Posted on August 17, 2009. Filed under: Obama Unveiled... |

Say what you will about Fox News, but I found they are the only ones reporting the news exactly how it goes down, especially with this issue.  I honestly can’t rely on what ABC, CBS or NBC reports because they’re all in the tank for Obama, but as we’re all finding out, Obama appears to be a wolf in sheep’s clothing and is slowly revealing who he really is.
Now we have the White House saying that "third-party groups" are to blame for unsolicited health care emails.  Please!  How stupid do they think we are?  Case in point:  Can you really believe that after they pummeled Sarah Palin where supporters of Obama’s healthcare reform (transform, as I call it), including Obama himself, have been accusing Palin and others of being "dishonest" in suggesting the counseling sessions would somehow lead to the government encouraging euthanasia as a cost-cutting measure as part of rationed care?  Maybe Palin knew what she was talking about over the "death panels" because the Senate Finance Committee dropped the language from its bipartisan healthcare reform package that Palin and others had suggested would eventually lead to mandated end-of-life counseling sessions for seniors, although it may still be included in several versions of the healthcare bill.
"The rumor that’s been circulating a lot lately is this idea that somehow the House of Representatives voted for death panels that will basically pull the plug on grandma because we’ve decided that we don’t, it’s too expensive to let her live anymore," Obama said recently.
"It turns out that I guess this arose out of a provision in one of the House bills that allowed Medicare to reimburse people for consultations about end-of-life care, setting up living wills, the availability of hospice, etc.," he said, adding, "The intent of the members of Congress was to give more people information so that they could handle issues of end-of-life care when they’re ready on their own terms.  It wasn’t forcing anybody to do anything."
The move to drop the end-of-life counseling provisions, as reported by The Hill, suggests otherwise, though, so score one for Palin on this.  This is just one more example of the typical Obama spin.  I don’t believe anything he says, and I certainly don’t think he has our backs on this healthcare issue.  Why do you think the Democrats hate Palin so much?  Because they see her as a major threat, that’s why.  Democrats are always seeking to discredit those who are seen as a potential threat to them.  Remember Joe Wurzelbacher (aka "Joe the plumber")?  All he did was ask a question, and a good one, at that, and the Democrats and their supporters turned his life upside down.  That’s what they do, and we’ll see more and more of this as the days go by.
This story brought back to mind how people were encouraged to "be the first to receive a text message from Obama on his VP pick".  I immediately thought that it was an invasion of privacy and wondered why anyone would want Obama to have their cell number.  I wondered what they would do with them down the road like would they use them to "recruit community organizers"?  I was not one of the people who fell for that.  I find it interesting to see the carefully choreographed town hall meetings where Obama is in attendance and all the others.  Of course, the Democrats are careful who they let in to the town hall meetings where BO is.  If you ask me, it’s quite obvious that they’re staged.  Judging from the public outcry nationwide against all things Obama, he’s slowly finding out that his star is fading fast…
White House Passes Blame on Unsolicited Health Care E-Mails

Obama scratches his head as he speaks about health care at a town hall meeting in a hanger at Gallatin Airfield in Belgrade, Mont. Friday, Aug. 14, 2009.( AP)

The White House for the first time Sunday seemed to acknowledge that people across the country received unsolicited e-mails from the administration last week about health care reform, suggesting the problem is with third-party groups that placed the recipients’ names on the distribution list.
In a written statement released exclusively to FOX News, White House spokesman Nick Shapiro said the White House hopes those who received the e-mails without signing up for them were not "inconvenienced" by the messages.
"The White House e-mail list is made up of e-mail addresses obtained solely through the White House Web site. The White House doesn’t purchase, upload or merge from any other list, again, all e-mails come from the White House Web site as we have no interest in e-mailing anyone who does not want to receive an e-mail," the statement said. "If an individual received the e-mail because someone else or a group signed them up or forwarded the e-mail, we hope they were not too inconvenienced."
The White House previously would not answer questions on how the e-mails landed unsolicited in so many inboxes. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on Thursday said he couldn’t give an answer until he saw who received the e-mails because he doesn’t have "omnipotent clarity."
Yet the White House ignored repeated offers from FOX News to share with the administration such e-mail addresses, to help determine how the recipients ended up on the White House distribution list.
Shapiro said Sunday that those recipients can unsubscribe if they want, "by clicking the link at the bottom of the e-mail or (telling) whomever forwarded it to them not to forward such information anymore." He said the White House is trying to correct the problem.
"We are implementing measures to make subscribing to e-mails clearer, including preventing advocacy organizations from signing people up to our lists without their permission when they deliver petition signatures and other messages on individuals’ behalf," he said.
One possible reason for the confusion is that advocacy groups, when dealing with online petitions, are sending in their membership lists whenever they make contact with the White House – the e-mail addresses affiliated with those members could then become embedded in the White House distribution list. The White House indicated its Web site managers are going to seek out and block online petitions so that people can only sign up for information individually.
FOX News viewers have said in some cases they received a copy of the president’s speech earlier this year in Cairo; in other instances they received health care updates.
Most recently, FOX News had received hundreds of e-mails from people who said they got an e-mail last week from senior adviser David Axelrod, even though they had never requested any communication from the White House.
In the mass message, Axelrod defended President Obama’s health care proposals and asked supporters to help rebut criticism circulating on the Internet.
Axelrod wrote that opponents are relying on tactics including "viral e-mails that fly unchecked and under the radar, spreading all sorts of lies."
"So let’s start a chain of e-mail of our own," he wrote, inviting supporters to forward his message countering claims that Obama’s plans would lead to rationing, encourage euthanasia or deplete veterans’ health care.
But many people who thought they were not on any distribution list received the message directly from the White House, leading to accusations that the Obama administration was effectively spamming them.
"It’s not a function of the White House to get somebody’s e-mail address," said Utah resident Lou Porta. Porta, a Republican, said he received Axelrod’s e-mail even though he’s never accessed the White House Web site or asked for any communication from it on any topic.
The e-mail with Axelrod’s name on it, sent Thursday, came under a message from the White House. If it had come from Axelrod’s individual White House e-mail it would have been archived indefinitely under the Presidential Records Act. But messages from the more generic account may not fall under the same restrictions.
The Axelrod e-mail is just the latest move by the White House to raise privacy questions.

The White House earlier drew criticism for asking the public to send in "fishy" information on health care reform the public receive via e-mail or find on the Internet.
Critics worried how the White House would use that information and accused the administration of playing "big brother."
Gibbs rejected the accusations and said the White House was not compiling a list of names.
FOX News’ Major Garrett contributed to this report.



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