It all began with a simple question for President Obama as he visited a lithium battery manufacturer in Charlotte, NC.
QUESTION: Thank you, Mr. President. We're honored to have you here today. I'm Joyce Ravis (ph) from Lake Wiley, South Carolina. I work at Celgard. We have wonderful CEOs that take care of us and have really helped the company grow. My question is, though, in the economy times that we have now, is it a wise decision to add more taxes to us with the health care, because it — we are over-taxed as it is?
What followed was a 17 minute, 2500 word rambling, all over the map, sales pitch for all that is Obama.
His discursive answer — more than 2,500 words long — wandered from topic to topic, including commentary on the deficit, pay-as-you-go rules passed by Congress, Congressional Budget Office reports on Medicare waste, COBRA coverage, the Recovery Act and Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (he referred to this last item by its inside-the-Beltway name, "F-Map"). He talked about the notion of eliminating foreign aid (not worth it, he said). He invoked Warren Buffett, earmarks and the payroll tax that funds Medicare (referring to it, in fluent Washington lingo, as "FICA").
You have to watch the President in action to fully appreciate how desperate he is to make his case, and how inept he is without TOTUS.
Here is part one, parts two and three below the fold.