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Some Alternate Questions for Obama

While you're watching President Obama's unprecedented "online town hall," (which started at 11:30 a.m. ET), compare the questions being asked to the "Beltway Elite-approved questions" suggested yesterday by Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas:

" * Why are you so boring? How about cracking some jokes?

" * Don't you realize how inappropriate it is when you crack jokes?...

" * Why are you talking to us and not the NY Times, Washington Post, WSJ or USA Today?

" * Aren't you exhausted from walking and chewing gum at the same time?

" * Where were you really born, you impostor?

" * Why are you the first and only politician to ever use a teleprompter?

" * I've lost my job, my home, my business, and all hope. How else can I sacrifice to make Chuck Todd and his elite media friends happy?

" * Enough about A-Rod! What do you think about Lance Armstrong's broken collarbone?"

By Dan Froomkin  |  March 26, 2009; 11:45 AM ET
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all questions I've wanted answered.

Posted by: gwbush2323 | March 26, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see even DailyKos wants to see proof of where Obama was born, even if it is irony.

Posted by: pgr88 | March 26, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Some of this is funny, but the Chuck Todd thing is just sour grapes. Markos the Kos once proclaimed the majority, driving political force in America - centrist dems, repubs and indies, as the "mythical middle". Unfortunately, Mr. Moulitsas lives in a tiny bubble where everyone he knows thinks like he does, so of course he can't see the forest from the trees. Moderates always have and always will be the largest voting bloc in America. His petty jealousy of the Chuck Todd (it just kills Markos that Todd is quite rightfully more relevant than he is)at least signifies that he will always be nothing more than a fringe player who gets a lot of PR.

Posted by: wbpjr | March 26, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

DailyKos, of course didn't ask for proof of *where* Obama was born, but *whether* he was born. He is mocking you, pgr88. If you aren't mocking yourself.

Posted by: fletc3her | March 26, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Dan, stop now before I lose all of your friends in the White House press corps.

Posted by: smuhlberger | March 26, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

It staggers me how bad Todd is at his job. He was so good during the primaries at explaining the intricacies of the primary and caucus numbers, tracking the changes on his magic board, and making predictions; it's quite startling how bad he is at asking questions. Honestly, I think he should return to being a researcher and resource and stop trying to be a reporter.

The thing that was particularly frustrating about his question was that he asked people to post their questions, and got thousands of responses, many of them much, much better than the one he asked. So one wonders: what's his excuse?

Posted by: dougom | March 26, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

I wonder why the DEA just raided another marijuana dispensary in San Francisco AFTER Eric Holder said they would not continue this practice?

Posted by: winoohno | March 27, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

testing comments

Posted by: Bob Greiner | March 27, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Stimulus Is Trojan Horse

Some think those elected officials who indicate they won't take stimulus money are fools or have some other agenda. The fact of the matter is that they have read the Stimulus Bill and are being good stewards of their State budgets & taxpayers money. Read on for just one problem with the Stimulus.
In Utah lawmakers failed to change state law so they could get federal stimulus money meant to help the unemployed. To get the funding lawmakers would have had to change the law to allow about 4,200 jobless Utahans -- among them part-time workers and those who quit working to accompany a spouse who is changing jobs -- to get unemployment benefits. Those individuals don't currently qualify and the problem is that the Stimulus money is a one time thing so when it runs out you end up with a new or expanded program to pay for. Furthermore the Stimulus plan as written by the Dems and the Obama administration, does not allow States to put a sunset provision their laws so the expanded benefits would expire when the federal money runs out.

In Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has sent formal notification to the White House that LA will tap into at least part of its share of the federal stimulus package. He has told the White House that LA will accept stimulus dollars and "use them to promote economic growth and create jobs in a fiscally responsible manner." However, he let the administration know he continues to look at the rules for each pot of money to determine which dollars the state will use. The governor already has said he intends to reject the unemployment money.

The smarter Governors have already figured out that the Stimulus is a intentional or unintentional stealth means of pushing yet another unfunded mandate / socialist agenda on the States. Three cheers for those Governors who are risking their political careers to do the right thing for their citizens.

Posted by: smokedsalmoned | March 28, 2009 12:07 AM | Report abuse

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