Thursday, March 26, 2009

Semi-liveblogging Obama's town hall

I'm watching the live town hall. Not impressed with these answers. Shorter answer on why we can't have single payer health insurance. The insurance industry is too big and powerful to fight. We can't cut them out of the deal.

On legalizing marijuana, one of the most popular questions, he mocked the respondents, implying they were just stoned hippies and just said flat out no, he doesn't think legalizing a multibillion dollar underground industry will help grow the economy. Translation: Prohibitionists' lobbies are too powerful to fight. Gah.

So far the questions are much better than the answers. Which is an improvement over the presser the other night. So there's that...

Update: Answer on military procurement pretty good. Shorter: We're not going to just hand over money to Halliburton and the other big contractors anymore. Maybe give smaller contractors a chance to bid. Be interesting to see if that comes true.

Gives some strokes to the importance of nurses in medicine. Nice. They are under-rated and over looked way too often.

Education: Getting rid of inept teachers not going to play well with the teachers' unions.

Obama lucks out. Last Q from a young guy about pre-exiting conditions coverage. Plays right into his current narrative.

The one thing that stands out on the whole meeting is that Obama plays better when he's answering person to person in the room. He wins over the crowd with his charm. Well except for the guy who didn't get his Q on air. Obama talking to him privately as the meeting ends. He looks pissed.

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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

I prefer someone who concentrates on what can be done rather than to "stand on principles" like the other guys.

Principles, of course, are what we call the ideas that don't work.

Anyway, so much for the "far left Liberal" bullshit - the crap about being the "most Liberal Senator ever. He's a pragmatist and somehow I believe he knows that announcing big plans at a time like this is counterproductive and only gives the opposition time to plan and propagandize.

9:32:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I could never believe that so many people bought into the most liberal ever thing. For me, he was the best we could hope for under the circumstances. I just hope this is all strategic and not a signal that he's going to cave completely. I have to keep reminding myself how much worse it would be with McCain and Palin...

11:30:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

You know what happens to Messiahs. He's too smart to try to be one.

I think he's the most intelligent president in my lifetime and I put a great deal of hope in intelligence.

2:37:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I'm with you on that point Fogg. And really, I don't see much choice but to hope for the best.

3:01:00 PM  
Anonymous SunflowerPipes said...

I respect Obama he is a talented politician, President Obama seems to posse’s insightful, reasonable judgment on many issues, although in the case of marijuana prohibition laws I find Obama’s choice to answer with mocking humor to be lacking. Smoking marijuana is an easy thing to laugh about, it seems there is something about being stoned that brings a smile to people’s faces, however marijuana prohibition is not a joke. We should not be making jokes as millions of Americans are arrested for being caught on the wrong side of moral politicking, we should not laugh as we spend over 30 billion dollars a year going after Americans for smoking weed, we should not giggle and poke fun as we watch billions of dollars in tax revenue slip through our fingers each year, and should we not be jolly as thousands of people are murdered by cartels profiting from America’s moral hypocrisy. I believe there are profound latent consequences in prohibition that are not even factored in to our assessments of the effects of illegality, such as how we view the rule of law and the role of law enforcement in the community, the divisiveness between users and non users, the stigma of mental shock of incarceration. I say pot prohibition is no joke it has real costs paid for in real lives. Freedom is achieved in a country by placing responsibility in the hands of the citizen and not by the state legally enforcing morality.

12:08:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Hey sunflower. I've been saying the same thing for years.

9:44:00 AM  

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