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President's incessant TV sales pitches erode dignity of his office

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It’s either cynical marketing or a sad commentary on the Affordable Care Act’s failure and unpopularity.

Apparently it’s come to this: President Obama had to shill his signature legislation on a wholly vacuous Internet-only comedy broadcast.

The commander-in-chief’s appearance on the Funny or Die website with liberal comedian Zach Galifianakis, best known for the vulgar The Hangover movie series, was a last-minute push to boost sagging Obamacare enrollment among younger Americans before a March 31 deadline.

The White House said about 32,000 people who watched Galifianakis’ talk-show spoof Between Two Ferns have clicked on healthcare.gov.

Team Obama seems to think every little bit of publicity helps. Liberal media outlets predictably lavished praise on the Funny or Die appearance. ABC’s Diane Sawyer hailed it as “a bold move.”

“Bold”? More like “ribald.” Or “unworthy,” “demeaning” and “unseemly.”

The office of president of the United States comes with a high expectation of dignity. The president’s yukking it up on a nightclub comic’s webisode obliterates the air of gravity and prestige that the leader of the free world ought to travel in at all times.

Many of us remember when Bill Clinton played his saxophone on The Arsenio Hall Show in 1992. Or when Richard Nixon looked comically square on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In in 1968. Presidential candidates have been known to dip their toes into American pop culture. But that’s almost always when they’re campaigning. When they ascend to the presidency, they’re expected to tend to the important tasks of the office.

This president, on the other hand, seems to have never stopped campaigning.

He doesn’t appear particularly fond of White House press conferences, but he seems much easier to book on talk shows. He’s danced with Ellen DeGeneres. He’s swapped jokes with Jay Leno. He’s chatted with the women on The View. Jon Stewart got him. Jimmy Fallon got him. David Letterman got him.

Can our nation, and a world in crisis, borrow him for a couple minutes of consequence?

At least one of Galifianakis’ intentionally cringe-worthy questions hit harder than the usual softballs Obama is thrown by the Washington press corps.

“Have you heard of the Affordable Care Act?” Obama asks after more than three minutes of banter.

“Oh yeah, I heard about that,” Galifianakis replies. ”That’s the thing that doesn’t work. Why would you get the guy who created the (failed digital music player) Zune to make your website?”

But the hip humor only obscures Obamacare’s onerousness. Why is the president still having to work so hard – after millions of taxpayer dollars spent on promotions and advertisements – to sell something the country supposedly is clamoring for, and was led to believe would sell itself?

About 4.2 million have signed up for Obamacare so far. The administration is hoping for 6 million.

This isn’t governing. It’s wall-to-wall public relations.

Obama’s celebrity-aided sales pitch dragged on Wednesday as former boy-band singer Lance Bass was conspicuously welcomed to the White House to discuss health-care reform.

Maybe next, CBS can work the president into the series finale of How I Met Your Mother.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/13/14 - 04:02 am
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Like The Guy With The Pizza Sign

Obamacare and Obama trying to save it are getting to be embarrassing. The Florida Congressional election just told him the people are not interested and even Democrats are running from this idea, yet he continues like the guy on the corner holding a sign, jumping around to get attention and hawking the local pizza place. He’s the drunk wino in the street directing traffic as responsible drivers maneuver around him to get their own insurance. Really, it’s pitiful to see the office of the President so degraded.

scoobynews
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scoobynews 03/13/14 - 04:16 am
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Disgrace to our country. The

Disgrace to our country. The very people who make money doing nothing (actors and musicians) love him! It appears he loves them too. Hey I have an idea. Get your rich celeb friends to help out in that income equality idea. Now that is some money I wouldn't mind getting since they make way more money than me.

myfather15
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myfather15 03/13/14 - 05:30 am
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Kathleen Sebelius stated:

Success would be 7 million people signed up by the end of March. Well, get ready for FAILURE!!!

This article is spot on!! The behaviors of Obama are supposed to be below the Presidency!! He reminds me of green energy salesman on his last leg; with no food at his house, trying to make one last sale to support his family!! He is DESPERATE and he is certainly acting that way!! Since when does the President do commercials to sell a product? Because that's exactly what he is doing!!

He even has famous celebrities and athletes going around selling his garbage and it STILL isn't working!! Nike pays these guys millions of dollars to sell their products, but at least they get good sales in return!! What are we getting? Screwed!!!

Mr. President, ACT LIKE a President!! Act like a LEADER!!

lovingthesouth72
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lovingthesouth72 03/13/14 - 06:06 am
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Desperate

Desperate times require desperate actions. The POTUS is desperate. What's even more pathetic is that those people that clicked on the link were counted in the total of Obamacare enrolled. It's all just a big lie and a big mess. Repeal it, now!

ymnbde
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ymnbde 03/13/14 - 06:59 am
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not as undignified as the adolescent goo goo eyed

flirtsie and selfie with the hot blonde danish
chick (excuse me, Danish Prime Minister, but lack
of dignity can carry over into posts, too) at a funeral
and right in front of his own wife and disrespectful to Nelson Mandela
but that one was spontaneous and showed the character of the man
the planned skit with an especially undignified actor
showed the lack of dignity in the office of President
really, are there no adults in his room?
meanwhile the deficit grows and black kids aren't educated

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 03/13/14 - 07:12 am
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The internet?

As opposed to that new up an coming hot new item, the print media. Just going by Wiki (which I hate, since it's 2012 numbers but you'd think someone at the Chronicle would try to update the Wiki page since the info came from their circulation department):
Augusta Chronicle daily circulation 55,444
Augusta Chronicle Sunday circulation 71,057

Number of people who had viewed "wholly vacuous Internet-only comedy broadcast" within 6 hours: 4 million.

Augusta Chronicle: "Likes" on FaceBook 29,460
Funny or Die: "Likes" on FaceBook 6,400,000

I don't get into Twitter, so i couldn't tell you about the Chronicle, but Funny or Die has 7.8 million Twitter followers. Also, it covers the demographic, young, non-bigotted, open minded, that has their entire life ahead of them, not behind them (totally the opposite of most the Chronicle's readership) that the President was trying to reach to get to sign up for the ACA.

A dying medium expressing jealously that it's being far surpassed by "a wholly vacuous Internet-only comedy broadcast". A dinosaur's dying gasp.

dahreese
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dahreese 03/13/14 - 08:05 am
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This is the same old AC
Unpublished

This is the same old AC editorial crap, day in and day out, all year long - nothing but propaganda.

Tell you what.... How'bout an editorial supporting the CIA and its spying on the Intelligence Committee which is investigating it?

After all, despite all of its law breaking in this country and out, if the CIA can't be trusted, who can?

edcushman
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edcushman 03/13/14 - 08:09 am
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"Mr. President, ACT LIKE a
Unpublished

"Mr. President, ACT LIKE a President!! Act like a LEADER!!"
He is and always will be a community organizer. He is an embarrassment to this country. The world is LAUGHING AT US.

karradur
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karradur 03/13/14 - 08:27 am
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The Chronicle is absolutely correct.

The President needs to act more like a haughty elitist instead of trying to be personable and down-to-earth. I mean, could you imagine if the President were to ask a group of young black men "who let the dogs out"? That would be an absolute disgrace.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 03/13/14 - 08:45 am
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nice try, Mike!

Right now, one of the greatest obstacles facing Obamacare is the age "mix" of enrollees. There need to be more young men and women in their 20s to keep premiums down. Advertisers say you have to go to your market, so the President is taking his healthcare message to where the 20s will see and hear it. Makes perfect sense, and Mike Ryan knows it! Ryan, as most posters here, wants the ACA to fail, so of course he opposes any effort the administration might make to increase its chances to succeed. Ryan isn't worried about the dignity of POTUS; he's worried that Obamacare might work!

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deestafford 03/13/14 - 08:50 am
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We talk about the dignity of the office...

We talk about the dignity of the office of the President of the United States and how it should be respected. I believe you one can respect the dignity of something only if you hold it in high esteem and believe it is special and exceptional.

Like other things about America, Obama does not believe the office of the president is anything special or exceptional. To him it is just another tool he can use to further his goal of degrading the country.

The left may look at his public appearances on the internet and other "new'' venues as being up to date but class does have standards and Obama has shown his class to be that of nearly classless. Rick McKee's cartoon today has a lot of meaning as to this.

We don't have a president. We have an uninterested, uncaring pitchman who like the carnival barker pulls the wool over the eyes of many gullible sheeple to further his nefarious purposes.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 03/13/14 - 10:33 am
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Obamacare is SO CATASTROPHIC,

Obamacare is SO CATASTROPHIC, SO BAD, SO HARMFUL TO THE MIDDLE CLASS that Obama has killed it until after the elections. Now we are on track for it to cost us $2 TRILLION dollars a year of new debt....per year.

The Republicans were 100% right. Just remember that when you go to vote. Republicans = 100% right.....Demcrats = CATASTROPHE

Russia....Romney and Palin = 100% right......Obama = TOTALLY WRONG

Middle East and North Africa....Republicans = right......Obama = DISASTER

JOBS and ECONOMY......Republicans = 100% right......Obama/Democrats = DISASTROUS

Enjoy your birth control pills and ever how many abortions you wish to have ladies.....you only get them free until the economy collapses.

Oh yeh, and look for salaries to go DOWN. Employers will probably start reducing salaried positions because OBAMA decreed they have to start paying overtime to everyone. Why would a firm offer a good salary to someone who is on a 40 hour clock. Pay them like a burger flipper....by the hour. In fact, a good excuse to reduce them to 29 hours so you don't have to pay their health care.

Obama is a communist dictator ideologue. I cannot say enough bad things about Obama in a public forum without risking a visit from the guys in the Brooks Brothers suits with the mirrored sunglasses. But he is definitely a wannabe dictator and a communist ideologue. He is anti-American, anti-Constitution, and anti-middle class WORKING family. And the sad thing about it is that he has shredded the fabric of this country AND HAS NOT HELPED A DAMNED THING.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/13/14 - 10:32 am
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(karradur) "The President

(karradur) "The President needs to act more like a haughty elitist instead of trying to be personable and down-to-earth. I mean, could you imagine if the President were to ask a group of young black men "who let the dogs out"? That would be an absolute disgrace."

No karradur, what is a disgrace is, a man who is suppose to be the leader of these United States of America, acting like a celebrity and yes it most certainly be a disgrace if the President asked a group of young black men "who let the dogs out?". Instead of address these young men like hoodlums, how about addressing them like young men.....then maybe they will in return ACT like young men. No wonder the rest of the world views our President as nothing but an actor.....(a person pretending to be someone else).

john
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john 03/13/14 - 10:34 am
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disgusting

we are doing our insurance renewal currently at work. What a disaster this has become. And it is nausiating to see how giddy people are when they find out how the subsidy will help them if they go to the exchange. lining up at the trough. Hey, its cheap for them, who cares where the money comes from right?

Bizkit
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Bizkit 03/13/14 - 10:39 am
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Obama thinks there are 57

Obama thinks there are 57 states and America is a democracy. He must have been stoned those days in class.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 03/13/14 - 10:44 am
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EEL the law is

EEL the law is unworkable-basically cause the SCOTUS and the President undermined the original intent of the law. It can't work as the CBO has announced no 200 billion savings in ten years (just the opposite more debt), no reduction of the 30 million uninsured, no reduction in cost but for some-others pay more, they try to make an argument that the cost of healthcare isn't escalating as it would have (but that is absurd how do you know?) but health care cost are still soaring. The law is a failure because it is poorly designed and doesn't address root causes or problems at multiple levels. The president talks about a mix of spending and new taxes to address our national debt and with health care it is the same thing basically which doesn't address a whole lot of issues.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 03/13/14 - 10:46 am
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Presidents are always trying

Presidents are always trying to sale us a bill of goods. Like FDR with social security (good idea gone bad) and Bush with nation building (good idea gone bad) and now Obama with the ACA (good idea gone bad). They need to sale their manure elsewhere.

karradur
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karradur 03/13/14 - 11:42 am
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@ICL

"Instead of address these young men like hoodlums, how about addressing them like young men.....then maybe they will in return ACT like young men."

But that's exactly what Mitt Romney did.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 03/13/14 - 11:44 am
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well, Bill Clinton put the biggest "stain" on the dignity

of the office...
but O doesn't seem to get the concept of dignity, either
but i still can't imagine him having a Monica (unless she's the blonde prime minister of some baltic country) hidden in the intern pool
so at least he's got that going for him

Darby
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Darby 03/13/14 - 11:51 am
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Is Bod trying to tell us that we should

follow the low-brow crowd if we want HIS/HER approval?

If so, HE/SHE is destined for a long walk on a short pier.

Darby
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Darby 03/13/14 - 11:55 am
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Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 03/13/14 - 01:39 pm
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I don't care so much that

I don't care so much that he's trying to "relate" to the young and uninformed. I like someone who's personable. That being said, I don't think he's personable. I think he's a fraud whose ego knows no bounds.

dahreese
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dahreese 03/13/14 - 01:42 pm
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When the AC can't get more
Unpublished

When the AC can't get more than the same 10-12 people (ok, make it 15) commenting each day on its editorials, doesn't that tell the AC something - namely that most people don't swallow your propaganda?

The AC might sell more papers if it would stop being so "far" right and include some liberal points of view in its editorials.

On the other hand, maybe your financial plight is so bad you can't afford liberal writers.

fedex227
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fedex227 03/13/14 - 03:26 pm
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The Augusta Chronicle ...
Unpublished

proving once again that conservatives have absolutely no sense of humor. Your core demo is dying off boys, better keep up.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 03/13/14 - 04:14 pm
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Sebelius basically makes the

Sebelius basically makes the argument that health care cost aren't as soaring as they would be though they are admittedly still soaring (gosh if I had a nickel for every con artist who tried that manure with me I'd be richer) so your cost for health insurance will go up soon it seems.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 03/13/14 - 04:17 pm
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The ACA will become the

The ACA will become the Titanic as midterm elections start knocking off more Dems in Congress. Remember Rep abandoning Bush over the Iraq war in droves too but the damage was done and it was too late. I think the same thing is about to happen to Dems. Seem some have a hankerin' for a spankerin'.

stuaby
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stuaby 03/13/14 - 04:21 pm
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Anybody here see the movie

Anybody here see the movie "Idiocracy"? It's where we are now, in the U.S. The reality, in this country, is actually worse, in many ways, than what "Idiocracy" is portraying.

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 03/13/14 - 05:18 pm
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It kills me when people say

It kills me when people say that conservatives don't want "Obamacare" to be successful. Why on earth wouldn't we?? I'm not going to cut my nose off to spite my face. No, I didn't vote for Obama. No, I don't think he knows his hind end from a hole in the ground. But I want the country to prosper. I want affordable healthcare for everyone - that would include me. The rub is that so far, I'm paying a helluva lot more for far less than what I got last year. Affordable? uh, no. I look beyond myself to how it impacts others - and it's not good.

I'm anxiously awaiting all the glorious benefits this disaster of a plan was supposed to give us ALL....waiting....waiting....waiting...I just don't think it's gonna happen. PLEASE prove me wrong. PLEASE! I'll be happy to admit you told me so.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 03/13/14 - 05:37 pm
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Red head-right on! I agree

Red head-right on! I agree wholeheartedly.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/13/14 - 05:51 pm
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My friend's brother recently

My friend's brother recently had life-threatening pulmonary emboli and nearly died. He had been out of work and couldn't afford COBRA.

Under ACA, he was able to apply retroactively and will be covered.

So what's better, to be covered by insurance, or let the taxpayers foot the bill for his care?

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