President Obama returned to domestic affairs yesterday after a weeklong overseas tour with a warning for skeptics of his stalled health-care overhaul: "Don't bet against us."Barack Obama
The tough talk in the Rose Garden gave way hours later to behind-the-scenes Lyndon B. Johnson-style lobbying, as Obama pledged in a pair of private meetings with Democratic lawmakers to stake his political capital on this year's top agenda item.
"I just want to put everybody on notice because there was a lot of chatter during the week that I was gone," he said. "Inaction is not an option."
"I understand people are a little nervous and a little scared about making change," he said. "The muscles in this town to bring about big changes are a little atrophied, but we're whipping folks back into shape."
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
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