Obama's opening remarks and hope for more than political theater. But theater came by way of republicans and democrats. Eric Cantor wasted trees and printed out the health care plan, to which Obama called him on his prop and informed Cantor that healthcare is complex. Cantor did get to the crux of the problem, which is republicans say we can't afford health reform and democrats say we can't afford not to reform healthcare. How to reconcile those two differing philosophies?
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Obama points out areas of agreement and disagreement. It's clear that if Obama's not the smartest person in the room, he's certainly one of them. Obama takes on the role as moderator and mediator:
Obama sets McConnell straight on polling: