Obama and FOX News' Bret Bair tread in during an unprecedented territory between the U.S. President and the press. President Obama and "Special Report" host Bair had a heated discussion regarding the Senate bill for Healthcare reform on March 17th at a press event held in the White House. Bair interrupted the President's trademark lengthy explanations many times during the 19 minute interview to get back to the issue: healthcare reform and adherence to established governmental processes.
In the interview, Obama promised "transparency" and threatened "self-executing rule" to pass the Senate version of the healthcare bill. The process would allow the House to "simultanenously approve the Senate bill" as well as pass House "changes" to the Senate's plan. The "self-executing rule" would not require a majority vote to pass the bill. When pressed by Bair, Obama stated: "I don't spend a lot of time worrying about what the procedural rules are in the House or Senate. What I can tell you is that the vote that's taken in the House will be a vote for health care reform. And if people vote yes, whatever form that takes, that is going to be a vote for health care reform. And I don't think we should pretend otherwise. And if they don't, if they vote against it, then they're going to be voting against health care reform and they're going to be voting in favor of the status quo. So Washington gets very concerned with these procedures in Congress, whether Republicans are in charge or Democrats are in charge."
Viewers were allowed to pose email questions during the interview. FOX News received over 18,000 emails in response to FOX News' open line of communication with the President. One asked: why "bribe Congress to pass it?" Obama responded: "I've got the same exact e-mails that I could show you that talk about why haven't we done something to make sure that I, a small business person, am getting as good a deal as members of Congress are getting, and don't have my insurance rates jacked up 40 percent?"
Later in the interview, Obama said: "I've got to say to you, there are a lot more people who are concerned about the fact that they may be losing their house or going bankrupt because of health care."
Obama also seemingly ignored specific facets of the U.S. government's long standing, traditional principles. Obama declared that it "ends up being a little frustrating is because the focus entirely is on Washington process."
Citizens of the United States responded to FOX News' recent Clear View Poll and over 60.5% agree our country is "headed in the wrong direction." Members of most political parties, especially Republicans, are outraged.