Washington D.C. (FTB newswire) In a dramatic attempt to quell rising tensions, President Obama is offering free medical care to the citizens of North Korea. The bold move comes as N. Korea prepares to launch a second long range missile. The proposal was made last night during a speech to U.S. hospital directors in Omaha Nebraska.
At a press conference this morning, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked about the astonishing plan, "We had to do something. The President knows health care issues."
Rumors have circulated among the press corps that the suggestion was made because of an error in the Presidents teleprompter. Obama was scheduled to give a speech later today at the U.N. about the growing crisis on the Korean Peninsula. When asked about a possible mix up, the White House Communications Director was outraged, "That's absurd; each of the Presidents speeches is carefully cut and pasted together using the latest version of Microsoft Word. We do use spell check, Duh!"
Reaction was immediate from North Korea. The official news agency for the DPRK released this statement, "The great and glorious people's revolution led by Our Dear Leader, Dr. Kim Jong IL M.D. has given the people of N. Korea the most celebrated and illustrious health care in the universe. Health care? We don't need no stinking health care!"
Vice President Joe Biden was questioned about any input he might have had, "I told the President, giving North Korea quality health care will save the US trillions of dollars. The last I heard, Kim was planning on dropping a nuke on Honolulu. Do you have any idea what that would cost?"
Update: Obama set to offer island nation of Nauru, New Jersey.