Substance-lite reporter files substance-free article hitting Obama for talking about substance:
Even by President Obama's loquacious standards, an answer he gave here on health care Friday was a doozy.It makes me a bit misty-eyed for the days when question and answer sessions with the president were pre-arranged, sprinkled with a condescending tone and punctuated by tight fitting jeans undoubtedly packed with a presidential cod piece.
Toward the end of a question-and-answer session with workers at an advanced battery technology manufacturer, a woman named Doris stood to ask the president whether it was a "wise decision to add more taxes to us with the health care" package.
"We are overtaxed as it is," Doris said bluntly.
Obama started out feisty. "Well, let's talk about that, because this is an area where there's been just a whole lot of misinformation, and I'm going to have to work hard over the next several months to clean up a lot of the misapprehensions that people have," the president said.
He then spent the next 17 minutes and 12 seconds lulling the crowd into a daze.
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Halfway through, an audience member on the riser yawned.
To recap: Kornblut's mind takes a siesta during a long, detailed and comprehensive answer involving health care reform and that, as it turns out, is the president's problem, a politician plagued by his inability to connect with folks on the campaign trail. Kornblut can't be bothered helping readers better understand reform. And she'll be damned if Obama's going to get a pass for doing her job.