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Straight from the White House to you — excerpts from the Press Office Briefing from August 4, 2009 (H/T — Nuke Gingrich):

Q    A couple questions.  One, is it your contention — is it the White House contention that the anger that some members of Congress are experiencing at town hall meetings, especially over health care reform, is manufactured?

MR. GIBBS:  I think some of it is, yes.  In fact, I think you’ve had groups today, Conservatives for Patients’ Rights that have bragged about organizing and manufacturing that anger.

Q    How is their organizing and getting people to come to town hall meetings and express their feelings any different from a liberal group doing the same thing?

MR. GIBBS:  Well, I think what you’ve seen is they have bragged about manufacturing to some degree that anger.  I think you’ve got somebody who’s very involved, a leader of that group that’s very involved in the status quo, a CEO that used to run a health care company that was fined by the federal government $1.7 billion for fraud.  I think that’s a lot of what you need to know about the motives of that group.

Q    At some point in the legislative process will the President read the entire health care bill?

MR. GIBBS:  I assume the President will study the details of the proposal, and will be — he’s a highly informed individual.

Q    But he won’t take time to read it front to back —

MR. GIBBS:  I don’t know what his vacation plans are currently.  Will you read the health care bill cover to cover?

Q    Yes.

MR. GIBBS:  Excellent.  Well, great.  I’m right up the hall to the left.



Here we have the White House discrediting people with legitimate ethical concerns about proposed legislation and displaying a cavalier nonchalance about the provisions in this bill, which would affect every American — except lawmakers. 

Meanwhile, the Administration has appointed a wealthy Obama campaign donor, Todd Park, to be the Chief Technology Officer for the Department of Health and Human Services.

What more can one say?

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