There's nothing quite like being asked to coerce your children in the name of Obama, especially during Christmas dinner. But at least the barackobama.com/talk Web page shows you how.
"Pick a time. Start early," says the propaganda Web page pushing parents of those 26 and older to get their kids to enroll in the president's disastrous health care plan.
"Don't wait until the last minute — be sure to start the conversation early!"
"Start by asking: 'Have you thought about signing up for health insurance on the new marketplace?'
"Offer to walk them through it: 'Would you like to take some time with me to sign up right now?'"
There's just one thing missing from the site, which is supposed to help families find their Obamacare happy place over the holidays:
The president himself, in paternal Christmas robe, pipe and slippers, with America's youth sitting on the carpet under the big tree, say in those footy pajamas, some holding toys, others holding iPads and college loan payment forms. And Obama would say:
"If you like your Christmas presents, you can keep your Christmas presents. Period."
Oh, if only he'd say it that way.
But he won't, although he did say something quite similar, promising and promising Americans that if we liked our health care plans, we could keep our health care plans. And if we liked our doctor, we could keep our doctor. "Period."
Remember? America must have considered it hypnotic once, like listening to Woody Guthrie and a host of hobo angels singing us all up to the Big Rock Candy Mountains.
We could paddle in that lake of stew, and keep our health care and our doctors too.
But it didn't turn out that way. The website to sign up for Obamacare was a disaster. People lost their health insurance coverage. Small businesses cut back employment rather than deal with Obamacare mandates. And others have seen their premiums rise.
Those private insurance rate increases are not all the president's fault. But after Obama was exposed as having lied — or as a man who stepped in his own untruthiness — it all sticks to him now.
The failed Obamacare website, the constant drip of stories, the stammering, the parsing by his administration, all of it forced us to consider Obama as the man he is:
A great talker, intelligent, with a big heart and big ideas, a man of the salon, of lectures and debate, a man suited perfectly for the France of centuries ago.
But also a man with absolutely no executive experience, a fellow lost, uninterested in actually governing, running a bureaucracy incapable of rolling out his signature legislation.
And now the president's landscape of excuses is a desert, thin, barren, not even a Bush to blame.
That broken promise (or lie) cost him credibility with the American people. The politics have decomposed. President George H.W. Bush's famous pledge "read my lips, no new taxes" was unforgettable after he broke it. Obama and Obamacare suffer from the same.
His popularity plummets. There is no promise to him now, the rhetoric is tired like some old corrugated tin roof, and America waits for his term to end. Democrats worry. And Republicans gird their loins.