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Obama devastates GOP "arguments" live on TV (House Republican retreat)

Barack Obama appeared at a nationally-televised House Republican retreat in Baltimore yesterday at which several leading Republicans asked him questions which he then handled with ease. He "p0wned" them so badly that Fox News cut away from the coverage twenty minutes before it ended. What the House members asked were weak, open-ended question or simply requests. They weren't adversarial questions designed to reveal flaws in his policies or statements. Because of that, they allowed him to say things like this:

And the notion that I would somehow resist doing something that cost half as much but would produce twice as many jobs -- why would I resist that? I wouldn't. I mean, that's my point, is that -- I am not an ideologue. I'm not. It doesn't make sense if somebody could tell me, "You could do this cheaper and get increased results," that I wouldn't say, "Great." ...The problem is, I couldn't find credible economists who would back up the claims that you just made.

He also shined them on: "Here's what I'm going to do, Mike: What I'm going to do is I'm going to take a look at what you guys are proposing" and referenced those who say tea parties types of things: "But if you were to listen to the debate, and, frankly, how some of you went after this bill, you'd think that this thing was some Bolshevik plot."

For your entertainment, the transcript is here, video is here and here, and see Marc Ambinder's take here and a Politico report here.

This incident shows a structural problem the GOP has: their leaders are great at cashing checks, but not so great at representing the interests of the American public. They aren't going to change, so if you want to oppose Obama in a smart and effective way you'll have to do it yourself. See the question authority page for a plan (note especially that the questioner has to be experienced), and here's our guide to asking politicians tough questions.

Other tags: bad questions · rnc

Sat, 01/30/2010 - 13:30 · Importance: 4

Sat, 01/30/2010 - 23:03
rjjrdq
rjjrdq.com

Hmmm. I thought it was a Bolshevik plot. He had me fooled.

Mon, 02/01/2010 - 02:18
Fred Dawes
www.myspace.com/freddawes1776/

Obama is a total Red/Nazi so are most political people in washington, some are black some are white some are brown and yellow but all hate our freedoms and want us all living in some monkey Red socialism worker state with obamas people running the system and its camps. If you cannot see this fact you are a fool or and total Red Nazi.

Mon, 02/01/2010 - 14:56
hiscross

Pure Nonsense. Berry tried to talked down to them and they didn't blink. He did the same thing with the banks and the stock market lost over 500 points in a few days. i do agree the Republicans are weak, but Berry and his team can't walk downhill without losing their breath.