Thursday, July 05, 2012
President Obama, placing the needs of people over politics.
Stephanie Miller of Sandusky, Ohio cries on the shoulder of President Obama at a campaign event at Washington Park in Sandusky, Ohio. Miller’s sister died of cancer and said that Obama’s healthcare plan would have given her better treatment options.
What people sometimes forget is that President Obama risked virtually ALL of the political capital he gained after his election on getting the health care bill passed.
He is clearly not an ignorant man, and he had to know that he was in danger of losing any hope he might have had of enjoying a second term. But he did it anyhow.
Personally I think he did it because he felt it was perhaps the most important piece of legislation that he could pass during his Presidency, regardless of how damaging it might be to his chances for reelection. In other words he did not do it for political reasons, he did it for humanitarian reasons.
(H/T to the Obama Diary.)