It turns out the woman at a White House-sponsored healthcare forum who pulled the heartstrings of the media by asking President Obama for help in treating her cancer was an Obama plant. (Philip Klein blogged about this earlier.)
Debby Smith is a volunteer for Organizing for America, which is a project of the Democratic National Committee. She was invited to the event not by an outside group but by the White House itself.
No wonder the president hugged her.
Nowadays all presidents host tightly choreographed public events aimed at promoting their policy preferences but this one is particularly Riefenstahl-esque in its execution.
Even veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas (see video) thought the taxpayer-funded dog-and-pony show was a bit much.
“I’m amazed at you people who call for openness and transparency,” said Thomas, a hardcore liberal who called George W. Bush “the worst president in American history.” Thomas accused the White House of “controlling the press” and said just about all Obama events are “prepackaged.”
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was dismissive. “We’ve had this discussion before,” he said.
“Of course you would because you don’t have any answers,” Thomas shot back.
Gibbs mocked Thomas by gently laughing while she spoke. If you watch the video and observe his body language and tone of voice it’s obvious that he’s trying to make Thomas, who is 88 years old, look like a senile old kook. I may routinely disagree with her interpretation of events, but in this writer’s opinion she’s no fool.
The arrogance of Gibbs seems to be par for the course for the Obama White House which is intent on destroying the American healthcare system.
But this appalling lack of respect for the longest-serving member of the White House press corps foreshadows how Obama’s system of government-run healthcare would treat the elderly.
After all, Obama already admitted his plan for elder care amounts to launching the nation’s sick, old, expensive-to-treat people into the hereafter courtesy of government-provided ice floes.
That’s the ghoulish calculus of socialist medicine: if you’re too expensive to treat, you die.
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