The September Presser, Synopsized
3:08 PM, Sep 10, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
Alas, I wish there were more press conferences for me to synopsize, but the president being who he is, we must satisfy ourselves with what we have. What we have today is an hour-and-17 minute press conference in which he took 22 questions, stuttered no fewer than five times, and laughed inappropriately at least once (Hint: Answers to questions about bin Laden's capture a day before 9/11 should not be preceded by a chuckle.), but ended on a surprisingly strong note and, though he meandered, didn't manage to meander into a major gaffe of any kind.
I started watching the event a tad late, and thought I was listening to Obama's opening statement, but I was informed by a colleague about 7 minutes in that it was, in fact, his answer to the first question. He does have a way with words. Lots and lots of words.
Probably the best moment came when Jake Tapper asked the president about health care, after which there was much stuttering. So, we'll just start with that and move onto the president's greater successes, which will be buried below the fold.
And, then we have one of the most, dare I say, audacious uses of the Obama patented "I've consistently said something I have most certainly not consistently said" in the history of his presidency, in which we learn that he's always said, consistently, that health care reform would cost a whole bunch of money and not bend the cost curve down.
Tapper interjects with a clarification of the meanings of "up" and "down": "CMS study from February predicted a 6.1 percent increase, and now post-health care 6.3 percent. So it seems to have bent it up."
Well, some people knew that. I believe they used to be called fearmongers and liars. Obama in March: “My proposal will bring down the cost of health care for millions: Families, businesses, and the federal government.”
When asked why Democrats have been running as hard as they can away from Obamacare instead of running on it, as Obama guaranteed they could, Obama offered a School House Rock primer on...the mechanics of elections: