August 10, 2009

BAD TIME TO FORGET YOUR SAFETY WORD:

President Obama distances himself from Nancy Pelosi (NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON, 8/10/09, Politico)

head of his own town hall Tuesday, President Barack Obama sought to distance himself from charges by Democratic congressional leaders that boisterous health care dissent is "un-American," with his spokesman saying that the protests are a part of American life. [...]

[H]is spokesman pushed back against the comments by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer by saying that Obama is ready for whatever comes Tuesday.

"I think there's actually a pretty long tradition of people shouting at politicians in America. The President thinks that if people want to come and have a spirited debate about health care, a real vigorous conversation about it, that's a part of the American tradition and he encourages that," Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton said.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 10, 2009 8:21 PM
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