Bret Baier, the genial, affable, amiable host of the Fox News program, Special Report, gently and politely kicked the President’s backside and took his lunch money in the very special interview between the two last night. The President, in turn, danced all around Baier’s simple to-the-point questions with all the virtuosity of Fred Astaire, but to no avail, as Baier’s polite but insistent queries made the President look worse and worse as the interview wore on.
Starting with Baier’s first question:
Baier: You have said at least four times in the past two weeks, “The United States Congress owes the American people a final up or down vote on health care.” So do you support the use of this Slaughter Rule, the deem-and-pass rule, so that Democrats avoid the straight up or down vote on the Senate Bill?
President Obama: Well, here–here’s what I think is gonna happen. Ah, and what should happen. Ah, you now have a proposal from me that will be in legislation, that has the toughest insurance reforms in history, makes sure that people are able to get insurance even though they’ve got pre-existing conditions, makes sure that, uh, we are reducing costs for families and small businesses by allowing them to buy into a pool, the same pool that members of Congress have, we know that this is going to reduce the deficit by over a trillion dollars, so we’ve got a good package on the substance, and I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about what the procedural rules are in the House or the Senate…
Baier: Will–will you support this measure?
President Obama: What I can tell you is that the vote that’s taken in the House will be a vote for healthcare reform, and if people vote yes, whatever form that takes, that is going to be a vote for healthcare reform, and I don’t think we should pretend otherwise…
Answer the question, Mr. President.
And it just goes downhill from there, Baier asking simple questions:
Baier: Mr. President, let me–let me insert this. You know, we asked our viewers to email in suggested questions. More than 18,000 people took time to email us questions. And these are regular people from all over the country. Lee Johnson from Spring Valley CA: “If the bill is so good for all of us, why all the intimidation and arm-twisting, seedy deals and parliamentary trickery necessary to pass a bill when you have an overwhelming majority in both houses and the Presidency?” Sandy Moody in Chesterfield, MO: “If the healthcare bill is so wonderful, why do you have to bribe Congress to pass it?
And the President waltzing all around:
President Obama: Bret, I get 40,000 uh, letters or emails a day (cross-talk). I’ve got exactly the same emails that I could show you, that talk about “why haven’t we done somthin’ to make sure that I, a small business person, am getting as good a deal as the members of Congress are getting, and don’t have my insurance rates jacked up 40%?” “Why is it that I, a mother with a child with a pre-existing condition still can’t get insurance?” So the, the issue that I’m concerned about is whether or not we’re fixing a broken system…
Answer the question, Mr. President.
The man can’t (or won’t) answer a simple question without giving us a lesson in quick-stepping around a subject. HotAir reports that even Shep Smith seemed impressed with his preview with Baier.
It’s getting to the point where I can’t stand to hear this man’s voice any more, and I feel that I may go into spasms if I keep listening. Rather like Kramer’s reaction to hearing the voice of Entertainment Tonight’s Mary Hart:
I’d say the entire interview went to Baier for being classy, persistent, on point, and polite, while the President was evasive, pushy, combative, and in fact, entirely and predictably Obama-like.