From a transcript of the speech: "What kind of country would this be if this Chamber had voted down Social Security or Medicare just because it violated some rigid idea about what government could or could not do?"
There it is. So far no one in the MSM or in the alternative media has commented. A big kerfuffle about a portion of the speech being a factual error on A. Lincoln's role in the formation of the Republican party. But not a word on the implied assertion by Obama that the ideas in the constitution are too rigid for his grand designs and therefore, as in SSC and Medicare, worthy of getting a pass on those rigid ideas about what the government could or could not do.
During the speech the chamber experienced the quietest moment during and immediately after this utterance. Before this paragraph that this quote came from was complete and after the absolutely stunned silence, Obama is reciting the pledge of allegiance, including the "one nation under God" part. IIRC he also slouched over the podium in a half prayer-like position. Since I interpreted the previous statement as an attack on the constitution and the silence as a rebuke, I then interpret the recital of the pledge and the slouch as a plea for forgiveness for making a public faux pax in exposing his disdain for the governing document of our nation.
Come on bloggers. Give this at least some electrons.