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LIVE BLOG: Obama Kicks Things Off

He is in a room filled with lawmakers. His tone is conversational and he remains seated. He is, in a sense, now only one player in the process, having failed up until now in a meaningful way to command the national stage and push through his signature agenda item. He gives another run at trying to tie health-care to “fixing the economy” and controlling the debt. His plain was perceived as making things worse, and hence it has stalled. So he resorts to the hard-luck stories of those without insurance or who face “bankruptcy” because of health-care costs. This is pleasant enough, but is this going to change minds?