Still trying to sell his Obamacare plan in Charlotte, N.C., last week, President Obama responded to a simple question with a not-so-simple answer.
Is it, a woman named Doris wanted to know, a “wise decision to add more taxes to us with the healthcare” package? “We are over-taxed as it is,” she said.
More than 17 minutes and 2,500 words later, Obama still hadn’t addressed her question.
According to The Washington Post, Obama “wandered from topic to topic, including commentary on the deficit, pay-as-you-go rules passed by Congress, Congressional Budget Office reports on Medicare waste, COBRA coverage, the Recovery Act and Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (he referred to this last item by its inside-the-Beltway name, ‘F-Map’). He talked about the notion of eliminating foreign aid (not worth it, he said). He invoked Warren Buffett, earmarks and payroll tax that funds Medicare (referring to it, in fluent Washington lingo, as ‘FICA’).”
He continued making points after he ticked off three points after saying he had to make one more point—seven points in all.
Finally, even Obama seemed to realize he had gone on too long. As The Post explains, he apologized—in keeping with the spirit of the moment, not once but twice.
“Boy that was a long answer. I’m sorry. I hope I answered your question,” Obama said.
While he didn’t answer Doris, his non-answer soliloquy was answer enough. Besides, he answered it during the campaign when he responded to a similar question from Joe “The Plumber” Wurzelbacher. “I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody,” Obama said.
Spreading the wealth around is his goal, but he’s not about to say it that plainly anymore. Besides, he still believes that the majority of Americans oppose Obamacare because they don’t understand it. So he’s going to talk it up and talk it up.
“Here comes the Orator! with his Flood of Words, and his Drop of Reason,” Benjamin Franklin wrote in Poor Richard’s Almanac in 1735.
It looks like old Ben spotted Obama not just a mile away, but about 275 years away.