Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Is There A Doctor In The (White) House?

This would be funny, if it wasn't such a sad commentary on both how some shameless politicos believe dishonest means justify the means, and on how far people will let themselves be led around by the nose by their idols:

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.

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.
(Source: New York Post)

I'm sorry, but who is so clueless or purposely blind as to not see the phoniness and blatant manipulation going on here? Surely the doctors present must have chuckled to each other or at least rolled their eyes. But maybe not, as they were all hand-picked supporters of the President and must have been clinically giddy just to be in his presence. Certainly the American people at large aren't that naive? It reminds me of the amateurish propaganda Saddam Hussien would put out during the Gulf War.

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

Well, these particular M.D.'s just lost a lot of their credibility by playing along with this charade. Mr. Obama? Between his obsession with the failing healthcare bill, his failed and expensive junket to Europe in support of bringing the Olympics to Chicago, and his limp-wristed indecisiveness about the war in Afganistan while more of our brave men and women die everyday, I'm not sure he has much left at this point in the old credibility resevoir.

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