The President Praises Pro-Health Reform Republicans
by Charles Lemos, Sat Oct 10, 2009 at 07:34:28 PM EDT
In his weekly radio address, the President praised reform-minded Republicans. All five of them. Unfortunately for the President, none of those five sit in Congress.
From Agence France-Presse:
US President Barack Obama on Saturday praised Republicans who expressed support for his health care reform, saying it was time for Congress to "rise above" political posturing and pass his proposals.
"That is the spirit of national purpose that we must summon right now," Obama said in his weekly radio address.
"Now is the time to rise above the politics of the moment," he continued. "Now is the time to come together as Americans."
The President noted that this past week Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg came out in support of reform.
Also speaking out in support of reform were former Republican Senate Majority Leaders Bob Dole and Bill Frist as well as Tommy Thompson, a former secretary of health and human services under President George W. Bush, Obama said.
"These distinguished leaders understand that health insurance reform isn't a Democratic issue or a Republican issue, but an American issue that demands a solution," Obama declared.
While I admit that I admire the President's never-ending willingness to reach out to the GOP, I question whether such an approach is ever going to meet with much success. In his address, the President blasted "some in Washington," who he said appeared to be "determined to play the same old partisan politics." If by "some" the President means all but one or two Republicans in Congress, then he has got it right.