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Obama to netroots: "I don't know what that says about the online audience" [snicker]

Er, that they're well-informed, passionate, and have a better grasp of public policy than you? In addition to being computer savvy and veteran online activists?

Full transcript of Obama playing smart and not being clever:

THE PRESIDENT: Three point five million people voted. I have to say that there was one question that was voted on that ranked fairly high and that was whether legalizing marijuana would improve the economy -- (laughter) -- and job creation. And I don't know what this says about the online audience -- (laughter) -- but I just want -- I don't want people to think that -- this was a fairly popular question; we want to make sure that it was answered. The answer is, no, I don't think that is a good strategy -- (laughter) -- to grow our economy. (Applause.)

Now, I'm betting that the drive for marijuana, er, reform skews young -- and it certainly doesn't skew Conservative (though possibly libertarian).

In other words, Obama just dissed his own base, all for the sake of a few laughs from his new found buddies in the East Room's gilt chairs. Hilarity ensues at The Obama 527 Formerly Known as Daily Kos, where the number one diary as of 11:00PM tonight is a terrific defense of marijuana legalization, which somehow fails to mention The One's views on the subject, expressed that very day.

Plenty of room here under the bus! Welcome below-board! Clue stick: Obama does occasionally respond to pressure. Try demonstrations, calls -- maybe even consider making your support a little more conditional?

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Submitted by lambert on

In Mexico, Obama's Secretary of State, and ours, is saying the drug war has failed.

"Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade," she added. "Our inability to prevent weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border to arm these criminals causes the deaths of police, of soldiers and civilians."

So, since insatiable demand is probably not going to go away -- it's insatiable! -- why not legalize?

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Submitted by splashy9 on

And realized he doesn't understand how many families have been broken because of them arresting people for marijuana. How many lives have been ruined because of the zeal of the government against it. It's criminal on their part.

Added later: Oh, and I know a bunch of conservatives that have heavily backed the Republicans that think the War on Drugs is the silliest thing. They think it has failed, and that it should be done away with, with marijuana treated like alcohol and tobacco. Regulated and taxed. In fact, that may be the only thing we agree on.

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Submitted by Damon on

I guess he's just not that into us. Get ready for four to eight more years of this, four to eight more years of being treated like the 'crazy/zaney uncle" in the room. It's really one of the only times he shows any real mirth, that is, when he gets to kick his base in the company of "proper" folk and self-professed "oustanding citizenry."

For a guy whose staff has often bragged about him relishing long debates with people of differing viewpoints, he sure does love to shut down debate with his own debate by playing the whole "oh you know those (crazy) folks" routine, huh? It's always too cute by a half, to me. He enjoys this far too much.

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Submitted by splashy9 on

They think it's dumb to keep it illegal, and want to tax it.

As what a former law enforcement guy said in a video about this, when it comes to things that people are going to do regardless of whether they are legal or not there are three ways to deal with it:

1. Let the government run it
2. Let private enterprise run it
3. Let criminals run it.

#3 is the default if they are made illegal. This applies to anything people will insist on doing, no matter what. That covers a host of things, including abortion.