OWED something.’

    Not at all – national insurance systems work because everyone pays in. You have a national insurance system you pay into too – it’s called Medicare and Americans love it.

    Posted 27 Feb 2010 at 5:26 am
  9. J R wrote:

    To Marc

    Do you really believe “everyone pays in”? Ridiculous. Not everyone pays in now, why would it be any different with a new law. I don’t love Medicare. What an arrogant elitest mentality that suggests that there are those(the liberals) that think they should be the distributors of goods to the poor and stupid citizen.

    Posted 28 Feb 2010 at 8:00 am
  10. Marc Brown wrote:

    As far as I know, JR, all Americans pay a payroll tax that partly finds Medicare.

    I presume you’ll be opting out of Medicare, or maybe already have.

    And these ‘poor and stupid’ – low income people still pay taxes and throughout working life people will be contributing even though they may have periods of unemployment. If you are talking about people with mental disadvantage who may not be able to work, what would you do with them?

    Posted 28 Feb 2010 at 10:34 am

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