President Obama held a townhall meeting the other day. At least, that was what it was called. It didn’t really resemble any of the other townhalls going on throughout the country. He wasn’t asked any challenging questions. We’re told it was a randomly picked audience, not necessarily partial to the president’s policies. But you have to wonder, considering no one asked a probing question.
In the face of such a placid people, under no apparent pressure at all, the president attempted to use an example—unscripted, it seems. Trying to convince the general public—who would be hearing this secondhand on the news later in the day—that a government/public option for healthcare wouldn’t hurt private industry, he said that FedEx and UPS were doing quite well, compared to the government-run post office.
Now, his goal was to show that private companies can still flourish when there is a public option. First, he was comparing apples and oranges. The post office has a monopoly on letters. Neither FedEx nor UPS are allowed to deliver letters. But the strangest aspect of his example was that he was pointing to a government-run operation that is not doing well at all [the post office is always in the red], using that as a reason why the government ought to run a healthcare program.
What was he thinking? Who gave him his talking points?
Is this what happens when you forget the teleprompter?