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Did you operate an illegal war against Nicaragua? “Gosh, I can’t recall…But trees cause more pollution than automobiles do, ketchup is a vegetable, and the rich aren’t rich enough.”

Flash forward 22 years:

“What about the public option?” a man called out, interrupting the president in an exchange that seemed momentarily to throw Mr. Obama off stride by forcing him to depart from the remarks he was reading off a TelePrompTer.

“That’s not in it!” Mr. Obama called back.

“Why not?” the man replied.

“Because we couldn’t get it through Congress, that’s why,” Mr. Obama said.