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“I Know This Is A Tough Vote”

President Barack Obama spoke to the House of Representatives Saturday afternoon to rally support for his healthcare reform bill. The president emphasized in his speech over and over again that he understood how hard this vote will be for some of his party members. He also spoke directly to the lack of bipartisanship, calling the Republican contribution to the healthcare debates ideas that were “rejected” without any of the usual political equivocation.

Of the dozens of speeches President Obama has made over the past few months to build support for this bill, this one was the most poignant. The tone of the speech was remarkably intimate for a commander-in-chief known to rely on lofty campaign style rhetoric to get his points across. Reporters who wanted access to the text of the speech were told that there was no text – the president, they offered, was giving this address without one.

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