Obama’s Victory Dance Include Big Spins

by Keith Koffler on April 17, 2014, 7:37 pm

President Obama took the the lectern of the White House Thursday afternoon to try to continue convincing Americans that the war over Obamacare, which is just beginning, is over. He did so using deceptive statistics and glaring omissions that are typical of his truth-shading approach.

The president announced that the number of those who have signed up for Obamacare has now reached 8 million.

Let’s start our accountability search with the question: How come now that the numbers are where Obama wants them to be, the White House seems to be able to produce signup figures and break down the data in real time, whereas for months when things were horrible we were told that coming up with any precise figures was simply impossible to do?

And how about this true whopper with cheese:

Thirty-five percent of people who enrolled through the federal marketplace are under the age of 35.

This is utterly misleading, and Obama knows it. The number of young-people signups the administration needs to keep insurers from raising rates is 40 percent. That is, young people age 18-34. What Obama is giving out is the number from age 0-34. According to the White House’s own fact sheet, only 28 percent of signups are 18-34 years old.

And how many of those young, sometimes irresponsible, and often cash-strapped young ‘uns are among those who won’t pay to enroll?

The figure means premiums will have to increase, though perhaps not in the amount that would create the Obamacare “death spiral” some thought possible.

And while we suspect that premiums will keep rising, as they have for decades, we also know that since the law took effect health care spending has risen more slowly than at any time in the past 50 years.

Well, health spending was low mainly because of crappy economy over which Obama presided. And now it’s on the way back up.

And the independent Congressional Budget Office now expects premiums for plans on the marketplace to be 15 percent lower than originally predicted.

Yes, lower than predicted, but still going up. For example, for those who obtain coverage through the exchanges, CBO still projects premiums will rise on average 6 percent per year from 2016 to 2024.

They still can’t bring themselves to admit that the Affordable Care Act is working.  They said nobody would sign up; they were wrong about that.  They said it would be unaffordable for the country; they were wrong about that.

Uhh, looks like the president had red herring for lunch. Republicans never said nobody would signup. And most of the uninsured when this started are still uninsured. And it’s still not clear that this isn’t unaffordable.

Obama also added in some taunts to the GOP, because that’s what really sends a thrill down his leg.

The challenge we have is, is that if you have certain members in the Republican Party whose view is making it work better is a concession to me, then it’s hard in that environment to actually get it done . . .

 And I recognize that their party is going through the stages of grief — anger and denial and all that stuff — and we’re not at acceptance yet . . .

There’s a lot of fear-mongering and a lot of political argument and debate, and a lot of accusations are flung back and forth about socialized medicine and the end of freedom.

Republicans oppose Obamacare because it’s bad law, not to stick it to Obama. But then, this churlish man who was elected president thinks everything is about him. To the extent it’s about him destroying our health care system, I suppose, he’s right.

Here he is, in case you missed it.


Live Stream || White House Briefing – April 17, 2014

by Keith Koffler on April 17, 2014, 3:24 pm


Obama’s Phony Immigration Outreach

by Keith Koffler on April 17, 2014, 2:52 pm

Now let me ask you something. Let’s say I’m trying to get you to do something. And I say to you, this will haunt you until it gets solved. And then I say, you need to have a little courage and will power. And then I add, I hope you’ll do the right thing.

Are you going to cooperate with me, or just think I’m some kind of asshole?

Because these are exactly the kinds of things President Obama said during an interview broadcast this morning on CBS, during which he was ostensibly trying to convince Republicans to work with him.

Obama’s immigration reform effort is either insincere of incompetent. Given that Obama’s dealmaking acumen is about as keen as my understanding of astrophysics, it could be the latter.

But since Democrats are desperate for every vote they can get and are worried about their core constituencies getting to the polls, it’s more likely he’s angling to bash Republicans over the head with the issue through Election Day.

This is going to be an issue that haunts them until it gets solved. And we’ve got, I think the possibility of a consensus in this country to solve it.

What we need is some political courage and some political will, and that’s always what’s been, on many of these issues, in short supply in Washington.

I’m hoping that once we get through some of the Republican primary season, and maybe if we are still far enough away from November, that people see the chance to do the right thing.

Because everyone knows that Chapter One of How to Win Friends & Influence People is titled, “How to lecture someone into agreeing with you.”


Video || Epic Diss! Obama Won’t Endorse Biden as Biden Looks On

by Keith Koffler on April 17, 2014, 12:48 pm

This is absurd. The man says, right in front of Biden, that he can’t support him.

Take a look at this. It’s completely ungracious. Now, don’t get me wrong, the Joe Biden who sneered and laughed his way through his debate with Paul Ryan, who suggested Republicans are so racist they want to re-enslave African Americans, deserves nobody’s graciousness.

But from President Obama’s perspective, Vice President Biden is the man who has been with him every day, been in on almost every meeting and decision, and been loyal and docile toward him as a chocolate labrador. Sure, he makes mistakes, but that’s not his fault. He was born a nincompoop.

To actually say, with Biden standing there, that “we’ve got an extraordinary secretary of state” who might also run suggests previously unknown degrees of coldness of blood.

From an interview by CBS White House correspondent Major Garrett:

I’ve got somebody who I think will go down as one of the finest vice presidents in history, and he has been . . .  a great partner in everything that I do. I suspect that there may be other potential candidates for 2016 who have been great friends and allies. I know that we’ve got an extraordinary secretary of state who did great service for us and worked with me and Joe to help make the country safer.

Whoever the Democratic standard bearer is, is going to be continuing to focus on jobs, making sure that our kids are getting a great education, making sure that we’re rebuilding prosperity from the middle class out in this country – and I am very much interested in making sure that some of the stuff we’ve gotten started continues.


Biden’s New Selfie

by Keith Koffler on April 17, 2014, 10:25 am

Apparently the White House is not done with selfies. Biden got an Instagram account, and soon sent out one with a famous friend.

Obama Biden selfie


The Obama Morning News || April 17, 2014

by Keith Koffler on April 17, 2014, 9:58 am

Lerner worked with DOJ on targeting . . . Newsmax
GOP: This is why they’re hiding emails . . . Daily Caller
Deportations Drop under Obama . . . New York Times
Obama: Biden one of finest VPs ever . . . Examiner
Obama’s Asia pivot falls short
. . . Washington Post
Cantor: Don’t attack us if you want to work . . . Newsmax
Obama pays lower tax than secretary . . . The Daily Beast
Obama’s NATO retreat limits Ukraine options . . . Washington Times
Russian diplomats outclass Obama’s . . . National Journal
Obama warns Russian, again . . . Newsmax
Jobless claims rise . . . Examiner
How Sebelius run could help GOP . . . National Journal
Rubio, Paul top spenders on possible bid . . . Reuters
Bush’s wife, family key to 2016 . . . Politico


Obama Schedule || Thursday, April 18, 2014

by Keith Koffler on April 17, 2014, 12:12 am

11:05 am || Welcomes the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride to the White House; South Lawn
11:40 pm || Meets with representatives from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners
1:35 pm || Meets with insurance executives

All times U.S. Eastern
Live stream of White House briefing at 3:15 pm


NY Times: Obama’s Gay Marriage Stance was Purely Political

April 16, 2014

A New York Times Sunday Magazine article that went up on the website Wednesday makes clear what everyone suspected – that President Obama’s opposition to gay marriage was wholly political and that he made the decision to change it only after Vice President Biden accidentally smoked him out. Obama’s gay marriage stance is one of […]

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Live Stream || Obama Remarks on Jobs

April 16, 2014

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Will: Obama Learned at the Foot of Monty Python

April 16, 2014

From an appearance on Fox: Will: Some presidents take their foreign policy from the idealism of Woodrow Wilson, some from the realism of Henry Kissinger, this is foreign policy from Monty Python. Truly. There’s no guiding principle, no rhyme or reason to the Obama foreign policy. It’s as if with every new crisis, you hear, […]

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Biden Flubs Boston Bombing Tribute

April 16, 2014

President Obama Tuesday passed the Boston Marathon memorializing duties to Vice President Biden who, typically, screwed it up. To those quote “survivors”. My God, you have survived and you have soared. It was worth it, I mean this sincerely, just to hear each of you speak. You are truly, truly inspiring. I have never heard […]

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White House Bars Press from Moment of Silence

April 16, 2014

The openness White House staged a “personal” moment of silence by President Obama on the one-year anniversary of the Boston bombing. Because why would you invite the press in when you can create this perfect Pete Souza propaganda photo instead? I mean, is this guy leader of the nation, or does he just want to […]

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The Obama Morning News || April 16, 2014

April 16, 2014

Secret U.S. analysis: Afghans not ready . . . Washington Times Obama plotting immigration “fixes” . . . Examiner Huddles with faith leaders on immigration . . . Examiner Census survey masks Obamacare effect . . . New York Times GOP assails WH census change . . . Newsmax Doctors hate their jobs and kill […]

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Obama Schedule || Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April 15, 2014

10:00 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing 1:00 pm || Departs White House 2:30 pm || Arrives Pittsburgh 3:10 pm || With the vice president, tours a classroom; Community College of Allegheny West Hills Center, Oakdale, Pennsylvania 3:45 pm || The president and vice president deliver remarks on jobs-driven skills training; Community College of […]

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