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Hilarious: OFA Obamacare conference call ruined by tech glitches

posted at 11:24 am on November 20, 2013 by

AP linked to this story yesterday, but it’s sufficiently glorious to merit a stand-alone post:

Some supporters who tried to log in to hear President Obama defend his embattled health care law on Monday night were unable to hear him because the website of the group behind the call, Organizing for Action, failed to work for them. The website problems were an inconvenient moment for a president who has spent the last six weeks trying to explain the failure of, the online marketplace for Mr. Obama’s Affordable Care Act. “I want to cut through the noise and talk with you directly about where we’re headed in the fight for change,” Mr. Obama had said in one of many emails sent to supporters over the past several days. The emails urged supporters to log onto an Organizing for Action website at 8:15 p.m. to listen to the president’s remarks. Mr. Obama told those who could hear that there had been “a lot of misinformation” about his health care plan and noted that nearly a half-million people had signed up for Medicaid or for new insurance despite the problems with the health care website.

By all means, Mr. President, please debunk all that nasty “misinformation” floatin’ around out there — and be sure talk about how much you still believe.  Words are magic:

“I am confident that by the end of this month, it’s going to be functioning for the vast majority of folks,” Mr. Obama said. “Despite all the noise out there, despite all the criticism, despite all the setbacks, I’ve never lost faith in our ability to get this done.”

Inspiring!  Such a shame that the American people haven’t kept the faith along with him.  And it’s too bad that so many of his biggest sycophants were unable to hear his soothing assurances due to technical difficulties.  Where’s the sound, yo?

Many people who logged in said they could not hear anything, with the website reporting “connection failure” over and over again. It was unclear how many people could listen to the call. An official with the group gave a New York Times reporter, who also could not hear anything on the website, a telephone number to call and listen in. At the same time, a chat board on the website began filling up with messages:

“I can’t hear any audio?”

“Is everyone getting the ‘reconnecting’ message?”

“I did refresh twice — still no sound.”


One supporter pleaded, “Don’t tell me there are troubles with this live event like there were with the Obamacare website!!!!

One wonders how Republicans managed to obstruct and subvert an OFA phone call.  Chop chop, Barack.  There’s more misinformation to combat than ever.

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….The jokes just write themselves….

Markvike on November 20, 2013 at 11:27 AM

But Obama assured everyone that only 5% of the people on the call were affected, and they could still join the call with the “two cans and a string” method.

Meric1837 on November 20, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Old and Busted: Ditches and Slurpees
The New Hotness: Glitches and Slurpees

Christien on November 20, 2013 at 11:34 AM

I have just enrolled in schadenfreude anonymous. I’m so filled with the stuff that I can no longer get through the door. I can’t help myself, its just so yummy!

neyney on November 20, 2013 at 11:40 AM

It would be funny if the whole situation wasn’t so tragic.

UltimateBob on November 20, 2013 at 11:44 AM

And if you like your phone, you can keep your phone.

Galtian on November 20, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Chop chop, Barack. There’s more misinformation to combat than ever.

Let’s leave the dogs out of it, just this once, shall we? They deserve a break!

ExpressoBold on November 20, 2013 at 1:15 PM

If you like your plan, you can
keep your plan to yourself, Barack.

Marcola on November 20, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Damn! I signed up to be a part of that but forgot to call or login. I was curious as to what was going to be said, but got sidetracked doing something else. So I guess I didn’t miss anything.

tommer74 on November 20, 2013 at 3:29 PM it just me, or should this thread be enshrined in the Comedy Wing of the Hog Gas Hall of Fame?

Some of this stuff is Leno-esque!

The War Planner on November 21, 2013 at 12:23 AM

..Hog Gas == Hot Gas, of course!

The War Planner on November 21, 2013 at 12:23 AM

Somehow, I don’t think blaming Bush or the Republicans works any more. Perhaps he can start blaming Bill Gates, Apple, Intell, and China for not having the necessary technology to get the job done. At least that would bring the truth a little closer to where it needs to be.

bflat879 on November 21, 2013 at 6:58 AM