Young voters vent frustration to Obama in MTV forum | McClatchy
1. The young audience, all under 30, 1/2 kids of color, according to Politico's account, remained "defiantly grave."If Democrats are counting on young and minority voters to keep them in power in next month's elections, the under-30 audience at a nationally televised youth forum Thursday showed President Barack Obama that they're feeling dissatisfied, too.
Over the course of the hour-long event hosted by Viacom networks MTV, BET and CMT, Obama took one critical question after another from among the 225 young men and women in the studio audience and thousands more sending their thoughts via Twitter.
A young Republican woman from Austin, Texas, in the audience, kicked things off, saying she had "very much respected" his pledge in his 2008 campaign for more bipartisanship but "to be frank, when all was said and done, I don't think that actually happened." A young man from Mississippi thought Obama was too soft on illegal immigration.
A young man from Washington said despite the bailouts and stimulus, unemployment's still above 9 percent and college graduates can't find work.
"Why should we still support you going forward with your monetary and economic policies, and if the economy does not improve over the next two years, why should we vote you back in?"
Viewers were asked to send in via Twitter their greatest hopes or fears. Two messages were read aloud to the president: "My greatest fear is that we are turning into a Communist country" and "My greatest fear is that Obama will be re-elected."
One woman quizzed Obama on why he hadn't yet ended the "don't ask, don't tell" policy banning openly gay Americans from military service. Her question came on the same day the Obama administration appealed a federal judge's ruling that the military must stop enforcing the 17-year-old policy.
2. The handlers had hoped to hear some "lighter questions" from the catechumens, considering the venal venue which, being NOT a political event, did not require the offering of equal time to the opp's, explained MTV.
3. Tuff questions came concerning the genocide in Sudan, immigration, domestic violence, green cards and "bad schools."
4. The "most heated exchange" occured when young Professor Bridget Todd from historically black Howard in DC questioned Obama's "alleged commitment" to gay rights just hours after the perplexed president's DOJ filed its appeal of the CA circuit's ruling on DADT.
5. Obnoxious Obama was "clearly agitated," paints Politico.
6. The audience "got under his skin a couple times," mentions McClatchy.
7. Asked if sexual identity was a matter of choice, the put upon president responded that people were born with a certain makeup.
8. Hours earlier his SENIOR ADVISER said gay orientation was a "lifestyle choice."
9. After the morgue which was MTV, Gibbs was peppered about the pervasive pissiness.
10. He blamed the bitchiness on bad economic times.
11. But "few of the questions were about the economy," Politico points out, "most were about social issues or politics."
13. One of the earlier askers, a grad student from Johns Hopkins, expressed "disappointment the president hadn’t ushered in a post-racial era as some of his supporters had once suggested he would."
14. “When you’re out of work and you can’t buy a home or you lost your home and you can’t pay your bills… sometimes that organizes [people] around kind of a tribal attitude and issues of race become more prominent,” responded the nonplussed prez.
16. Get out there, young people, he urged, be "the messengers to your less enlightened elders."
18. Because if the president can't go on MTV...
19. He goes TO DELAWARE!
21. With affable, gaffe-able, laughable Joe Biden in tow the noxious Obama went to work a whammy on the witch.
22. Ie, he CAN'T go to Pennsylvania.
23. After oblivious Obama appeared in African American East Germantown Sunday, TEA PARTIER Pat Toomey jumped out to his biggest lead in 6 months.
24. A totaller of TEA in the KEYSTONE STATE!
25. That's SEA CHANGE, baby!
26. But then how can Admiral Sestak stand aside the clueless chief exec whom the admiral alleges tried to BRIBE him out of his contest versus Benedict Arlen.
27. Remember the OBAMA ORGANIZED townhall in Georgetown, Monday morning, September 20, aired live on CNBC?
28. "I'm exhausted of defending you," became the ubiquitous sound bite, but the focus on the now famous CFO obscured a roomful of doubt, an arena of resentment.
29. "I'm deeply disappointed, I've been told I had voted for a man who would affect meaningful change for the middle class and quite frankly I'm not seeing it, is this my new reality?"
30. Could it be that your elite education, personal management style and racial heritage make it so that you "get it" intellectually without really feeling what Americans are going thru?
31. You said recently your opponents talk about you like dogs yet you talk about the business community like THEY'RE dogs, are you villifying business?
32. Is work for profit morally inferior to the kind of work you did as a community organizer?
33. I took those student loans, I can't pay the interest, there are no jobs, is the American dream dead for me?
34. You were right to reinvest in small business, it was necessary, you saved the auto industry and might turn a profit, the challenge is the public is fearful and negative, the public just doesn't get it, how can you win back the center, you're losing the war of sound bites.
34. I was inspired by your message but the inspiration is dying.
35. Would any investor invest in any concern that has to borrow 42 cents on the dollar, how long can we continue without hurting the longterm health of the economy?
36. When you say, "buck up," are you preparing us for lower social security and medicare benefits in the future?
37. What will you do if tea candidates get elected?
38. To employ a 50K law clerk in NYC it costs me 90K and she walks home with 35, when will you stop whacking Wall Street like a pinata?
39. There's clearly something big going on here---and it sure aint SPIN.
40. One would have to be as blind as that first monkey not to see.
41. Obama's generic approval among YOUTH, according to an AP poll associated with the MTV event, has fallen TWENTY SEVEN PERCENT since May, 09.
42. Poll after poll for about 2 months has shown similar declines amongst Hispanics, women, the working class, independents.
43. In the 12 closest house districts in the country, all the way from Virginia to Hawaii, according to The Hill two weeks ago, undecideds favor REPEAL of Obamacare, 49 to 27.
44. How do you think THEY, the only open parameter, are gonna vote?
45. No wonder the most serious Obamite supporters are so quiet these days.
46. They have at least SOME sense.
47. Obama's answer to CNBC host John Harwood's first question in Georgetown (didn't the bigwigs mostly benefit from the bailouts): we inherited this, we took emergency steps, we avoided a Depression, our programs worked, we stabilized the markets, 8 months of private sector job growth, when you're in a hole so deep the first thing is to stop digging, folks are hurting, many in the audience are hurting, we must continue to go in a postiive direciton, we can't go in a negative direction, we cut capital gains, we helped small biz, we're doing R&D, we eased student loans, growth is slow and steady, there's no quick fix, it took us 10 years to get here, the WSJ reports that real income declined 5% between 2001 and 2009, it's gonna take more time.
48. Harwood: "Now, I've heard you give that turnaround message you just gave many times."
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