Into the lions’ den

 Posted by at 19:16  Politics
Mar 172010
 

President Obama granted a rare interview today to the “news” network that has stood in opposition to everything his administration has tried to accomplish. Here is video of his interview with Bret Baier of Fox News.

Many are viewing today’s interview as a last ditch effort to bring some of the more conservative Democrats on board for health care reform. The President predicted that health care reform would become the law of the land.

OBAMA: I’m confident it will pass. And the reason I’m confident that it’s going to pass is because it’s the right thing to do. Look, on a whole host of these measures, whether it’s health care, whether it was fixing the financial system, whether it’s making sure that we passed the Recovery Act, I knew these things might not be popular, but I was absolutely positive that they were the right thing to do and that, over time, we would be vindicated in having made those tough decisions.

I think health care is exactly the same thing. We — I’ve got a whole bunch of portraits of presidents around here, starting with Teddy Roosevelt, who tried to do this and didn’t get it done. The reason that it needs to be done is not its affect on the presidency. It has to do with how it’s going to affect ordinary people who right now are desperately in need of help.

Click here to read the transcript.