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August 23rd, 2009
03:47 AM ET

Pres. Obama: "All wee-wee'd up"

Last week President Obama caught the nation's ear when he told supporters, "There is something about August going into September where everybody in Washington gets all wee-wee'd up!"

That's a new one.

We asked CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser if he had any clue what it meant.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. davin

    The President obviously meant they sqweell like pigs and make pointless noise. Why do we allow ourselves to be taken in by unimportant matters like this? Wouldn't our time be better served debunking health care reform myths so the country can move on?

    August 23, 2009 at 7:36 am |
  2. Barbara Callahan

    My only comment for now is.....Finally !!
    I am new to this twitter, blog, tweet world....and don't exactly know what I am doing....... to say the least ! However.... my driven force to succeed at this feat has solely been to find ....... and to say to .......TJ & Betty ~ You make my weekends ! You are the perfect team with personality plus ! I'm sure you brighten every room you walk in.
    I don't even consider it work....I see it as getting the news out and brightening everyones day at the same time !

    Keep up the fantastic job ! Josh and Wolf are great too !

    Barbara in Shreveport, La.

    August 23, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  3. Mike Armstrong TX.

    What happened to the Aug. 1st' dead line the president claims that congress wee weed it up -[screwd it up ]- is this the real reason or is it that Obama wee weed up the bill so that nobody wants it except the faithfull Obama followers.

    August 23, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  4. Betty Phillips

    Knowing how Obama talks without any meaning to what he says, my guess would be he is planning to forget trying to quit smoking, he did not accomplish that from August so he must be referring to his smoking much more in September, so he plans to "weed it up", after all who cares about Obama's smoking, one thing for sure smoking has not reduced the size of his ears! But, the biggest event that took place in August for Obama was he could not sell his Healthcare lies to hard working Americans however, it seems his group of ACORN workers are still able to put food on their tables and keep a roof over their heads, so there are a few out there who will always stand up for Obama, yet he says he is not a racist person, why do so man dissagree with him?? God Bless America.

    August 23, 2009 at 7:19 pm |
  5. MR.AL

    I think the wee wee is the ME MYSELF AND I SYNDROME. Just like DURINGTHE BUSH CHENEY ADMINISTRATION. Ive seen this syndrome all through years 2000 to 2008!!!! America seems to forget why and who got AMERICA in this mess.WHO spent ten trillion dollars in eight years.The wealthy and corperate don't seem to be affected but how the rest of America.I think lawmakers need to make some choices SOON.

    MR.AL

    August 24, 2009 at 1:46 am |
  6. James of Houston

    The reason people are "all wee wee'd" up is because we are not getting the correct facts and good policy suggestions from our President

    When our congressional leaders come back from their August break, they need to provide thoughtful answers to this important question, “How many uninsured people actually need additional help from taxpayers?” Come on, Guys, let’s not overhaul the entire system like the Dems want to do if the number is actually very small!
    To justify his "public option"(which as of now is back on the table), President Obama tells us there were 45.7 million uninsured people in the U.S. in 2007. However, let's carefully look at the facts. By doing so, a more reasonable figure is 10.6 million, as compare to 250 million people with health insurance!
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    • Of that amount, 6.4 million are the Medicaid undercount. These are people who are on one of two government health insurance programs, Medicaid or S-CHIP, but mistakenly (intentionally or not) tell the Census taker that they are uninsured. There is disagreement about the size of the Medicaid undercount. This figure is based on a 2005 analysis from the Department of Health and Human Services.

    • Another 4.3 million are eligible for Medicaid or S-CHIP and have not enrolled! If they need care, the hospital or clinic generally enrolls them. They are protected against risk even though they don’t show up on the rolls as insured.

    • Another 9.3 million are non-citizens. (Some estimates of this number are as high as 12.4 million!) Different people come to different conclusions about what portion of this group should receive taxpayer-subsidized health insurance.

    • Another 10.1 million do not fit into any of the above categories, and they have incomes more than (above) 3X the poverty level. For a single person that means their income exceeded $30,600 in 2007, when the median income for a single male was $33,200 and for a female, $21,000. For a family of four, if your income was more than 3X the poverty level in 2007, you had $62,000 of income or more, and you were above the national median.

    • Of the remaining 15.6 million uninsured, 5 million are adults between ages 18 and 34 and without kids.

    • The remaining 10.6 million (actually, 7.5 million if our non-citizens are as high as 12.4 million!) do not fit into any of the above categories, so they are:
    • U.S. citizens;
    • with income below 300% of poverty;
    • not on or eligible for a taxpayer-subsidized health insurance program;
    • and not a childless adult between age 18 and 34..

    When you hear “46 million uninsured,” or “1 in 6 Americans don’t have health insurance,” remember that this is technically correct but very misleading. The more important question is, “How many uninsured people need additional help from taxpayers?”... What’s your answer?

    August 24, 2009 at 2:18 pm |