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[Politics] Julia Hall: Obama's Possibly Planted Question and Reactions
The problem with politics is that sometimes Michelle Malkin is right. Apparently the little girl, Julia Hall, who asked Obama the "what's wrong with the fuckheads?" question at the New Hampshire town hall was the daughter of an Obama campaign contributor, according to this Boston Globe story. So, Obama answered a planted question at a town hall.
When this was revealed in the Health Care thread immediately the factions were defined: Obama apologists on one side, W defending "See, Obama is just as bad" asshats on the other side.
Here's my question: What do we make of this?
I know that if W had answered a planted question at a town hall I would have been irritated, I would have written an angry blog post about it or bitched about it on the forums. But when Obama employs a similar strategy I am fine with it. Health Care is an important issue; to ensure that Obama can communicate the necessary facts perhaps he needs to employ planted questions.
But does that make me an Obama apologist? Or did it mean that back when I attacked W I was simply utilizing a situation with which I do not have an inherent problem (answering a planted question) to vent?
What does it say of the larger political landscape when similar strategies are utilized but the reactions to these strategies differ depending upon who employs them? Are we engaged in a politics of hypocrisy? Or is there a genuine difference between "W answers a planted question" and "Obama answers a planted question"? Do we assign too much meaning to actions and rather the larger context need be assessed? Or, are some actions repugnant regardless of who employs them?
Regardless of where we end up on the issue of planted questions and political strategy, though, I think we can all agree that Michelle Malkin remains, now and forever, a stupid fucking cunt.
As a few people have pointed out the Boston Globe article does not state that "Julia Hall was a plant" but rather states that: "Julia's mother was an early Obama supporter and donor in Massachusetts during the presidential election, so she had previously met First Lady Michelle Obama, the Obama daughters Sasha and Malia, and Vice President Joe Biden." From this some have inferred that Julia Hall was a plant and this inference might be fallacious.
According to voices.kansascity.com: "For the record, the White House denies Hall's question was planted by the administration."