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Friday, August 14, 2009

Obama's Talks but doesn't Listen

Obama simply loves to hear himself talk and could care less about what others are saying unless they are in FULL agreement with him and his radical agenda. President Obama what are we going to do with you and your gang. Are we really stuck with you for the next 42 months or do we have some recourse. You love yourself too much and care little for the American people and even less for the country that has given you so much! Your recent town hall meeting have proven that.


'Town Halls' a Chance for the President, Not the Public, to Vent
A look at President Obama's health care "town hall" Tuesday in Portsmouth, N.H., shows the president out-spoke his audience by a margin of nearly 9-to-1 -- hardly the kind of even-handed exchange of ideas that marked the town meetings of colonial America.
By Judson Berger

Much has been made of the chance for true, interactive democracy offered by the freewheeling town hall format that lawmakers are using in health care forums across the country.

But what the White House is calling a "town hall meeting" does not quite follow in the tradition of the public-driven forums that sprouted centuries ago in New England.

It's more like a press conference for the public.

In an orderly fashion, selected members of the audience pose brief questions, and the president elaborates.

And elaborates. And elaborates.

A look at President Obama's health care "town hall" Tuesday in Portsmouth, N.H., shows the president out-spoke his audience by a ratio of nearly 9-to-1.

Here's the scorecard.

Obama: 8,619 words.

Audience: 1,186 words.

That's hardly the kind of even-handed exchange of ideas that marked the town meetings of colonial America.

But Carolyn Lukensmeyer, whose company America Speaks organizes modern "town meetings" across the country to tackle policy issues, said public officials in general no longer use that spontaneous, rowdy and interactive format -- even though they kept the name. Fox News

2 comments:

Debbie said...

Love the idea of a word count, never thought about doing that. I was live blogging, typing as fast as I could. There were a few questions from folks on our side, two for sure, the third one was iffy.

Just another campaign stop for Obama.

Deborah F. Hamilton
Right Truth
http://www.righttruth.typepad.com

Mr Pink Eyes said...

Obama's idea of debate, as well as bipartizanship, is trying to make everyone agree that he is right. There is no give and take, no debate, with this man. That is becoming more and more clear every day.