WASHINGTON — At the G-20 summit in Australia, U.S. President Barack Obama said he had just barely heard about the Jonathan Gruber controversy. Several videos of Gruber’s condescending remarks about American voters and their intelligence have come public, and have embarrassed Democrats and the Obama administration of how they lied to the American people about ObamaCare.
As a RealClearPolitics video showed, Obama denied he knew Gruber to begin with. The transcript of Obama’s response to a question about Gruber’s remarks, from RealClearPolitics, reads:
“No, I did not. I just heard about this. I get well-briefed before I come out here. The fact that some adviser who never worked on our staff expressed an opinion that I completely disagree with in terms of the voters, is no reflection on the actual process that was run. We had a year-long debate, Ed. I mean, go back and look at your stories.
The one thing we can’t is that we did not have a lengthy debate about health care in the United States of America. Or that it was not adequately covered. I would just advise — every press outlet here, go back and pull up every clip, every story, and I think it will — it’s fair to say there was not a provision in the health care law that was not extensively debated and was fully transparent.
Now, there were folks who disagreed with some of the various positions. It was a tough debate.”