HopeTracker| Politico reports that a turning point in President Obama’s health care speech last night came when Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) shouted “You lie!” as Obama claimed his plan wouldn’t offer free health care to illegal immigrants.
Was this a “first” for a globally televised, presidential speech?”
The president’s combativeness, coupled with Wilson’s behavior, clearly energized Democrats — to the point where few were in a mood to criticize Obama’s lack of specifics or the fact that he offered no ironclad commitment to inserting a robust public option in the final legislation. via Politico
For more reporting and analysis on President Obama’s health care speech:
An Appeal to the Center, Activists on Left: Wall Street Journal
President Makes His Pitch: Wall Street Journal
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