“We are on the precipice of an achievement that has eluded Congresses and presidents for generations,” Obama told reporters after meeting with Senate Democrats for about an hour at the White House complex.
If you're thinking to yourself that the word "precipice" has negative connotations, and you're wondering why the great orator would use it to illustrate his grand victory, you have reason to wonder. Here are the two definitions of the word, both quite unnerving when applied to the health-care debate:-source
1. a cliff with a vertical, nearly vertical, or overhanging face.
2. a situation of great peril:
The 'Weekly Standard' piece uses images from 'Thelma & Louise' 'North by Northwest' and '300' to illustrate a precipice.
Perhaps a better illustrative image would have been Jack Dawson standing on the precipice of the ill-fated Titanic, shouting, "I'm king of the world!"