The Campaign Spot

The Troubling Implication of ‘I Need You to Answer This Honestly’

There are many, many ominous indicators in this question to President Obama at his economic  town-hall meeting, but high on the list is the fact that a woman who describes herself as an exhausted longtime defender of the president prefaces her question with, “I need you to answer this honestly.”

I suspect she’s as tired of “we’re moving in the right direction” as we are.

Maybe this will be a blip, but I wonder if this question will be seen as a highly symbolic moment, in that this African-American woman professional so clearly lays out the disappointment and frustration of those who thought, nearly two years into Obama’s presidency, that their lives would be better.

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Culture

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