Be careful what you say at think tanks, because it may come back to bite you in the future. Even presidents are not immune.
President Barack Obama has been arguing that MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, who has been singled out in recent days for making controversial comments about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was not involved in writing the ACA, commonly known as Obamacare. And President Obama clearly wants to distance himself from Gruber. Yet a Brookings video shows Mr. Obama saying that he has "stolen ideas" from Gruber "liberally."
The Daily Caller has the video here. The event, titled "Restoring America's Promise of Opportunity, Prosperity and Growth," took place April 5, 2006, when Obama was a senator from Illinois.
Then-Sen. Obama was on the first panel of that event, and Gruber was on the second panel at that event. Here is a transcript from the event.