Prepackaged Questions For Obama

Discussion in 'Politics' started by bugscoe, Jul 1, 2009.

  1. Yawn.
  2. Don't you have some trading to do or something?
  3. Cesko


    Not even dervishes could spin like Dibbs.
  4. Lucrum


    "The point is the control from here. We have never had that in the White House. And we have had some control but not this control. I mean I'm amazed, I'm amazed at you people who call for openness and transparency and have controlled..." veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas
  5. Illum


    "We have never had..."

    Well ya got it now. Helen better shut up or she will be written out of the script. They sure played act one perfectly. The anointing of someone from out of nowhere by the media. Stick to the script lackeys, ask what you are told to.
  6. Tom B

    Tom B

    23:48 GMT +00:00
    Yes, we have no planted questions

    Posted by: l WASHINGTON

    BEFORE today's health-care town hall in Virginia, reporters asked Robert Gibbs again and again on whether the White House would screen questions for the president. The answer: Of course. The White House press corps, not amused, pointed out that questions "from the public" didn't mean much if they were screened. "I'm confused," said Mr Gibbs, smiling. "Are you not a member of the public?"

    Fast-forward to the town hall and you can see why people were worried.

    Question one, a softball from the left: "Why are we considering a health-care plan which maintains the private insurance companies with their high overhead costs, instead of a single-payer plan, which would eliminate the high overhead costs, saving the American taxpayer hundreds of billions of dollars, while covering everyone in our country?"

    Question two, a plea that made the president look like the comforter-in-chief: "I'm just trying to figure out how I'm going to make it in nine years until I'm qualified to get my regular Social Security—now that I have a new tumour and I have nowhere to turn."

    The fourth exchange was embarrasing. The questioner declared that he worked "for a group called Health Care for America NOW," a group that basically supports the president's plans. "I think he knows something about health care," said Mr Obama.

    The staged town hall is a spoil of the presidency, but it's relatively worthless as an educational tool and of questionable political value. How many town halls did George Bush hold on Social Security reform? Plenty. How much did all those friendly questions help in his push for reform? Not at all.