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Washington Sketch: Confused U.S. Has Lots to Say About Health Care

In Annandale, Northern Virginia Community College students watch the chat.
In Annandale, Northern Virginia Community College students watch the chat. (By Marvin Joseph -- The Washington Post)
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By Dana Milbank
Thursday, July 2, 2009

Introducing President Obama at yesterday's online town hall discussion, senior adviser Valerie Jarrett encouraged viewers to go to the White House's official site on Facebook.com, telling them: "As health-care reform moves through Congress, it's very important to President Obama that we take the time to engage the American people."

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Well, Mr. President, consider them engaged -- but perhaps not exactly in the way Jarrett intended.

On the Facebook page, to which visitors to WhiteHouse.gov were referred with instructions to "join the conversation," the president and his aides were treated to the full range of American public opinion, in the form of thousands of raw and unfiltered posts. Some of those who weighed in were profound, some were less so, and a few should probably have their Internet privileges taken away:

Stacey you're an idiot.

ha! socialized medicine! nay sayers! LOL!

red pill . . . blue pill . . . hahaa.

Yoga, Qi Gong, and Tai Chi improve quality of life for all.

WHO LIKES POTATOES!!!!!!!

Obama just [expletive] on the morons in the thread.

Mayo Clinic stinks

stinkin SOCIALISM.

OBAMA I DONT WANT THE WORLD TO END IN 2012 CAN U STOP IT??????????????


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