It’s now time to play Straw Man Bingo, featuring Barack Obama!


See below for your freebie Straw Man Bingo Card! Just how many straw men will President Obama utilize tonight to characterize the arguments of ObamaCare’s critics?



Via Jim Geraghty, who quips:

It’s good, don’t get me wrong, but they left off a few of my favorite Obama cliches, some of which are straw men, some of which are rhetorical crutches: “We inherited these problems”; “the alternative is to do nothing”; “Let me be clear”; “Can’t get distracted by . . .”; and finally, “As you know, I’ve consistently said,” usually used when announcing a change in position.

Heh. Yep.

The presser starts at 8 PM ET. I won’t be watching it, but in the event that you are, please feel free to use this thread to discuss it.

Related: Obama sez, “You’re going to destroy my presidency” if ObamaCare fails to pass. Legacy time.

What questions would you ask Obama at tonight’s presser?


Ed Morrissey’s got a good rundown of what the President is supposed to address tonight in his 8 PM ET presser, along with a list of questions blogger Keith Hennessey believes should be asked of our celebrity President.

If you were amongst the press corps this evening – and assuming you weren’t “pre-screened” (yeah, I know – big assumption), what questions would you ask President Obama?

Obama administration: It’s not “secrecy” when we hold private meetings


Unlike it was with, you know, BusHitler (via Memeorandum):

The still sort-of new Barack Obama Democratic administration has again adopted yet another policy straight out of the administration of his much-criticized Republican predecessor George W. Bush.

Obama administration officials have rejected a watchdog group’s request for a list of healthcare industry executives who’ve been meeting secretly in the White House with Obama staffers to discuss pending healthcare changes being drafted there and in Congress.

According to the Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington, which is suspicious of the influence of health industry lobbyists and company officers, it received a letter from the Secret Service citing an Obama Justice Dept. directive and denying access to visitor logs under the “presidential communications privilege.”

Sound familiar?

Remember the holy hulabaloo in the early Bush years when Vice President Dick Cheney met in the White House compound with energy industry officials and refused to release a list of those executives and the frequency of their visits? That controversy was propelled by critical Democrats and was before Obama’s brief Senate tenure.

And it was one of the reasons that candidate Obama promised a government more “open and transparent to the people” – as Andrew Malcolm documents well at the link above. He also notes how VP Biden has been holding what the Obama WH used to officially call “private meetings” at both his home and at the WH. What are they called now?

“Meetings that are closed press.”

Now that’s a “change” – in terminology, anyway – that you can believe in. And yes, it is most definitely “transparent.” /:)