News: Diddy, Talib Kweli & Questlove React To Prez's Health Care Speech, "There Is An Outbreak Of B*tcha**ness In Congress!!!" [Video]
Thursday, Sep 10, 2009 11:00AM
Diddy, Talib Kweli and The Roots' Questlove have shared their Twitter reactions to President Barack Obama's televised health care speech to Congress and the United States last night (September 9).
Puff, who has continued to show his support for Obama since he won the presidental election last year, backed up the president's plan.
"Turn on your tv or radio and listen to the presidents speech!!!," he wrote last night. "If not for you for your kids or future kids!!! Retweet pls Breaking news!!! : There is an outbreak of b*tcha**ness in congress!!! #B*TCHA**NESS let's go people!!!! Retweet this to congress!!! Let's goooooo!!! RT @dreamhampton: What if Barack stopped speaking, walked over & slapped the sh*t out of @CongJoeWilson 'Say something now b*tch!' I'm kinda mad how disrespectful they were to our president. 4real. Not feeling it." (Diddy's Twitter)
Talib also shared his thoughts and made a comparison between Barack and former president, George W. Bush.
"After last night, yall still wanna say this hate from the GOP at racism?," he penned. "GW got far more respect. Even from naysayers. And he was way worse. (Well except for that shoe thing, but not addressing CONGRESS) Obama should have took off his shoes and thrown them at Joe Wilson." (Talib Kweli's Twitter)
Questlove admitted to missing the address due to his band's practice.
"D*mn these long a** rehearsals missed Obama's speech," he wrote. "Thoughts? he got heckled! (?!) what gave you that hunch? The clue of me saying, 'I missed the Obama speech?'" (Questlove's Twitter)
Vice President Joe Biden said he felt confident in Barack's health care initiatives.
Biden expressed confidence that health care reform will pass soon. "I don't know whether he got the Republicans or not, but look, I am confident he has a clear majority in the House and Senate for reform," Biden said. "I think it [Obama's speech] is going to cause an awful lot of people to have an epiphany here." (ABC News)
Barack's speech touched on a variety of health care issues which, he claimed, would be worked out in the long run.
In his speech, Mr. Obma mentioned both the alternate idea of creating private, nonprofit insurance cooperatives, which is part of the Baucus plan, and the possibility of a government-run plan being triggered only if the legislation fails to provide affordable insurance for a sufficient number of Americans, an idea strongly supported by Senator Olympia J. Snowe, Republican of Maine and a lead negotiator on the Finance Committee. Mr. Obama also promised that the health care bill would cost about $900 billion over 10 years, and would not add to the deficit. Mr. Baucus believes the latest version of his plan will cost about $880 billion, with the cost fully covered by cuts in government spending or new taxes. (New York Times)
Check out a portion of President Obama's address below: