At 1:00 P.M. Eastern today, President Obama delivered a speech from the Rose Garden addressing this morning’s shutdown, and the Republican obstructionism that precipitated it. And you can believe it — Barry Hussein didn’t pull a single punch when it came to calling the Republicans, the Tea Party and Osama Bin Boehner out on their role in it. Granted, he never actually said “Tea Party” — he said “factions within the Republican party.” But we’re pretty sure he wasn’t talking about the AARP directly.
Here’s the full speech:
The Commander-in-Chief didn’t waste any time getting to the heart of the matter, uttering the very specific phrase “REPUBLICAN shutdown” mere seconds into his address.
“At midnight last night, for the first time in 17 years, the Republicans in Congress chose to shut down the Federal Government. Let me be more specific: One FACTION of one PARTY in one HOUSE of Congress in one branch of government shut down the government. All because they didn’t like ONE law.”
“The Republican shutdown did not have to happen, but I want everyone to understand why it did happen. The republicans in Congress refused to fund the government unless we defunded or dismantled the Affordable Care Act. They’ve shut down the government over an ideological crusade to deny affordable health insurance to millions of Americans. In other words, they’ve demanded ransom just to do their jobs…They don’t get to hold the entire economy hostage over ideological demands”
And what were those demands, exactly? Obama made it clear what those demands DIDN’T involve.
“This shutdown isn’t about spending, or deficits or budgets. After all, our deficits are falling at the fastest pace in 50 years. We’ve cut them in HALF since I took office. In fact, many of the demands the Republicans are now making would RAISE our deficit. So this shutdown isn’t about deficits or spending. It’s all about rolling back the Affordable Care Act…this, more than anything else, seems to be all the Republican party seems to stand for these days. It’s strange that one party would make keeping people uninsured the centerpiece of their agenda. But that is what it is.”
As though to preemptively silence Glenn Beck’s flapping neck jowls before they started moving, Obama cut clear through the fat to the clogged aorta of the matter.
“Remember, most Republicans have made a whole bunch of predictions about this law that haven’t come true. There are no ‘death panels.’ Insurance costs haven’t skyrocketed — they’re growing at the slowest rate they have in 50 years. The last three years since I’ve signed the ACA into law have been the three slowest spending years ever.
“And contrary to Republican claims, this law hasn’t destroyed our economy; just today we learned that our manufacturers are growing at the fastest rate in 2.5 years. They have factored in the Affordable Care Act. They don’t think it’s a problem. What’s weighing on the economy isn’t the Affordable Care Act, but the constant series of crises and the unwillingness to pass a reasonable budget by a faction of the Republican Party.“
And why WOULDN’T they pass a bill at this point? That’s what we’re wondering, too. But Obama sure knew who to ask about it.
“What’s stranger still is that it didn’t ACCOMPLISH their stated goal. The Affordable Care Act…is here to stay. Because of its funding sources, it’s not impacted by a government shutdown. Even though the government is closed, a big part of the Affordable Care Act is open for business…This may be why you’ve got many Republican governors and senators, and even a growing number of reasonable Republican congressmen, who are telling the far Right of the party to knock it off. Pass a budget. Move on.”
“Many representatives, including an increasing number of Republicans, have made it clear that had they been allowed by Speaker Boehner to take a simple up or down vote on keeping the government open with no partisan strings attached, enough votes would have kept the government open and operating.”
Apparently, some people are more willing to negotiate than others.
“I will work with anybody who’s got a serious idea to make the Affordable Care Act better. I’ve said that repeatedly. But as long as I am president, I will not give in to the reckless demands of the Republican Party to deny health insurance to millions of hard-working Americans.”
…to a point.
“Let me repeat…I will not negotiate over Congress’ ability to pay bills it’s already racked up. I will not allow anybody to drag the good name of the United States through the mud just to fight a civil election, or to extract ideological demands. Just to hurt our economy and millions of hard-working families just to fight a law you don’t like…that’s not how adults operate. That’s not how America should operate.”
But America still does have to operate, and at least some people are trying to keep it that way. While some might have rejoiced over the idea of the military starving to the point of rebellion, Obama wisely decided to make friends instead of trade on the enemies of others.
“While last night I signed legislation to make sure our active-duty servicemen are paid through the shutdown, hundreds of thousands of civilian workers, many still on the job, many forced to stay home, aren’t being paid. Even if they have families to take care of, businesses that depend on them.”
So, our Commander-in-Chief is doing his best to minimize the damage. But WHY risk damage at all? What’s with his seemingly endless commitment to turning America into a socialist nightmare?
“If you get cancer, you are 70% more likely to live another five years if you have insurance than if you don’t. Think about that. THAT is what it MEANS to have health insurance…this is life or death stuff. Tens of thousands of Americans die each year just because they don’t have health insurance. Millions more live with the fear that they’ll go broke if they get sick. Today, we begin to free millions of our fellow Americans from that fear.”
But some people just can’t free themselves from certain old habits, like fear, hate and the self-delusion “fiscal responsibility.” Obama wrapped up his TEApublican call-out with this:
“If you buy a car, and you don’t pay your car note, you don’t save money by not paying your car note. You’re just a deadbeat. If you buy a house, you don’t save any money by not authorizing yourself to pay the mortgage. You’re just going to get foreclosed on your home. That’s what this is about. This is routine. This is what they’re supposed to do as a routine matter.”
“Congress has to stop governing by crisis. They have to break this habit. It is a drag on the economy. It is not worthy of this country.“