The press has come out in recent weeks complaining that the President has not held a press conference since July. Obama has opted for controlled one-on-one interviews instead to keep the tough questions from being asked. The President finally listened to the press corps (or is it corpse?) and conducted an impromptu press conference on Tuesday during the regularly scheduled White House briefing.
So the question becomes, why does the President cave to pressure from the press corps and not to pressure from the American people? A large majority of people on both the left and right are calling for the President to scrap the House and Senate health insurance reform bills and start from scratch in a bi-partisan matter. The President has indicated indirectly that he will not agree to a “start over”. The GOP has agreed to attend a healthcare summit with the President. I maintain that if the President does not start that summit by trashing both bills, the GOP must get up out of their seats and walk out and hold a press conference speaking directly to the American people about why they have abadoned the negotiations. Otherwise, this will become a photo op for the President and a way for the Progressives to ridicule free market ideas.
One also has to question what the definition of “bi-partisan” truly is because I think it means something quite different to most of America than it does to the government. The government tries to convince the population that getting just one member from the opposition party to agree with them makes any bill bi-partisan. Or taking one idea from the other party and incorporating it within a bill is bi-partisan. This is absolutely ridiculous. We are tired of the Washington games and I would pray for snow to keep the government shut down except that apparently everyone is still getting paid because not having the government in session is costing us $100 million a day. That seems to defy common sense, but with government one needs to suspend reality.