Saturday, March 28, 2009



Thanks to Lone Ranger, over at Important Stuff--Or Not for pointing out a Washington Post article that reveals how the President BO online town hall meeting was suspect, at best. You can read for yourself at: fixed.

Do you know the names: Sergio Salmeron; Tom Sawner; Carlos Del Toro; Linda Bock or Bonnee L. Breese?

They were the five fully identified questioners called on "randomly" by the president in the East Room

Turns out these "randomly" called on persons all had direct connections to President BO, either as campaign workers, campaign contributors or Democrat "friends of the president, such as the one appointed by the American Federation of Teachers who sits on the executive board of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, Local 3.

You can read the full text of the online town hall meeting at: Text.

Now, there is nothing wrong with having "friends" ask questions.

What's wrong is to present something as objective that obviously was not.

Almost all of the questions "selected" as representative of those emailed to the meeting were "on message" questions that allowed President BO to spew the same answers, with the same responses on the same topics he always talks about in LIVE town hall meetings.

To have been honest, President BO, or some off-screen announcer should have said something like: "The following questions were carefully selected from those sent in to help President BO continue to deal with only those issues on his agenda."

If you are a true liberal, you see nothing dire about this kind of deception, and consider it as an appropriate way to get a message across to the "people."

I am not implying that this kind of lying is restricted to Democrats, for Republicans have been known to do the same kind of thing.

What I am suggesting is that, while I think the basic idea of online town hall meetings is a great one, and inevitable in this age of technology, those involved should make extra efforts to insure that the question represent ALL of the issues close to the hearts of all of the questioners, not close to the heart of the host (President BO).

Otherwise, people might be suspicious that the meeting was contrived.


Tom said...

And we expect anything different from a "transparent" administration when they were doing the same thing during their campaign? Who do they think they are kidding?

Joe said...

Tom: It seem that they not only think they are kidding you, but the majority of the rest of the country as well.

Lone Ranger said...

This reminds me of the dispatches I read from North Korea nearly every day. The American warmongers and the South Korean puppet government are just chomping at the bit to invade the North and eat all the babies. It is the crudest of rhetoric, but the North Korean government thinks that people believe it. They really do believe we're stupid.

Lone Ranger said...

Obama has kept his promise to have a transparent administration -- we can see right through him.

Chris M. said...

Joe the plumber asked the candidate one question he didn't like. And the Democrat power structure attempted to destroy the man's ability to make a living by any means necessary, legal or illegal. Apparently not one Democrat in this whole country was bothered by that abuse of power. It would be strange to imagine after that that they would muster any civility, fairness or even respect for a non-Democrat's humanity or basic rights.

Mark said...

I live in Fredericksburg, VA, and I've never heard of Carlos del Toro.

I don't know that means anything, just thought I'd mention it.

Of course all the questions are scripted. Obama can't speak off the cuff, and he doesn't like tough questions.

shoprat said...

It reminds me of when I was a store manager and we used to get videos of interviews with the CEO and you tell the thing was scripted. We never did take it seriously. Sadly the average American voter isn't as enlightened as the average store manager.

Tapline said...

Joe, This whole administration and the Congress leave much to be desired for a free country "of the people and by the people".....