In his Saturday radio address the president continued his execution of a point by point plan for passing health care reform.
Pointing to the Olympics, he congratulated American medal winners and their ability to bring the nation together over the past two weeks.
Saying he realizes the difficulties in finding unity for the nation’s larger challenges, Obama said “we need to move past the bickering and the game-playing that holds us back and blocks progress for the American people.”
“If we want to compete on the world stage as well as we’ve competed in the world’s games, we need to find common ground,” he said.
“It’s time for us to come together. It is time for us to act. It is time for those of us in Washington to live up to our responsibilities to the American people and to future generations,” he said. “So let’s get this done.”
You know, it’s not insincere just because it’s strategic. He knows he won’t get any Republican votes, but he would be willing to make concessions for a few of them. But, the fact is, he doesn’t need to. The bill will be more popular if he takes away many of the concessions he’s already made in his vain effort to make the bill look bipartisan.