Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Long And Short Of It

At a town hall meeting last week, President Obama took over 17 minutes to answer a question about taxes and healthcare. Of course the Kool Kidz in the media pounced.

It’s only nine times the length of the Gettysburg Address, and Lincoln was answering an easier question, the higher purpose of the union and soldiers who fell in battle. The president had an easy answer. He could have said I wanted to make history with health care and to do it I have to raise your taxes. … End of answer.

That was Charles Krauthammer of the Washington Post, who basically views the world through his gallstones. And then Anne Kornblut at the same paper took her shots.

He then spent the next 17 minutes and 12 seconds lulling the crowd into a daze. His discursive answer — more than 2,500 words long — wandered from topic to topic.


Halfway through, an audience member on the riser yawned. But Obama wasn’t finished. He had a “final point,” before starting again with another list — of three points.


The audience sat politely, but people in the back of the room began to wander off.

I suppose both Dr. Krauthammer and Ms. Kornblut would prefer to go back to the good old days when we had a president who didn’t sweat the small stuff and was easily distracted by a laser pointer. But wait; aren’t these the same people who said he couldn’t do anything without a teleprompter?

I honestly don’t get it with people who think that there is a downside to having a president who actually understands how things work and is capable of answering a question in detail. Their idea of a presidential candidate is either someone whose role model seems to be Chrissy from Three’s Company or a former Speaker of the House who got canned by his own party and who deliberately lies about what is actually in the healthcare bill.

As always, digby wraps it up perfectly.

OMG! Obama is like making us, like, sit and listen to rilly, rilly, like, boring junk about health care and noooobody caares! He talked for 17 whole minutes and I so like just wanted to diiie.

No way is he going to be my bff anymore