Obama Barraged By Pot Questions For Upcoming YouTube Town Hall

Obama Chesh 2I predict nothing of “substance” will be properly addressed. Huffington Post reports:

President Barack Obama plans to take questions from YouTube viewers Thursday afternoon, and for the third time in as many years, the overwhelmingly most popular query involves the legalization of marijuana.

Of the top 100 most popular questions as rated by YouTube users, 99 are about the drug war or pot. Of the next one hundred, 99 are again about drug policy. Somehow, two questions about clean energy made their way into the top 200.

The pot questions don’t stop there, but HuffPost stopped counting deep into the 200s, as the president is unlikely to answer all of them. If past history is any guide, he may not answer any of them.

A White House spokesman tells HuffPost that the president on Thursday will answer whatever questions YouTube puts before him. “A selection of top voted questions has been made to insure that as many of the most important questions as voted by the YouTube community will be asked,” a YouTube spokesperson told HuffPost.

Obama did answer the question in 2009, addressing folks who asked if the president would consider legalizing marijuana to boost the economy and tax revenue.

“Can I just interrupt, Jared, before you ask the next question, just to say that we — we took votes about which questions were going to be asked and I think 3 million people voted,” he said to aide Jared Bernstein. “I have to say that there was one question that was voted on that ranked fairly high and that was whether legalizing marijuana would improve the economy — (laughter) — and job creation. And I don’t know what this says about the online audience — (laughter) — but I just want — I don’t want people to think that — this was a fairly popular question; we want to make sure that it was answered. The answer is, no, I don’t think that is a good strategy — (laughter) — to grow our economy in 2009.”

That answer tortured legalization backers as much as being ignored, if this year’s questions are an indication. Many of them knock the president for laughing at their issue…

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  • Hadrian999

    questions from people on pot would be so much more fun

  • Hadrian999

    questions from people on pot would be so much more fun

  • Haystack

    Laugh it off, then wonder why the left didn’t turn out for you on the midterm.

  • Haystack

    Laugh it off, then wonder why the left didn’t turn out for you on the midterm.

  • justagirl

    what a dick.

  • justagirl

    what a dick.

  • Bud Bundy

    When criticized for not answering, Obama did not answer criticism. An unknown White House staffer stated “A majority of Americans still think each thunderstorm is the sign of God’s wrath. Do you really think he’s going to test these people, already angered that a ‘Negro’ is in office?”

    On further questioning, the same staffer said “No, they don’t know that ‘negro’ is Spanish for black. They think its a more acceptable term for something else, which is commonly referred to as the ‘N-Bomb’. That may have been so at one time, but now it just makes you sound like a jack ass.”

  • Bud Bundy

    When criticized for not answering, Obama did not answer criticism. An unknown White House staffer stated “A majority of Americans still think each thunderstorm is the sign of God’s wrath. Do you really think he’s going to test these people, already angered that a ‘Negro’ is in office?”

    On further questioning, the same staffer said “No, they don’t know that ‘negro’ is Spanish for black. They think its a more acceptable term for something else, which is commonly referred to as the ‘N-Bomb’. That may have been so at one time, but now it just makes you sound like a jack ass.”

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Lends a lot credence to Mr Chomsky’s classic statements about soft propaganda and false dichotomies in public debate. If the subject is verboten…it won’t get touched even if 300 million ask about it at the same time…unless the entire crowd is moved to vote as one and chase every last spectre of Beltway/CW/lobbyist tainted slime from office in one brutal sweep.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Lends a lot credence to Mr Chomsky’s classic statements about soft propaganda and false dichotomies in public debate. If the subject is verboten…it won’t get touched even if 300 million ask about it at the same time…unless the entire crowd is moved to vote as one and chase every last spectre of Beltway/CW/lobbyist tainted slime from office in one brutal sweep.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Just for the record, here’s my question. Apparently the POTUS’s schedule was just too crammed to get to it. Oh well.

    “Mr. President,

    Your recent state of the union speech discussed the need to leverage America’s unique competitive advantages in the worldwide economy. I would like to echo that sentiment and ask you to further comment on one particular endeavour in which you yourself are an un-rivalled master: The wholesale manufacture of artificial credibility.

    You’ve shown us all the heights to which a total disregard for moral consistency and the intelligence of your audience can take a man, what with your brilliant post-midterm policy reversals like the Estate Tax Giveaway and Issa-esque Deregulation Drive and all. How do you personally plan to leverage America’s competitive advantage in the production of bullshit?”

    Thank you very much.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Just for the record, here’s my question. Apparently the POTUS’s schedule was just too crammed to get to it. Oh well.

    “Mr. President,

    Your recent state of the union speech discussed the need to leverage America’s unique competitive advantages in the worldwide economy. I would like to echo that sentiment and ask you to further comment on one particular endeavour in which you yourself are an un-rivalled master: The wholesale manufacture of artificial credibility.

    You’ve shown us all the heights to which a total disregard for moral consistency and the intelligence of your audience can take a man, what with your brilliant post-midterm policy reversals like the Estate Tax Giveaway and Issa-esque Deregulation Drive and all. How do you personally plan to leverage America’s competitive advantage in the production of bullshit?”

    Thank you very much.

  • DeepCough

    People need to stop looking to the Executive to change these laws and should start looking toward the LEGISLATIVE branch to repeal these backward drug laws for a change.

  • DeepCough

    People need to stop looking to the Executive to change these laws and should start looking toward the LEGISLATIVE branch to repeal these backward drug laws for a change.

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