In an “interview” with the President before the NBA All-Star game, journalist former basketball player Charles Barkley lobbed softball after softball at Obama about the Affordable Care Act and the importance of signing up. Unbiased and hard-hitting!
But although it appears to an average viewer that the direction of the interview was predetermined (and possibly even scripted?), it seems the President can’t seem to help himself in throwing a few good zingers at the GOP, and in imparting a ridiculous suggestion about his health care law.
Firstly, could he be more spiteful? When Barkley asks him if he likes the name “Obamacare,” the President responds:
I like it. I don’t mind. And I tell you, five years from now, when everybody’s saying, ‘Man, I’m sure glad we got healthcare,’ there are going to be a whole bunch of people who don’t call it Obamacare anymore because they don’t want me to get the credit.
My, my. Someone has a chip on his shoulder. Could he sound more petty and childish with that statement? He really wants to put it to those conservatives, doesn’t he? Is it just me, or are Obama’s interview replies getting more and more divisive?
As a side note, he should probably remind Nancy Pelosi that “Obamacare” refers to the President’s signature program. She doesn’t seem to know what it is.
And then the President serves up one heckuva soundbite:
When you were young, you know, you had to actually have an injury before something hurts. We’d like to encourage more young people to sign up, partly because since they’re healthier, their premiums are actually generally going to be fairly cheap. They can find good options for less than their cable bill, less than their cell phone bill. And it’s just part of growing up — is making sure you’re taking care of your body, your health.