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CitizenTube: Ask Obama

Filed under: Obama — DRJ @ 9:02 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

A few days ago, the White House solicited questions for President Obama to answer on YouTube aka CitizenTube. Today Obama answered viewer-selected questions, the first of which involved health care. Obama called on Republicans to help pass reform.

In answering the second question regarding why he broke his promise to make health care meetings transparent, Obama said it was a “fair criticism” but he had actually followed through on transparency in many areas, including that his Administration was the first “since the founding of the Republic to list every visitor who comes into the White House online.”

In the third question regarding small business incentives, Obama said his Administration had waived SBA guarantees and fees to get more money in the hands of small businesses. (Waiving guarantees? Yikes. Why does that remind me of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?)

The fourth question concerned home loan modifications and The Swamp reviewed three other questions that involved privatizing government services, reducing health care premiums, and promoting green solutions. Obama’s answers were predictable but still interesting.


5 Responses to “CitizenTube: Ask Obama”

  1. I think this is a good thing since he hasn’t been able to get his message out through traditional media venues.

    I’ve never seen a President so ignored by the major TV networks, radio and print — domestically and internationally. It boggles the mind.

    I suppose his only hope now is to break through the Luddite black-out and make an underground appeal on this iApple intertube thingy.

    Ag80 (1592cc)

  2. I am shocked, shocked I tell you, that they did not select my question. Did he spit out that lie about how c-span had covered all the congressional hearings on healthcare, as though that was in any way different than prior to his ascension?

    JD (61d2c1)

  3. “since the founding of the Republic to list every visitor who comes into the White House online.”

    I really fault Martin Van Buren’s webmaster for slacking in that department. He could have at least kept Andrew Jackson’s CSS files.

    Techie (217a89)

  4. Since Obama’s campaign promise to show healthcare deliberations on C-SPAN is roughly the equivalent of posting the list of White House visitors, I’m going to skip my mortgage payment this month but I’ll reveal the guest list for my backyard Bar-B-Que instead.

    If the bank has any “fair criticism” for my decision, I’ll refer them to my elected representative.

    ropelight (ad619f)

  5. I’m not sure Obama understands what transparency means. I think he thinks it’s see-through underwear or something.

    Rochf (ae9c58)

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