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March 17, 2010

Obama On Fox

Bret Baier says the interview is more "combative" and "confrontational" than his normal interview for him.

(I took the video out, the player wasn't loading)

What's the point of this for Obama? Is to reach the independents that watch Fox? To fire up the left by taking on the evil bastards at FNC?

Should be interesting.

Bit of a follow up to Ace's post on the one trillion dollar price tag, big labor is worried about the taxes on health plans. The problem is lowering them from the Senate bill's level adds to the cost of the plan and makes it harder to show savings that are required for reconciliation.

It's not a done deal yet.

Update: Yeah, I'd say contentious is a good description.

Howie Kurtz
defends Baier's interruptions, at least until that point.

Obama says everyone knows what's in the bill. Uh, what bill? No one has seen the bill that will be voted on (the reconciliation bill).

In summary...I think it's fair to say Bret did not have a thrill up his leg during the interview.

Last thought: I think Baier missed one big point. Obama tried to squirm out of the Doc Fix by saying he 'inherited it'. Baier should have pointed out the issue with that is that for a decade the Doc Fix has put off promised savings in Medicare. Why should people believe him, Nancy and Harry when they say this time hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicare savings are really going to materialize this time? That's the big issue, will the "savings", such as they are, ever actually occur or are we going to be drowned in debt? Baier never went after him on those terms.

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