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Obama's Waterloo Moment?

by David Gura
Jul 21, 2009

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The other day, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) criticized the Democratic Party's plans for healthcare reform: "If we're able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him." (DeMint has released his own plan, the Health Care Freedom Plan, which, in his words, "gives patients more control instead of government and reduces the uninsured by over 22 million without any new cost to taxpayers."

Yesterday, President Obama responded:

Think about that. This isn't about me. This isn't about politics. This is about a health care system that is breaking America's families, breaking America's businesses and breaking America's economy. And we can't afford the politics of delay and defeat when it comes to health care. Not this time, not now. There are too many lives and livelihoods at stake.

Over at the Daily Kos, they're having some fun with the allusion. First, Salo gives us the history:

The reference is to the final climactic defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at the hands of a plucky little Anglo-Dutch army blocking his advance to Brussels commanded by General Sir Arthur Wellesley the (Iron) Duke of Wellington. That defeat lead to the reestablishment of the ancient regime in France and much of the rest of Europe. The dominance of Britain the rise of Prussia and the decline of France.

Then he/she poses this question:

Well suppose Obama is the 'Fabius Cunctator' Wellington? Or perhaps for all the Prussianophiles he's 'on it like' Blucher? and he's not 'Fat Baldy' Napoleon. So in this fight who'd you style him as? and why?

Vote away! If it's Waterloo, Obama is... Wellington? Blucher? Or Napoleon? (So far, Wellington is in the lead.)

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