Barry Obama promised to answer the most popular user-submitted Internet questions during his ongoing “Online Town Hall” today, which is simply a feed of a regular real-life town hall — NO ROBOTS AT ALL. Anyway, since all anyone on the Internet wanted to know was whether he would let them smoke marijuana without getting arrested, he had to respond in some kind of dismissive, rapid, jokey way — because marijuana is so awkward and wacky, fucking stoners, ha ha ha! — and that’s precisely what he did. Good to know that he takes these gimmicky online ideas so seriously.
(“JARED” is of course his tElEpRoMpTer’s name.)
Can I just interrupt, Jared, before you ask the next question, just to say that, you know, we — we took — we took votes about which questions were going to be asked, and I think 3 million people voted or 3.5 million people voted. I have to say that there was one question that was voted on that ranked fairly high, and that was whether legalizing marijuana would improve the economy and job creation.
And I don’t know what this says about the online audience… (laughter)
… but I just want — I don’t want people to think that — this was a fairly popular question. We want to make sure that it was answered.
The answer is, no, I don’t think that is a good strategy to grow our economy. So — all right…
Everyone likes to make basic hippie cracks, sure, but that doesn’t mean Obama should be an asshole on national primetime Internet.
At least he hasn’t made any jokes about retarded kids yet.
Obama Jokes About Pot-Brained Online Audience [Marc Ambinder]