Is Obama Organization Exploiting 9/11 to Push Health Care Reform?

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LAURA INGRAHAM, GUEST HOST: In the "Unresolved Problem" segment tonight: Is Barack Obama's team using 9/11 to sell his increasingly unpopular health care plan? The Heritage Foundation discovered a post on that invited fellow users to call their senator on Sept. 11 to push for health care reform. The posting disparaged FOX News, of course, and called health care opponents "right-wing domestic terrorists" and "anti-democratic forces of hate." How lovely. The post has since been removed by the DNC, which runs the Web site, and they're distancing themselves from the posting now. But does this underscore a larger far-left strategy? Joining us now from New York, an expert in the far left, FOX News contributor and Newsday columnist Ellis Henican.

Ellis, look, you know, I actually had one of the FOX producers see if it's possible to post an event on this Web site and it turns out, you know, anyone can get on there and start posting things, which leads you to ask this question: it's a pretty important Web site for organizing for America. It's organizing for America, the Barack Obama permanent campaign, and, you know, why don't they have filters up if, indeed, they find this posting to be so shocking?

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ELLIS HENICAN, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: This may be the most bogus outrage ever. This is the public posting part of the Web site. I don't know about your inbox, but let me tell you, I get some really smart people posting stuff on my pages and also some total nitwits who say stuff. This is a citizen. This isn't an Obama official. This isn't someone from the White House. This is some dope out somewhere who says some stupid stuff, and the minute the grown-ups found out about it, they took it down. So tell me again what's wrong here?

INGRAHAM: Well, I think what people are concerned about is that it's not just some guy posting something on a Web site. That happens. However, we also had some Democrats over the last several weeks, as you know, calling the town hall protesters brown shirts, comparing them to Timothy McVeigh. They're the mob, they're not representative. You know, all these — these all are statements made by Democrat leaders. And then this posting comes along and urging people to use 9/11 to call their senators in stopping the domestic terrorists. I think this thing came out of a larger sentiment of vilify the town hall folks. That's what I think happened.

HENICAN: It was a larger sentiment of the reality that there are dopes out in America, and some of them tilt left and some of them tilt right. And you know what? Some of them end up on your side and on my side. And yes, even that DNC said it means, Laura, that the new way people communicate in the Internet age. It's not that top-down stuff. That's as old as 8-track tape. This is a decentralized way of communicating.

INGRAHAM: Wait a second. Wait a second.

HENICAN: You remember 8-track tapes?

INGRAHAM: Wait, are you saying that 8-track tapes aren't being used anymore? God, I've got to change it. All right. We've got to move on. We've got to move on.

HENICAN: Led Zeppelin lives!

INGRAHAM: Come on, you've ruined my whole night. Now, you have — you have to comment on this other item now.

HENICAN: All right. What else you got, because that wasn't much. Give me something better.

INGRAHAM: Well, no, it's the atmosphere here. And I think we should, you know, everyone should be respectful, try to be respectful and passionate at the same time. But there is this guy who's this green jobs czar, who is an Obama adviser, and his name is Anthony. He's called Van Jones. Now video has surfaced from a speech that he gave not so long ago but, in fact, earlier this year to a youth organization about America and what America has done in the past. Now, I'm not sure what any of this has to do with the greening of America, but let's listen.


VAN JONES, GREEN JOBS CZAR: What about people who come here from around the world who are willing to have out in the fields? We don't want to give them rights, and we don't want to give them dignity, and we don't want to give them respect? We need to get down on our knees and thank these Native American communities but also the Latino community, Asian community, and every other community that's willing to come here and help us out, because we obviously need some help. We need some wisdom from someplace else, because what we've come up with here don't make no sense at all.


INGRAHAM: Don't make no sense at all. Well, aside from the grammatical problem at that, here we have yet another Democrat, an official in the Obama administration, who really puts out this very dark vision of America. America is the subjugator. America is a polyglot of victims' groups. And I don't see how we're staffing the White House with people like Van Jones, who described himself a few years back as a communist. I don't understand this.

HENICAN: Listen, I've got to tell you, from the context it's hard to say what he means at the end, and I don't really know. The part up until that, when he's talking about these hard-working immigrants who come here and work in the fields, I mean, we all understand that this is a country that does depend on the labor of poor people who come here from all over the world, and yes, they do deserve some respect and some rights. To me, that makes sense.

INGRAHAM: We don't know what's going on here? We don't know what's going on here. It fuels this idea, Ellis, that there are certain people out there who just don't like this country very much, don't like how it does business, don't like its traditions, and it's time to remake it.

HENICAN: You know what? You know what? In the great tradition of this country, we take people from around the world. We mix them into the melting pot. We have some little disagreements. And in the long term, we're stronger for it. And we'll be stronger for those Latinos and the others who are coming here, won't we?

INGRAHAM: And an avowed communist, an avowed communist as the green jobs czar in the Obama White House. Calls himself a communist. Ellis, I appreciate it.

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