President Obama Gives 17-Minute, 2500 Word Answer to Woman's Statement "We Are Overtaxed" - Video 4/2/10
Here is video of President Obama at a Town Hall Meeting in Charlotte, NC, April 2, 2010, where he gave a 17-minute, 2500 word answer to a woman's simple statement that "We are overtaxed as it is." Obama talked and talked, and after 17-minutes said, "Boy, that was a long answer. I'm sorry. I hope that answered your question!"
The Washington Post reports on the marathon answer:
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. His discursive answer -- more than 2,500 words long -- wandered from topic to topic, including commentary on the deficit, pay-as-you-go rules passed by Congress, Congressional Budget Office reports on Medicare waste, COBRA coverage, the Recovery Act and Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (he referred to this last item by its inside-the-Beltway name, "F-Map"). He talked about the notion of eliminating foreign aid (not worth it, he said). He invoked Warren Buffett, earmarks and the payroll tax that funds Medicare (referring to it, in fluent Washington lingo, as "FICA"). . . MORE