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President William Jefferson Obama

September 11, 2009

By David Gratzer

Before a tense and packed House, the President told Congress:

“Millions of Americans are just a pink slip away from losing their health insurance, and one serious illness away from losing all their savings… And in spite of all this, our medical bills are growing at over twice the rate of inflation”

That’s President Clinton, sixteen years ago almost to the day, in a speech about a complex health-care plan built on government expansion, with billions in hidden costs. Last night, a President — who was only 32 then — is now in the White House, out to prove that nothing has changed in the minds of the Democratic leadership since the Clinton debacle.

So begins my Forbes essay considering the President’s address to the joint session of Congress. The full piece can be found here.

More than a day has now passed since the speech. For the most part, the reviews have been favorable. Like President Clinton and his health-care speech 16 years ago, Americans have been given a remarkable oratory performance.

And, after a rough summer, Americans were reminded of why they voted for this gentleman — he’s superbly intelligent and knowledgeable on the issue.

But like President Clinton, Mr. Obama must defend legislation that is at odds with his own words.

And for this reason, while the big speech will most likely get a big bounce in the polls, I suspect a Clinton-effect — after a few weeks, when the shine of his words wane and we are back to discussing the nitty-gritty of the draft legislation, Americans will again be left with doubts. And with good reason.

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