Obama has been telling us recently that we need to tone down the rhetoric. Apparently he doesn’t like what we have to say so of course we shouldn’t say it. What is funny though is apparently he has plenty to say, or at least plenty of talking to do, without much to actually say. Friday at a question and answer session for workers he was asked if he thought adding taxes via the health care package was a good idea because we are over taxed as it is.
The workers name was Doris and she said “We are over-taxed as it is,”
His response was “Well, let’s talk about that, because this is an area where there’s been just a whole lot of misinformation, and I’m going to have to work hard over the next several months to clean up a lot of the misapprehensions that people have,”
He then apparently spent the next 17 minutes rambling on about a number of seemingly unrelated topics, including pay as you go, FICA, COBRA, Medicare waste, Congressional Budget Office reports, and even bringing Warren Buffet into the picture. His answer was over 2500 words and 17 minutes long. He went on with a three point list, making a final point before starting another three point list.
According to the report people on the stage were yawning and some of the people in the crowd began to wander off. Finally he finished up with “Boy, that was a long answer. I’m sorry,” he said, drawing nervous laughter that sounded somewhat like relief as he wrapped up. But, he said: “I hope I answered your question.”
The report did not say whether he did or not but based on what was written I’m guessing he did not. I wonder what Doris thought about that? Maybe she is one of the ones that wandered off.