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Bret Baier Interviews Barack Obama

A contentious exchange.

7:15 PM, Mar 17, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
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Fox News Channel's Bret Baier interviewed President Obama today. It wasn't what you'd call a friendly encounter. Baier, concerned that the president was filibustering, repeatedly interrupted the chief executive. Obama quickly grew frustrated. Before long, the look on his face suggested he was wondering why he agreed to the interview in the first place.

Obama stuck to his talking points. He emphasized the social benefits of reform -- everyone would have to have health insurance, no one would be denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions, insurance companies couldn't drop you from the rolls when you got sick. That's the ice cream. What tripped Obama up was the spinach. He found it hard to defend special deals like the Cornhusker Kickback, Gator Aid, and Louisiana Purchase. He gave a rambling and evasive answer when Baier asked why the bill double-counts Medicare "savings." He said health care reform would pass because "it's the right thing to do." Guess that settles it, then.

I'll leave you with this great quote from David Brooks:

Either this whole city has gone insane or I have or both. But I’m out here on the ledge and I’m not coming in the window. In my view this is no longer about health care. It’s just Democrats wanting to pass a bill, any bill, and shredding anything they have to in order to get it done. It’s about taking every sin the Republicans committed when they were busy being corrupted by power and matching it with interest.

And the rest of us get stuck with the bill.

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