“Getting people covered, saving them money, stopping insurance companies from discriminating against people with preexisting conditions. That’s not a catastrophe, it’s a godsend. And we’ve got one more week to prove it.”
“Speaking of masters at work, you [Nancy Pelosi] have just been inducted, as I understand it, into the Women’s Hall of Fame, which is such a high honor. So congratulations to you.”
“It amazes me that people don’t love Obama. It amazes me that the conservatives who are seeing the stock market go through the roof in dealing with a President who has pretty much been hands-off on Wall Street, it just amazes me he can’t get above 50 percent when it comes to a favorable view of the economy.”
“[T]hey’re trying to stay focused on the things that really matter to this presidency, and only trying to spend a small amount of time putting out these little fires.”
“That old story’s getting new again. To hear some Republicans tell it, President Obama used the office to target his political enemies. But the man in charge of dealing with those non-profit groups for the IRS says now that the White House had nothing to do with it. And by the way, the guy’s a conservative Republican. He’s the guy that was calling the shots. So it could be this whole thing was a big nothing burger.”
“[Obama’s] whole life has been crystal clear and clean as a whistle and transparent… He’s never done anything wrong in his life legally, ethically, whatever.
“The reason I call the book The Center Holds is, you know, not just ObamaCare, but he has defended the American social contract against an assault by the American Right… So he sees himself as the guardian of that, and in that sense a small-c conservative President who’s protecting those achievements.”
“One thing that I want to underscore here that I think is really important is this is the president. The executive himself reining in his own power. It’s not coming from Congress. It’s not coming from the judiciary. And that is remarkable and incredibly unusual.”