Listeners online and on the phone first heard emotional stories about health insurance and health care from members of faith communities around the country, moved to Barnes’ Q&A, heard from pastors and rabbis about what their congregations are doing to support reform, and concluded with Obama’s speech. Little actual news was created and the specific legislative process was not addressed, though Barnes did say the President continues to support a public option. Obama’s speech focused on correcting misinformation and rallying people around moral themes. He had some pretty good sound bites, including the suggestion that folks like Palin, Beck, and Grassley (not that he named names but you know who he meant) are breaking the Ten Commandments: “I know there’s been a lot of misinformation in this debate, and there are some folks out there who are, frankly, bearing false witness.”
For a full description of Barnes' Q&A, Obama's speech, and tips on what your congregation can do to help the cause of reform, read my write-up at MyDD.