President Obama today began what is expected to be a sustained campaign to change the subject from fake promises and website meltdown.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was unusually straightforward today, basically acknowledging the White House needs to put out some good news to counter the lousy narrative so far.
But speaking at the White House, Obama was on defense, seeking to snuff out sentiment for abandoning Obamacare altogether:
Look, I’ve always said I will work with anybody to implement and improve this law effectively. If you’ve got good ideas, bring them to me. Let’s go. But we’re not repealing it as long as I’m President and I want everybody to be clear about that.
He beseeched the friendly White House crowd for help, trying to drum up that old community organizing magic.
So I’m going to need some help in spreading the word — I’m going to need some help in spreading the word. I need you to spread the word about the law, about its benefits, about its protections, about how folks can sign up. Tell your friends. Tell your family.
Actually, given the way the website is working, you’d probably want to tell your enemies instead.
Do not let the initial problems with the website discourage you because it’s working better now and it’s just going to keep on working better over time. Every day I check to make sure that it’s working better. (Laughter.) And we’ve learned not to make wild promises about how perfectly smooth it’s going to be at all time, but if you really want health insurance through the marketplaces, you’re going to be able to get on and find the information that you need for your families at healthcare.gov.
Learned not to make wild promises? Really? A president after five years has learned not to make wild promises. It just sounds so amateurish.
The country is being run by amateurs. Scary.