CNBC-Sponsored Obama Town Hall Omits Question from Kanas Farm Bureau President
President Obama's insistence during a town hall forum boradcast liven on CNBC that his economic proposals are not anti-business or anit-Wall Stree and that his policies need more time to bear fruit didn't go over well with Kansas Farm Bureau President Steve Baccus.
At CNBC's request, Baccus taped the following question to Obama that didn't make the hour-long broadcast:
"How do you explain the dichotomy between what you express for as a passion for a rural economic development and saving the dwindling rural development areas that we all have in America, as opposed to the brudensom regulations that are coming out of your administration, from the FDA, from the USDA, that are making it more difficult to do business, and more difficult to create or grow small businesses."
Baccus watched the forum and later told the NAFB News Service he was disappointed both with the questions that were asked and Obama's answers to them:
"If I hadn't known better, I would say that this was a campaign stop. The qestions that he got were patentely low-ball questions...Good Lord, one of them was a federal lawyer that he went to school with, you know, he's not going to ask tough questions. So, I was very disappointed, frankly. The president took an enormous amount of time to answer the questions, way more time than was necessary to get the point across. And, I think, had he shortened his answers and quit worrying about campaigning, he would have gotten to more questions from more of the American public."
According to Baccus, farmers and other rural Americans are fed up with the political finger-pointing in Washington.
"The American people are trusting the current administration and the current congress need to go to Washington and fix the economy. We have people that need to get their jobs back, we have companies that need to grow, we we need to grow the ecoonomy. That's what they were sent there to do. They haven't done that, they heaven't even attempted to do that, instead what they have doen is spend trillions of taxpayer dollars they developed and rammed the health care system down our throats that we didn't want, we told them repeatedly that we didn't want it, and in the process of telling them we didn't want it, Nancy Pelosi calls us 'un-American' because we didn't want it. These people have no clue what Americans want, what we need, and what we're after."
CNBC didn't promise Baccus that Obama woudl hear his quesion, but the Kansas Farm Bureau leaders says he'd appreciate an answer to his question.