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Thursday, October 21, 2010

In the Back Yard with Obama

Posted by on Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 8:40 AM

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A little later this morning, I'll be in a back yard in north Seattle—presumably a little different than the back yard at left—watching President Obama do one of these.

I'd ask for suggested questions I should ask the president, but this isn't going to be that kind of event. I'm going to be watching as regular Seattleites—regular Seattleites who have been let into this back yard, that is—ask questions of Obama.

Will they ask the hard ones? I'll let you know later today.

Meantime, a lot of people in Seattle read Slog, and I'll go out on a limb and say that a lot of people likely to be in the pool of "average Seattleites" that the White House is picking from today read Slog. And, probably more than a few of them read it on iPhones and such while they're oh, waiting to ask the president a question or two in north Seattle. Got a thing they absolutely must ask him? No guarantees, but hey, look, there's a highly readable comment thread right down there...

 

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stinkbug 1
Where in Ravenna is this happening?
Posted by stinkbug on October 21, 2010 at 8:42 AM · Report this
Jenny from the Block 2
You don't think their questions were vetted already?
Posted by Jenny from the Block on October 21, 2010 at 8:47 AM · Report this
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"Mr. President... why did you derail the Kerry-Graham-Lieberman climate change bill in favor of weakened health care reform?"
Posted by Porkchop Sandwiches! on October 21, 2010 at 8:47 AM · Report this
Canuck 4
"Mr. President, you have an open invitation to drive up north and to see how well same-sex marriage and gays and lesbians serving openly in the military is working for us, will you accept?"
Posted by Canuck on October 21, 2010 at 8:50 AM · Report this
stinkbug 5
Er, I meant Wedgwood.
Posted by stinkbug on October 21, 2010 at 8:51 AM · Report this
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yeah.
maybe those manly Canadiums could take over for us in Afghanistan and show us how it's done!
Posted by HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA on October 21, 2010 at 8:56 AM · Report this
Original Andrew 7
Mr. President, how is it constitutional for your administration to have the authority to order the assassination of US citizens without charges or trial, and why do you claim that the courts have no authority to review these cases?
Posted by Original Andrew on October 21, 2010 at 9:01 AM · Report this
stinkbug 8
Ah, nevermind. 7300 block of 40th ave ne.

http://www.wedgwoodview.com/2010/10/21/h…
Posted by stinkbug on October 21, 2010 at 9:02 AM · Report this
Canuck 9
@6 Canada has been in Afghanistan since 2002. What was your point?
Posted by Canuck on October 21, 2010 at 9:05 AM · Report this
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"Do you think Don't Ask Don't Tell is constitutional?"
Posted by cgd on October 21, 2010 at 9:07 AM · Report this
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@9

"On 29 January 2008, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that Canada would extend its military mission in Afghanistan to 2011 ONLY if another NATO country puts at least 1,000 soldiers in the dangerous southern province of Kandahar...."
Posted by MOMMY! I'm Afraid! HOLD MY HAND... on October 21, 2010 at 9:13 AM · Report this
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@9

"Canada has announced that it will withdraw its troops from Afghanistan in 2011. In September 2008, Stephen Harper pledged this, saying a decade at war is enough. He acknowledged that neither the Canadian public nor the troops themselves had any appetite to stay longer in the war..."

Canadian troops have No Appetite for war.

cause War is not as tasty as Dick.......
Posted by wave goodbye to the brave Can'tucks..... on October 21, 2010 at 9:17 AM · Report this
Canuck 13
@11 This is your last feeding, as you are a very fat troll, but...Canada's mission in Afghanistan is until Dec 2011, if you actually want to learn something, instead of picking random sentences out of wiki:

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2009/02/1…
Posted by Canuck on October 21, 2010 at 9:19 AM · Report this
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sure.
you gotta run in and let mommy wipe your nose.
we understand.....
Posted by TijuanaBlue on October 21, 2010 at 9:33 AM · Report this
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why are you saying that john ashcroft who announced he would abuse the material witness power in advance can't be sued for his violation of us laws, international human rights law and basic moral rights for which we fought a revolution against a tyrannical english king? and how is that in any sense change compared to ....bush and ashcroft?

how do you expect us to not be disillusioned when you accpet the most illegal acts perpetrated by bush and ashcroft and the other torturers?

oh wait you have to be polite, silent yourself, you can't bring up torture, never mind. and others might shush you.
Posted by ashcroft = obama on October 21, 2010 at 9:47 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 16
Finally!

Now we can find out if he prefers Rainier in a can or in a bottle.

I'm hoping he opts for Strongbow in a Tall Can.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on October 21, 2010 at 9:49 AM · Report this
cressona 17
Porkchop Sandwiches! @3: "Mr. President... why did you derail the Kerry-Graham-Lieberman climate change bill in favor of weakened health care reform?"

Ah yes, because one of the powers of the presidency is the ability to force United States senators to do one's bidding. Obviously, it's Barack Obama's fault that Ben Nelson and Blanche Lincoln and Evan Bayh and several other conservative Democrats actually have a mind of their own.

Also, it's funny that you should refer to the health-care reform bill as "weakened" in comparison to a climate change bill that was so gerrymandered and littered with industry handouts and special exceptions that it could serve as the textbook example of legislation that has been weakened to the point of nothingness for the sake of passage.

But hey, go on championing those paragons of political courage that are John Kerry, Joe Lieberman, and Lindsey Graham. Then again, something tells me you couldn't care less about Kerry-Graham-Lieberman to begin with.
Posted by cressona on October 21, 2010 at 9:52 AM · Report this
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Dear Mr. President, the rent is too damn high.
Posted by Vadt on October 21, 2010 at 10:03 AM · Report this
dirac 19
"Obviously, it's Barack Obama's fault that Ben Nelson and Blanche Lincoln and Evan Bayh and several other conservative Democrats actually have a mind of their own."

No, but what convenient scapegoats for Obama apologists on the left of center. Just because the climate bill was watered down doesn't mean healthcare wasn't. There was plenty of wheeling and dealing by this administration to turn HCR into an insurance/hospital bailout, by the way.
Posted by dirac on October 21, 2010 at 10:10 AM · Report this
misterlevitan 20
Mr President: will you please get a better spokesperson? I suggest someone bold and recognizeable, to reply to all of the harebrained political ads and attacks and general BS. I know you can't go on record and say that all of this vehement, illogical right-wing hot air is bullshit, but you should appoint someone to come out and tell it like it is. Someone who brings awareness to mainstream America that this backlash is in response to all of the GOOD that you have done, because obviously if you were ineffective and weak, Dems would be running unopposed this term.
Posted by misterlevitan http://www.seattlesubsonic.com on October 21, 2010 at 10:18 AM · Report this
cressona 21
dirac 19: No, but what convenient scapegoats for Obama apologists on the left of center. Just because the climate bill was watered down doesn't mean healthcare wasn't.

No kidding healthcare reform was watered down. Where did I say otherwise? Or would you prefer that the president look back on these two years with a clean slate of zero serious legislation passed lest God forbid we have to settle for legislation that the modern Senate is capable of passing?
Posted by cressona on October 21, 2010 at 10:18 AM · Report this
dirac 22
21-Interesting, once again all the Senate's fault. No, doubt is is an august and useless artifact. But please don't pay attention to the deals with PHRMA and the hospital associations made IN the White House. The bully pulpit is totally ineffective, it's that damned Senate.
Posted by dirac on October 21, 2010 at 10:37 AM · Report this
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So, did you hear any questions from the wimminz of the area about how the economy has benefited them to this point? Now that there's no money in working, women make up 51% of the Work Force. Men, always driven by cash, have taken THEIR labor and efforts underground where nobody knows about the real economy and how the country's survival is sustained. Women voters - getcher game on: the cad is rapp'n you.
Posted by SWPAnnA on October 23, 2010 at 4:13 AM · Report this

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