Trying to rally his dwindling base of supporters, President Bystander took the time out of his busy golf and basketball schedule Monday night to try and buck up the troops. Predictably, it turned into a horrific mess.
Some supporters who tried to log in to hear President Obama defend his embattled health care law on Monday night were unable to hear him because the website of the group behind the call, Organizing for Action, failed to work for them.
The website problems were an inconvenient moment for a president who has spent the last six weeks trying to explain the failure of HealthCare.gov, the online marketplace for Mr. Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
The event on Monday was intended to offer Mr. Obama’s most ardent supporters a chance to hear directly from him. It was the latest conference call to be hosted by Organizing for Action, the nonprofit group that grew out of the president’s 2012 campaign organization.
“I want to cut through the noise and talk with you directly about where we’re headed in the fight for change,” Mr. Obama had said in one of many emails sent to supporters over the past several days. The emails urged supporters to log onto an Organizing for Action website at 8:15 p.m. to listen to the president’s remarks.
It speaks volumes when the president ignores 99.9% of Americans and goes directly to his most fervent Koolaid drinkers, even if they can’t quite get through.
But many people who logged in said they could not hear anything, with the website reporting “connection failure” over and over again. It was unclear how many people could listen to the call. An official with the group gave a New York Times reporter, who also could not hear anything on the website, a telephone number to call and listen in.
At the same time, a chat board on the website began filling up with messages:
“I can’t hear any audio?”
“Is everyone getting the ‘reconnecting’ message?”
“I did refresh twice — still no sound.”
“WHERES THE SOUND YO?”
One supporter pleaded, “Don’t tell me there are troubles with this live event like there were with the Obamacare website!!!!!”
The gang that couldn’t shoot straight. Heck, they can’t even get the bullets in the chamber.
Whether or not people could hear may not have mattered much.
“I CAN’T HEAR YOU, MR PRESIDENT, BUT I’M BEHIND YOU,” one person wrote. “PLEASE STICK IT OUT WITH OBAMACARE. THE COUNTRY NEEDS IT … AND YOU.”
In a related note, Monday was the 25th anniversary of Jonestown. Perfect night to have a chat with his OFA cultists.