When Is It Too Much?

The President of the United States speaks about the health care debate in the following montage:

Now, transparency is apparently a bad thing, with the President pushing for closed-door decisions:

President Barack Obama is prodding House and Senate Democrats to get him a final health care bill as soon as possible, encouraging them to bypass the usual negotiations between the two chambers in the interest of speed.

Obama delivered the message at an Oval Office meeting Tuesday evening with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his No. 2, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., joined in by phone.

They agreed that rather than setting up a formal conference committee to resolve differences between health bills passed last year by the House and Senate, the House will work off the Senate’s version, amend it and send it back to the Senate for final passage, according to a House leadership aide, speaking on condition of anonymity in order to discuss the private meeting.

Obama himself will take a hands-on role, convening another meeting with congressional leaders at the White House on Wednesday. Pelosi and four Democratic committee leaders are expected to attend.

How much more will it take for people to realize that the President seems intent on doing what he will–regardless of the desire of the citizens for whom he is to be the chief representative?


Some reporters tried to find out from Press Secretary Gibbs if the President had some justification for apparently reversing himself.