I know it's October, but did the White House have to run a costume party on Monday?
President Obama yesterday rolled out the red carpet -- and handed out doctors' white coats as well, just so nobody missed his hard-sell health-care message.
In a heavy-handed attempt at reviving support for health-care reform, the White House orchestrated a massive photo op to buttress its claim that front-line physicians support Obama.
A sea of 150 white-coated doctors, all enthusiastically supportive of the president and representing all 50 states, looked as if they were at a costume party as they posed in the Rose Garden before hearing Obama's pitch for the Democratic overhaul bills moving through Congress.
The physicians, all invited guests, were told to bring their white lab coats to make sure that TV cameras captured the image.
But some docs apparently forgot, failing to meet the White House dress code by showing up in business suits or dresses.
So the White House rustled up white coats for them and handed them to the suited physicians who had taken seats in the sun-splashed lawn area.
Not a big deal, right? After all, he just wanted everyone to NOTICE the white-clad doctors that supposedly support his reform ideas, right? Try again. Patterico notes that the White House might have screwed up the photo-op even worse that a wardrobe malfunction. see, one doctor was invited to the photo-op, and after mulling it over he had to turn down the White House. Why? Because he doesn't support the reforms Barry is pushing:
“Dr. Eric Novack was one of the 50 doctors invited to the White House photo op today. But he turned down the invitation, because he has lead the fight to pass state legislation and constitutional amendments to prohibit individual insurance mandates.
“They had 16 hours to Google me, but I guess no one bothered,” Dr. Novack told Kathryn Serkes, Director of Policy and Public Affairs for the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) in a video interview available at www.TakeBackMedicine.com.
Dr. Novack says that it was very tempting to accept the “once-in-a-lifetime” invitation, but in the end, he had to say no. But it also makes him question whether the doctors who will be there today actually support the President, or even understand all of the details of the bills.
“Are these doctors just star-struck, or do they have real knowledge about what they are supporting?” asked Serkes. “It’s looking like another dog-and-pony-show, and doctors should not be used in this shameful manner. First the President vilifies them, now he wants their help.”
“And at the very least, it makes the White House look like it does some very sloppy work,” added Serkes.”
I couldn't agree more. This White House seems to be stuck in amateur hour. The president is barely in the White House, unless it's Wednesday BET entertainment night. He's running around giving speeches, lobbying for the Olympics, apologizing for America, etc. It's really pathetic of the president to have to have a bloody photo-op almost everyday.
He's already way overexposed. People are sick of seeing him on their TV everyday, hearing him speechify everyday, and treat the American public with condescending arrogance. But the fact the White House couldn't even do the most basic fact-check to make sure all the doctors they invited were on board is simply ridiculous.
I guess the white House really doesn't care that it's basically pulling a fast one on the public, and when they're exposed they circle the wagons, and go into damage control mode by attacking the critics.
We warned this country that electing this man was a tremendous mistake. He's narcissistic, arrogant, and thin-skinned. In taking on his critics he acts like a Chicago thug. And his election marked the day that the Chicago Way of politics infected Washington, DC. (It wasn't bad enough we already had thousands of narcissists in the Beltway already; handing the keys to the White House to the egomaniac-in-chief.) The health care reform plan seems to be his crown jewel even though none of it is slated to go into effect until 2013 (to avoid any political fallout prior to his reelection efforts in 2012), and he's aggressively pushing this reform that will do nothing to help the health care industry. It'll wreck it, and in the process it'll hurt the economy in ways that the monkeys in Congress can't seem to fathom.