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Obama’s G20 Anecdote

Filed under: Health Care,Obama — DRJ @ 3:10 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

ABC’s Jake Tapper reports President Obama told the Congressional Black Caucus the following anecdote about the G20 conference in Pittsburgh:

“I was up at the G20 — just a little aside — I was up at the G20, and some of you saw those big flags and all the world leaders come in and Michelle and I are shaking hands with them,” the president said. “One of the leaders — I won’t mention who it was — he comes up to me. We take the picture, we go behind.

“He says, ‘Barack, explain to me this health care debate.’

“He says, ‘We don’t understand it. You’re trying to make sure everybody has health care and they’re putting a Hitler mustache on you — I don’t — that doesn’t make sense to me. Explain that to me.'”

Obama could have used that opportunity to explain this is part of free speech in America and that it also happened to President Bush, but I doubt he did that.

I would encourage that world leader to read about Obama’s health advisers, such as Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel who advocates withholding health care from the disabled:

“Start with Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the brother of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. He has already been appointed to two key positions: health-policy adviser at the Office of Management and Budget and a member of Federal Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research.
Emanuel, however, believes that “communitarianism” should guide decisions on who gets care. He says medical care should be reserved for the non-disabled, not given to those “who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens . . . An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia” (Hastings Center Report, Nov.-Dec. ’96).”

Why would that remind someone of Hitler?

Nazi Poster

This poster is from the 1930’s, and promotes the Nazi monthly Neues Volk (New People), the organ of the party’s racial office. The text reads:

‘This genetically ill person will cost our people’s community 60,000 marks over his lifetime. Citizens, that is your money.’

Read Neues Volk, the monthly of the racial policy office of the NSDAP.'”

Reprinted with permission from Randall Bytwerk.


25 Responses to “Obama’s G20 Anecdote”

  1. This guy is the whiniest, most thin – skinned POTUS we’ve seen since I don’t know when – what a shameless martyr.

    Dmac (b905fa)

  2. DRJ – People forget that the Council of Comparative Effective Research was established and funded in the Porkulus Bill and is not contingent on the passage of ObamaCare.

    daleyrocks (718861)

  3. If only everyone could be as smart and hip as our POTUS. If only we all realized that he knows best, even about issues regarding which he has no education or background.

    He feels what is best. Facts are secondary.

    Eric Blair (0b61b2)

  4. On the other hand, Obama is perfectly willing to lie to further the cause. What world leader would call him “Barack” instead of “President Obama” or “Mr. President”? None of them. Only Obama is that socially insensitive to the leaders of other nations.

    And to tell the story to the CBC? The corruptocrats? The Castroites? The people who are now worried about us white people wearing white robes and galloping through the neighborhood? It’s a story suited for his audience, kind of like Hillary’s plantation story.

    Scott (99a885)

  5. Eric – He is smarter than you.

    daleyrocks (718861)

  6. Greetings:

    Sure, and the Nazis invited the Jews into the showers because they wanted them to be clean.

    11B40 (61a2ec)

  7. This analogy between Hitler and Barak is highly inappropriate
    In my opinion the G20 leaders should work together to solve all of the world pressing problems

    The CEO (34228d)

  8. I actually agree with the poster as far as it goes. A perfect example of why government should get out of the health care payment market. Let the willing pay through charity.

    Our current system of social security disability/medicare + medicaid is a joke. I know because I am enrolled. Would much rather such things be funded through charity, if for no other reason than the waste I see coupled with squeezing the actual providers.

    As an example, Alaska Medicaid pays the doctors a pittance, but buys the most expensive non-first class airfare available to get me to the appointment. Charity has to answer to the donors, government is no longer particularly answerable even to voters.

    Soronel Haetir (2b4c2b)

  9. Actually, it’s not a Hitler mustache, it’s a Charlie Chaplin-Oliver Hardy mustache.

    tmac (5559f7)

  10. You know I’m glad that Barack was able to explain his health care proposal to “some world leader whose name I dare not speak” in Barackese. I would normally tend to call “BS” on such a story.

    But if in fact The Won did do that–i.e. explain his health care proposal–this would be a first–because he sure as heck hasn’t explained his health care proposal to anyone else!

    Mike Myers (710e8b)

  11. The poster link seems to be nonfunctional. Have they shut you down? or just me?

    Pious Agnostic (b2c3ab)

  12. If only everyone could be as smart and hip as our POTUS. If only we all realized that he knows best, even about issues regarding which he has no education or background.

    He feels what is best. Facts are secondary.

    Comment by Eric Blair — 9/27/2009 @ 3:28 pm

    Don’t forget, at 48 years old, he’s still got a LOT of growing up to do.

    Ira (28a423)

  13. My thanks to Randall Bytwerk for permission to reprint the poster here instead of by a link.

    PS to Pious — My apologies. The link didn’t work while I was updating the post.

    DRJ (b008f8)

  14. it’s time to send Ear Leader off to Bethesda for a 72 hour visit. its not good for the NCA to be having chats with his imaginary friends, let alone talking about them with the press….

    next thing you know, they might be telling the First Mental Patient what he should do with his nukes.

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  15. Some of the other posters at the link are interesting. I hate Nazi analogies, but Hitler’s call for shared sacrifice for the community is sort of…weird.

    Patricia (c95a48)

  16. Why would anyone believe this anecdote ever really occurred? Obama is a congenital liar.

    Dusty (7bba43)

  17. Glenn Beck brought up the same Ezekiel Emanuel quotes and showed the exact same artwork about a month ago. He teared up thinking about his daughter with cerebral palsy, who would’ve been affected by what is said in that very Nazi poster.

    boringpundit (d5f5ff)

  18. The Democrats are now openly pushing to cover illegals under the “plan”.

    PCD (2870d5)

  19. boringpundit,

    Wow. You are correct. Maybe I should start watching Glenn Beck. Of course, unlike me, it seems Beck didn’t bother to get permission to use the poster. So I’ve got that going for me.

    DRJ (b008f8)

  20. PCD – People should be as supportive of that as they were of Obama’s idea of giving drivers’ licenses to illegal immigrants. What part of the word “illegal” is so difficult to understand? Are we not a nation of laws, as the libs were so fond of asking under Bush?

    daleyrocks (718861)

  21. DRJ,

    Political commentary is the very essence of fair use. Netiquette however calls for you to host your own high bandwidth material if the source isn’t expecting that much traffic.

    With both of those statements behind me, I fail to see how Beck using a poster on his show would implicate needing permission, unless his website were to link to images hosted elsewhere of course.

    Soronel Haetir (2b4c2b)

  22. What would Ayn Rand say about health-care for the disabled?

    Jackson (2cecfa)

  23. “…An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia”

    No health care for liberal Democrats?

    I might have to reconsider this national health care plan.

    Dave Surls (2eb5aa)

  24. For those who want to know where specifically that poster came from, it was part of Hitler’s Action T4 program to “cleanse” the German people by euthanizing those with disabilities.

    Tully (c2f070)

  25. Obama strikes me as someone who likes to go to parties and name drop. So, if some world leader really said this, I find it difficult to believe he wouldn’t name the person in his effort to persuade us Neanderthals that we’re just behaving poorly; we look bad in Europe; and he’s a cool guy who gets to talk to other cool guys.

    Rochf (ae9c58)

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