MIT professor and former Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber made headlines over the weekend and threw another curveball into the never ending saga of Obamacare. A video leaked of Gruber referring to the stupidity of the American people, which led to the quick passing of the new health care law. Conservative media was quick to jump on the story and placed the blame at the doorstep of President Obama.
Once the story broke that Gruber was an architect for Obama’s signature legislation, and was critical of the law’s implementation, it was only a matter of time before Republicans and the right wing media made it the focal point for the latest headline and hot topic around the political water cooler. Top Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, denied even knowing Gruber, but the president kept his statement vague. The story made the rounds while Obama was on a trip to China, but the media continued their onslaught. The topic was discussed on the November 17 edition of “The Five” on Fox News.
Leading the panel discussion was co-host of “The Five,” Eric Bolling. “The president apparently gets well briefed because he watches ABC and NBC, but he fails to watch Fox,” Bolling stated, before noting, “if he had watched Fox, we would have told him about Gruber a really, really long time ago.” Bolling continued to pile on Obama, stating the president claimed he never heard of Gruber, though that wasn’t entirely accurate.
Fellow co-host Dana Perino asked the panel, “do you think it’s possible that the president didn’t know about this and doesn’t know who Gruber is, doesn’t even remember him?” The panel fired back with sarcastic responses, including co-host Greg Gutfeld .
“I’m beginning to feel really bad for Gruber, because he might need some serious therapy when you think about the fact that he’s met all of these people, everybody he’s met 20 times and nobody remembers him…That’s got to be hell on your self-esteem, that nobody knows who you are.”
Gruber’s statements are damaging and it is evident as more Democrats are beginning to distance themselves from him. Obama never actually denied knowing who Gruber was, and stated during a press conference that he “completely disagree(d)” with the comments made in the video and that they were “not a reflection on the actual process that was run.” A video was released on November 17 dating back to 2006 of Barack Obama actually praising Gruber, admitting that he stole ideas from the current MIT professor.