Monday, March 8, 2010
HCR and the Media
I went to the YMCA today to do my typical workout of the body and not the brain; when it flashed on the screen front of me that President Obama was speaking in Glenside, PA at Arcadia University. It was a rousing speech taking command of the healthcare reform debate (why the heck he didn’t do it sooner is beyond me).
The blame of not efficiently using the bully pulpit of the Presidency has been placed on Senior Advisor David Axelrod and Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel. Although not entirely inaccurate, I believe most if not all of the fault falls on the Captain of the ship, in this case President Obama, by failing to interject himself into the debate. He allowed the sound bites and the political games to take over the subject of health insurance reform. In order to combat the misinformation out in all the media platforms, the President had to direct his White House Staff to respond to all comments with accurate information to help dispel some of the myths. Instead they were allowed to fester and grow to the point that Health Insurance Reform may not pass.
But back to the gym and not using my brain, CNN was showing POTUS live. FOX News on other hand was talking about ladies drinking wine and how it’s good for our health. Dude if I’m going to pay for the drinks, it’s going to be Margaritas around.