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?