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Old 03-30-2010, 06:19 PM   #586
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NEW YORK - Visiting French President Nicolas Sarkozy, shedding diplomatic protocol, plunged into the U.S. health-care debate yesterday - endorsing the controversial law.

"Welcome to the club of states who don't turn their back on the sick and the poor," Sarkozy said, referring to the U.S. health care overhaul signed by President Obama last week.

From the European perspective, he said, addressing hundreds of students and faculty at New York's Columbia University, "when we look at the American debate on reforming health care, it's difficult to believe."

"The very fact that there should have been such a violent debate simply on the fact that the poorest of Americans should not be left out in the streets without a cent to look after them . . . is something astonishing to us."

Then to hearty applause, he said: "If you come to France and something happens to you, you won't be asked for your credit card before you're rushed to the hospital."

The French leader was accompanied by his wife, ex-supermodel Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.

He is in hot water at home, his poll ratings are at record lows of around 30 percent, and there are cracks in his conservative party.

In New York, though, he basked in the rapt attention of the students and even jettisoned a prepared speech.

"Speeches kill off creativity," he said. "I'm going to speak from the heart."

Perhaps to belie bloggers' reports of strains in their celebrity marriage, the two arrived tightly clutching hands.

The two are to have a private dinner with President and Mrs. Obama today.

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well if the French are all for it then hot damn, let me get out my beret
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"Welcome to the club of states who don't turn their back on the sick and the poor," Sarkozy said, referring to the U.S. health care overhaul signed by President Obama last week.
Hey, that's us alright.

What an ignorant and insulting thing to say although I'm sure President "this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless... when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal," is soaking it up.
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HAVANA -- It perhaps was not the endorsement President Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress were looking for.

Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on Thursday declared passage of American health care reform "a miracle" and a major victory for Obama's presidency, but couldn't help chide the United States for taking so long to enact what communist Cuba achieved decades ago.
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What an ignorant and insulting thing to say
How is it incorrect?
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Hey, that's us alright.

What an ignorant and insulting thing to say although I'm sure President "this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless... when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal," is soaking it up.
Insulting to Republicans who would prefer to turn their backs on the sick and the poor rather than take a political loss?

Maybe the people you support for Congress should have tried to work with Obama instead of going for broke by just saying "No" to it all. But stubbornness is a virtue on the right, isn't it? If it's not, disprove me.
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lets face facts, both sides are stubborn. its washington today.
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Both sides in the Congress are stubborn. But I'd argue that pretty much every conservative is stubborn. Much moreso than liberals.
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Both sides in the Congress are stubborn. But I'd argue that pretty much every conservative is stubborn. Much moreso than liberals.
Stubbornly carrying out the will of the majority of Americans who; in elections, polls and town halls were screaming, "Kill this bill and start over."
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The majority in elections? Really? Not the last time I looked...

The majority are at the town halls screaming "Kill this bill..." Delusion much?

Polls? Now there's a slippery slope.

Does AM radio now speak for the majority?
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The majority in elections? Really? Not the last time I looked...

The majority are at the town halls screaming "Kill this bill..." Delusion much?

Polls? Now there's a slippery slope.

Does AM radio now speak for the majority?
no but to think that Big networks do is a reach.
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What do you mean?
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Stubbornly carrying out the will of the majority of Americans who; in elections, polls and town halls were screaming, "Kill this bill and start over."
So no matter what the majority wants, they get to have it because they scream about it?

And, really, I'm not sure a few Tea Baggers are a majority.

And yes, I'll call them Tea Baggers all I want.
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