President Obama's 'Contentious' Fox News Interview: Media Reacts
President Obama on Fox News' "Special Report with Brett Baier" gets mixed reviews from media
President Obama's interview last night which was broadcast at 6 pm on Fox News' "Special Report with Bret Baier" is causing a media stir.
Aimed at explaining his healthcare reform bill to more conservative leaning Americans, many liberals were angered that Obama made the appearance - believing he should receive high marks simply for doing so, given the long-standing feud between the administration and Fox network - while right leaning pundits viewed Obama as defensive and combative.
Conservatives believe the President did a poor job of justifying the "Slaughter Rule" of "deem and pass" which would allow the bill to pass under revisions.
The House was to vote on the Senate bill, and some are bothered by the idea that instead Obama will have his own bill which has not been reviewed by either wing of Congress.
Too much political rhetoric, not enough substance
On the left, some believe that Baier did not ask substansive questions, and that someone such as the late Tim Russert, moderator of "Meet the Press", would have been both firm and respectful.
Obama attempted to stress the benefits which would be available to Americans immediately upon the bill's passage, but on both sides viewers were left with the feeling that the interview had too much political posturing and rhetoric, and too little of real substantial discussion of the details of the healthcare reform bill.
The fact remains that the healthcare crisis in America is far from fixed.
Obama stuck to his game plan as much as possible. Over and over again he came back to his people-first talking points that highlight the immediate benefits people would receive upon passage. In the end, that's what the American people want to know and understand. No one will be talking about the ugly process six months from now if the substance of the bill gives people the health security they desperately need. The sooner the House releases the legislation so we can eyeball it, the better.
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