The Blogger Meeting With Obama
What Sean-Paul said, pretty much. Overall the questions were less hard hitting than I would have liked, but I can understand why folks might be intimidated by the President of the US. I expected nothing of Oliver Willis, and like Sean-Paul, I don’t read Kos.
However, I’ll say publicly what I’ve said privately: Obama reaches out to bloggers only when he’s in trouble. During the election, the only time period we were seriously consulted was during the brief period when Obama was behind John McCain. The second the numbers improved, they didn’t bother to even pretend they cared what we think. I will believe that this meeting matters at all if such meetings continue and if Obama starts acting more progressive (this doesn’t mean talking more progressive once he loses the House and knows he has an even better excuse for not keeping his promises.)
A meeting just before the midterm means squat.