In Iowa City on Thursday Obama:
Mocked opponents of the bill who said that its passage would be an “Armageddon”:
So after I signed the bill, I looked around to see if there any — (laughter) — asteroids falling or — (applause) — some cracks opening up in the Earth. (Laughter.) It turned out it was a nice day. (Laughter.) Birds were chirping. Folks were strolling down the Mall. People still have their doctors.
What this reform does is build on the system of private health insurance that we already have. So does that mean that it’s going to solve every health care problem that we have? No. But it finally tells — oops, it looks like somebody may have fainted. That happens sometimes in the crowd. Just give him some space. If the medics can make sure to check on them, in the meantime just make sure that they’ve got some air. And if anybody has some water down there, that’d be great. They’ll be all right.
And, oops, 123 people will die today. According to their own figures, over 179,000 people will die “from lack of insurance” in the four years before this law takes effect. If you were able to follow the proceedings, you heard these figures cited on the House floor.
But I can almost picture him saying something like that to someone who needs medical care and who has not supported him. “Just give him some air and a drink of water. He’ll be all right.”
And what is going on with the swoonings? The same thing happened in his visit to Pennsylvania on March 8th.
Someone made this comment:
“It was a heckler.
He was swarmed and hauled out yelling “Don’t You Dare,” while the clowns on the stage joked and laughed about it with each other and “The One.””
Flash back to the campaign trail.
It really does remind you of a Jim Jones type rally. The staging and the lies have built a house of cards that will soon be coming down, just as soon as reality puffs on it a little bit.
See text of the Iowa City speech: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/26/us/politics/26obama-text.html?pagewanted=1