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Krauthammer’s Take: Obama’s Condescension Is ‘Why We Should Be Grateful as a Nation That He’s Gone’

Charles Krauthammer made a point to comment on the “moral condescension” that he saw in former president Obama’s speech against repealing Obamacare:

Would you allow me to make a comment on President Obama’s statement? It’s been a full 100 days, but it was nice to be reminded of why we should be grateful as a nation that he’s gone. There are a lot of arguments you can make on either side of the debate about Obamacare but notice how it was complete moral condescension. The other guys are cowards because I, and the people who support me and oppose this legislation, stand with the poor and afflicted and all that, and the others are on the side of the rich and the powerful. That’s nonsense. What the [Republicans] have done is practically commit political suicide to support a measure with 17 percent support in the population, that does what we know has to be done, which is to curtail entitlements, or starting to curtail, by doing a curtailment of Medicaid. It’s inevitable, it’s in the future. Obama had eight years. He didn’t want to touch it.

You can say that this is something necessary, something people are entitled to, but to pretend that you are the one who’s advocating a courageous position when it goes completely against what the public wants, it’s complete nonsense. Obama did that all through his presidency, always assuming he was on the side of the angels and always the one who was willing to go against public opinion, when it was completely the opposite. He reminded us, reminded me — it’s been a hundred days — but good riddance, Mr. President.

That is sort of the restrained version of my reaction to that condescension.


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