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Obama’s stumble

The right-wing fury machine is fired up over health reform. The president must fight to survive

By Faisal Islam   September 2009

A miniature basketball drops into the plastic ring attached to the top of one of the White House’s imposing panelled doors. The West Wing staffers, a spectroscope of teeming bright young things, blend shooting the odd hoop with chit-chats about health reform, race in America, and presidential seating plans. Over in the East Wing, 300 reporters gather to hear the president. The foreign contingent are mesmerised by the man himself and his scholarly hour-long soliloquy on health economics. Yet to millions of Americans listening at home, President Obama’s fourth schedule-clearing press conference to the nation on 22nd July fell a…

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