From Vija Udenans:
Twenty-four hours before the House of Representatives votes on the health care reform bill, President Obama drove to Capitol Hill to personally rally the Democrats to vote for what he called “historic legislation.”
He appealed to the Democrats to do the right thing, and to do it for the very reason that they got into politics.
“Say to yourself -- this is exactly why I came here, this why I got in politics,” he said.
“A moment comes when you have a chance to vindicate the best hope you had about yourself, about this country and have a chance to make good on those promises you made at the town meetings, constituent breakfasts ... all that travelling through the district.
“Don’t do it for me -- do it for the American people, they’re the ones looking for action right now.”
The president acknowledged that he knew the legislators had a “tough vote,” since he had talked to many of them personally. He knew they were being pressured and receiving robocalls.
Giving them an out, he added: “If you think that the system is working for average Americans, then you should vote no."
Keeping to many of the talking points he had during the entire health care debate, he described it as a ”patients’ bill of rights on steroids.”
“This is a middle of the road bill to help the American people in an area of their lives where they urgently need it,” he said.
He made the final pitch.
“We have been debating health care for decades,” said. “It’s been debated for a year. It is in your hands. It is time to pass health care for America. I am confident you will do it tomorrow.”
Looking back to another president for motivation, he quoted Abraham Lincoln: “We are not bound to win, but we are to be true. We are not bound to success, but to let whatever light we have shine.”
-- Vija Udenans