Wednesday, August 12, 2009

If You Can't Trust a Kid, Who Can You Trust?

The choice of little Julia Hall from Malden, Massachusetts by Obama at the Portsmouth Town Hall meeting Tuesday was supposed to look spontaneous and cute. At first, it appeared just as it seemed because her question referred to the protest signs she had seen as she entered the high school auditorium.

[Obama] All right. Let's -- this young lady right here. All right, this young lady right here. She's still enjoying her summer. When do you go back to school?

Q I go back to school September 3rd.

THE PRESIDENT: September 3rd, okay. What's your name?

Q Julia Hall from Malden, Massachusetts.

THE PRESIDENT: Nice to meet you, Julia. (Applause.)

Q I saw -- as I was walking in, I saw a lot of signs outside saying mean things about reforming health care. How do kids know what is true, and why do people want a new system that can -- that help more of us?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, the -- I've seen some of those signs. (Laughter.) Let me just be specific about some things that I've been hearing lately that we just need to dispose of here. 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. (Laughter.) And there are various -- there are some variations on this theme.

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, et cetera. So the intention of the members of Congress was to give people more 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. This is I guess where the rumor came from.

The irony is that actually one of the chief sponsors of this bill originally was a Republican -- then House member, now senator, named Johnny Isakson from Georgia -- who very sensibly thought this is something that would expand people's options. And somehow it's gotten spun into this idea of "death panels." I am not in favor of that. So just I want to -- (applause.) I want to clear the air here.
Indigo Continuum
Okay, that was ironic. What wasn't ironic is the cute little girl, Julia, was planted in the audience for Obama to call upon "spontaneously" so that no one would accuse him of planting adult operatives in the Town Hall meeting.

Meet Julia's mom, Kathleen Manning Hall. She's also an Obama campaign donor to the tune of $6,464 from 2007 to 2008.

Gateway Pundit has much more to the story with several more links and photos of Mom at an Inaugural event and Facebook stuff.



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