Last week, as we all know, was the Health Care Summit.
You probably aren't as lucky as me to be represented by someone like Congressman John Campbell who clearly has his ear to ground and is doing his job, not by listening to his constituents, but by being a loyal party lapdog and dude, a really good scorekeeper.
Yesterday, he wrote, "During the so-called Health Care Summit, the 17 Republicans in the room spoke for a total of 111 minutes. The 18 Democrats from Congress in the room spoke for a total of 135 minutes. But President Obama, all by himself, spoke for 122 minutes, more time than all the Republicans and nearly longer than all of the Democrats. This speaks more about this President than his words ever could."
So what can we deduce from the above? Congressman John Campbell is a douche? Well, don't jump to conclusions people, let's break it down...
"...the so-called Health Care Summit..."
Dude, are you kidding? Republicans (that would be you Congressman Campbell) have been pushing for this. I, for one, was really happy that it happened. Personally, I wasn't so happy hearing Republicans being asked repeatedly for their solutions but instead taking the opportunity to campaign instead. What was "so-called" about it?
"...Republicans... spoke for... 111 minutes...Democrats... spoke for...135 minutes. But President Obama, all by himself, spoke for 122 minutes..."
Scorekeeping, Congressman? You cannot be serious. People are suffering but you choose to report the minute score. This is a joke right?
I can only guess that your lifestyle keeps you well insulated from the real world (and I don't mean the one with 8 strangers living in a house together) and your health insurance benefits provided by the American people through your job, protect you from the grim reality of our current health care "system". Which, reminds me, have you decided to drop your "socialist, government sponsored" health insurance yet?
You could have addressed a lot of things about the Health Care Summit but you decided to report the minutes each side spoke. Way to listen to the people.
Meet Bob Iritano, who is dying and simultaneously fighting with his health insurance company for treatments. Is it really in the best interest of our country that this man has depleted his retirement account which will surely leave his wife and young children in a less than ideal financial position when he passes away? To whose benefit is it that his family is paying $2,500 a month for health insurance?
"...President Obama, all by himself, spoke for 122 minutes, more time than all the Republicans and nearly longer than all of the Democrats."
Is it possible that Congressman Campbell has never moderated a conversation? Is it surprising that the President spoke a lot since he was, you know, answering questions, moderating and fostering debate?
Perhaps President Obama should look to the example President Bush set when he moderated a... um, oh, that's right, President Bush never would have had the courage to listen and debate, unscripted, on live television.
"This speaks more about this President than his words ever could."
Congressman, you and I agree!! The fact that President Obama was able to speak for 122 minutes, without a script, understand the issues, with the ability to think and speak on his feet, was able to listen and respond appropriately, keep his composure in the face of lunacy, stay patient even though the campaigning was in the forefront instead of the issue, does speak volumes about him! More than words could ever appropriately express, we are a lucky nation to have President Obama leading us in this moment.
I know, the Congressman probably doesn't agree with the above. He probably wishes we still had an Administration that really listened to the American public, you know, like this: