It’s been quite some time since Obama answered any questions, apparently his twisted version of “transparency”
(Politico) As the national discourse has skipped along from the July jobs report, to negative campaign ads, to the new GOP vice presidential pick, the Republican National Committee points out, President Obama has yet to personally answer questions about either.
“It’s been almost eight weeks since President Obama last took questions from the White House press corps,” the RNC notes in a memo to be released Tuesday. “Since then, a lot has happened, and the American people are demanding answers on a growing list of issues.
“When will President Obama quit ducking and dodging? When will he hold himself accountable?”
Here are the questions (since they are coming from the RNC, rather than being written by Donovan Slack in the Politico article, I’m going to excerpt them all. Excerpting too much of an article is supposed to be a no no in the blogosphere)
1) Why did you cut $700 billion from Medicare?
Even as he talks Medicare on the campaign trail, the president has not explained why he robbed Medicare—and the seniors who depend on it—to bankroll Obamacare.
2) Do you condemn the Obama Super PAC’s desperate and despicable ad campaign?
As a candidate, then-Senator Obama promised to “walk the walk” and denounce independent organizations that ran indefensible ads on his behalf. Yet when the Obama SuperPAC Priorities USA produced an ad attempting to exploit a woman’s death for political gain, he remained silent. He previously gave his blessing to the SuperPAC and allows his cabinet and top staff to fundraise for it, but he lacks the courage to take responsibility for their appalling behavior.
3) How do you explain the July increase in unemployment and slowing GDP growth?
Last month, unemployment increased to 8.3 percent, marking the 42nd straight month of unemployment above 8 percent. We learned in July that GDP growth slowed, meaning the economy is losing steam. Yet the president cannot say why four more years of the same failed policies will turn around this dangerous trend.
4) Why is your plate too full for your own Jobs Council?
President Obama has not convened his Jobs Council in over seven months. The White House says he’s too busy, but he has found time for 130 political fundraisers since the last meeting of what he claimed was not a “show council.” (He has attended more than 200 fundraisers since April 2011.) So much for making jobs a “number one” priority.
5) Did you approve of David Plouffe’s profiting from a sponsor of terrorism?
Right after announcing his return to the Obama White House, David Plouffe accepted a $100,000 speaking gig with a company who had ties to sponsors of terrorism. It hardly seems responsible to give someone a high level security clearance after exhibiting such poor judgment.
6) Can you explain to business owners your “You didn’t build that” comment?
Small businesses are struggling in the Obama economy—especially in the wake of Obamacare. Entrepreneurs and innovators are rightfully outraged that the president would denigrate their hard work and attack them both with his policies and his words.
7) Do you condone your staff using personal email accounts to conduct government business?
We learned recently that former Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina used a private account to email lobbyists about “rolling Pelosi” during Obamacare negations. This seems highly hypocritical for the self-proclaimed “most transparent administration in history.”
8) Why didn’t you stop the restructuring of Solyndra’s loan?
Nearly everybody in the president’s inner circle knew Solyndra was headed for disaster. But the White House and the Administration approved of a loan restructuring plan that put taxpayers on the hook for hundreds of millions more. The president has not explained how he let this happen.
9) Why did you invoke executive privilege on the Fast and Furious scandal?
Americans deserve answers on how this failed operation turned into a tragedy. But the president is hypocritically impeding transparency and accountability.
10) Can you reconcile the conflicting responses to national security leaks?
Keeping America safe and secure is of paramount importance, but the president has yet to see fit to answer the charges, from Dianne Feinstein no less, that sensitive information has been leaked by his administration for political gain.
Some excellent questions. I’d really like to know the answer to #9. Since Obama slapped Executive Privilege on the remaining 90% of the documents, it must mean he has personal knowledge of the operation. How deep does that knowledge go? Since he’s POTUS, under the liberal blame rules established during the Bush 43 presidency, this means that Obama is personally responsible for the murders of 2 federal agents and 200-300 Mexican civilians.
And I’m sure we all have some questions for Obama. Personally, I’d like him to answer the question “how, exactly, do you plan on returning America to an economic powerhouse if given a 2nd term, considering that your 1st term policies have been failures?”