Barack Obama, August 11, 2009:
I have not said that I was a single-payer supporter because frankly, we historically have had a employer-based system in this country, with private insurers, and for us to tran — transition to a system like that, I believe would be too disruptive.
Barack Obama, 2003:
I happen to be a proponent of single payer universal health care plan. . . . A single payer health care plan, universal health care plan. That’s what I’d like to see.
(H/t Ed Morrissey.)
Watch the dissembling with your own eyes. The first quote is 49 seconds into this clip:
And the second quote — you know, that thing that Obama never said — is 4 seconds into this clip:
The second half is 36 seconds in.
For added amusement, cue them up to play at the same time. I did. The effect of listening to him deny ever having said it in clip 1, at the very same time as he says it in clip 2, is very nice.
I encourage some video editor to make a video that splices the two parts in bold above and just put it on a loop. “I have not said that I was a single-payer supporter. I happen to be a proponent of single payer universal health care plan. I have not said that I was a single-payer supporter. I happen to be a proponent of single payer universal health care plan.” And so forth. You make it and I’ll link it.
[UPDATE: No sooner requested than done:]
Go ahead and reconcile that, Obama defenders. I already know what you’re going to say, and your defense rests on the idea that your famously articulate president didn’t mean what he said.
P.S. Shockingly, the L.A. Times coverage of Obama’s town hall appearance does not disclose this whopper.