Open thread: President to solve nation’s problems in 140 characters or less

posted at 1:29 pm on July 6, 2011 by Allahpundit

What better way to spend a slow summer afternoon than on a White House campaign gimmick aimed at pandering to young voters? Livestreaming at 2 p.m. ET, it’s the Twitter Town Hall, where the questions are limited to 140 characters but the answers will go on — and on, and on — for as long as The One’s train of thought can carry him. You can submit a question yourself by using the hashtag #AskObama; Republican lawmakers, including Paul Ryan, have already availed themselves. The best question thus far, though, came from the other side of the aisle, surprisingly. Follow the link to see what it is — and who posed it. When Trumka said he’d had a “snootful of that sh*t” from the administration, I guess he wasn’t kidding.

Click here to watch. A tough constitutional question on the debt ceiling or the War Powers Act would alone make this worth watching, but since part of this exercise is to brand a guy who’s overseeing a ruinous entitlement load as somehow the “candidate of the young,” we’re bound to see some oddball, lighter-side crap too. In fact, check out the word cloud of Twitter questions for O from Detroit. The most troubled major city in America, and yet the topic du jour is … UFOs. What a waste. Now, a Robocop question — that would have been worthwhile.

Update: Not seeing a livestream at the link above, so watch here instead.

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Has anyone posted yet about this statement?

President Barack Obama says the debt ceiling should not “be used as a gun against the heads” of Americans to retain breaks for corporate jet owners or oil and gas companies.

What’s with the violent rhetoric, El Presidente?

Fallon on July 6, 2011 at 4:48 PM

I hear ya KWR

Florida seafood on 520 has some great rock shrimp

Wait til the last shuttle launch, what then?

cmsinaz on July 6, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Oh all the food there is awesome. We got some great clam chowder from the bar at the pier and ended up taking home a few extra quarts!

I don’t know what the folks on the Cape will do. I have friends that own a bus company and work the cruise passenger biz. I know Daytona is dead; was up there a few weeks ago and have never seen so many closed shops and stores in my life. It was downright eerie.

I am ready for a post Obamaworld. He is a one man Marxist wrecking ball of fury and I loathe him and his policies.

Key West Reader on July 6, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Has anyone posted yet about this statement?

President Barack Obama says the debt ceiling should not “be used as a gun against the heads” of Americans to retain breaks for corporate jet owners or oil and gas companies.
What’s with the violent rhetoric, El Presidente?

Fallon on July 6, 2011 at 4:48 PM

It would be a great ad to make. Juxtapose his “healing” speechifying session after Gabby Giffords with this statement.

The new era of civility has officially expired.

Key West Reader on July 6, 2011 at 4:51 PM

Key West Reader on July 6, 2011 at 4:50 PM

cruise biz will be the only thing left…skeletal crews at the cape i imagine….haven’t been to DB in ages…sad

*shudder*

cmsinaz on July 6, 2011 at 4:55 PM

What’s with the violent rhetoric, El Presidente?

Fallon on July 6, 2011 at 4:48 PM

good catch.

unseen on July 6, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Yes, how dare Republicans do what their constituents want them to do.

The nerve, really.

alwaysfiredup on July 6, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Great Idea Barry! You don’t even have to write (or pirate) a Little Red Book.
There’s just one small problem. Lenin was wrong. “A lie told often enough …” becomes first tiresome then the butt of a joke.

“The task of filling up the blanks, I’d rather leave to you” Mikado

Caststeel on July 6, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Key West Reader on July 6, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Daytona was on the skids before Obama due to Dem mayor. Google it, it’s just so sad and enraging. Daytona was the nicest place, once upon a time…

sandspur on July 6, 2011 at 5:13 PM

The most troubled major city in America, and yet the topic du jour is … UFOs.

#askobama Nobody at Columbia U in 1983 remembers u there. Were u abducted to Roswell?

Steve Z on July 6, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Daytona was on the skids before Obama due to Dem mayor. Google it, it’s just so sad and enraging. Daytona was the nicest place, once upon a time…

sandspur on July 6, 2011 at 5:13 PM

I didn’t know that. Do they even get Bike Week anymore or did they move that to Leesburg?

Key West Reader on July 6, 2011 at 5:18 PM

No, we’re not going to sit down and shut up. Please get used to it.

Opinionator on July 6, 2011 at 3:58 PM

I haven’t asked anyone to shut up.

gh on July 6, 2011 at 5:33 PM

unseen on July 6, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Just please stop or at least post the link only.

Knucklehead on July 6, 2011 at 2:51 PM

No, please continue to post the info as well as the link.

I don’t know about others, but I won’t go to certain sites as I won’t give them the traffic (Time, NYT) or just won’t for any reason (Kos), but it’s nice to know what they’re saying.

The info without the link is not that useful as it’s good to see where it’s coming from to learn the possible leaning of the article as well.

This is an open thread so I’m not sure why there’s an issue with any posts and it’s really nice in general for information to be shared. Not sure why people would want to discourage that.

As for double posting, why take the time to read four pages of comments just to find out if it’s been posted before. In that time many eyes might have come and gone and not had the opportunity for the new information. Isn’t it better to maybe have some duplication rather than not have it at all??

kim roy on July 6, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Isn’t it better to maybe have some duplication rather than not have it at all??

kim roy on July 6, 2011 at 5:54 PM

i think so. Most who don’t simple don’t want the information seen at all. An d i agree posting a snippet of the article with the link is the best way. many times i don’t want to take the time to go to the link if the article isn’t something that adds to the conversation. esp during heated back and forth in the comment section. Much rather keep the debate going and let people make up their minds if they would rather click over and read the article based on its content.

unseen on July 6, 2011 at 6:16 PM

He is a one man Marxist wrecking ball of fury

Key West Reader on July 6, 2011 at 4:50 PM

#winner

faraway on July 6, 2011 at 6:23 PM

Isn’t it better to maybe have some duplication rather than not have it at all??

kim roy on July 6, 2011 at 5:54 PM

i think so. Most who don’t simple don’t want the information seen at all. An d i agree posting a snippet of the article with the link is the best way. many times i don’t want to take the time to go to the link if the article isn’t something that adds to the conversation. esp during heated back and forth in the comment section. Much rather keep the debate going and let people make up their minds if they would rather click over and read the article based on its content.

unseen on July 6, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Thank you and thanks to others that share links along with snips. You are 100% right on wanting to decide whether to click for more or if that’s enough or not interested. Personally, I just *hate* blind links. I don’t want to give some sites traffic. Let me decide that.

I think we are all smart and bright enough to quickly scan the content with a small blurb and either move on or click if we’re interested.

One thing we can probably all agree on is that these blogs are the only place left where we can get information. Let’s not ruin that.

kim roy on July 6, 2011 at 6:32 PM

erm. no strike through. not sure how that happened. :/

kim roy on July 6, 2011 at 6:33 PM

In the meantime, Zero & Moochelle had to cancel their planned vacation to Whitefish, MT. scheduled for July 8th. Something about a debt ceiling meeting or other.

Kissmygrits on July 6, 2011 at 7:14 PM

it looks like Barry is wearing a powdered wig in that picture.

mizflame98 on July 6, 2011 at 8:41 PM

The following tells you exactly what average Americans think of Obama: A man selling pic with cut-out OBAMA on the Nat. Mall: $3 for DEMs, $30 for REPs; THERE WERE ABSOLUTELY NO TAKERS and PLENTY OF MOCKING!

Mutnodjmet on July 6, 2011 at 8:46 PM

One thing we can probably all agree on is that these blogs are the only place left where we can get information. Let’s not ruin that.
kim roy on July 6, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Well the thread police don’t like all that infomation happening around here. it makes their job harder.

unseen on July 6, 2011 at 8:51 PM

One word, six letters;

RESIGN

SmallGovtGuy on July 6, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Nope, not just you. I have an actual visceral reaction every time I see or hear him. I want to evacuate my alimentary canal from both ends simultaneously.

csdeven on July 6, 2011 at 3:07 PM

I’ve had the same loathing for him from the first time I saw a vid of that racist POS Wright and learned that he’s Obama’s spiritual mentor. That right there told me he’s the enemy of everything this nation stands for.

Gang-of-One on July 6, 2011 at 11:34 PM

The president could solve our problems easily enough and still stay within Twitter’s text limits if he simply typed ‘I resign.’

zoyclem on July 7, 2011 at 6:51 AM

President Obama’s decision to hold a Twitter Town Hall was an about-face for the commander-in-chief who only months ago in private conversations with aides would scoff at the 140-character social media format for its lack of depth and sophistication, according to sources with knowledge of those conversations.

In particular, Obama would get miffed at the news media for picking up the Twitter comments made by ex-GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. “He complained that ‘They hang on her every word and report it without even questioning her directly,’” one informed source said this morning, quoting the President.

unseen on July 7, 2011 at 7:19 PM

If it is good enough for Palin… what’s the outrage for?

Bradky on July 8, 2011 at 7:45 PM

THIS MAN IS AN AH…. PLEASE HELP THIS COUNTRY. DO NOT VOTE FOR THIS MAN. HIS WIFE SAID THESE WORDS : I have never, never been proud to be an american in my life… oh my god, please, perish the thought. I could never ever think those words. this is NOT an american couple. get them the heck out of here…………. please. i am very sad.

highninside on July 8, 2011 at 11:52 PM

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