What is the bad news ailing our President? It's the tragedy that landmark and historic legislation is not going to happen. Our President is grieving. The stages of his coping were visible during the speech and can also be discerned in the italicized text of his remarks below.
This look and it sure sounded like anger over the widespread injustice, the spectacle of insurers getting away with it and the pain of having defeat snatched from the jaws of victory.
Still, this is a complex issue, and the longer it was debated, the more skeptical people became. I take my share of the blame for not explaining it more clearly to the American people. And I know that with all the lobbying and horse-trading, the process left most Americans wondering, "What's in it for me?"
But I also know this problem is not going away. By the time I'm finished speaking tonight, more Americans will have lost their health insurance. Millions will lose it this year. Our deficit will grow. Premiums will go up. Patients will be denied the care they need. Small business owners will continue to drop coverage altogether. I will not walk away from these Americans, and neither should the people in this chamber.
By now, we should be seeing some signs of depression....
This has been interpreted as a willingness of the part of Mr. Obama to listen to the ideas of the Republican opposition. While that may be true, the DMCB wonder if this rhetorical 'let me know' is the sign of a bitter realization: if they are going to let him know, he's going to have listen and maybe even adopt some of their suggestions. It's well camouflaged, slightly angry, but still a remarkable admission of frustration. That is sad, espeically because the tone suggests he doesn't believe he thinks he'll see anything he'll really agree with.