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Obama To Senate: Don't Jam Health Care Through

2:03 PM, Jan 20, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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George Stephanopoulos interviewed the president:

"Here's one thing I know and I just want to make sure that this is off the table: The Senate certainly shouldn't try to jam anything through until Scott Brown is seated," the president said. "The people of Massachusetts spoke. He's got to be part of that process."

"I think point number two is that it is very important to look at the substance of this package and for the American people to understand that a lot of the fear mongering around this bill isn't true," Obama said.

And, once again, we have the equation of voter concerns about Obama with the concerns that brought him into power. Several months ago, voter anger was manufactured, racist hatred. Now, it's legitimate but misplaced desire for hope and change?

"Here's my assessment of not just the vote in Massachusetts, but the mood around the country: the same thing that swept Scott Brown into office swept me into office," the president said in an exclusive interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos. "People are angry, they are frustrated. Not just because of what's happened in the last year or two years, but what's happened over the last eight years."

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