In his interview today with Fox News' Bret Baier (Fox has posted the transcript) President Obama largely stuck to his talking points in making the case for passage of his health care overhaul to a conservative television audience that includes many doubters and flat-out opponents.
The president made clear he's not overly concerned about the legislative process at this point; he just wants to get to the vote (or votes, really) that get his health care overhaul across the finish line. He doesn't want to revisit how once upon a time before his presidency he spoke of how a president who gets bare majority votes has trouble governing. When backed into a corner, he reiterated that he considers getting insurance for Americans who don't have it now to be paramount to these concerns.
At the same time, Obama indicated he doesn't think there's any way House Democrats who want to avoid heat for voting on the Senate bill can do so, deem-and-pass or not.
". . . if people vote yes, whatever form that takes, that is going to be a vote for health care reform. And I don't think we should pretend otherwise."
Obama snipped at Baier to stop interrupting him, which Baier did when he thought the president was dragging out talking points to avoid direct answers. At one point, it got to this:
BAIER: Sir, I know you don't like to filibuster, but —
OBAMA: Well, I'm trying to answer your question and you keep on interrupting.
In the end, Baier apologized to the president for his interruptions, explaining,"I tried to get the most for our buck here."