Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Obama Heckled During Healthcare Address to Congress

The highly fractious and damaged nature of Washington Politics under Democrat majority rule was in full swing tonight, as the President addressed the nation on his proposed healthcare plan. During the President's address before a joint session of Congress, GOP members laughed as President Obama acknowledged that many details of his proposed legistation must be worked out before a bill can be signed. At another time during his speech, Obama took a swipe at Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Fox News and Sarah Palin when he said, bogus claims by those who want to kill reform at any cost such as radio and cable talk show hosts and and prominent politicians, that we plan to set up panels of bureaucrats with the power to kill off senior citizens. Such a charge would be laughable if it were'nt so cynical and irresponsible, it is a lie, plain and simple. At this Democrats applauded and cheered wildly as they rose from their seats. Republican members sat, stonefaced and unmoved by his assertion.

President Obama reached further and proclaimed that illegal aliens would not be eligible for healhcare under his plan. Hearing enough, South Carolina Republican Rep. Joe Wilson yelled out You Lie! which brought silence to the chamber. The interruption caught the President by surprise and clearly unsettled him. After a brief delay and some hushed chatter between Vice-President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi President Obama continued his address.

I thought Obama promised usher in an era of post-partisanship, sunshine and civility in Washington politics if elected to the nation's highest position.

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