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Panic at the White House


In the dark days of the Iraq war, when valiant U.S. troops faced down multiple enemies who obeyed no rules of war, President Bush never panicked. Even when his approval rating dropped below 35 percent, the president slugged it out for better or worse, depending on your worldview.

The same cannot be said of President Obama, who is now reeling under the pressure of his collapsing health care vision. The latest evidence of this was a posting on the "Organizing for America" website, which was set up by Obama in January. The message, since scrubbed from the website, said this in part:

"Stay at home for (Health Care Organizing Day). Call your senators that day (September 11) ... as we fight back against our own right-wing domestic terrorists who are subverting the American democratic process, whipped to a frenzy by their Fox propaganda network ceaselessly re-seizing power for their treacherous leaders."

Again, that posting came from an organization created by President Obama. And even though somebody saw the insanity of the words and removed them, if this isn't panic, nothing is.

I believe it is safe to say that many liberals are stunned by the president's decline in the polls and his inability to sell a government-run health care system. It all sounds so compassionate: helping the poor get quality medical care, ensuring that insurance companies do not gouge working Americans. How could you oppose that?

But theory is one thing; actual performance is quite something else.

As you know, the president had months to clarify the details of the massive health care program but could not do it. Also, the Congressional Budget Office keeps embarrassing Obama by contradicting his optimistic financial prognostications. Americans may not like math, but they can do it. This health care deal is adding up to chaos.

Add to that the fact that hard-core leftists like Nancy Pelosi and Howard Dean are almost hysterical in pushing federal health care, and a deep distrust has set in. Seniors in particular are skeptical that they may go to the end of the line when the feds begin calling the medical shots.

And then there is the senseless viciousness on the part of some who support national health care mandates. Calling those who oppose your health care point of view "domestic terrorists" is a slander no spin-doctor could deny.

There is no question that the Obama administration has been severely damaged this summer, but it can still regroup if it doesn't panic. Most Americans want a fair health care system and are worried about protecting their families from devastating illness.

But at this point, they may be more worried about a White House that is not only losing the health care debate, but is failing to control the crazies on their side. Not exactly a healthy situation.

Veteran TV news anchor Bill O'Reilly is host of the Fox News show "The O'Reilly Factor" and author of the book "Who's Looking Out For You?" To find out more about Bill O'Reilly, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate web page at This column originates on the Web site




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Good article, and just because I don't agree with Nancy P, or Mr. O. doesn't make me a terrorist. Mr. O and his gang must not like our right to freedom of speech or intelligent thinking. It would be wonderful if our school would start turning out intelligent thinkers again, socialism is seeking ignorant people to run over and control.
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Posted by: LindaMorris
Sat Sep 5, 2009 7:07 PM
All too many of our elected officials use this tactic of name calling as you have pointed out. It is a last resort tactic showing adolescent imaturity.
Soon, one expects to see Senators and Congressmen hopping about and stamping their feet. I believe Howard and Barney have already succummed.
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Posted by: John C. Davidson
Mon Sep 7, 2009 12:01 PM
Did you see Sarah Palin's op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal's online September 8th edition? In it she says that in an April 2009 interview with the New York Times, President Obama talked about Congress creating an Independent Medicare Advisory Council (note: unelected) which would look at that "huge driver of cost...the chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives...." This is evidently the statement that prompted the "death panels" conclusion, which seems a reasonable conclusion to me. However, the President and other liberals cited this as a conservative scare tactic. If this conclusion is wrong, I would like the President to elaborate (and not in his usual overgeneralizing and vague way) on what he meant by the "huge driver of cost" context. Mr. O'Reilly, thank you for pushing him on-the-air and in print to be more specific about what his proposals will truly entail. The fact that he refuses to do this, however, is quite disturbing.
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Posted by: Molly Kerce
Fri Sep 11, 2009 11:10 AM
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