- Court upholds a voting rights measure by sidestepping issue:
The Supreme Court on Monday left intact one of the signature legacies of the civil rights movement,
the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The court, in an 8-1 decision, ducked the central question in a case that was the most closely watched of
the term. Most election law specialists had expected the court to rule on whether a core provision of the
law was constitutional, and many of them were betting the answer would be no.... -
- He's out: LA mayor sidesteps 2010 governor's race:
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced Monday he will not enter next year's race for California governor,
ending months of speculation about his ambitions and reordering the emerging contest to run the deeply troubled state.
The 56-year-old mayor, once widely seen as a rising Democratic star, said months ago he would consider jumping into
the 2010 campaign to replace Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican prevented by law from seeking a third
consecutive term.... -
- Democrats getting bolder on gov't insurance plan:
Democrats are becoming bolder about their idea that middle-class familes get the option of joining a
government insurance plan in any overhaul of the health care system. Their fervor carries a risk.
Liberals, citing polls that show support for a public plan, say they are increasingly frustrated with
negotiations to make the idea more palatable to Republicans. Moderates, however, warn that abandoning the
talks could jeopardize efforts to draft a bill that can pass a closely divided Senate.... -
- Health-Care Reform Will Test Obama's Resolve:
As the legislative debate over health care intensifies on Capitol Hill, there is growing clamor for President
Obama to step in. White House officials believe it's wiser to wait, but at some point the president will have
to make clear what he'll accept and what he won't.
For Obama, a handful of big decisions awaits. They include cost and coverage, revenue and savings, a public
option or not, and the cost vs. the desirability of bipartisan agreement. Those decisions, all inextricably
linked, probably will determine whether he succeeds where other presidents have failed... -
- Obama may need firmer hand on health care debate:
President Barack Obama is seeing the downside of his light touch on revamping the nation's health care system.
Congressional Democrats are off to a halting start, blindsided by a high cost estimate and divided over how to
proceed. The confusion has emboldened Republican critics of the administration's approach to its top domestic
While too early to rule out eventual success, it seems Obama will have to be more forceful and hands-on.... -
- Obama's own party worried health plan lacks votes:
A Republican senator seeking a bipartisan health deal spoke Sunday of"dialing down" expectations while one of
President Barack Obama's Democratic allies questioned whether the White House had the votes necessary for a
such a costly and comprehensive plan during a recession.
Obama's proposal to provide health insurance for some 50 million Americans who lack it has become a
contentious point for a Democratic-controlled House and Senate struggling to reach a consensus Obama
desperately wants.... -
- Baucus, White House in deal with drug industry:
The pharmaceutical industry agreed Saturday to spend $80 billion over the next decade improving drug benefits
for seniors on Medicare and defraying the cost of President Barack Obama's health care legislation, capping
secretive negotiations involving key lawmakers and the White House."This new coverage means affordable prices on prescription drugs when Medicare benefits don't cover the cost
of prescriptions," Sen. Max Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said in a statement announcing
the accord.... -
- Democrats fear Obama health care plan 'on the rocks':
Several senior Democratic advisers to the White House are urging President Obama to further step
up his personal involvement in the health care debate, as administration allies privately warn the
president's push for a major reform bill is hitting major roadblocks at a critical juncture on Capitol Hill.... -
- GOP Complains About ABC's Obama Health Care Special; Network Promises Fairness:
ABC has rejected a request by a Republican group to rebut President Obama's health care plans on an upcoming
day of White House-themed news specials. In response, the network has stated that its coverage will nevertheless
The Republic National Committee referred questions to a fundraising letter posted on GOP.com that asks supporters
for donations to buy air time during the ABC programs."What are the Democrats and their media allies afraid of? T
he truth?" RNC chairman Michael Steele said in the letter."That is outrageous! And we will not take it!"... -
TV Guide, 6-19-09
- Dems' health care plan stumbles but keeps moving:
Democrats got a sobering glimpse of what it would look like if their ambitious health care overhaul ran
into a wall — and they quickly pulled back to regroup and get moving again.
Trying to regain the initiative, House Democrats on Friday unveiled draft legislation they said would cover
virtually all of the nation's nearly 50 million uninsured as President Barack Obama has promised. However,
they offered few details on how to pay for it.
The president welcomed their action as"a major step toward our goal of fixing what is broken about health
care while building on what works."... -
- Sotomayor quits women's club after GOP criticism:
Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor resigned Friday from an elite all-women's club after Republicans
questioned her participation in it. Sotomayor said she resigned from the Belizean Grove to prevent the
issue from becoming a distraction in her confirmation hearings.... -
- Analysis: Deficit could be chink in Obama's armor:
The solid armor of President Barack Obama's popularity may have a crack — a nearly $2 trillion-sized one.
There's continued and considerable public restiveness over eye-popping federal budget deficits, a potential
danger for both Obama's ambitious agenda and his political fortunes.... -
- Senate ethics committee next up for Roland Burris:
U.S. Sen. Roland Burris won't face a perjury charge over statements he made to state lawmakers investigating
how he got his job, but the junior senator still faces the task of salvaging his political future and shaking
the stigma of his link to the disgraced former governor who put him in office.... -
- House impeaches federal judge from Texas:
The House on Friday impeached a federal judge imprisoned for lying about sexual assaults of two women in the first
such vote since impeaching former President Bill Clinton a decade ago. The impeachment of U.S. District Judge Samuel
Kent of Texas sets up a trial in the Senate. Kent is the first federal judge impeached in 20 years.
The House approved four articles of impeachment against Kent accusing him of sexually assaulting two female
employees and lying to judicial investigators and Justice Department officials. All four articles passed
- REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT THE SIGNING OF THE FAMILY SMOKING PREVENTION AND TOBACCO CONTROL ACT
I know -- I was one of these teenagers, and so I know how difficult it can be to break this habit when it's been with you for a long time. And I also know that kids today don't just start smoking for no reason. They're aggressively targeted as customers by the tobacco industry. They're exposed to a constant and insidious barrage of advertising where they live, where they learn, and where they play. Most insidiously, they are offered products with flavorings that mask the taste of tobacco and make it even more tempting.
We've known about this for decades, but despite the best efforts and good progress made by so many leaders and advocates with us today, the tobacco industry and its special interest lobbying have generally won the day up on the Hill. When Henry Waxman first brought tobacco CEOs before Congress in 1994, they famously denied that tobacco was deadly, nicotine was addictive, or that their companies marketed to children. And they spent millions upon millions in lobbying and advertising to fight back every attempt to expose these denials as lies.
Fifteen years later, their campaign has finally failed. Today, thanks to the work of Democrats and Republicans, health care and consumer advocates, the decades-long effort to protect our children from the harmful effects of tobacco has emerged victorious. Today, change has come to Washington.
This legislation will not ban all tobacco products, and it will allow adults to make their own choices. But it will also ban tobacco advertising within a thousand feet of schools and playgrounds. It will curb the ability of tobacco companies to market products to our children by using appealing flavors. It will force these companies to more clearly and publicly acknowledge the harmful and deadly effects of the products they sell. And it will allow the scientists at the FDA to take other common-sense steps to reduce the harmful effects of smoking.
This legislation is a victory for bipartisanship, and it was passed overwhelmingly in both Houses of Congress. It's
a victory for health care reform, as it will reduce some of the billions we spend on tobacco-related health care
costs in this country. It's a law that will reduce the number of American children who pick up a cigarette and
become adult smokers. And most importantly, it is a law that will save American lives and make Americans healthier.... -
White House, 6-22-09
- Obama, citing his smoking woes, signs tobacco law:
Lamenting his first teenage cigarette, President Barack Obama ruefully admitted on Monday that he's spent his
adult life fighting the habit. Then he signed the nation's toughest anti-smoking law, aiming to keep thousands
of other teens from getting hooked...."I know. I was one of these teenagers," he said."And so I know how difficult it can be to break this habit
when it's been with you for a long time." -
- REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT ON THE MEDICARE PART D"DOUGHNUT HOLE" AND AARP ENDORSEMENT
Diplomatic Reception Room:
So as part of the health care reform I expect Congress to enact this year, Medicare beneficiaries whose spending falls within this gap will now receive a discount on prescription drugs of at least 50 percent from the negotiated price their plan pays. It's a reform that will make prescription drugs more affordable for millions of seniors, and restore a measure of fairness to Medicare Part D. It's a reflection of the importance of this single step for America's seniors that it has earned the support of AARP, which has been fighting for years to address this anomaly in the system on behalf of older Americans. AARP is committed, as I am, to achieving health care reform by the end of this year. And I'm committed to continuing to work with AARP to ensure that any reforms we pursue are carried out in a way that protects America's seniors, who know as well as anyone what's wrong with our health care system and why it's badly in need of reform.
Our goal -- our imperative -- is to reduce the punishing inflation in health care costs while improving patient care. And to do that we're going to have to work together to root out waste and inefficiencies that may pad the bottom line of the insurance industry, but add nothing to the health of our nation. To that end, the pharmaceutical industry has committed to reduce its draw on the health care system by $80 billion over the next 10 years as part of overall health care reform.
White House, 6-22-09
- Barack Obama: Responsible Fatherhood:
In many ways, I came to understand the importance of fatherhood through its absence—both in my life and in
the lives of others. I came to understand that the hole a man leaves when he abandons his responsibility to
his children is one that no government can fill. We can do everything possible to provide good jobs and good
schools and safe streets for our kids, but it will never be enough to fully make up the difference.
That is why we need fathers to step up, to realize that their job does not end at conception; that what makes
you a man is not the ability to have a child but the courage to raise one.... -
- Obama stays with careful response to Iran crisis:
President Barack Obama says he does not want to become a scapegoat for Iran's leadership as postelection
upheaval continues, but Republicans are still saying the new president is being too cautious."The last thing that I want to do is to have the United States be a foil for those forces inside Iran who would
love nothing better than to make this an argument about the United States," Obama said in an interview to be
broadcast Monday."We shouldn't be playing into that."
The president spoke Friday during an interview with CBS News' Harry Smith. The interview will
be broadcast on"The Early Show." -
- McCain: Obama has 'done well' as president so far
Sen. John McCain says his opponent in last year's presidential campaign, Barack Obama, has"done well" in
his first five months in the White House....
On the down side, McCain says that Obama's successes in Congress have come with little or no Republican support....
McCain appeared Sunday on CBS'"Face the Nation." -
- Transcript: Sens. Chris Dodd and Lindsey Graham:
Exclusive"This Week" Interview with Sens. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. -
ABC News, 6-21-09
- Statement from the President on Iran:
The Iranian government must understand that the world is watching. We mourn each and every innocent life that
is lost. We call on the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people. The
universal rights to assembly and free speech must be respected, and the United States stands with all who seek
to exercise those rights.
As I said in Cairo, suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away. The Iranian people will ultimately
judge the actions of their own government. If the Iranian government seeks the respect of the international
community, it must respect the dignity of its own people and govern through consent, not coercion.
Martin Luther King once said -"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." I believe
that. The international community believes that. And right now, we are bearing witness to the Iranian peoples'
belief in that truth, and we will continue to bear witness. -
White House, 6-20-09
- Bill Clinton says Barack Obama on right track:
Former President Bill Clinton rallied Democrats on Saturday with a vigorous defense of President Barack Obama,
saying that Obama has done what was needed to spark the economy."I know we need to worry about this debt," Clinton said."First we've got to build a bridge over troubled waters
and give the president's economic reforms in the finance system time to take hold.""We are now responsible and we need to get out of the blame business — we're stuck with what we've got —
and deal with these challenges," Clinton said."We will now be judged by what we do." -
- GOP says Dems health overhaul would break the bank:
Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky accused the Obama administration and congressional Democrats of rushing
expensive and flawed plans that would result in rationing of care. McConnell's criticism, in the weekly GOP
radio and Internet address, came after a rocky start for legislation to revamp the system, with eye-popping
cost estimates, partisan anger and divisions within the Democratic ranks.
"Throughout this debate, the administration's central argument has been that America needs health care reform
for the sake of the economy," McConnell said."Yet according to independent estimates, every health care proposal
Democrats on Capitol Hill have offered would only hurt the economy."
"They say a new government health plan will keep costs low. Well, expecting a government-run system to help the
economy is like praying for rain in the middle of a flood," McConnell said."The thing you're asking for is the
last thing you need."
Even with trillion-dollar price tags, McConnell argued,"The total cost would be much higher, burying us in
deeper and deeper debt.""Against Republican advice, they rushed the stimulus. We shouldn't rush again on something as important, and
costly, as health care," McConnell said.
- WEEKLY ADDRESS: President Obama Highlights Tough New Consumer Protections:
As we continue to recover from an historic economic crisis, it is clear to everyone that one of its major causes was a breakdown in oversight that led to widespread abuses in the financial system. An epidemic of irresponsibility took hold from Wall Street to Washington to Main Street. And the consequences have been disastrous. Millions of Americans have seen their life savings erode; families have been devastated by job losses; businesses large and small have closed their doors.
In response, this week, my administration proposed a set of major reforms to the rules that govern our financial
system; to attack the causes of this crisis and to prevent future crises from taking place; to ensure that our
markets can work fairly and freely for businesses and consumers alike.... -
White House, 6-20-09
- Obama ready for fight on financial overhaul:
President Barack Obama said Saturday that current financial rules exploit consumers and he put critics of his
proposed overhaul on notice:"While I'm not spoiling for a fight, I'm ready for one."..."This is essential," Obama said."For this crisis may have started on Wall Street. But its impacts have been
felt by ordinary Americans who rely on credit cards, home loans and other financial instruments."
"It will have the power to set tough new rules so that companies compete by offering innovative products that
consumers actually want and actually understand," Obama said."Those ridiculous contracts — pages of fine print
that no one can figure out — will be a thing of the past. You'll be able to compare products, with descriptions in
plain language, to see what is best for you."
"I welcome a debate about how we can make sure our regulations work for businesses and consumers," Obama said."But what I will not accept — what I will vigorously oppose — are those who do not argue in good faith."
"These are the interests that have benefited from a system which allowed ordinary Americans to be exploited,"
Obama said. The president said he would stand up for his plans, saying:"While I'm not spoiling for a fight,
I'm ready for one. The most important thing we can do to put this era of irresponsibility in the past is to
take responsibility now."... -
- Obama says immigration overhaul is essential:
President Barack Obama said Friday he is committed to a comprehensive immigration overhaul that includes a
way for illegal immigrants to become U.S. citizens.
Obama told the Esperanza National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast and Conference that U.S. borders must be strengthened to
thwart illegal immigration. But he also supports giving the millions of people now in the U.S. illegally the chance
to become citizens.
"That is the fair, practical, and promising way forward, and that's what I'm committed to passing as president of
the United States," Obama said.
He added:"The American people believe in immigration, but they also believe that we can't tolerate a situation
where people come to the United States in violation of the law, nor can we tolerate employers who exploit
undocumented workers in order to drive down wages."... -
- REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT YOUNG MEN'S BARBECUE
South Lawn -
White House, 6-19-09
- Obama to fathers: Don't be like my absent dad:
Growing up without a father left a hole in his heart, President Barack Obama told boys at the
White House Friday in a remarkably personal Father's Day weekend message. He implored fathers everywhere — and
the kids when they're older — to be involved in the lives of their own children.
"This isn't an obligation," said the father of two in a message to millions of wayward dads."This is a privilege
to be a father."
"I had a heroic mom and wonderful grandparents who helped raise me and my sister, and it's because of them that
I'm able to stand here today," he told a throng of youngsters and leaders of community organizations."But despite all their extraordinary love and attention, that doesn't mean that I didn't feel my father's absence.
That's something that leaves a hole in a child's heart that a government can't fill."
"Just because your own father wasn't there for you, that's not an excuse for you to be absent also. It's all the
more reason for you to be present," Obama told the young men in his audience.
"You have an obligation to break the cycle and to learn from those mistakes, and to rise up where your own fathers
fell short and to do better than they did with your own children," Obama said."That's what I've tried to do in
"I've been far from perfect," Obama said in measuring himself as a father."But in the end it's not about being
perfect. It's not always about succeeding. It's about always trying. And that's something everybody can do. It's
about showing up and sticking with it."
"Now, my kids aren't teenagers yet, so I don't know whether that will maintain itself," Obama said."But right now
the greatest joy I get is just hanging out with the girls and talking to them."
- REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT THE ESPERANZA NATIONAL HISPANIC PRAYER BREAKFAST
J.W. Marriott Washington, D.C.:
The American people -- the American people believe in immigration, but they also believe that we can't tolerate a situation where people come to the United States in violation of the law, nor can we tolerate employers who exploit undocumented workers in order to drive down wages. That's why we're taking steps to strengthen border security, and we must build on those efforts. We must also clarify the status of millions who are here illegally, many who have put down roots. For those who wish to become citizens, we should require them to pay a penalty and pay taxes, learn English, go to the back of the line behind those who played by the rules. That is the fair, practical, and promising way forward, and that's what I'm committed to passing as President of the United States. (Applause.)
We must never forget that time and again, the promise of America has been renewed by immigrants who make their story part of the American story. We see it in every state of our country. We see it in our families and in our neighborhoods. As President, I've been honored to see it demonstrated by the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States.
Last month, I had the honor of welcoming a group of our service members as citizens for the very first time. In that crowd, there were faces from every corner of the world. And one man from Nicaragua -- Jeonathan Zapata -- had waited his whole life to serve our country even though he was not yet a citizen."By serving in the military," he said,"I can also give back to the United States." He's done so in Afghanistan, and he even helped man the 400,000th aircraft landing aboard the USS Kitty Hawk.
And Jeonathan's story is not unique either. He's part of a proud legacy of service. For generations, Hispanic Americans have served with great commitment and valor, and there are now nearly 150,000 Hispanic Americans serving under our flag. And today we are proud -- (applause) -- today we are proud to welcome several of them who are wounded warriors recovering at Walter Reed. Please join me in honoring their service, and in keeping them and all of our troops in our thoughts and prayers -- please.
White House, 6-19-09
- Obama pokes fun at broadcasters' annual dinner:
President Barack Obama knows a little something about catching flies — knowledge he says he's using to help
win over groups in solving the nation's health care crisis."I'm pleased that in our quest to reform the health care system, I have gained the support of the American Medical
Association," Obama told the Radio and Television Correspondents' Association dinner Friday night."It proves
true the old expression that it's easier to catch flies with honey. And if honey doesn't work, feel free to use
an open palm and a swift, downward wrist motion."...
Obama told the crowd he is working to repair the financial institutions and auto companies."But you probably
wouldn't understand the concept of troubled industries," he said,"working as you do in radio and television."
"Why hang out with celebrities when I can spend time with people who make me one?" Obama said.
"I'm sure you've all seen the pictures of Rahm on that camel," Obama said."I admit, I was a little nervous
about the whole situation. I said at the time, 'This is a wild animal known to bite, kick and spit. And who knows
what the camel could do?'"... -
- Bush takes swipes at Obama policies: "I know it's going to be the private sector that leads this country out of the current economic times we're in,"
the former president said to applause from members of a local business group."You can spend your money better
than the government can spend your money."...
"Government does not create wealth. The major role for the government is to create an environment where people
take risks to expand the job rate in the United States," he said to huge cheers....
"The way I decided to address the problem was twofold: One, use every technique and tool within the law to bring
terrorists to justice before they strike again," he said, adding that the country needs to stay on offense, not
defense. On Guantanamo, which while in office Mr. Bush said he wanted to close, the former president was diplomatic.
"I told you I'm not going to criticize my successor," he said."I'll just tell you that there are people at
Gitmo that will kill American people at a drop of a hat and I don't believe that -- persuasion isn't going to
work. Therapy isn't going to cause terrorists to change their mind."...
"Clearly, there's a level of frustration on the Iranian streets," Mr. Bush said."It looks like it's not a very fair
"I am told, 'If you do not move strongly, Mr. President, you will be a president overseeing a depression that will
ultimately be greater than the Great Depression,'" Mr. Bush said."I firmly believe it was necessary to put money
in our banks to make sure our financial system did not collapse. ... I did not want there to be bread lines, to be
a great depression."....
He said his administration sought to address the"housing bubble" before the system broke down."We tried to reform" mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,"but couldn't get it through the vested
interests on Capitol Hill."
Still, Mr. Bush was optimistic, pressing, as he did as president, free trade, open markets and the free enterprise
system."We'll come out of this better than before," he said to more applause.
But he was less than convinced about Mr. Obama's move to overhaul the health care system.
"There are a lot of ways to remedy the situation without nationalizing health care," Mr. Bush said."I worry about
encouraging the government to replace the private sector when it comes to providing insurance for health care."
Asked by the evening emcee at the 104th annual Manufacturer and Business Association meeting if he finds the new
president's policies"socialist," Mr. Bush started -- then stopped.
"I hear a lot of those words, but it depends on --" he said, breaking off. He later offered a more diplomatic assessment:"We'll see."
Washington Times, 6-18-09
- Victor Davis Hanson: Understanding Obamaworld:
Are you confused by all that has changed since President Barack Obama took office in January? If so, you're not
alone. Perhaps, though, this handy guide to Age of Obama"logic" might be of some assistance.
1. The Budget. Wanting to cut $17 billion from the budget, as President Obama has promised, is proof of financial responsibility. Borrowing $1.84 trillion this year for new programs is"stimulus." The old phrase"out-of-control spending" is inoperative.
2. Unemployment. The number of jobs theoretically saved, or created, by new government policies -- not the actual percentage of Americans out of work, or the total number of jobs lost -- is now the far better indicator of unemployment.
3. The Private Sector. Nationalizing much of the auto and financial industries, while regulating executive compensation, is an indication of our new government's repeatedly stated reluctance to interfere in the private sector.
6. Terrorism. Acts of terror disappeared about six months ago. Thankfully, we live now in an age where there will be -- in the new vocabulary of the Obama administration -- only occasional"overseas contingency operations" in which we may be forced to hold a few"detainees." At the same time, ongoing military tribunals, renditions, wiretaps, phone intercepts and predator-drone assassinations are no longer threats to the Constitution. And just saying you're going to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay is proof that it is almost closed.
9. Media. The media are disinterested and professional observers of the present administration. When television anchormen and senior magazine editors bow to the president, proclaim him a god or feel tingling in the legs when he speaks, it is quite normal.
10. George W. Bush. Former President Bush did all sorts of bad things to the United States that only now we are learning will take at least eight years to sort out."Bush did it" for the next decade will continue to explain the growing unemployment rate, the most recent deficit, the new round of tensions with Iran and North Korea, and the growing global unrest from the Middle East to South America.
Once we remember and accept the logic of the above, then almost everything about this Age of Obama begins to make
The Union, 6-19-09
- Morgan State University historian Lawrence A. Peskin: Viewpoint Rewriting the history of America and Islam:
President Barack Obama went to Egypt this month to create common ground between America and Islam. In the process,
he whitewashed America's early, troubled history with the Islamic world.In his speech at Cairo University,
the president noted that"Islam has always been a part of America's story."
He cited Morocco's early recognition of American independence in 1778. He also reminded his audience of the
U.S.-Tripoli treaty of 1796-97, which denied that the United States bore any"enmity against the laws,
religion, or tranquillity" of Muslims.
In so doing, the president created a mythic tale of longstanding friendship and understanding on the part of
Americans and Islamic North Africans. Although it may have diplomatic uses, this tale has little historical basis.
President Obama correctly stated that Morocco was the first nation to recognize American independence. However, he omitted the fact that shortly thereafter, Moroccans captured an American ship and its crew to force the United States to sign a pay-for-peace treaty with Morocco's ruler.
The payment did stop Morocco from capturing more Americans, but soon its next-door neighbor, Algeria, began
capturing American ships. Ultimately it held more than 100 American crew members for ransom, some for a
dozen years. Nor did a similar arrangement with Tripoli stop that country from capturing more Americans.... -
Baltimore Sun, 6-18-09
- Julian Zelizer: Congressional Budget Office is threat to health care reform:
The most potent threat to the Obama administration’s fledgling health care plan may come not from the insurance
industry or skeptical doctors but from the Congressional Budget Office.
Earlier this week, CBO released preliminary estimates suggesting that the health care proposals — the most ambitious
currently under discussion — from the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee would cost $1 trillion
and trim the number of uninsured by only 16 million.
With a few more reports like this, CBO could quickly prove more damaging to the administration’s health care efforts
than could Republican attacks about"socialized medicine."... -
- Robert Dallek: Obama Seeks Counsel From Ex-Presidents
The president has said he wants to reach out to all of his predecessors:
Two other former presidents re-entered the spotlight. Bill Clinton and George W. Bush recently held a joint
appearance in Toronto. It was a polite affair that generated little news, suggesting that both men are trying
to finally put aside their differences, which former presidents tend to do."They see themselves as part of
a distinct club," says historian Robert Dallek."The passions fade away, and they tend to come together and
consider themselves as elder statesmen."... -
US News & World Report, 6-18-09