By The Right Scoop


***UPDATED***

At Obama’s LinkedIn town hall today, Obama was asked by the host to pick someone out of the audience to ask him a question. How ironic it is that the one person Obama picks would be the one rich guy who wants Obama to raise his taxes.

Here’s the entire eight minute question and answer:

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UPDATE: Mark Knoller tweets the following about the questioner:

The man who asked Pres Obama to raise his taxes was Doug Edwards, former Dir of Consumer Marketing & brand management for Google.

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UPDATE(2): From the Washington Examiner:

It seems relevant to point out that this rich liberal is Doug Edwards from the Obama-friendly and regulation-friendly Google.

Edwards has given $300,000 to politicians since 2000 — every single dime to Democrats. He specifically said he wanted his higher taxes to cover Pell Grants.

That’s about 60 Pell Grants he could have provided.

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  • Linky1

    Can anyone say P-L-A-N-T???

    • Anonymous
      • Linky1

        I forgot about the MTV casting call for one of his first fake Town Hall meetings.

        • Anonymous

          PRESIDENT OBAMA TOWN HALL, DC
          PRESIDENT OBAMA TOWN HALL, DC MTV, BET, and CMT (prods.) are casting the audience for a town hall meeting with President Obama. Shooting Oct. 14 at 4 p.m. in Washington, DC. Seeking—Audience Members: males and females, 18+. To apply, email townhallaudience@mtvnmix.com and put “Town Hall” in the subject line. To ensure that the audience represents diverse interests and political views, include your name, phone number, hometown, school attending, your job and what issues, if any, you are ..

          This is from the web page. I saved it as a mhtml document.

          • Anonymous

            AS a public service all applicants will be vetted by Attack Watch.

            • Anonymous

              • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

                THAT was priceless!!!!!!!!

            • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

              Didn’t ya hear NY? Attack watch is no more :-( no more fun for us.

              • Anonymous

                ABC, no I didn’t, for real? If that’s true I’m getting my news only from you from now on. Do I get my fine money back?

                • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

                  For real NY. I had posted it late on one of the weekend threads, so don’t know if anyone saw it. http://dailycaller.com/2011/09/23/attack-watch-r-i-p/
                  I’ll give you your money back someday when I have money ;-) And yes, I am a virtual fount of information, so the ABC DUCK News wire is now broadcasting!

                • Anonymous

                  Looks like it is still running. New tweet was posted a few hours ago.

                • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

                  It’s still up, but I read somewhere else it is going to shut down.

      • Anonymous

        After reading that, I am going to have to adjust my assessment of that guy…

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        GB

      • Anonymous

        Brilliant. I’d not heard of this before. Thanks!

      • http://fishygov.wordpress.com FishyGov

        The tip-off came when Obama pointed and said “The Ficus in the back.”

        • Anonymous

          That’s hilarious!!! Good one.

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/OUNFNNK4VWVNQZWD743RKW5UYM jonathon b

        i’m offended by anyone saying “President obama”

        • Anonymous

          lol

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jonny-Chepe/100000337668180 Jonny Chepe

        PLANT

    • Anonymous

      It was obviously drafted, because otherwise, Teleprompterman wouldn’t have asked him what’s the company.

  • Anonymous

    Dude, what’s stopping you? Pay more anyway. Why do you need Obama to make you? BTW, dumb—, presidents don’t raise taxes. You’re at the wrong town hall! Go see your congress critter and beg him to rule over you.

    BS

    DTOM

    • http://profiles.google.com/sanddog Ms Anonymous

      IF he’s legit and not a plant (2% chance), it’s not that he really wants to pay more, he just wants the government to take more from his neighbors.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, I know. Politics is a magic trick and this DB is the ‘misdirection’. I just wanted to call him out and call him names. He deserves it.

        Yes, he’s a plant.

        BS

        DTOM

  • Anonymous

    Question for the one, what about the person who uses the social contract, the investments and does not succeed, don’t you think that person is the one who owes more to society than the one who used those investments to succeed.

  • Linky1

    If I were there (about a 0.000002 chance on that), I’d ask him that since he is one of the wealthy, let him pony up some extra coin to the IRS – make a few cutbacks, like to the golf games, the trips, the flights and on and on and on.

    • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

      now, now Linky- none of that class warfare stuff! ;-)

      • Linky1

        ROTFLMAO….learned that from the best-your wonderful Dear Leader…….

  • David Robertson

    No Obama, the entrepreneurship of America is not “part” of what makes America successful, it IS what makes America successful.

    Unabashed plant. If this guy wants to have a direct affect on society by investing in students and the youth, then he needs to drive himself over to the nearest youth organization and ask how he can help….but this genius thinks letting Washington tax more of us will directly benefit the causes he cares about–and even in an efficient way that maximizes his investment! Retard. When he says he was fortunate, he wasn’t kidding. Most don’t hire that low of an IQ.

    If I had all the money I needed, I would retire too. I’m also sure that I would direct some of my time to helping others. There is plenty of time to do so. In the course of a day, 99% of America is at their job working (correction-less than 90% under Obama). That means that there is little else to do with your day other than run errands, do chores, or sit on your butt. That would get old for me around week 2. I can just imagine this guy with a stack of potato chips carefully balanced on his greasy T-shirt while he is surfing the internet in his pajamas all day.

    • David Robertson

      had to add…did anyone notice that the guy never appeared on the screen? could it be that the Obama team doesn’t want their plant getting the “joe the plumber” treatment? We wouldn’t want anyone investigating his past like they did ole Joe. Perhaps finding out that he’s a liar and a plant.

      I’m still trying to figure out how Obama got rich never working in the private sector himself? How did he get to go to those great schools if he was from humble beginnings? How does he pull in millions per year? How did he afford to live in that nice neighborhood in Chicago? Perhaps his world view of the rich is shaped by his own life experience?

      Writing books can be lucrative, but that wouldn’t explain his money.

      • http://www.facebook.com/steamboat2302 Joshua Saunders

        Immunity to insider trading laws will explain his money since he took office…just sayin

      • Anonymous

        He, himself didn’t even write the books.

  • Paula Gardner

    Yes, “ironic.”

  • Anonymous

    Now y’all realize why we call it
    The Silly Con Valley ?

    • Anonymous

      Told ya
      UPDATE: Mark Knoller tweets the following about the questioner:

      The man who asked Pres Obama to raise his taxes was Doug Edwards, former Dir of Consumer Marketing & brand management for Google.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OFIU7BJVFVC7JJ5LRR7JOYCVLU LIBERTYvallance

    Barrack BULLSHIT Obama

  • Anonymous

    I can’t for the life of me conceive why this room full of people would happily applaud this man’s request. “Yes, please, raise our taxes! While you’re at it, take our land, and throw in some more regulations. You want our children from cradle to grave? They’re all yours! It’s the new patriotism!! You know best, Dear Leader.” Their deluded loyalty to this statist breaks my heart.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/FMNAUDEHLHIV2TXNZAIB3HSPGI SKR

      The ones in that room that qualify as wealthy will be buying waivers with their donations. The rest think they’ll be the beneficiaries of the redistribution.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pjanway Patrick Janway

    So if he’s unemployed by choice and our dear pres raises his taxes wouldnt that mean that taxes on nothing is still nothing????

    • Anonymous

      LOL – spot on. He basically just stood up and said ”I’m all right, just start heavilly taxing people working hard to have what I got!”

      The plant is a typical socialist – kind hearted and generous with other peoples money.

  • Anonymous

    if you don’t raise taxes you have no heart

  • http://www.kennethballard.com Kenneth

    If a person wants to pay more to the government than they already do in taxes, they can make a voluntary donation to the Treasury Department under a special account established in 1843 – “Gifts to the United States”. If they feel that they are not being taxed enough, then they can stroke a check.

    http://www.fms.treas.gov/faq/moretopics_gifts.html

  • http://fishygov.wordpress.com FishyGov

    I agree that “the guy in the back” was a plant from Google. The striking thing about this question and Obama’s response is that he did not offer an answer to the question after it was asked or even during the following pause. It was as if he knew there was more Obama propaganda coming.

    NEWS FLASH FOR THE WEALTHY:
    You don’t have to wait for the government to raise you taxes to pay your fair share. You can pay 50%-100% of your income if you really want to.

  • http://disqus.com Peter Mullen

    Silicon Valley is full of rich, pampered fanboys that are completely divorced from reality. Proof? How many of you would pay 35 grand to re-elect someone who would raise your taxes while lying to your face?

  • http://twitter.com/Poppie61 G D Woodman

    does that surprise anybody that he called on him? It doesn’t me

  • Rick Barnard

    Why does the media keep covering this lying sob! Do we really need a community organizer to tell us anything? Whatever his life experiences are they are not anything close to what I would relate too.

  • Anonymous

    There are lots ‘useful idiots’ in America that will buy into this BS, and that is unfortunate. Gonna do what I can to help others turn this country around, you betcha.

  • Anonymous

    Not anything Stalin wouldn’t do.

  • Babyboomer1960

    While Mr. Edwards might be in a position to ask Obama to raise his taxes because he’s been “so lucky” to have lived in Silicon Valley and to have worked with a “small startup search engine” that did very, very well, other Americans will get caught up in the wide net he’s begging the IRS to cast over the rest of us. Some of us who are, truly “lucky” to still have good paying jobs, are seeing little or no raises, bonuses, or signs that we can weather the current economic environment indefinitely. But let’s keep stoking the “us and them” class warfare narrative being fed by Obama and his audience stooges. If Mr. Edwards, Warren Buffet, Gill Gates, or any other “rich fat cats” want to throw more of their capital to the Government for redistribution, have at it!! But it appears to me that the views expressed by this sycophant plant in the audience isn’t widely shared among most productive, hardworking Americans. Nothing personal, Mr. Edwards, but don’t be surprised if you get a call from a Hollywood Agent very, very soon… ;-)

  • http://fishygov.wordpress.com FishyGov

    Who’s running the country while Obama is on his non-stop publicity tour?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gary-Figg/100000014833392 Gary Figg

    Another leftist shill unwilling to put his money where his mouth is. Mr. Edwards is quite free to give more or indeed everything he owns to the federal government. Until Mr. Edwards does this, his pleas to pay more seem a bit hollow. He doesn’t need Obama to raise his taxes, he could do that himself if he wasn’t a flaming pile of crap hypocrite. No, Mr. Edwards needs Obama to raise everyone Else’s taxes, not his own. Put your money where your mouth is Mr. Edwards, or shut the hell up.

  • http://Twitter.com/Ed Ed

    That’s @xooglr

  • http://twitter.com/kwmalcom Ken Malcom

    Setup…

  • Anonymous

    Oh, yeah! Google! Showbama! That’s no plant! LOLOL!

  • Anonymous

    This man now (obama) is the comedian in chief

  • http://profiles.google.com/jzenic John Pszeniczny

    Why didn’t the guy just write a check for a couple million right there and hand it to Barry? Ohhh he wasn’t actually talking about his own taxes, he was speaking for everyone in his income bracket. I see.

  • Anonymous

    Solution: Every rich person that wants to pay higher taxes can send in more money to the IRS and while they are out it they can pay my taxes too! smile.

    • Anonymous

      Now there’s an idea I could really get behind!

  • Anonymous

    I just got a $827.89 iPad2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HTV for only $251.92, they are both coming tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prîces at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37″ HTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for. I use GrаbPenny.сom

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/FMNAUDEHLHIV2TXNZAIB3HSPGI SKR

    Oh, right, as if the guy doesn’t have an accountant making sure he pays the least amount possible. All he has to do is not take the personal deduction to start, and then he can simply donate money to the government. If he wants to provide money for Pell grants, why not set up a trust fund for scholarships or donate to a foundation that does that? Does he really think he can’t do something with his own money better than the government can? That’s simply pathetic!

    Even more pathetic is how transparent this set-up was and that some people won’t even see it for what it is but still get to vote.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll take your word for it.

    I’ve heard waaaaaaaaaaay too much Oblama lately.

  • John Noh

    So write a check to the US Treasury. Why can’t liberals understand this simple concept? Treasury is more than happy to get the additional “revenue”.

  • Frederick

    The establishment is so sinister.

  • Anonymous

    How fake is this? A guy from Google asking to have his income taxes raised when he is living off of his investments and no longer has an income?

  • Anonymous

    LOL!! Obama really does believe we are THAT stupid….We need Herman Cain 2012!!

  • Anonymous

    …your MAN CHILD MARXIST PRESIDENT is a JOKE !

  • http://twitter.com/Super_Sachiko Jasmine Clark

    “would you please raise my taxes?”

    this question/answer is so incredibly fake it’s amazing.

    • Anonymous

      Jasmine, it reflects on his opinion of the American people, he thinks we are as stupid as he is.

  • http://escapingmediocrity.wordpress.com Natassia

    I know it is a sin, but I really am starting to hate rich liberals…especially pontificating, sniveling white ones.

  • KenInMontana

    This Doug Edwards is the classic example of the definition of a “Useful Idiot”, if setting up charitable grants for education is what he wants to do, he could do it himself a whole lot more efficiently than the government ever could.

  • http://twitter.com/nickmarschel straw man

    This looks like a setup to me… staged, scripted… no way was this a spontaneous, randomly chosen person whom Obama did not know beforehand.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Randall-Hayden/100000357921727 Randall Hayden

    At the same rate, the rich already pay more. Their rate is higher. Buffet is an exception at 17.4%. Those in his income category, above $10 million/year pay an avg. of 22%. By chance its the only lower % compared to lower incomes — those earning $1-10 million pay 24%.

    Buffet’s secretary doe not pay less % than him. He is flat out wrong in claiming that. He is referring to top rate, not the effective rate.

  • Anonymous

    Just how stupid does this guy think we the people are? Oh wait…SOME of us proved that when we elected this abomination. Cry, then pray for our beloved country.

  • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

    I don’t need to watch it to know what a pile of hooey this is. If you want to pay more, whose stopping you?! Go ahead and pay an extra 3 or 4 hundred grand next tax time.
    And keep in mind there pal, when you do volunteer to pay that extra, it’s not going to put money in my wallet for grocery day. The only thing that would do that is if my husband gets a job.

  • http://www.facebook.com/salvatore.anello Salvatore Anello

    Write a check, Doug, then ask the friends you have in agreement to write a check.
    Then you can watch your money go down the drain. Leave me the heck alone!

  • Anonymous

    Lieberals, spending other peoples money since the dawn of time! Why don’t they just give away their own money and be happy? It is so odd they want my money and yours too. There is nothing to stop them them giving away their own cash, its simple write a cheque to the charity of your choice oh and make sure its deductible! Giving it to the government is NOT the way to solve any problems all you do is waste most of it!

  • Anonymous

    If he’s unemployed by choice, what exactly is he going to be taxed on if he has no income?

  • Anonymous

    Linked in, latched on, lied on, set up town hall meeting. How phoney.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BSFIBJVVYD45VHMOT5R2WY6FO4 Simon

    Success didn’t come from government grants or government scholarships. It came from Google, from the private sector. How can we miss that point?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Bonkowski/1366385676 Paul Bonkowski

    Talk. Talk Talk. Talk. and do NO Action !!!! I just love it was a RICH Person or the President Talk about paying more Taxes or CHANGING Government for the Better WHEN THEY HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE ! :-)

  • Anonymous

    I am sitting here trying to not let my eyeballs explode. . . .so his wife’s father worked and sacrificed and she went to a very nice college. . . BUT she should have gotten a hand up? GOOD LORD!

  • Anonymous

    No doubt about him being a plant. Very telling indeed was the blood rushing to Obama’s head as this ruse opened before us. Just watch as the camera zooms in and the bobblehead boy wonder sits in abject fear hoping it doesn’t go wrong. Whew! Then the moment of relief. Onto a scripted joke to redirect the cult assembled. Dear Leader then stutters on in to his stream of lies, and Click, I’m out of there. Sorry, I couldn’t go past two minutes.

  • Steve Jenkins

    Here is a picture of Edwards. Scroll down.

    http://www.jfssv.org/auction-bios.html

  • Steve Jenkins

    Confessions of a Google Employee>>>Here is Edwards talking with Dr. Moira Gunn about life as Google employee from author and former Director of Consumer Marketing and Brand Management, Doug Edwards, as outlined in his new book, I’m Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59.

    http://itc.conversationsnetwork.org/shows/detail5023.html#

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YGGBJZNB7KDWBESG54T56E4K6A usrnm

    Doug Edwards has nothing in common with the working class or the unemployed. He knows he has the option of paying more taxes voluntarily without asking. Besides, if I remember correctly, I believe congress is the only branch of the federal government that has the power to raise taxes, not the president. Regardless, if Doug Edwards wants to pay more taxes, just do it voluntarily without the partisan show. If he really wants to help the poor, he should be investing in homeless shelters and employing social workers to help rehabilitate the down and trodden and stop his vain complaining about not paying wnough taxes.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YGGBJZNB7KDWBESG54T56E4K6A usrnm

    Doug Edwards has nothing in common with the working class or the unemployed. He knows he has the option of paying more taxes voluntarily without asking. Besides, if I remember correctly, I believe congress is the only branch of the federal government that has the power to raise taxes, not the president. Regardless, if Doug Edwards wants to pay more taxes, just do it voluntarily without the partisan show. If he really wants to help the poor, he should be investing in homeless shelters and employing social workers to help rehabilitate the down and trodden and stop his vain complaining about not paying enough taxes.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Z553527PBOEI5D2NAYFBIT7EY4 A

    Obama proves once again his idiocy in thinking he can fool the majority of Americans. He only continues to fool his 20% base.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jonny-Chepe/100000337668180 Jonny Chepe

    Where’s Media Matters when you need them?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jonny-Chepe/100000337668180 Jonny Chepe

    Where’s Media Matters when you need them?

  • Anonymous

    Liar, Liar pants on fire. Are we sick enuff of this crap yet? We’ll see…..they are eroding our freedoms incrementally, as Alinsky intended.

    Cain 2012