Obama's State of the Union boils down to two words: 'Trust Me' 

Here is Obama's take on health care:

After nearly a century of trying, we are closer than ever to bringing more security to the lives of so many Americans....Still, this is a complex issue, and the longer it was debated, the more skeptical people became.  I take my share of the blame for not explaining it more clearly to the American people. 

As with many Obama pronouncements, you can take his statements on health care in one of two ways.

(1) I haven't learned anything from the public's turning against me, and I still think my plan will win people over if I just explain it better.


(2) I'm genuinely open to other ideas and will do what it takes to pass a consensus measure.

As Candy Crowley just said on CNN, everything Obama says is subject to interpretation. This was a clever speech, in that it all hinges on the president's personal credibility, which is higher than his job approval. But it's also a dangerous speech, because it all hinges on the president's personal credibility, which is also the last political asset in his account.

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David Freddoso

David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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