Barack Obama, speaking Friday at George Mason University, struck a confident pose during his last-leg speech about health care reform. The president waxed nostalgic about his days on the campaign trail before declaring that the controversy over health care reform is “not only about the cost of health care ... it’s a debate about the character of our country.”
John McCain’s bid to put his campaign on hold in order to wing his way to Washington last week was intended to make him seem ready for action in a crisis but may have resulted in a “political dead end” for the Arizona senator after Monday’s bailout bomb, according to the Associated Press.
The Democrats may hold the power of the purse, but that hasn’t stopped presidents in the past from defying Congress. Teddy Roosevelt succeeded in sending his Great White Fleet around the globe to demonstrate American naval power despite objections from the legislative branch.