I heard this quote Friday on Rush's show and thought it was sooooo applicable to Health Care Reform.
..... (RUSH: ) And let's go back, National Press Club, April 25th, 2005, in Washington, Barack Obama spoke about Social Security reform. Remember, Bush was trying to partially privatize Social Security and the Democrats just said ain't no way, Jose, all over the place. And during the Q&A, an unidentified moderator asks Obama: "Somebody in the audience would like to know what should the American people do to stop privatization."
OBAMA: That's a different perspective. The -- from the previous one. You know, I think the American people have already done it and are continuing to do it. I mean, the fact of the matter is, is the president has been on his 60-day tour, and everywhere he goes the numbers just get worse. The American people have essentially voted on this proposal and really what you have is a situation now where I think that the president and the Republican Congress are going to need to figure out a way to save face and -- and step back a little bit. And if -- if they let go of their egos -- listen, I've been on the other side of this where -- particularly with my wife. (laughter) Where I've gotten in an argument and then at some point in the argument it dawns on me, you know what, I'm wrong on this one and it's -- it's -- it's irritating, it's frustrating. You don't want to admit it, and so to the extent that we can provide the president with a graceful mechanism to -- to say we're sorry, Dear, then I think that would be -- that would be helpful.
RUSH: So at the time there was 35% support for Bush's Social Security reform. And Obama said, (paraphrasing) "The people have already voted. The people have already voted everywhere Bush goes, the numbers just get worse, the American people have essentially voted on this proposal, and really what you have is a situation now where I think the president, Republican Congress need to let go of their egos and just apologize and then take it off the table." Mr. President, do you have the guts to follow your own advice? You are at 35, 36% on health care. You are governing against the will of the people. The fact of the matter is, wherever you go, your numbers go down. Your numbers get worse. The American people have essentially voted on your health care proposal and really what you have now, Mr. President, is a situation where I think that you and the Democrat Congress are going to need to figure out a way to save face and step back a little bit, maybe drop your ego and apologize to everybody.
Well, I'm just turning his words around on him. This is what he suggested to George W. Bush in the midst of the attempt to privatize Social Security....