I’ve spent my entire career in Professional Sales, and long ago learned the golden rule of “Under Promise, Over Deliver”.
Because when you do the opposite, as the President did so spectacularly with his “You Can Keep Your Plan...” schtick, you merely guarantee that at some point down the road, people are going to be very, very mad at you.
Which brings us to today’s press conference.
Obama, who has railed against any and all attempts to change a single jot of what he’s repeatedly trumpeted as The Law Of The Land, is now feeling overwhelming political heat from within his own party. Thus he came out today and offered a temporary “fix” to his disastrous Obamacare legislation.
Never mind that his fix basically amounts to asking the insurance industry to switch gears in the MIDDLE OF THEIR CANCELLATIONS which OBAMACARE CREATED, in order to cover Barack’s posterior. You can also ignore how completely unrealistic and unworkable that would be, just from a logistical perspective. You can even ignore the state laws they’d have to break to do such a thing, a mere 6 weeks before the end of the year.
Just focus on the press conference itself. If you watched it, you may have initially wondered if this was actually an SNL skit. There’s no possible way that it could have been planned to be this horrible:
If you’d like, here’s the entire transcript to read. A warning: as bad as the presser reads, the entire video is worse.
And no, that’s not hyperbole.
So, rather than linking a video of the whole debacle, I’ll instead give you some reactions and thoughts via Twitter:
Insurance source: WH fix places “onus on us even tho they know we can’t” effectively extend cancelled policies given rates/logistics probs
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) November 14, 2013
If this man were the CEO of a major or minor company the board would not only remove him, but send him for evaluation.
— David Limbaugh (@DavidLimbaugh) November 14, 2013
I think I just saw Valerie Jarrett off camera holding a giant hook.
— John Ekdahl (@JohnEkdahl) November 14, 2013
Shorter Obama: I didn’t know anything that was going on before, and don’t know anything now. So just relax.
— John Hayward (@Doc_0) November 14, 2013
I long for the clarity and good sense Obama showed in the first debate.
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) November 14, 2013
Obama: I’m a turnip. I know less about my own policies than the average third-grader. So you can’t blame me for anything.
— John Hayward (@Doc_0) November 14, 2013
Obama saying he thought things would be fine for 98% of Americans when he made pledge. That still leaves 6 million.
— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) November 14, 2013
The Immaculate Deception: A lie was heard by the public, but no one was actually responsible for it.
— SquatchPride69 (@AceofSpadesHQ) November 14, 2013
It’s like he read about his own plan in the NY Times — and stupidly believed what they wrote.
— David Freddoso (@freddoso) November 14, 2013
Hey @chucktodd. I will pay you one thousand dollars to throw a shoe at this guy.
— Adam (@GPIA7R) November 14, 2013
Obamacare is the biggest lie in the land. The second biggest is that the admin was too incompetent to know any better.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) November 14, 2013
Obama: Our assumptions about how the country would react to ACA were wrong. Also, I didn’t know how it was being implemented. So…trust me.
— DrewMTips (@DrewMTips) November 14, 2013
The “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor” press conference in January will be amazing
— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) November 14, 2013
#ObamaPresser He’s starting to sound like Charlie Brown’s teacher.
— rdbrewer (@rdbrewer4) November 14, 2013
Obama fix announced today passes the buck to insurance cos and state regulators to undo mess ACA caused. Sets them up for blame. — Brit Hume (@brithume) November 14, 2013
Serious question: Anyone believe this will help Obama? — John Nolte (@NolteNC) November 14, 2013
Obama’s promise just changed from applying to 95% to 98%; apparently there has been some inflation over the past 10 minutes. — SquatchPride69 (@AceofSpadesHQ) November 14, 2013
NOTE to Obama–this announcement may have done good BEFORE insurance companies cancelled plans. You know, pre-shutdown.
— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) November 14, 2013
Apart from providing fodder for the late-night comedians and gastric ulcers for congressional Democrats, there is one more likely result from all this:
Historically, the United States presidency was always thought to be a job for which very few people felt they were sufficiently qualified, and rightly so.
After today’s press conference, I believe that particular perception is a thing of the past.