President Obama spoke today from the Rose Garden in an attempt to reassure Americans that his signature health reform law is progressing with implementation despite some big hiccups. In response to the failures of the Healthcare.gov website, the president urged Americans interested in signing up for Obamacare to call a customer service hotline -- you know, . But...
Can't make this up. Got through 800-number, followed prompts, and got referred to http://t.co/42WSNzdKsg.— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) October 21, 2013
Needless to say, the internet was not impressed.
Obama reads 800 number for problems. Operators are standing by. This is starting to sound like an infomercial. Throw in a free toaster?— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) October 21, 2013
(Eddie has more from Howard Kurtz here.)
So tone-deaf was the president's message that many wondered if he even knew the extent of the failures:
Serious question: Is Obama being accurately and fully briefed on the problems with the site? Because it sounds like he isn't.— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) October 21, 2013
So far, this seems weirdly similar to the speech Obama would've given if the exchanges were working fine— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) October 21, 2013
So was this an informative, newsworthy press conference or another campaign message from President Infomercial?
If you call within the next few hours, 1800-OBAMA will send you your very own stethoscope and scalpel.— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) October 21, 2013