And the truth of the matter is, is that, politically speaking,
there may not be any reason for Republicans to want to do anything. I
mean, we can debate what our various constituencies think. I know
that -- I don't need a poll to know that most of Republican voters are
opposed to this bill and might be opposed to the kind of compromise we
could craft. So it would be very hard for you politically to do this.
But I thought it was worthwhile for us to make this effort.
We've got a lot of other things to do. I don't think, Tom, that we're
going to have another one of these because people don't have seven,
eight hours a day to work some of these things through.
What I do know is this: If we saw movement -- significant
movement, not just gestures -- then you wouldn't need to start over
because essentially everybody here knows what the issues are. And
procedurally, it could get done fairly quickly. We cannot have
another year-long debate about this.
So the question that I'm going to ask myself and I ask of all of
you is, is there enough serious effort that in a month's time or a few
weeks' time or six weeks' time, we could actually resolve something.
And if we can't, then I think we've got to go ahead and make some
decisions and then that's what elections are for. We have honest
disagreements about the vision for the country and we'll go ahead and
test those out over the next several months till November.
All right? But I very much appreciate everybody being here.
Thank you for being so thoughtful. And hopefully we'll all keep our
constituents in mind as we move forward. Thank you, everybody.
First of all, this part: "I don't need a poll to know that most of Republican voters are opposed to this bill and might be opposed to the kind of compromise we could craft."
I think the arrogance can be seen in two places here. First he doesn't need a poll? Really? So Obama is all powerful enough to already know what different segments of our society think and feel? Secondly, "Republican voters are opposed"?? Has he not seen the polls (apparently not since he doesn't need polls)? It isn't just Republican voters, it is all voters except the extreme, fringe left. Socialists, I will give him, support this bill. Right-thinking people do not.
We have honest disagreements about the vision for the country and we'll go ahead and test those out over the next several months till November.
Arrogance. The American people have already rejected this bill. Now he is asking the Democrats in congress to be sacrificial lambs and give up their offices in election defeats this November. Scott Brown should have been a wake up call. Apparently Obama's arrogance won't allow him to get that message.
Hopefully he'll remain arrogant right through November of 2012......