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Opening Arguments


Drat. I got so busy with chores yesterday that I missed all the Sunday news shows. And I understand that our reclusive president made a rare appearance on some of them, explaining his health care reform plans. I do wish he'd speak more often so I could come to understand reform from his point of view. As it is, I have to rely on the few crumbs of information made available by rightwing Obama haters, and I guess you know how they twist things. If you listened only to them, you'd think reform was nothing but a grotesquely expensive expansion of big government.

Oh, hang on a sec. Looks like I might get a chance to hear the president after all:

President Obama sits down with CBS' David Letterman, in a pitch to a different audience — the one that didn't get up at 9 a.m. Sunday to watch interviews on five shows broadcast simultaneously in some markets. For a president who streams speeches live on Facebook, text messages and frequently e-mails supporters, it would be remiss to think he reached everyone in Sunday's media blitz.

I don't know though. Old folks like me tend to nod off about Letterman time. Maybe the president will do the Leno show, which is right on the borderline of my bedtime. Or perhaps he'll show up on the Food Network while I'm watching, just drop in to do a 30-minute meal with Rachel or whip up something down homey with the Neelys. Nah. That would be overexposure, and I'm sure the president's inner circle is working hard to avoid that.


Mon, 09/21/2009 - 9:54am

Compared to the oaf previously in office, I can see how you'd be somewhat surprised that we now have a guy that can actually use the internet /and/ can speak correctly for an entire sentence without constant guidance.

Leo Morris
Mon, 09/21/2009 - 10:04am

You must have seen him only during those times when the teleprompter was on and working properly.

Mon, 09/21/2009 - 10:25am


If only a teleprompter was all Dubya needed.

(BTW, how many speeches a week could you make before using a teleprompter instead of rote memorization?)