Halloween Came Early at White House

6 10 2009

trickortreat

White House’s botched ‘op’

By CHARLES HURT – October 6, 2009 – http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/tricky_doctored_photo_kTVWHZ3vEeRQbxCC0TNZHN

WASHINGTON — 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.

OOPS! A crowd of 150 doctors gathers in the Rose Garden to support the health-care overhaul -- as White House staffers scramble to hand out camera-ready white coats to those who forgot their own.

OOPS! A crowd of 150 doctors gathers in the Rose Garden to support the health-care overhaul — as White House staffers scramble to hand out camera-ready white coats to those who forgot their own.

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.

All this to provide a visual counter to complaints from other doctors that pending legislation is bad news for the medical profession.

“Nobody has more credibility with the American people on this issue than you do,” Obama told his guests.

The president was flanked by four white-coated doctors at a podium as he delivered his pep talk.

“When you cut through all the noise and all the distractions that are out there, I think what’s most telling is that some of the people who are most supportive of reform are the very medical professionals who know the health-care system best,” the president said.

“I want to thank every single doctor who is here,” Obama said. “And I especially want to thank you for agreeing to fan out across the country and make the case about why this reform effort is so desperately needed.”

Underlying the strictly photo-op nature of the event, The Associated Press noted that Obama broke no new ground in his remarks.

The president told the doctors that if they back him, “I’m confident we are going to get health reform passed this year.”

The Republican National Committee shot back with a response from Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), who was an orthopedic surgeon before being elected to Congress.

“Today, the president wants you to believe that the medical community supports his government takeover of health care. Don’t be fooled,” Price said.

He said he had spoken to “thousands of my colleagues” who oppose the Democrats’ legislation.

House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) said large numbers of doctors fear it would cripple their ability to care for patients.

“Members of the medical community — who deal with red tape day in and day out — rightly recognize that the Democrats’ government takeover would weaken the doctor-patient relationship that is so critical to making the right health-care decisions,” he said.

Obama made no mention of the “public option” — a controversial government-run insurance plan favored by liberal Democrats — in his Rose Garden spiel.

A key version of the legislation, which doesn’t include the public option, is expected to reach the Senate floor for debate later this month.

~Submitted by Eowyn

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6 10 2009
Doc's Wife

Many, many docs called the White House yesterday to no avail. My huband told them his views in no uncertain term, to no avail. They simply said thank-you and hung up. We also handed out fliers in the waiting room for concerned patients to also call. Older patients are very scared for their future health care. Barry is making it clear that he simply does not care what REAL docs in the trenches feel!

6 10 2009
grannywithapitchfotk

So lame. Another photo op, which seems to be the only thing he can come up with to get attention. More like a seven-year-old’s birthday party. I used to be married to a doctor and he would have slit his own throat rather than prostitute himself like that. How many actual doctors wear white coats now? Except for the slimeballs who do pre abortion counseling. Think about it. The whole thing stinks like New Orleans after Katrina. I’m so sick of Obama and his pathetic attempts to be a world leader I’m having very unchristian fantasies. How much longer do we have to put up with this sorry excuse for a human being?

Love

Granny

6 10 2009
DCG

Exactly, those lab coats are a joke…my docs never use them.

Aren’t white jackets racist????? SEIU would have given them purple ones at least.

7 10 2009
Dave

3 of the 4 Docs at the White House donated to Obama

http://www.washingtontimes.co/weblogs/back-story/2009/oct/06/3-of-4-doctors-flanking-obama-at-event-donated-to-/

Question: Would you trust a doctor who is stoopid enough to vote for the federal government to take over their own industry?

(h/t:Boortz.com)

-Dave

8 10 2009
8 10 2009
Doc's Wife

Just a thought–wonder who paid to fly all of these docs Washingtom? I’ll bet we wouldn’t like the answer.

8 10 2009
mjr

hope n change u all wanted it ,some of u i bet?

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