What Should Legal Insurrection Ask President Obama?
If we landed an interview, like Buzzfeed News has done.
BuzzFeed News has announced that it’s been granted an interview with President Obama on Tuesday.
In their heart of hearts, Buzzfeed readers want to know what type of cat Obama was in a prior or will be in a future life. Or at least, which 80’s sitcom character Obama most easily identifies with or which animated cat GIF he finds most endearing.
But since Buzzfeed News has been transformed under Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith from pussy cat (Meow) to King of the Internet Jungle (hear them Roar), Smith is seeking reader input as to questions to ask:
What Should We Ask President Obama?
BuzzFeed News will interview President Barack Obama Tuesday as the president works to sign Americans up for his signature health care policy, prepares for a final chance to push through other elements of his agenda, and balances an economic recovery with crises around the world.
BuzzFeed News has had our share of big stories and big interviews, but this will be our first interview with a sitting president of the United States. (President Bush missed his chance back in the day.) It’s a nice tribute to the work my colleagues have done to take this place from an ambitious, zany experiment to one of the most ambitious new news and media organizations in the world.
Separately, and also exciting, our inspired cousins at BuzzFeed Motion Pictures will be shooting a video with President Obama.
The BuzzFeed News interview is also an opportunity for our readers, here and across the social web, to give us some ideas. Since its inception, BuzzFeed News has covered everything from the marriage wars to the shooting war in Eastern Ukraine, and our reporters have filed searing dispatches from Ferguson to Freetown. I’m hoping to ask the president about what’s next — and what you think is next.
So tell us your toughest questions — in whatever form you think that question is best asked.
The reaction on Twitter was swift.
Here are a couple of choice tweets via Evan McMurry of Mediaite:
Not a big deal to interview POTUS after fruit loop lady, sorry.
— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) February 8, 2015
Comgrats to Buzzfeed for their sit down with Obama,, pic.twitter.com/uzaSzjRX7R — L u k e O’ N e i l (@lukeoneil47) February 8, 2015
Here are a few more from Twitchy:
#BuzzFeedQuestionsForObama What did you think of Glozell’s lipstick? Pretty cool huh?
— Here Be Dragons (@DefendWallSt) February 8, 2015
.@BuzzFeedAndrew Mr. President, if ObamaCare is so great and so many people are benefitting from it, why is it still unpopular? — Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) February 8, 2015
@BuzzFeedNews what other groups of extremist are killing thousands of innocent men women and children besides Islamic extremist?
— Jeff Sharp (@jwsharp23) February 8, 2015
Now we turn to you, Team Insurrection.
If at some point in the next two years Legal Insurrection is transformed into one of the cool kids and we land an interview with The One, what should we ask?
[Please do not say, “Will you resign effective immediately,” that’s taken.]
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How fast can you vacate the Office Of President?
(We’ll allow a couple of week to actually move.)
What makes you think that, given your relative youth, you won’t be prosecuted for your various crimes by some future administration?
(You can assume a black conservative will be prosecuting you for the sake of your answer.)
Dear Ragspierre, this question is worthy of you and deserves continued consideration. (the other two are throw-aways.)
I believe this question opens an excellent LI debate thread.
Does the penmanship in the current resident’s hand apply to the current resident, now and/or in the future?
Juicy…. very Juicy Rags. Thank you.
Mr. President, you lie constantly; aren’t you astonished that anyone still takes you seriously? And what does it say about those who still do?
Doesn’t matter what is asked the only question is whether a truthful answer is given
What did you say at the Khalidi farewell party?
Will you have all your records released and made public when you build your presidential library?
Cool question….made me think.
1-Where will this wondrous architecture be located?
I have seen rumor of acquisition of property in HI…
Reasonable choice.. will HI be ceded to ASEAN?
2-Should we speak of this as a “Library” or a “Monument.”
3-Who will be the “public” in this “public Library/Monument”?
What is so unacceptable about being bi-racial, so awful, that you cannot admit to being half white?
Can you recite the first 10 amendments of the constitution verbatim please?
I’d want to ask:
Are you truly insane or do you just enjoy acting like you are?
Do you even understand the basic tenets of the constitution?
Could you please not let the door hit you in the a$$ as you leave?
Now given that O has a known trait of not even staying on the topic the question was about…
Mr. President, will you regress back to being a Muslim after you leave the White House?
If it were permitted, would you run for a third term?
Excellent question SameSame.
I believe TrooperYork’s phrasing “do you intend to vacate”…
asks the same question is a delightfully sneakier way.
Do you intend to vacate the office after your term is over?
Kudos for excellent legalese… do you still beat your wife?
Why have Jews won many more Nobel prizes in medicine and the sciences than African-Americans, even though Jews make up a much smaller percentage of the population?
Mr President. You have been caught in many lies and continue to lie. How can you do that and still make speeches and appear in public?
When the helicopter you were piloting in Iran got hit with an RPG and AK fire, did Lyin’ Williams wet his pants? Did you?
Did you pray to allah or yourself?
When you conduct yourself like a fvckvp, is that unintentional, or is it your mission to be the biggest [email protected]$$ to occupy 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?
Mr. Resident, after leaving the White House, which country are you planning to seek Sanctuary in – China, Iran, Cuba or some other country better aligned with your concept of governance?
Mr. Resident, Do you feel that you will be prosecuted for either ‘War Crimes’, Treason, or Crimes Against Humanity after leaving office?
Mr. Resident, What do you feel the are your greatest betrayals of the American meme?
Mr. Resident, do you think that Jimmy Carter is Jealous of you for usurping his position as “America’s Worse President”
Mr. Resident, What did you do with that Noble Peace Prize you so humbly accepted?
You said, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. Period!” on the same day that I received an E-mail from my insurance company (we had a small business plan) that said my rates would be at least 70% higher. They actually went up about 85%. Who was lying. You or my insurance company, Blue Cross Blue Shield?
1: How did you get into Columbia and then Harvard law?
2: What information are you using to extort Boehner?
1. Got in because I applied as a foreign student under the name Sotero and was given top priority. Plus my scholarship from Saudi Arabia was a big help.
2. Have insufficient info on Boehner. Used all I had to extort Justice Roberts
Can you assure us that we have the Christian Crusadist menace under control? What are we doing to stop the Inquisition?
Sorry, I have no questions for that lying leftist POS.
It would be a waste of time to ask obama any questions in that he would be so evasive his answers would be worthless (like he is) or else he would just flat out lie (most likely scenario).
We know more about the unknown soldier than we do about obama. I look forward to the day when his hidden/sealed records start leaking out. That’s the only way we will ever find out anything about him.
Option 1) As a teenager, given the choice between confirming your citizenship or applying for a scholarship as a foreign national, what did you do?
Option 2): If you were first employed at a Baskin Robins ice cream shop in Hawaii, why is your SSN number one usually given to people in another part of the country?
Option 3): In bowing before the King of Saudi Arabia, were you signally your Muslim honor for the protector of Islam-Mecca-Medina?
1. Applied under my Indonesian citizenship I obtained through my step-father.
2. Hung out there with the Choom Gang. Didn’t actually work there. In fact, I’ve never worked a day in my life.
3.Bowed before the king because my muslim faith dictates my priorities.
Perfect score… your answers and scores have transferred to the “Cincinnati” branch of the IRS for review. You will be hearing from them shortly.
Mr. President, do you think the Middle East would be more stable and productive if a modern version of the Ottoman Empire were to emerge? If so, what steps should the United States and Europe take to support this outcome?
Does lying get easier with practice?
Just as easy as having dessert while good men die alone in Benghazi, or Iraq , or Afghanistan ..
Is it true that the only reason you golf is because that’s the only place you have balls?
If the next president offered you a pardon if you would leave the USA and never return, would you accept it? A followup: what would it take to get you to take your posse/family with you?
How come you play golf every week for the past six years and still suck?
It’s clear that you do not respect this country. Why haven’t you resigned already?
Why, (seriously) why did you send three representatives to Michael Brown’s funeral?
I would have a hard time asking this without maybe shaking a bit with anger, and it would be difficult not do leave with a certain hand gesture, even though I was taught to respect the OFFICE of POTUS. (sorry mom)
Mr. President, could you explain your decision to endanger the lives of 8 million Israeli allies in order to fulfill campaign promises?
Mr. President, what would you say to Brian Williams to help him improve his lying skill set?
Mr. President, if you like your legacy, can you keep your legacy?
Mr. President, do you remember when Cash For Clunkers was the only albatross hung around your neck? Good times, good times.
Mr. President, could you describe in detail a f**king clue?
Mr. President, do you believe an American citizen’s constitutional rights should ever be made secondary to the political needs of a president and his or her party?
Mr. President, are you trying to fail, so that the America you clearly despise fails with you?
Thank you Henry, very thoughtful questions.
I believe you might work more on the last one…
I do not believe “fail” is the correct path…
Could you outline at what point will the fundamental change be adequate for your legacy?
Do you think you should prosecute for crimes like Fast & Furious, IRS conspiracy, etc before you leave office? In 2017 you lose to ability to pardon your co-conspirators.
Please see Trooper York’s excellent question above…?
2017? what me worry…
Questions would need a lead in with facts Obama prefers to avoid, since he will filibuster in any answer. Confronting Obama with his own quotes would make it more difficult for him to deny the premise, and keep it about him which he loves.
Mr. President, your book talks about your high school age mentor being Frank Marshall Davis, who was a card carrying communist. You had close ties to Rev. Wright, and had said you liked your Marxist professors best. Your assistant professorship in Chicago involved teaching Alinsky subversive principles (which he said he got from Al Capone).
(that’s my off the cuff lead in, from which various questions could be asked)
Do you still feel a more Marxist style government is what this country needs, to become more fair and diverse, and is that the direction toward which you are fundamentally transforming America?
or referring more directly to some specific policy that indicates he IS moving that way would be better.
Despite the top 5% prospering the last six years, the middle 70% have declined by 15% in both net worth and income over your tenure. That despite the most massive fiscal stimuli from government in history (ZIRP, QE, TARP). Would removing your Obamacare burden from employers help rebuild the middle class, or what will?
or more simply “Do you think the Christian religion, capitalism, and American interventionism, is a bigger threat to world peace than terrorism on the rise in the Islamic non-Democratic Middle East? Or are we the cause of terrorism, and our chickens are just coming home to roost?
Most comments here are more humorous, but I’m sure lawyers could better cut to the chase than I did. But Obama could not be compelled to actually answer the question asked. So the question itself has to be the conviction, but with a smile, as if maybe that was a good thing. That might direct his answer to be half confession, half equivocation.
Like … “yes, Marxism could be great, but Republicans obstruct real progress.”
or “yes, Christians are too prideful and they didn’t build this. Islam is just as moral and it’s Bush’s Crusades that have torn those countries apart, just as white colonialists did to Africa”
Maybe if LI doesn’t get the interview, they could do a mock interview with a look alike Obama, and get direct answers.
LI could interview the iconic MT chair. It scares teh hell out of Terri (boy, is she ever!) Gross, which is a collateral benefit!
What doctor performed Michelle’s gender reassignment surgery?
Same doctor who performed her species reassignment.
LI getting an interview would be awesome, but we need to Hollywood it up to get their attention.
Rags? Bring that tube of neon green lipstick and help me hold the Professor down….
Shoot, Hawkins. Enough Scotch, and he’ll apply the lipstick and get the milk and Froot-Loops himself!
Getting him in the black leotard is on you….
Ask him to kiss my >>>. Seriously.
But say it in Latin* to make it classy: basiabis Jenny asinum?
*according to google translate anyway…
How many people are being fired for allowing this to happen?
How many IRS audits will occur as a result of it?
Who paid for your college and law school education?
Was it the Saudis (as may be inferred from Vernon Jarrett’s 1979 article in the Chicago Tribune, taken with Obama’s long-standing relationship with Vernon Jarrett’s daughter-in-law)?
What dirt do you have on Chief Justice Robert that makes him go through so many legal contortions to uphold what is obviously unwise and unconstitutional law?