President Obama Takes Questions at Ohio Town Hall Meeting; Says He "Won't Walk Away from Health Care Reform" - Video 1/22/10
Here is video of President Obama speaking at a Town Hall Meeting in Ohio yesterday, where he took questions from the audience.
Obama was combative in his tone, and took on a Populist demeanor as he bashed big business, including big banks. He vowed to keep pushing forward on Health Care Reform.
The president acknowledged Friday that the effort ran into a ''bit of a buzz saw'' of opposition. And a leading member of his party suggested Congress slow it down on health care, a sign of eroding political will in the wake of Tuesday's Republican election upset in Massachusetts.
Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., who ushered the overhaul legislation through the Senate's health committee last year after the death of his friend, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, said Obama and lawmakers could ''maybe take a breather for a month, six weeks.''
Just a week ago, the health legislation had appeared on the cusp of passage after Obama threw himself into marathon negotiations with congressional leaders to work out differences between the House and Senate bills.
''There are things that have to get done. This is our best chance to do it. We can't keep on putting this off,'' Obama said Friday at a town hall meeting in Elyria, Ohio, warning listeners that spiraling medical costs threaten to bankrupt them and the country unless Congress acts.
''I am not going to walk away just because it's hard,'' the president said. . . . MORE