Our humble President strikes again:
Yes, those are the words of the president, last night at the Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Washington. After listing his administration’s accomplishments and vowing that “our most urgent task is job creation,” Obama pledged to keep fighting for a national health care system. “We knew this was hard,” Obama said. And then he described a letter he received from a campaign worker who suffered from breast cancer and has since died:
“I got a letter — I got a note today from one of my staff — they forwarded it to me — from a woman in St. Louis who had been part of our campaign, very active, who had passed away from breast cancer. She didn’t have insurance. She couldn’t afford it, so she had put off having the kind of exams that she needed. And she had fought a tough battle for four years. All through the campaign she was fighting it, but finally she succumbed to it. And she insisted she’s going to be buried in an Obama t-shirt.”
Many observers have noted that the president often seems extraordinarily self-referential. It’s all about him, they say. But even those critics might be a little taken aback by the “buried in an Obama t-shirt” remark. Is it really that much about him?
I assume that was a rhetorical question.
Beyond our celebrity President’s now-legendary penchant for casting himself in the most dazzling of lights is the disturbing trend of trying to sell his healthcare “reform” package on the backs of the deceased. First it was the story of his mother’s passing from cancer, a story he told repeatedly on the campaign trail and beyond, in an effort to stir up support for passing healthcare “reform.” Next, it was during the immediate aftermath of Ted Kennedy’s death, where left wing pundits, the MSM, and Congressional Democrats were all crying out to pass the current healthcare reform bill “for Teddy!!!” Even at Ted Kennedy’s funeral, one of his grandsons was shamelessly used by the family during the “Prayers of the Faithful” segment to call for passing healthcare “reform” in his grandfather’s name. And now we have the story of the unnamed Obama activist who died from breast cancer because she couldn’t afford healthcare insurance, and who wanted to be buried wearing an Obama T-shirt.
Can’t this President, this party, sell this monstrosity of a bill without using the dead as political props in vain attempts to persuade people on an emotional basis rather than a substantive one? Apparently not, which may explain why his – their – “signature issue” is, well, close to being dead itself. Thankfully, for the sake of the republic, not many are buying the President’s empty rhetoric on “reform” anymore. It’s not about this President’s needs; it’s about the needs of the people. Which is as it should be.
So now, for Democrats, it’s on to Plan B – which is … ?