White House: No, we’re not going to have regular Question Time sessions

posted at 7:14 pm on February 3, 2010 by Allahpundit

Yeah, there was a petition, but all the signatories were pundits and bloggers. Whom you really shouldn’t be listening to, you know.

Smart politics, but I weep for the loss of the video content that might have been.

Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton relayed the news during Wednesday’s briefing, calling the idea of standardizing “question time” good in concept but impractical in practice.

“David Axelrod has talked about this a little,” Burton said. “And what he had to say is: part of the reason Friday was so successful with the GOP conference was the spontaneity that occurred there. And it is going to be hard to recreate the spontaneity that happened.”

Burton added that the president “thinks that there is space for more open dialogue, and he is going to look for more opportunities to do things on camera and have open discussions on important issues.” But it was clear that the administration is not willing to incorporate a British-parliament-style Q&A session into American governance.

What incentive does The One have to do this again? If he wants airtime, he can get it in a thousand ways that don’t involve sharing the spotlight with otherwise invisible Republicans like Paul Ryan. Plus, the GOP wouldn’t let him get away next time with what he got away with last week, where the optics practically guaranteed that Obama would come out looking like the winner. No more O alone onstage while Republicans bark questions off-camera in the audience, sometimes so inaudibly that it sounded like Obama was giving a monologue. The only conceivable reason to revive this from the White House’s standpoint is if they finally decide that the “party of no” thing isn’t really hurting the GOP — which it isn’t — and that a stronger line of attack would be to push Republican proposals in front of the public and have Obama dissect them as unworkable. That might convince a few indies that the GOP isn’t ready for primetime yet, which could mean the difference between keeping and losing the House. But given the certainty that Republican questioners would be better prepared going forward, if you were The One, would you risk it?

Exit question: Why would it be hard to “recreate the spontaneity” of a session where Republicans lob questions at a Democratic president?


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I won’t address someone who can’t address our President with respect.

Palin Steele on February 3, 2010 at 7:47 PM

Damn right!

It’s MISTUH Chicago Jesus, Knucklehead!

Chris_Balsz on February 3, 2010 at 7:55 PM

strengths.

crr6 on February 3, 2010 at 7:35 PM

Blaming Bush.

CWforFreedom on February 3, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Palin Steele on February 3, 2010 at 7:43 PM
Yep~dumbest president evah.
I think only YOU have ‘behind the scene’ access with your backstage pass to obama’s teleprompter podium……

HornetSting on February 3, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Fixed.

HornetSting on February 3, 2010 at 7:55 PM

IT’s A JOB LOSS recovery !

CWforFreedom on February 3, 2010 at 7:56 PM

He’s already by far the most transparent president.

With whitehouse.gov, multiple press sessions, Obama let’s everyone see what goes on behind the scene.

Palin Steele on February 3, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Plus, he put the proposed health care bills on line, like he promised to do…

AND he televised the conferences on C-SPAN, like he promised…

Yep, he’s transparent all right – we see right through him.

massrighty on February 3, 2010 at 7:57 PM

Hewitt is calling him the “Say Anything President”, taking apart his lies today.

It is excellent radio.

THE ONE…”It’s a tough time to be in public office…”

Poor PBO…

Ragspierre on February 3, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Accepting Nobel prizes. Ok I will give him that one.
CWforFreedom on February 3, 2010 at 7:53 PM

Sadly no, PBHO destroyed protocol in that one too and managed to piss off the king, one of the only royals he hasn’t bowed to.

Bishop on February 3, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Palin Steele on February 3, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Plus, he put the proposed health care bills on line, like he promised to do…

AND he televised the conferences on C-SPAN, like he promised…

Yep, he’s transparent all right – we see right through him.

massrighty on February 3, 2010 at 7:57 PM

I would have thought the troll was part of the Question Authority crowd. Guess not.

CWforFreedom on February 3, 2010 at 7:59 PM

The Dems looked phony today, except for Blanche. He won’t allow that.

AnninCA on February 3, 2010 at 8:00 PM

I would have thought the troll was part of the Question Authority crowd. Guess not.

CWforFreedom on February 3, 2010 at 7:59 PM

PalinSteele looks to be a straight-up contrarian. Whatever position he thinks we’ll hold, he’ll take the opposite.

massrighty on February 3, 2010 at 8:01 PM

The Dems looked phony today, except for Blanche. He won’t allow that.

AnninCA on February 3, 2010 at 8:00 PM

Thread officially taken over by all HA trolls at 8:00 pm.

Nothing left to see here folks, move along.

Knucklehead on February 3, 2010 at 8:02 PM

He’s already by far the most transparent president.

Well, I have to agree with that one fully.

I can see right through him. I could see right through him when he gave that speech at the 2004 DNC, been able to see right through him ever since.

And so can anyone who has an IQ that exceeds their age.,

LegendHasIt on February 3, 2010 at 8:03 PM

massrighty on February 3, 2010 at 7:57 PM

OOPS, Sorry; Slow typist here.
GMTA

LegendHasIt on February 3, 2010 at 8:05 PM

Obama’s already done far more than any of his predecessors in this regard.

He owes us nothing.

Palin Steele on February 3, 2010 at 7:20 PM

You meant to post this on the wrecking our contry thread.

massrighty on February 3, 2010 at 8:06 PM

Weasel Eric Holder has ignored four requests to answer to assorted Congressional committees about his national security decisions. There is neither transparency nor justice nor ethics in this WH.

Eric Holder is a stonewalling, lying weasel re treatment of enemy combatants and the treatment of the Christmas Day panty bomber.
http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=ZWY5MjlmMThhNjJhNDJhOTQ0NDBhMjViZjdjYjNiZDQ=

This issue is really worth getting angry over. The WH PR “charm offensive,” not so much.

onlineanalyst on February 3, 2010 at 8:16 PM

He’s already by far the most transparent president.

Palin Steele on February 3, 2010 at 7:43 PM

He’s the most transparent liar, ever. I’ll give you that much, Dum Dum.

neurosculptor on February 3, 2010 at 8:19 PM

No, artfully picking apart your talking points.

crr6 on February 3, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Please cite an example, with a link from a credible source, where he has ever done this.

massrighty on February 3, 2010 at 8:24 PM

I won’t address someone who can’t address our President with respect.

Palin Steele on February 3, 2010 at 7:47 PM

Why do I suspect that this respect for the office of the president didn’t start until 12 months ago?

MarkTheGreat on February 3, 2010 at 8:24 PM

I won’t address someone who can’t address our President with respect.

Palin Steele on February 3, 2010 at 7:47 PM

It’s The Precedent. Show some respect for history.

neurosculptor on February 3, 2010 at 8:26 PM

Please cite an example, with a link from a credible source, where he has ever done this.

massrighty on February 3, 2010 at 8:24 PM

There are 9 parts. Here’s the first.

crr6 on February 3, 2010 at 8:31 PM

Actually, here’s a link to the whole thing. Enjoy.

crr6 on February 3, 2010 at 8:32 PM

He’s already by far the most transparent president.

Palin Steele on February 3, 2010 at 7:43 PM
He’s the most transparent liar, ever. I’ll give you that much, Dum Dum.

neurosculptor on February 3, 2010 at 8:19 PM

Ahh, it is DUM DUM. How did it slither into this site?

HornetSting on February 3, 2010 at 8:32 PM

When it comes to vacationing and laziness Obama has no equal as president. Even Clintoon managed to stay in town while doing the hired help.

viking01 on February 3, 2010 at 8:34 PM

He’s not going to do this again. After flying high, being touted for having batted down GOP questions with aplomb, he fell flat on his face today.

He managed to tell all moderates in the country they probably should vote GOP. LOL*

That was not his intended outcome, I’m sure.

AnninCA on February 3, 2010 at 8:34 PM

Please cite an example, with a link from a credible source, where he has ever done this.

massrighty on February 3, 2010 at 8:24 PM

There are 9 parts. Here’s the first.

crr6 on February 3, 2010 at 8:31 PM

Okay – you got the link, with credible source part right.
But, bobbing and weaving does not constitute demolishing.

massrighty on February 3, 2010 at 8:45 PM

Like I posted when Ed first discussed this, at least he was put in the mildly embarassing position to try to justify NOT answering questions and adding more transparency to the process.

It was his obvious move because the MSM will just accept the “recreate spontaneousness” nonsence, but at least he’s now on record for denying regular public sessions, despite constant pleas for bipartisanship.

DrAllecon on February 3, 2010 at 8:52 PM

Okay – you got the link, with credible source part right.
But, bobbing and weaving does not constitute demolishing.

massrighty on February 3, 2010 at 8:45 PM

Any objective observer (read:not you) would see that he completely destroyed every single talking point.
This very website posted on how well it went for Obama, and how GOP aides thought it was a mistake to televise it.

crr6 on February 3, 2010 at 9:01 PM

crr6 on February 3, 2010 at 9:01 PM

You suggest I’m not objective: Pot, meet kettle.

We both have reputations here; I’ll keep mine, thanks.

massrighty on February 3, 2010 at 9:03 PM

I see our president is once again slow on the uptake.

The Ugly American on February 3, 2010 at 9:06 PM

Any objective observer (read:not you) would see that he completely destroyed every single talking point.
This very website posted on how well it went for Obama, and how GOP aides thought it was a mistake to televise it.

crr6 on February 3, 2010 at 9:01 PM

I watched it. I didn’t think he was smart about it. He was definitely smart-alecky, but there were several areas where he actually painted himself into a corner.

Then, it’s followed up by today, where he basically lost track of his message. He’s been encouraging to Mod. Dems up until today.

Today, he basically forgot himself and scolded them. Hello? They represent real voters. And those real voters are polling against them and against the progressive agenda in a very direct way. There is no mistaking the mood.

He lost control over himself today.

Now, moderates know. He will push that agenda. He will continue to ignore them.

And they will show up to vote and stop him.

That’s the only conclusion you can arrive at. Blanche Lincoln is a decent moderate senator. She basically pointed out, “This centrist position has no validity.”

Now, for those who have appreciated her efforts for Arkansas, they’ll see her position. She’s been pressured to go along with a very unpopular position. It’s up to her now to truly convince her voters that she’s finished with that game.

Or, the voters will go GOP. There’s not a lot of doubt about Arkansas.

But I think the Q/A today will push even MORE voters who were still waffling over to push back.

He totally, totally blew it today.

Worse? HE blew it. It was such a newbie mistake, after over a year, that I doubt people are going to give him much of a pass. He should be smarter.

AnninCA on February 3, 2010 at 9:11 PM

We both have reputations here; I’ll keep mine, thanks.

massrighty on February 3, 2010 at 9:03 PM

This is laughable. 99.9% of the people here don’t remember you at all. You don’t have a “reputation” to speak of. You’re a random wingnut. Indistinguishable.

And if you did have a “reputation”, the fact that people are friendlier to you would have everything to do with the fact that you share political views with them, and nothing to do with your own intelligence, or wit.

crr6 on February 3, 2010 at 9:15 PM

Oh, and the fact that you even care about the “reputation” of your anonymous pseudonym on a fairly nutty conservative blog is depressing beyond belief.

crr6 on February 3, 2010 at 9:17 PM

Your first sentence is non-disprovable; you made up a number, that you can’t possibly substantiate, nor can I refute it.

As to your second sentence; I never indicated that people here were friendlier to me; if you’ve observed that, good.

And, thanks for acknowleding my intelligence and wit.

massrighty on February 3, 2010 at 9:21 PM

Oh, and the fact that you even care about the “reputation” of your anonymous pseudonym on a fairly nutty conservative blog is depressing beyond belief.

crr6 on February 3, 2010 at 9:17 PM

I don’t use my annonymity here to behave in ways I wouldn’t be proud to sign my own name to. So, reputation is important here too.

massrighty on February 3, 2010 at 9:23 PM

massrighty on February 3, 2010 at 9:23 PM

Whatever. I’ll forget you tomorrow, like everyone else. Enjoy your hard earned “reputation”.

crr6 on February 3, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Whatever. I’ll forget you tomorrow, like everyone else. Enjoy your hard earned “reputation”.

crr6 on February 3, 2010 at 9:27 PM

And you, yours.

massrighty on February 3, 2010 at 9:34 PM

He owes us nothing.

Palin Steele on February 3, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Er, no, sir. He owes us everything. He works for us, not the other way around.

He has responsibilies [sic]…you know, like fixing the economy.

Palin Steele on February 3, 2010 at 7:30 PM

This is a much more serious error than your first one. It is absolutely not the responsibility of the head of the Executive Branch (or any other member of the government, nor all together) to fix the economy.

This, sir, is not a fascist state, not yet, despite your apparent wish. This is a free country with a Constitution – granted more observed in the breach – that guarantees several fundamental rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of property.

Those facts may nettle you – and you and your Progressive brethren have been at pains to overcome them for the past 100 years – but they remain facts. Your days of dominance, of yoking the people to please your conscience, are nearly ended. Get used to it.

JDPerren on February 3, 2010 at 9:40 PM

Oh, and the fact that you even care about the “reputation” of your anonymous pseudonym on a fairly nutty conservative blog is depressing beyond belief.

crr6 on February 3, 2010 at 9:17 PM

So you don’t like it here, and find it beneath you, but continue to come? So…you are paid to come here…..am I right? Otherwise, why?

capejasmine on February 3, 2010 at 9:46 PM

So…you are paid to come here…am I right? Otherwise, why?

capejasmine on February 3, 2010 at 9:46 PM

I can’t speak for crr6, but I’ve found HA to be one of the few political sites that isn’t completely ruled by a hivemind or overrun by adbots/insult trolls/etc.

The limited registration contributes a bit to an echo-chamber effect, but it (usually) keeps out the simplesimons of the Internet very effectively.

Dark-Star on February 3, 2010 at 9:53 PM

He’s already by far the most transparent president.

With whitehouse.gov, multiple press sessions, Obama let’s everyone see what goes on behind the scene.

Palin Steele on February 3, 2010 at 7:43 PM

You know, I didn’t think we could get anyone more stupid than crap 6–but then you showed up..the bottom of the gene pool…

lovingmyUSA on February 3, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Ahh, it is DUM DUM. How did it slither into this site?

HornetSting on February 3, 2010 at 8:32 PM

Slither? More like a millipede–it skittered across…

lovingmyUSA on February 3, 2010 at 9:59 PM

Whatever. I’ll forget you tomorrow, like everyone else. Enjoy your hard earned “reputation”.

crr6 on February 3, 2010 at 9:27 PM

And you, yours.

massrighty on February 3, 2010 at 9:34 PM

Ugh. The troll certainly does.

HAnthonyWayne on February 3, 2010 at 9:59 PM

We both have reputations here; I’ll keep mine, thanks.

massrighty on February 3, 2010 at 9:03 PM
This is laughable. 99.9% of the people here don’t remember

you at all. You don’t have a “reputation” to speak of. You’re a random wingnut. Indistinguishable.

And if you did have a “reputation”, the fact that people are friendlier to you would have everything to do with the fact that you share political views with them, and nothing to do with your own intelligence, or wit.

crr6 on February 3, 2010 at 9:15 PM

You are kidding, right? You REALLY can’t believe what you are saying…

lovingmyUSA on February 3, 2010 at 10:02 PM

You are kidding, right? You REALLY can’t believe what you are saying…

lovingmyUSA on February 3, 2010 at 10:02 PM

I’m afraid he’s got a good point.

Political sites – as a rule – really aren’t where people make friends. Allies-in-argument, sure. But not really much more. That sort of thing is best reserved for forums where talking about politics is off-limits or kept in strictly controlled ‘off topic’ forums.

Dark-Star on February 3, 2010 at 10:08 PM

No, artfully picking apart your talking points.

crr6 on February 3, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Please cite an example, with a link from a credible source, where he has ever, ever, EVER done this.

massrighty on February 3, 2010 at 8:24 PM

FIFY

russcote on February 3, 2010 at 10:10 PM

Any objective observer (read:not you) would see that he completely destroyed every single talking point.
This very website posted on how well it went for Obama, and how GOP aides thought it was a mistake to televise it.

crr6 on February 3, 2010 at 9:01 PM

This very website did state that Republicans thought it was a mistake to televise it because they let Obama hog the cameras and dodge answering to many questions.

This website did not state that Obama demolished all the talking points.

In crr6′s liberal land…a President admitting to lying to the American people….admitting that his democratic Congress lied to the American people…and that he has broken many campaign promises is some kind of victory as long as Obama’s “speaks well”.

I know this post is long but it goes right to the heart of the idiocy of liberals like crr6 thinking this was only a big win for Obama…the Republicans got Obama to admit to lying,breaking promises,and destroyed one of the democrats main campaign themes of Republicans being the party of “No”:


“I went to the Republican House Caucus just yesterday to prove that I can go to my right once and awhile,

Yes you did Obama…..
….and the crowing by the press may give you the impression of victory by going there,but you will certainly pay for many admissions that you made:

1. Obama scored with getting his talking points played over and over on the MSM….but that is going to happen anyway.

But…..

2. Who promised TRANSPARENCY but did not deliver….Obama.
Who did deliver….Republicans.


3.
Who has consistently labeled the Republicans as the “Party of No” who have not presented any ideas….Obama.
Who had to admit that the Republicans had been submitting many ideas…the democrats just did not “like” them (or the lame line of “I can’t find any real economist who back up our ideas)………Obama

(via Ann Althouse)
http://althouse.blogspot.com/2010/01/president-obama-goes-to-gop-retreat-and.html

Quote:

OBAMA: Actually, I’ve gotten many of your ideas. I’ve taken a look at them… If you can show me and if I get confirmation from health care experts, people who know the system and how it works… I’m game….


So in effect…Obama just admitted that he and his democratic leaders have been lying to the American people.

….these are not the only lies he had to admit:

CHAFFETZ: [W]hen you stood up before the American people multiple times and said you would broadcast the health care debates on C-SPAN, you didn’t. I was disappointed, and I think a lot of Americans were disappointed.

You said you weren’t going to allow lobbyists in the senior-most positions within your administration, and yet you did. I applauded you when you said it, and disappointed when you didn’t.

You said you’d go line by line through the health care debate — or through the health care bill. And there were six of us, including Dr. Phil Roe, who sent you a letter and said, “We would like to take you up on that offer. We’d like to come.” We never heard a letter. We never got a call. We were never involved in any of those discussions…..

OBAMA: … I think it’s a legitimate criticism. So on that one, I take responsibility.


These are some main left wing talking points that he has just sent packing with his own words….

4. Who had to admit that their own democratically controlled Congress “snuck” in provisions…..Obama

(via Ann Althouse)
Quote:

if you want to keep the health insurance you’ve got, you can keep it; that you’re not going to have anybody getting in between you and your doctor in your decisionmaking. And I think that some of the provisions that got snuck in might have violated that pledge.

….How’s that for Transparency……liar.

This exchange here is just pure Gold:

5.PENCE: … Republicans offered a stimulus bill…. It cost half as much as the Democratic proposal in Congress. And using your economic analyst models, it would have created twice the jobs at half the cost. It essentially was across-the-board tax relief, Mr. President…. [W]ould you be willing to consider embracing… the kind of across-the-board tax relief that Republicans have advocated…?

I cut down that question to its essence, so I’ve made it look easier to see than it was, but does Obama answer the question? The closest he gets is:

OBAMA: … 95 percent of working Americans got tax cuts. Small businesses got tax cuts. Large businesses got help in terms of their depreciation schedules… [T]he notion that I would somehow resist doing something that cost half as much but would produce twice as many jobs — why would I resist that? I wouldn’t. I mean, that’s my point, is that — I am not an ideologue…. The problem is, I couldn’t find credible economists who would back up the claims that you just made…. There may be other ideas that you guys have….

….Obama brags once again about not being able to find “credible” economists that could back up the Republicans proposals……

………Looking at what a tremendous failure the Stimulus has been,the massive amount of debt we have incurred since he has been President,and the fact that Obama now wants a “Jobs Bill” sent through (essentially admitting the stimulus was a failure because it was supposed to be a huge job creator)……I think the American public might find it hard to believe his economist have any credibility.

…..Look..there is no doubt that the President is getting pats on the back from the media,some Republicans,and smooches from his left wing base…..

…..there is no doubt he is scoring with his sound bites right now……

….but polling shows the American public does not believe him anymore and the fact that liberals are having to jump on this as some kind of game changer shows how desperate they are.

……..The public does not like and is rejecting strongly what the democrats are selling.

….one more point on the “snuck in legislation”…

(via RealClearPolitics)
http://realclearpolitics.blogs.time.com/2010/01/29/obamas-stunning-admission/

Quote Obama:

For example, we said from the start that it was going to be important for us to be consistent in saying to people if you can have your — if you want to keep the health insurance you got, you can keep it, that you’re not going to have anybody getting in between you and your doctor in your decision making. And I think that some of the provisions that got snuck in might have violated that pledge. [emphasis added]

If we take this statement at face value, President Obama is admitting the the health care bills passed by either the House or Senate (or both) contained provisions which were “snuck in” – presumably by Democratic members and perhaps on behalf of certain lobbyists – that would have in fact prevented people from keeping their current insurance and/or choosing the doctor they want.

This was one of the core debates on health care throughout last year: Would President Obama and the Democrats’ legislation allow government to come between citizens and their choice of doctors and insurers? Obama promised it wouldn’t. Republicans said it would, and this was one of the aspects of the legislation that led them to characterize it as a government takeover of health care – the same characterization that Obama chastized the GOP for today.

….Mr. Hope and Change admitted time and time again that his democratically lead Congress lied to the American public….that Obama himself lied to the American public,and tried to sneak in provisions that could not make it through the democratic system of checks and balances…

……democrats need to be real careful how much celebrating they are doing over this because there is a lot here to work with in shutting down the dems electoral talking points of “Repubs are the party of no”, “Repubs did not present any alternative plans”,and “Obama has brought honest and real change to Washington”.

Baxter Greene on January 30, 2010 at 10:05 PM

Baxter Greene on February 3, 2010 at 10:19 PM

he’s not a coward.

he already had a Q&A where he spanked the republicans like schoolchildren.

He can’t be expected to babysit every month now.

He has responsibilies…you know, like fixing the economy.

Palin Steele on February 3, 2010 at 7:30 PM

I hate to be the one who breaks this to you. He won’t leave the wife for you. Sorry

katy the mean old lady on February 3, 2010 at 10:30 PM

Any objective observer (read:not you) would see that he completely destroyed every single talking point.
This very website posted on how well it went for Obama, and how GOP aides thought it was a mistake to televise it.

crr6 on February 3, 2010 at 9:01 PM

More lies coming from Obama’s White House.
This gem from the question and answer that crr6 calls such a victory:

Shameless Liar: Actually Those Health Care Talks Really Were on CSPAN (Video)
Friday, January 29, 2010, 6:45 PM
Jim Hoft
http://gatewaypundit.firstthings.com/2010/01/shameless-liar-actually-those-health-care-talks-really-were-on-cspan-video/

Barack Obama can’t help himself. Today, in front of national cameras, the radical claimed that his hidden health care discussions were actually on CSPAN:

Obama quote:

“The truth of the matter is that, if you look at the health care process, just over the course of the year, overwhelmingly the majority of it actually was on C-SPAN because it was taking place in Congressional hearings in which you guys were participating. How many committees were that that helped to shape this bill? Countless hearings took place.”

Really!!…..

….This from Obama’s own mouth at the GOP question and answer:


Queston from Chaffetz:

CHAFFETZ: [W]hen you stood up before the American people multiple times and said you would broadcast the health care debates on C-SPAN, you didn’t. I was disappointed, and I think a lot of Americans were disappointed.

Obama’s answer:

OBAMA: … I think it’s a legitimate criticism. So on that one, I take responsibility.

Obama admitted himself that he did not live up to this promise.

This President lies so much he can’t keep up with them even when they are only days apart..

But crr6 has no problem with this because Obama speaks so dam# well.

Baxter Greene on February 3, 2010 at 10:32 PM

Any objective observer (read:not you) would see that he completely destroyed every single talking point.
This very website posted on how well it went for Obama, and how GOP aides thought it was a mistake to televise it.

crr6 on February 3, 2010 at 9:01 PM

Here is another dodge and weave that liberals call …”destroying every single talking point”….
….yea,if the facts don’t matter:

Fact-Checking the President in Baltimore   [Daniel Foster]
http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=ZjZmOWU0MGUxMDRkNWU4ZDI1Nzc5MWY2ZGY3ZTM4YmQ=

Obama stated:

Beginning at about 3:33, the president says: “When you say that suddenly, I’ve got a monthly . . . deficit that’s higher than the annual deficit left by the Republicans . . . that’s factually just not true. And you know it’s not true.”

Actually Obama was right…it is not quite the same amount monthly…..
…..
………

That means that over twelve years of Republican rule, there was an average annual budget deficit of about $104 billion. Compare that with an average annual deficit since 2008 of $1.074 trillion — or about $90 billion per month.(for the democrats)

UGHHHHHHHH!!!….

Obama really got the GOP there right crr6…
..I mean Hensarling’s statement about Obama’s monthly deficit’s being more than the GOP’s yearly deficits is off about 14 bil.

….what a victory for the democrats for it to be brought up to the world to see that Obama is running 90 billion dollar a month deficits compared to the GOP’s 104 billion
dollar yearly deficits…….
….yea crr6….that was a big win for the democrats……
….please….please….please keep it up.

Baxter Greene on February 3, 2010 at 10:45 PM

his very website posted on how well it went for Obama, and how GOP aides thought it was a mistake to televise it.

One unnamed aide. Meanwhile the GOP leadership thought it was great and wants to do it again.

YehuditTX on February 3, 2010 at 11:16 PM

TRANSPARENCY!

fossten on February 3, 2010 at 11:31 PM

“…it is going to be hard to recreate the spontaneity that happened.”

Spontaneity is much too risky for Obama. He can’t gamble on being drawn into a true debate, heavy with number crunching and/or historical argument. He would risk exposure of the truly unattractive ideology which is masked by the sound bites. He would lose control, and control is everything.

Nichevo on February 4, 2010 at 2:56 AM

And if you did have a “reputation”, the fact that people are friendlier to you would have everything to do with the fact that you share political views with them, and nothing to do with your own intelligence, or wit.

crr6 on February 3, 2010 at 9:15 PM

Is he talking about the Daily Kos or the Democratic Underground?

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 4, 2010 at 5:39 AM

Axelrod knows that given a little time, even the most timid republican can sharpen a knife and stick The One in the eye with a question that would make him look like an unprepared and hapless dolt (which he is). This can’t happen.

kens on February 4, 2010 at 8:41 AM

Just a stupid little boy trying to do a mans job

How about a little respect from this clown to the American people.

Go pack your bags and get the hell to Pakisstaaaaaaaan so the girls can see the statue of little Barry before it gets torn down and you can explain your muslim background more efficiently.

bluegrass on February 4, 2010 at 9:10 AM

So you don’t like it here, and find it beneath you, but continue to come? So…you are paid to come here…..am I right?

heh. I wish. The only paid commenters I’ve ever seen here were conservatives (i.e. Manly Rash).

Otherwise, why?

capejasmine on February 3, 2010 at 9:46 PM

A variety of reasons. My interest is partly anthropological; frankly it’s fascinating to interact with people who are so unhinged….to see how their brains work. Most people would rarely come in contact with the typical wingnut type outside of seeing them screaming that Obama is a Nazi on a street-corner.

Part of it is there can occasionally be good debate here. There are a handful of smart, intellectually honest commenters that represent your side well (no, you’re not one of them).

And part of it is the fact that AP’s writing and political analysis are excellent. Even though I disagree with him on virtually everything, he’s a real talent.

So yeah, that’s pretty much it.

crr6 on February 4, 2010 at 9:27 AM

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