Obama says he hasn't been paying attention to what's going on with ACORN, even though the right has duct taped Obama to ACORN. Obama tells George that ACORN isn't the biggest issue threatening the country. Thank you. I've barely followed ACORN solely because the fringe made it the center of their mad, mad world.
Here’s our FULL exchange:After George's interview with Obama, the roundtable discussed whether Obama is overexposed. Peggy Noonan, whom I used to have a certain amount of respect for, called Obama "boorish." Huh? Noonan was full of herself this morning and what was with all those faces she made?
STEPHANOPOULOS: How about the funding for ACORN?
OBAMA: You know, if -- frankly, it's not really something I've followed closely. I didn't even know
that ACORN was getting a whole lot of federal money.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Both the Senate and the House have voted to cut it off.
OBAMA: You know, what I know is, is that what I saw on that video was certainly inappropriate
and deserves to be investigated.
STEPHANOPOULOS: So you're not committing to -- to cut off the federal funding?
OBAMA: George, this is not the biggest issue facing the country. It's not something I'm paying a
lot of attention to. See the full episode here.
The debate over whether Obama is overexposed is stupid and another example of the media falling down on the job. What's the point of that argument. It's just ammunition for the right.
The truth is if tomorrow you asked people on the street if they saw Obama over the weekend, some people would say "who's Obama?" "Others would say, no, I don't follow politics." Very few would say "yes." If you asked people if they heard the controversy about Obama being over exposed, they may have heard that. That's what perks people's ears up, controversy.
On the CBS Sunday News show, one woman at a tea party explained the hate coming from the right. She said people are fearful that the liberals are taking over. The rightwing, which fears government, convinced their masses, largely through a small handful of people, Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity, that Obama is a big government liberal and the rightwing took over from there.
Some people, of course, take hate to the extreme. On This Week, George Will denied racism. I don't understand why they deny it. It may not be the driving motivator of the rightwing but it certainly is an element and it's a dangerous and ugly element.