Archive for Friday, February 7, 2014

Editorial: Artful dodger

Just like the Seattle Seahawks offense, President Obama proved to be an adept dodger during his Sunday interview with FoxNews host Bill O’Reilly.

February 7, 2014


It’s ironic that the much ballyhooed football Super Bowl game was played last Sunday, the same day as the much ballyhooed Bill O’Reilly interview with President Obama.

The Denver Broncos, led by future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning, were expected to put on a dazzling offensive show, but the Seattle Seahawks dominated the game with their backs and receivers running through the Bronco defense with ease, seldom being touched and dodging would-be or ineffective tacklers.

The same thing happened with the O’Reilly interview. O’Reilly, a skilled and experienced interviewer asked the president questions that were on the minds of a majority of concerned citizens, but Obama displayed the same skills as Seattle players in being able to get through the interview without being tackled, stopped or brought to the ground.

Obama not only is a skilled speaker but also is just as skilled, perhaps even more so, in dodging and not answering specific questions. Granted, Obama, as president of the world’s most powerful and free nation, enjoys a favorable playing field, or home field advantage.

Nevertheless, Americans have every reason to expect the president to be open and honest with the public. He promised this honesty and openness in his first campaign for the presidency. Unfortunately, he didn’t answer O’Reilly’s questions with a “yes” or “no.” He hedged on every question and, based on his first five years in office, there certainly are enough situations that give the public reason to question whether the president is as honest as he should be in explaining and defending his actions. Can the public trust the president?

In the presidential interview, the president failed to provide details and information that would give the public reason to believe they were getting honest answers to serious questions that reflect on this country’s reputation, as well as the reputation of the president.

There was no question that the Seattle team dominated and won the Super Bowl game, which followed the O’Reilly interview.

Obama remains one of this country’s most accomplished artful dodgers, but in the process, what is he doing to the country? The public is learning, day by day, just what his promise or pledge of bringing about fundamental changes to the nation actually means. It is not promising.


Julius Nolan 4 years, 2 months ago

Is this a further example of J-W cost cutting? Are they now out-sourcing their editorials to Fox News? Or is Simons writing them all, just not signing them all?

Amy Varoli Elliott 4 years, 2 months ago

He has answered all those questions many of times, I don't know why he even choose to do an interview with a tabloid news station anyways, they were going to cry and complain regardless of what he said to them.

Kendall Simmons 4 years, 2 months ago

If Dolph wants to know the answers to those dead horse questions, he can read the transcripts of the innumerable hearings that have been held.

Gerald Kerr 4 years, 2 months ago

The President is a liar and we all know it. He runs the most secretive Administration in modern history. He lies with appearant impunity, not artful dodging but bold faced lies: you can keep your plan, you can keep your Doctor, you will save an average of $2500 per year, you can keep your hospital, I'm going to close Guantanamo, health care over all will be less expensive, It will be easier to acess, tne economy is improving, more people are working, inflation is down, people are better off, lies all the way down. The man is a veritable Potemkin village of lies.

Mike Ford 4 years, 2 months ago

Can I call total balderdash on faux news induced fibs like the one above? When I was thirteen my father took me to the Landon Lecture series at K State. I heard John Dean speak about that "I'm Not a Crook" Republican President from Yorba Linda, California. You remember his name right? facts do matter to the GOP right? Mr. Dean did time because of this non lying Republican. That GOP amnesia is preventing me from remembering his name. Let's see. I have Obama care, I've made more this year and last year than I ever did during the George W. Bush years of 2000-2008. I lost my health insurance during the Bush years when the premium costs skyrocketed. My wife and I now have BCBS of Kansas insurance and our minor pre existing conditions no longer matter and a visit for my wife to the doctor for pink eye cost $20 two weeks ago due to ACA. We have a $3000 deductible and we are saving a chunk of money with this health insurance. If your do nothing say nothing think nothing Republican Party would climb out of the bubble they'd realize they're the obstruction to getting anything done. I will say publicly you can not blame President Obama for anything because all the childish GOP party does is say no because they've been handled in TWO presidential elections and they are sore losers. I'm laughing as the Fourteenth Amendment is being used to dismantle bigotry in such bigoted places as Utah and Oklahoma. Can one honestly look in the mirror with the claims above?

Steve King 4 years, 2 months ago

Please do Mike. It's so full of holes where does one start? I think you have to realize it's blind hate. Facts don't matter.

You do realize the GOP blocked closing Gitmo right? No? Look it before you use false facts to prove your points.

You can keep your Doctor. I did. And it was easy. My insurance went down from $3,200 to $1,200 a month with a lower deductible, better coverage and no subsidy. I decided not to keep my plan. Took me 30 minuets on my computer one night. And I can go to any hospital.

Now if your insurance company was less than honest they could sell a do nothing policy for little money and only when you needed it would you find out how bad it was. And perhaps even purposely write those policies not to conform to the new rules, even with a three year advance notice, so the program they have been lobbying against could be shown to be a bad thing. And since it was only occurring in a small section of the industry you can only assume something was crooked.

And the economy is improving. The stock market has been breaking records left and right in all of 2013. The deficit has been cut in half. Unemployment is dropping and would be much better if the GOP would do what they promised. Create jobs. Don't you remember the 2010 mid term adds? All they said was jobs, jobs, jobs. And we have no jobs bills. Instead they voted 40 times to over turn the ACA. Failing that they took the country to the brink of default and lowered the Country's credit rating for the first time, ever.

How many Senate and House committees have investigated the IRS and Benghazi "scandals" and what have they found? Nothing. Great that the President called Bill and Fox out on their fair and balanced reporting. Remember Trump? He sent two specially trained guys to Hawaii and he was leaking reports they found something? Then he dropped out of the race and you never heard more. But still people believe with out facts. Just more of the same.

So we get Palin, Rick "um" Perry, Bachman, Akin, that "I'm not a witch" nut, the Pizza flipping womanizer, the swim in the nude Senator, the King of Craiglist, and goodness the list just goes on and on.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 2 months ago

Fox news is the liar supreme. Need an example? Go one.

How Fox News Recently Got Obama Care Wrong? on live TV. Namely Fox News.

Here is the lie --- "The effects over the next decade will be substantially larger than estimated, nearly three times larger. That adds a trillion dollars to the debt. It sheds 2.3 million jobs."

The truth ---- JUAN GONZÁLEZ: But what about this confusion of the initial reports and the take that they had on the report, and this issue of the two-and-a-half million people who might choose to leave their jobs? Could you talk about that?

MICHAEL HILTZIK: Sure. This is a part of the ACA that the CBO talked about. It said that the equivalent of two-and-a-half million workers, by the year 2025, will—they’ll be cutting their hours or maybe leaving the workforce, many of them voluntarily. And that’s because what the ACA does is it defeats a phenomenon we call "job-lock." And that is that America is unique among developed countries in that if you lose your job, you lose your health coverage.

Well, after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, that’s no longer the case, because you can now get affordable care regardless of pre-existing conditions. You can get it in the public market. You don’t have to worry about being turned down. You don’t have to worry about paying exorbitant premiums. And that means that you don’t have to worry about giving up your job or losing your job or cutting your hours.

So you’re free to spend more time raising your family. You’re free to retire early, maybe before you get your full Social Security and before you’re eligible for Medicare. These are good things, because one thing that we’ve understood about the impact of losing your healthcare is that it forces people to stay in jobs that aren’t dignified, that aren’t the right jobs for them, that aren’t very well-paying, simply so that they have access to healthcare for themselves and their families.

That’s no longer the case with the ACA.

In essence what was noted is that Obama Care will inadvertently open up job positions due to the fact many may well retire knowing that medical insurance is secured without remaining employed until 101 years old. In this vein Obama Care is good for the job market.

Now how in the world could FOX news go live and misconstrue this information?

Richard Heckler 4 years, 2 months ago

The right wing has down right disdain for republicans,women,democrats and Green Party thinkers. This ALEC right wing party wants a one party nation …… THEIR PARTY.

Mike Ford 4 years, 2 months ago

I'm so tired of the birther nonsense that I will give a fact to blow up your nonsense. Barack Obama is part White. I'm Native/White. My grandmother's last name was Blossom. Her ancestors were on the Mayflower. Thomas Blossom was her ancestor on the Mayflower according to Barack Obama's ancestor on the Mayflower was Thomas Blossom whose also my ancestor. Search with the heading "Blossoms on the Mayflower" and you will find this bit on Barack's Mayflower ancestry like I did. How American is this? time to stop your nonsense. Fact avoiders can't be trusted.

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