According to a White House transcript, President Obama told a New Hampshire crowd Monday that they should vote for him because Republicans will prevent women from making their own health care choices, prevent "young" people from staying on their parent's health insurance, make college educations a "luxury," and will somehow prevent Americans from controlling their own energy.
He did this, it seems, while slamming the undue influence of big donors in our "democracy," claiming that he has a "detailed" plan to fix the country that follows in the footsteps of Bill Clinton.
Can you get your arms around all that?
“In this election, on every single challenge that we face, you’ve got the final say,” he told the audience at Oyster River High School in Durham, N.H.
“You can decide that instead of restricting access to birth control or defunding Planned Parenthood, we should make sure that in this country, women control their own health care choices. That’s up to you,” he said to roars of applause, according to both the transcript and available video.
See a clip of the speech, via CNS News, below:
And while reports don't indicate that the audience was solely made up of high school students, it's a fair bet that quite a few were in attendance. Notably, the president failed to clarify to potentially impressionable voters that Republican lawmakers have never indicated that they don't want women to "control their own health care choices" -- they just don't want taxpayers subsidizing another person's birth control or abortions.
Obama continued: "[You can decide] whether over 3 million young people being able to stay on their parent’s health insurance plan is the right thing to do," without noting that these "young people" can be 26-years-old, married, and financially independent. This could be confusing for anyone, but is likely of particular concern to the actual "young people" in the crowd, who are being led to believe they'll have to fend for themselves if Obama loses the election.
The president added that "a college education can't be a luxury. It’s a vital necessity for everybody. And that's the choice in this election ..." He will ensure this "necessity," he says, by offering more student loans and financial aid, while somehow holding down the costs of tuition.
He did not, however, discuss the plight of the countless recently-graduated students who are drowning in student debt, nor did he mention that he does not yet have the authority to mandate what private institutions charge.
"Now, I’m running so that we have a future where we control our own energy, and that's good for our economy, our security," the president declared, after months of delay on the Keystone Pipeline.
Utilizing our own natural resources doesn't seem to be the key here, however. He continued: "So my plan would end government subsidies to oil companies that are making plenty of profits. Let’s double down on clean energy -- (applause) -- wind power and solar power, next generation of biofuels, fuel-efficient cars. That’s the choice in this election."
As for the claim that he has a "detailed plan" to fix the economy-- that may be true, but he has not passed a budget in three years.
As far as presidential speeches go, if Oyster River High School was any indication, Obama seems to be growing a little desperate: It seemed to be nothing more than a composite of factually dubious clichés and talking points.
(H/T: CNS News)