Thursday, September 17, 2009
Obama Finds His Audience
So the President gave a speech at the University of Maryland Comcast Center today. Reading a Washington Post report about it, the audience was predictably very supportive and little happened to disrupt the occasion.
The Post also provides an anecdotal insight into exactly why the young audience is so supportive:
“Rob Martinsen, a waiter at a College Park restaurant who could not attend the event because his shift starts at noon, came to see the spectacle nonetheless.
"I thought there might be some good confrontations" between Obama followers and the protesters, Martinsen said, adding that he counts himself in the "followers" group. "Too bad, though, everyone is on their best behavior."
“Martinsen said he hasn't followed the details of the health care debate, but he supports whatever option will get him cheap health care.…Martinsen chatted briefly with a woman handing out literature arguing against Obama's plan, but he walked away unconvinced.
"Their main point is it's expensive, but that shouldn't matter too much," he said. "Health care is a right."
Yep – who cares if it’s expensive…as long as it isn’t for him.