Marc Thiesen found the president’s speech last night most unpresidential. Among the qualities he single out in the address was the president’s false humility:
His one moment of “humility” came when he acknowledged his biggest mistake of the past year: his failure to adequately explain his policies to all of us. This was a State of the Union for the slow learners. His message to all of us was: “Let me speak slowly for you.”
It does seem that Democrats have regularly repeated the theme that if only they had better explained their proposed health care overhaul, popular opposition would not have grown apace.
And this got me thinking. I mean, here we’ve had a presidential who, if anything, has been overexposed, giving two addresses to Congress in his first year, one devoted to health care, doing an “infomercial” (on health care) on ABC, conducting countless interviews himself, dispatching his flacks to the Sunday talks shows (and other fora) to make his case.
And yet for the better part of this time while they were out there promoting these health care reforms, there wasn’t a bill on the table. So, would his health care reform, er, health insurance reform, have stood a greater chance at passage had, early in the game, Obama put a bill out there and said this is the legislative framework I’m proposing, here’s why I think it’s the right way to deal with our health care problems, let’s discuss how to make this better.
This might have spared Democrats some of the backroom dealings as they cobbled the final bill together.
Just a thought.