Posted 5 years ago on Aug. 29, 2012, 6 p.m. EST by TrevorMnemonic
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It was confirmed to be him.
Here are some questions and answers followed by my criticism of his rhetoric.
Q - Is Internet Freedom an issue you'd push to add to the Democratic Party's 2012 platform?
A - Obama - Internet freedom is something I know you all care passionately about; I do too. We will fight hard to make sure that the internet remains the open forum for everybody - from those who are expressing an idea to those to want to start a business. And although there will be occasional disagreements on the details of various legislative proposals, I won't stray from that principle - and it will be reflected in the platform.
TM (my response) - Obama saying he wants to respect internet privacy and internet freedom... While he is currently the sitting president as the NSA tracks and stores 1.7 billion electronic messages a day from American citizens.... due to legislation like the Patriot Act and the FISA bills which he voted for in the senate and has extended under his presidency. (these were Bush/neocon policies)
Q - Are you considering increasing funds to the space program?
A - Obama - Making sure we stay at the forefront of space exploration is a big priority for my administration. The passing of Neil Armstrong this week is a reminder of the inspiration and wonder that our space program has provided in the past; the curiosity probe on mars is a reminder of what remains to be discovered. The key is to make sure that we invest in cutting edge research that can take us to the next level - so even as we continue work with the international space station, we are focused on a potential mission to a asteroid as a prelude to a manned Mars flight.
TM - Obama completely dodged this question with talking points. Huge NASA budget cuts have taken place under this administration. And Obama did not answer yes or no to this question nor did he mention specific numbers. Also you can still "invest in cutting edge research" while cutting the NASA budget. This is a prime example of question dodging seen so often by politricks.
Q - What was the most difficult decision that you had to make during this term?
A - Obama - The decision to surge our forces in afghanistan. Any time you send our brave men and women into battle, you know that not everyone will come home safely, and that necessarily weighs heavily on you. The decision did help us blunt the taliban's momentum, and is allowing us to transition to afghan lead - so we will have recovered that surge at the end of this month, and will end the war at the end of 2014. But knowing of the heroes that have fallen is something you never forget.
TM - the correct decision is to GTFO Afghanistan within the year you took office. Afghanistan was part of the Bush/neocon agenda just like it was in the 1980's under Reagan and again and again.
Q - What are you going to do to end the corrupting influence of money in politics during your second term?
A - Obama - Money has always been a factor in politics, but we are seeing something new in the no-holds barred flow of seven and eight figure checks, most undisclosed, into super-PACs; they fundamentally threaten to overwhelm the political process over the long run and drown out the voices of ordinary citizens. We need to start with passing the Disclose Act that is already written and been sponsored in Congress - to at least force disclosure of who is giving to who. We should also pass legislation prohibiting the bundling of campaign contributions from lobbyists. Over the longer term, I think we need to seriously consider mobilizing a constitutional amendment process to overturn Citizens United (assuming the Supreme Court doesn't revisit it). Even if the amendment process falls short, it can shine a spotlight of the super-PAC phenomenon and help apply pressure for change.
TM - It is a low down dirty shame to not see the riddance of money in politics as THE top priority. There is a bigger threat to our nation's sovereignty than Al Qaeda and Iran's alleged WMD's... and it's called Contribution Based Politics. Also Obama has super pacs in his favor as well as accepts money from Wall Street Banks and Corporations, as do all leading politricks, hence the low down dirty shame. Disclosure of who is donating money is not enough. We need to end these practices that flood the government with corruption. Not long term. This term. Congress needs to get on that as well as the president.
Q - President Obama - How can we help to increase the standard of debate in this country so that it's not simple soundbytes and broad generalizations of complicated problems?
No Answer... I liked this question though.
Read more questions and answers here - http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/z1c9z/i_am_barack_obama_president_of_the_united_states/
Any criticism I have for the president equally goes to congress and the previous administrations. As the topics mentioned are the faults of many corrupt politicians financed by the bankers and corporations.