Obama's health care speech: the best and worst moments


Love him or hate him, the President can give a speech! During President Obama's health care address to Congress last night (full text here) one couldn't help but wonder if even the most hardened of birthers and deathers--those who fight against health care reform by spreading false rumors, such as the "death panel" nuttiness--couldn't help but feel moved. Here are, in the opinion of this reporter, the highlight's from last night:

Best line of the evening:

Ooooh, that's a toss up, but I'm going to have to go with: "I am not the first President to take up this cause, but I am determined to be the last."

But a very close second, that will be immortalized, is: "That large-heartedness – that concern and regard for the plight of others – is not a partisan feeling. It is not a Republican or a Democratic feeling. It, too, is part of the American character." The first one showed backbone, which is what the President needs if he's going to pass reform.

Worst line of the evening:

"Well the time for bickering is over. The time for games has passed. Now is the season for action. Now is when we must bring the best ideas of both parties together, and show the American people that we can still do what we were sent here to do."

Wait a minute, didn't he already ask us to "put away childish things" at the inauguration? If he says this one more time, it better be followed up with a spanking, because every patient parent snaps eventually, and that's what he's sounding like, a dad on a road trip: I mean it, guys, I mean it... Quit throwing things or I'm coming back there!