Zach Lahn corners Barack Obama

Bravo to Zach Lahn, for having bigger balls than 99% of the media! I hope this young man’s ready for the Joe The Plumber treatment, courtesy of ACORN and SEIU.

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President Obama spent the majority of his “answer” restating the question, then talked about “opposing” the exact kind of public option that’s in the House bill. ABC transcribed some of it:

“Certainly they can’t compete if the taxpayer is standing behind the public option just shoveling more and more money at it,” Obama said. “That’s certainly not fair. And so I’ve already said I would not be in favor of a public option of that sort, because that would just mean more expenses out of our pockets and we wouldn’t be seeing much improvement in quality.”

“I think there are ways that we can address those competitive issues,” he said. “And you’re absolutely right, if they’re not entirely addressed, then that raises a set of legitimate problems. But the only point I wanted to make was the notion that somehow just by having a public option you have the entire private marketplace destroyed is just not borne out by the facts.”

Read the whole thing; ABC interviewed Zach afterward, and he kept the pressure on the president for regurgitating nothing but vague talking points. Ten bucks says Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Glenn Beck are all over this within a week. Oh … notice that Obama didn’t accept Zach’s challenge, either (wuss).
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16 comments

  1. John

    President Obama also put “Oxford style” Zach in his place by reminding him that FedEx and UPS are thriving against the USPS.
    A University of Colorado student challenging an Ivy League graduate who was also a law professor to “Oxford style’ debate? That deserves a LOL in bold letters. What a d-bag.

  2. Alo Konsen

    It’s a completely stupid analogy, princess. Presumably the USPS is supposed to be like the Obamacare “public option”, and the private couriers are supposed to be like the eeeeevil insurance companies. If the analogy holds, then the private couriers must have existed first, and because they charged defenseless consumers way too much, Uncle Sugar rode to the rescue by creating the USPS. This offered consumers a “public option” for mail delivery that “kept the private companies honest.” And there was great rejoicing throughout the land. Yay.
    Oh, wait. That isn’t how it happened. The USPS came first. FedEx/UPS sprang up in response to the federal government’s utter ineptitude and profligacy, allowing consumers to send packages with greater reliability, speed, and economy. Tell me, genius, when your document or package absolutely positively has to be there overnight, do you drop it off at the Post Office or do you call a private courier? And before you mention USPS Priority Mail or Express Mail, can you guess who actually moves that stuff?
    Furthermore, by federal statute, nobody but the USPS is permitted to deliver 1st Class Mail … a taxpayer-funded monopoly that perennially hemorrhages money. That’s not exactly a great example of a harmless, helpful, level-playing-field “public option”, now is it?
    Fail. Epic fail.

  3. Larsen Croupier

    John, why is it so laughable that a young man attending a public University challenges an Ivy-leaguer (if you will) to a debate? Are you convinced that the man attending a public university is intellectually inferior to a man having attended an Ivy-league? The arrogance and feelings of entitlement among super-intellectuals is precisely the reason why many of them fail in the real world. As a man who has done his fair share of hiring, I can attest to the fact (and sad to say) that some of the biggest professional dissapointments came from indivuals with degrees from prestigious universities. Intellect has little to do with suceeding in life and/or if possible in a debate.

  4. Jeff

    Zach Lahn is the typical silver spooner republican wearing penny loafers without socks. Ask Zach who his favorite CEO is. My guess is Carly Fiorina or Robert Nardelli. I don’t give a crap if a public option runs the insurance companies out of business. Zach does not understand fundamental economic logic because he was too busy attentding frat keg parties. Without competition and or regulation, the monopolist can charge whatever they want, thus prices increase, thus we pay more. Capitalism has failed the american people and the government must step in and regulate the economy through legislation. A perfect example is the deregulation of the Credit Default Swap market and the financial disaster it has caused. Government invtervention is in the best interest of the country because american businesses are out of control increasing the gap between rich and poor exponentially, while executive performance has not matched their pay. The underlying problem is that Zach is a racist and is boiling at the fact that an intelligent black man is the leader of the free world.

  5. Rob

    Obama should have reminded the student that the student is attending a PUBLIC college – and somehow the colleges Obama attended, Columbia and Harvard are private colleges that are able to compete against not only CU Boulder but all of the Public colleges out there – now how can that be?

  6. Jeff S

    Thanks for the post! MSNBC has scrubbed this whole affair already! I’m fairly sure this is the only video of the entire “conversation” on the internet!

  7. AT

    You don’t even know the man! He loves God and his country and feels threatned by Mr. Obama, and he shared his views. Are you not being hypocritical by bad mouthing Zach Lahn for standing up for something he believes in? Maybe you’re just jealous that you don’t have the boldness nor nobility to say something by word of mouth, instead you cower by fighting behind the shield of a computer screen.
    Now that desreves a big LOL.
    AT

  8. KJ

    blah blah blah blah blah. i get tired of stupid conservatives. got two of them as OLD best friends. cant stand them now. its bad when liberals will acutally agree or view a conservative point correct, why cant conservatives do so. they think they are so bad ass. and they are superior to liberals. come on. there is white trash who didnt vote for obama when they need healthcare insurance, and it was all because of the color of his skin. thts what i call ignorance.

  9. Abdul

    USPS is self-sufficient and has not received taxpayer-dollars since the early 1980s. USPS is an independent organization.
    I think your stupidity and ignorance deserves a big LOL.

  10. YourFriend

    Probably Mr. Obama would be (time will tell) one of the best presidents.
    Let the good people, good intensions shine in this world masacrated by conservatives.
    What conservatives?
    Rich Thieves, those shitters upon leaving the church every sunday, misunderstanding the message fron Jesus. They think He is on their side.
    Those who claim: “An advanced gun for every retard”

  11. Earleen Gianni

    “Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to greater danger. It works the same in any country.” – Hermann Goering (1893 – 1946), 2nd in command of the Third Reich