I am going to school over the next few days. I have made a commitment to listen to all six hours of the recently televised one day Health Care “summit” meeting with prominent democrats and republicans with President Obama as the moderator. I have only seen some extended clips of this meeting.
Reasonable folks of many different political persuasions who have watched the entire meeting have thrown up their hands as to what it has accomplished but they all seem to agree that it was a demonstration of a real discussion, something which has not been evident in the hysterics of the unfolding of this legislative journey.
Based on my viewing of some of the clips, I know I am going to learn a few things about keeping my cool when folks fall in love with the sound of their vitriolic voice.
The last clip I saw focused on Senator John McCain going on and on about the unfairness of allowing Medicare Advantage for 200,000 Floridians but not anywhere else. His oxygen output was maximum to make his point.
President Obama’s oxygen was used up listening and when Senator McCain completed his rant I mean point, President Obama said, “Point well taken, John.”
Senator McCain kept on blustering until it registered that the President had just agreed with him to which he simply looked stunned and stammered a surprised “thank-you”.
I am going to the school of listening over the weekend and shall report back. My goal is to be able to listen to Rep. Boehner without acid reflux attacks.
©Pat Coakley 2010
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