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August 21, 2009
Silencing the masses

During his recent town hall meeting in Portsmouth, N.H., President Barack Obama said "We have AARP on board because they know this is a good deal for our seniors."

AARP's chief operating officer, Tom Nelson, quickly responded that Obama's comments were inaccurate, and stated that AARP has not endorsed any major health care reform bills currently under consideration.

Did Obama misspeak or did he not have factual information?  If the president holds a town hall meeting to provide "real true facts" to the American public and then we find that what he said was untrue, how can we believe anything he tells us?

It seems to us that because Obama was speaking to an audience hand-selected by the White House and local Democratic politicians, this was not a discussion of differing view points but rather was really a platform for the president to "spin" his version of the truth to his friends and supporters without any distractions. 

Plenty of protesters outside the hall could have provided a real view of public opposition to his flawed, socialist, health-reform scheme had they been allowed to speak at the meeting.



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