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The Interrupt-a-Thon

Well, Fox News decided to get tough on a President. Ask those hard questions. Don’t allow any wiggle room. Interrupt. Interrupt. Interrupt.

Of course, the President in question is Barack Obama, not George W. Bush. No, even at the height of the iraq war, Bush could always count on Fox for those friendly, softball interviews. Today, Fox White House correspondent Bret Baier decided to go for the jugular in his interview with Obama on health care. The reporter interjected so many times that Newsweek has already dubbed the interview as an “interrupt-a-thon.”

Credit Obama for at least sitting down in the lion’s den and putting up with the juvenile tactics thrown his way. Baier, clearly making a career move here, was repeatedly chastised by Obama for not even letting him finish basic thoughts. So much for fair and balanced.

Meanwhile, it looks like Obama might have a better spring than fall: he’s inching closer on health care reform. A jobs bill will pass. There are some slight signs of hope for the economy. It’s been a tough year for the guy and the people will have their say come November — unless Fox News tries to interrupt them, too.

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  1. March 18, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Typical Obama. He doesn't ever, and I mean EVER, answer the question with an answer that has ANY relevance whatsoever. The whole interview was like that.Obama was there NOT to answer Baier's questions but to push his healthcare takeover plan. When Bret Baier interupted him, it was to get him to actually answer the question he was asked.Like with the Slaughter "deeming" rule to start the interview. Obama did NOT at any time actually answer the question. Instead he just bloaviated and filibustered about everything but his opinion of the slaughter rule. This was Obama's method during the entire campaign. Not only that, but Obama is a LIAR! He says that with the passage of healthcare "reform" people's premiums will go down, the seas will lower, the earth will heal, blah blah blah. That is a LIE! ObamaCare will not go into effect for FOUR YEARS! People will still die from lack of health insurance as they are supposedly dying right now, only after ObamaCare is "deemed" to have passed, they will just pay four years of taxes with no benefit to show from it. ObamaCare is a farce, it is a sham, and it is a LIE.And you liberal sychophants lap this shit up like it is mother's milk. It is you liberals that blindly follow whatever our president says without question, without concern that are so incredibly stupid and pathetic. But I take heart in the fact that Obama doesn't have the votes in the House to allow the senate to "deem" it passed or they would have voted on it already. This bill will lead to the destruction of the Democrat Party if it is passed. Look what happened yesterday. Dennis Kucinich says that no way in hell would he vote for it because the bill wasn't socialist enough for his tastes. He takes a ride on Air Force One and all of the sudden he is a yes vote? What did they do up there? Expose him to one of the bodysnatcher pods and replace him with an alien replicant to get his vote? No. They just bribed the shit out of him like they did Ben Nelson and Mary Landreu.The Democrat Party is a party of whores ran by whore that prostitute themselves to whoever will pay their prices. Actually, the whores on Hollywood and Vine are more respectable than the Democrat whores in Congres. At least with a Hollywood and Vine whore, she/he is upfront with what it is you are paying for. Not so with the whores in Congress.

  2. No
    March 18, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Obama is his own worst enemy. He never answers a question…NEVER!Obama's idea of an interview is one question which he doesn't answer followed by 20 minutes of the "best of teleprompter" show.Here is something Obama said and I quote. "OBAMA: That also — I’m giving you an example of one that I consider important. It also affects Hawaii, which went through an earthquake. So that’s not just a Louisiana provision. That is a provision that affects every state that is going through a natural catastrophe."So now this health care take over also provides disaster relief? LOLHere are the facts as it seems Obama is incapable of telling the truth or maybe not knowing the truth.Apparently, there was a devastating earthquake in Hawaii that we all somehow missed.Oh, wait, no. That’s right. There was no earthquake, and Obama is just totally clueless, as usual. In fact, the last earthquake in Hawaii to cause any deaths at all was in 1975, and two people died.In any case, why is he using this argument, anyways? He’s turned this health care bill into a one-size-fits-all solution for everything. Not only will it fix our health care, but it will apparently create jobs and give disaster relief around the country! If this bill does somehow pass by hook or crook Obama will spend his last 3 years in office in court proceedings rendering him mute, which is not all that bad.The down side is the economy will continue to tank until Obama takes his hands off the throat of the US economy.As far as "interrupt, interrupt, interrupt", No one has any respect for Obama as president. They treat him like a community organizer because he won't act like a president of ALL Americans. He brought it on himself.

  3. March 18, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    When you only have 20 minutes and the President is well known to spend a long time responding to to a question by not answering it but just spouting talking points what should you do.The President never really answered any questions.

  4. March 18, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Even as an independent, that had to be one of the biggest examples of racism and faux reporting that I can remember viewing. Just embarrassing. I never thought that it could happen but I actually feel bad for Fox.Where was Baier during the past eight years while our Constitution was being shredded, our soldiers dying, and two illegal/immoral wars which will end up costing us trillion of dollars.With so many legitimate questions which should have been asked, needed to be asked, this was a shameful example of the GOP news channel engaging in partisan politics.Conservative politics continue to increase the greatest income disparity of all time. Baier reminds me of the sort of conservatives who comment on this site, sadly.Even accepting that the corporate MSM has sold out long ago and has been engaged in a propaganda campaign which has been very effective at convincing low informed people who make less than $250,000 to do the bidding of the economic elite, this was just pitiful."A stupid man's report of what a clever man says is never accurate because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand." Bertrand Russell

  5. March 19, 2010 at 1:30 am

    What a farce this health "reform" bill is!Pelosi says CBO scoring has it that it will "save" $1.8 billion in the first TEN years and $1.6 tillion in the second ten years.Third grade math says that their bill will only save $180 million a year for ten years which is no savings at all. One Obama "stimulus" bill will wipe out any savings from this bill. This is with static numbers as well. There are 30 million "uninsured" that are not factored into these numbers. There is no way the CBO can project exactly how many people will be covered under this. Even the CBO says that not everyone that is uninsured will be covered by the bill. Also, there is no way to know what those 30 million will cost if everyone of them will sign up. Pelosi and all liberals voting for this abortion of a bill think that if they say a large number and then quietly say "over ten years" that no one will figure out that there is ZERO cost savings with this bill. If the this bill lowered the deficit by $1.6 trillion per year every year, then that would be something to talk about. but it is just laughable for her to stand up there and proudly proclaim that the bill will save $160 million a year. We are spending $2 billion a month in Afghanistan and they are crowing about a paltry $160 million? This is the most Keystone Kops led coup de tat of 1/6th of the American economy in the history of this republic.

  6. March 19, 2010 at 1:43 am

    If Obama would answer questions like "Do you support the Slaughter rule "deem it passed provision?" with a yes or no without all the verbal diarrhea of the mouth that Obama is notorious for, Bret Baier wouldn't need to interupt him so much. Baier question: "… So do you support the use of this Slaughter rule? The deem and pass rule, so that Democrats avoid a straight up or down vote on the Senate bill?"Obama: Here's what I think is going to happen and what should happen. You now have a proposal from me that will be in legislation, that has the toughest insurance reforms in history, makes sure that people are able to get insurance even if they've got preexisting conditions, makes sure that we are reducing costs for families and small businesses,… (What crap! Baier asks a simple yes or no question and Baier gets talking point as an answer, which is no answer at all)InteruptionObama: … So you've got a good package, in terms of substance. I don't spend a lot of time worrying about what the procedural rules are in the House or the Senate.(more crap: but FINALLY! Obama answers the question: He doesn't care how Congress passes the bill so long as his bill [and Obama FINALLY takes ownership of the CONGRESS bill he wanted] gets passed).Baier: …Sandy Moody in Chesterfield, Missouri: "If the health care bill is so wonderful, why do you have to bribe Congress to pass it?"OBAMA: Bret, I get 40,000 letters or e-mails a day.BAIER: I know.OBAMA: I could read the exact same e-mail —BAIER: These are people. It's not just Washington punditry.OBAMA: I've got the exact same e-mails, that I could show you, that talk about why haven't we done something to make sure that I, a small business person, am getting as good a deal as members of Congress are getting,….So the issue that I'm concerned about is whether not we're fixing a broken system.OBAMA: The key is to make sure that we vote — we have a vote on whether or not we're going to maintain the status quo, or whether we're going to reform the system.BAIER: So you support the deem and pass rule?OBAMA: I am not —BAIER: You're saying that's that vote.OBAMA: What I'm saying is whatever they end up voting on — and I hope it's going to be sometime this week — that it is going to be a vote for or against my health care proposal….Blah blah blah …And I think those are legitimate concerns on the substance — then somebody who votes for this bill, they're going to be judged at the polls. And the same is going to be true if they vote against it.(Obama sidesteps the issue of hte corruption inherent in the buying of votes and intimidation of congressmen by saying that he has 40K stories a day of how bad people have it. So it is okay to commit an Uncosntitutional act to do good? Wasn't that the same rationale the Bush administration used to committ "torture"? )On the subject of the Lousiana Purchase, the Cornhusker Kickback and the Connecticutt I'm-buying-your-vote-with-corrupt-payoffs, Baier asks this:BAIER: Do you know which specific deals are in or out, as of today?OBAMA: I am certain that we've made sure, for example, that any burdens on states are alleviated, when it comes to what they're going to have to chip in to make sure that we're giving subsidies to small businesses, and subsidies to individuals, for example.BAIER: So the Connecticut deal is still in?OBAMA: So that's not — that's not going to be something that is going to be in this final package. I think the same is true on all of these provisions. I'll give you some exceptions though.(Obama doesn't even know what is in or out of HIS bill. He can't even explain which senator or congressman he has bought off) This was more Obama's fault than Baier. At least Baier apologized for interupting; Obama NEVER apologized for lying and obfiscating the American people.

  7. March 19, 2010 at 1:53 am

    I love the way fanatics like Pup Tent get all heated up and belch out the lies when they're about to lose. Here's a list of the Top 10 IMMEDIATE benefits of the health care bill:•Prohibit pre-existing condition exclusions for children in all new plans;•Provide immediate access to insurance for uninsured Americans who are uninsured because of a pre-existing condition through a temporary high-risk pool;•Prohibit dropping people from coverage when they get sick in all individual plans;•Lower seniors' prescription drug prices by beginning to close the doughnut hole;•Offer tax credits to small businesses to purchase coverage;•Eliminate lifetime limits and restrictive annual limits on benefits in all plans;•Require plans to cover an enrollee's dependent children until age 26;•Require new plans to cover preventive services and immunizations without cost-sharing;•Ensure consumers have access to an effective internal and external appeals process to appeal new insurance plan decisions;•Require premium rebates to enrollees from insurers with high administrative expenditures and require public disclosure of the percent of premiums applied to overhead costs.

  8. March 19, 2010 at 4:15 am

    Well said RW lie alert.I have many problems with Pres. Obama, just more of the same in my book. But my problems and critiques are diametrically opposed to those on the rights complaints.I have many problems with the current health care proposal. Again, almost diametrically opposed to the rights complaints of said proposal.At the risk of sounding divisive, it is just more difficult to organize those on the left as opposed to those on the right with their top down hierarchical authoritarian mind set. Again, progressives think for themselves.Personally, I'll support a candidate up until the day he is elected, then I will be on that person to do what is best for the American people. Unlike the Bush apologists who made and continue to make excuses for every malfeasance he and his crime family committed.I disagree with many on the left re: the current health care proposals. But we are able to disagree with thoughtfulness and reason, not antics best left at the play ground.Howard Zinn frequently stated, "When a social movement adopts the compromises of legislators, it has forgotten its role, which is to push and challenge the politicians, not to fall meekly behind them." He added: "The mantra ‘the best we can get' is a recipe for corruption. We are not politicians, but citizens. We have no office to hold on to, only our consciences."These types of sentiments are sadly foreign to those on the right.

  9. March 19, 2010 at 5:18 am

    President Obama told the American people what he wanted to tell them. He doesn't need the snivelers of Fox to control what he is going to tell the public. President Obama, just by being in the same room, showed how much more class and wisdom and gravitas he commands compared to the two-bit interviewer Fox sacrificed for the interview. Score another for Obama. Now if we can only get some real radicals elected to congress we can really kick start getting this nation onto the right track and create a more united, more healthful, more just, more inspirational and well-regarded nation as our Founding Fathers intended.And if we can throw Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld and a few other terrorists in prison for their crimes, all the better off our nation, and the world, will be.

  10. March 19, 2010 at 5:27 am

    Hey Pup Tent, nice recitation of the Fox News daily talk points. You remind me of the Iraqi government spokesman under Saddam: Lie until you can't anymore because the truth is at your door.I feel bad for all the folks like you — eyes popping, veins bulging, near cardiac arrest — who have been duped by Fox News. You've got your panties all bunched up based on a propaganda mill's 24/7 fiction fountain.You might want to try reading a newspaper every now and then for some facts. Last point: You should try to calm down. Being volcanic like that all the time can't be good for your health.

  11. March 19, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Hey Right wing lie alert, before calling someone a liar, I would offer proof of the lie, not a list of some irrelevant top 10 Lettermen list. It is a fact that President Obama does not know everything that it is in the bill. Does this make you a left wing liar by inaccurately calling someone else a liar? Incidently, if this bill was so great, it would have passed easily when you had a super majority for over a year in both the House and Senate. Bottom line is, it stinks. Please explain to me how one can take 250 billion from social security and add it to this bill and then say you have a savings? These Congressional members are disgusting.Incidently Dave, Bret Baier graduated from the same Univerisity as my brother and the same University that you used to teach at, Depauw University. If President Obama wanted to give his talking points, he should have just had a press conference. If he wants to give an interiview, he should then answer questions.Baier – 1 President Obama – 0

  12. March 19, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    You can like the bill or not like the bill, but there's no need simply to lie about it. Some of the provisions implemented within its first year of passage include elimination of lifetime caps, elimination of insurers' ability to deny coverage to children based on preexisting condition, extension of dependents' coverage to age 26, a $250 plug in the Medicare Part D donut hole—and there are more.So don't just lie about the bill, Big Tent. I think you're smarter than you let on–you parrot the talking points like a good boy, even though you know you're being intellectually dishonest. Hey, I want my side to win too, but I operate at somewhat of a handicap because I try always to tell the freakin' truth.Defend Bret Baier all you want, but there is no way that any respectable journalist treats a President this way. Even Sam Donaldson in his vitriolic heyday never subjected a President to constant interruption. If George Bush had had the courage to be interviewed by the MSNBC types, would Keith O have interrupted him constantly? Would Chris Matthews–the interrupting King of all Interrupters–have done so? Of course not.So why this President? In the absence of any viable explanation (Liberal? No–they didn't treat Clinton like this. Obfuscatory? No, they let Reagan off the hook when he couldn't answer questions..) then it's absolutely and completely reasonable for folks like me to fill in the explanation vaccuum: No respect is due this President because he is seen as illegitimate, and not because he stole an election in the way that GWB did, twice, but because of his color.Would President Hillary Clinton have been treated this way? President John McCain? Of course not. Racism is that rotting background odor that you're smelling in all the TeaParty nonsense, and all the birther drama.And I smelled it in this so-called "interview." Bret Baier should be ashamed.

  13. March 19, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Winston, you make a lot more sense now. A Zinn groupie. Everything falls into place now. Explains practically all your posts up to now. Why your neither liberal nor conservative. More of a progressive socialist. And now, you have a groupie of your very own. Be gentle, he's impressionable.Has any conservative on here stated that our health care system did not need overhauling? I will answer for you. No! The problem is this monster that Pelosi, Reid and President Obama has created. How can you justify all the things in this? Why sit down with Republicans if you will not listen to their ideas and try to incorporate their ideas? This is not the right bill and costs way too much. Why not study Indiana and see what they are doing right (reduced emergency room visits by 60%. highest use of generic drugs by far, etc.). There are better alternatives that will not bankrupt us.Yes, Baier should be ashamed. Baier clearly had Obama fumbling around and stuttering and totally flustered. Baier used annoying and inconvenient facts to unveil the childish President Obama that our liberal media has never bothered to investigate. It showed that he was unprepared, did not know what was in the bill, what was out of the bill, and that he could not answer the questions. Now the whole world knows what we have for a President. He should be ashamed for exposing him.

  14. March 19, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Three cheers for Howard Zinn…one of America's great patriots, a man of truth, courage and wisdom, a man whose writings should be a required part of every U.S. child's school curriculum. Hoosier, your latest postings are more absurd than usual. What happened? Winston continues to out-class you in every round of postings. Rhetorically you don't even come close. You honestly don't ever sound like you truly understand what you are talking about and either parrot other people's statements or make stuff up. Trying to demonize someone for quoting an honorable patriot like Howard Zinn is just one example of your ridiculous desperation to bolster your insane, destructive and deadly world view. How can you expect anyone to take you seriously anymore?..

  15. March 22, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Here you go, Put Tent, Here are ten benefits which come online within six months of the President's signature on the health care bill: 1. Adult children may remain as dependents on their parents’ policy until their 27th birthday 2. Children under age 19 may not be excluded for pre-existing conditions 3. No more lifetime or annual caps on coverage 4. Free preventative care for all 5. Adults with pre-existing conditions may buy into a national high-risk pool until the exchanges come online. While these will not be cheap, they’re still better than total exclusion and get some benefit from a wider pool of insureds. 6. Small businesses will be entitled to a tax credit for 2009 and 2010, which could be as much as 50% of what they pay for employees’ health insurance. 7. The “donut hole” closes for Medicare patients, making prescription medications more affordable for seniors. 8. Requirement that all insurers must post their balance sheets on the Internet and fully disclose administrative costs, executive compensation packages, and benefit payments. 9. Authorizes early funding of community health centers in all 50 states (Bernie Sanders’ amendment). Community health centers provide primary, dental and vision services to people in the community, based on a sliding scale for payment according to ability to pay. 10. AND no more rescissions. Effective immediately, you can't lose your insurance because you get sick.

  16. March 23, 2010 at 11:24 am

    As I said in the thread above (if you were paying attention), if this was where ObamaCare stopped, I would have no problem with it. However, this is only where ObamaCare starts. It is an orwellian piece of crap and it is a bureaucrats wet dream. And the whole house of cards is nothing but lies. This monstrosity will bankrupt this nation.

  17. March 23, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Tent dude, our nation has already been bankrupted. Ever heard of "Reaganomics" and "George Bush"? "Enron"? "AIG"? Have you no faith that the American people, when embarking on a just cause (decent healthcare for our citizens), if we all work together in a neighborly, hard-working spirit, can create the best health care system in the world? Have you no faith in the American people to overcome obstacles and do great things?If you can't get behind this health care reform, what do you propose as an alternative? (Besides whining, stomping your feet, and doing nothing productive.)

  18. March 24, 2010 at 12:13 am

    I have no faith in Obama or the thugs he has surrounded himself with to put aside their extreme left-wing ideology and do what is CORRECT for America.None whatsoever.

  19. No
    March 24, 2010 at 3:16 am

    Deficit reduction committee releases solutions after 2010 elections and the only solution is a V.A.T (Value added tax). It will increase the effective taxes on the average Joe by 15%…Obama uses the money for the health care scam and America weeps the day he took office.OWPAH (Obama Worst President in American History)

  20. March 24, 2010 at 3:43 am

    It's the Democrats turn. The Republicans had their chance and totally blew it time after time. Their platform has been corrupted. They couldn't get the job done and nearly ran our nation over a cliff. The level of corruption was unprecedented. The majority of the American people feel that there is no way it could get any worse than what the Republicans have done to this country. That's why they were willing to give Obama a chance to take the ball and run with it. And a LOT of people are cheering him on. Go Obama!The Republican Party used to be the party of PROGRESSIVES. But that changed after Teddy Roosevelt and it was taken over and has been a complete ruse for decades now. The Republicans screwed us big time and so now it's time for them to sit down and shut up and let the fresh new team have a go. So far it is a great improvement over what we had just previous. People opposed Bush for what he did to our nation and our world. The conservatives oppose Obama for what they imagine or predict will happen sometime in the future. Pure speculation from a faction that has a terrible track record on just about everything. It's clearly Obama's turn. He's the people's choice. He was elected fair and square. And he's never come close to pulling the kind of B.S. that we experienced under Nixon, Reagan or the Bushes. President Obama has been nothing less than courageous and heroic. He deserves to be where he is and he deserves to have the power he has. And we like that he took on healthcare. He's doing what good people want him to do. He is the people's choice every bit as much as Teddy Roosevelt, John Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln. Go Obama!..

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