Health care is ridiculously, heinously complicated. And not only is it complicated, it’s pretty effing boring. 99.999% of people watching TV last night at 8 were probably watching So You Think You Can Dance or re-runs of The Daily Show. And honestly, that was probably the better choice, unless you’re all nerdy and into this like I am. And even I DVR-ed it.
I think it’s a bit of a shame, though, because I’ve never seen Obama as good as he was last night. Don’t get me wrong — I love the guy to death — but since he became president, his rhetoric has had a few weaknesses. Obama tends to speak in the global sense while ignoring the details that tend to leave big old gaping holes that any halfway decent politician could call him on. The reason no one has is because his opposition is currently too weak and busy polarizing itself while imploding under scandals like a leaky balloon, but if he had a non-crippled opponent, he totally would have fixed that faster. Last night Obama was specific but not mired down in details, inspiring without being cheesy, and confident without being cocky, and he answered the questions, which is really super-rare for any politician to actually do. He even made an oblique reference to The Matrix. Unfortunately, he was still talking about health care.
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