Jul 02 2009

The Pathetic Obama “Infomercial” Presidency

Published by at 7:42 am under All General Discussions,Obamacare

This is just getting ridiculous.

OBAMA: Debbie is a perfect example of somebody who we should, in a country this wealthy, be able to provide coverage for her health care problems. … So, Debbie, you are Exhibit A, and we appreciate you serving — sharing our story.

So: who, exactly, was Exhibit A? The Associated Press has a little more information: 

President Barack Obama wanted to put a human face on his plans to overhaul health care, and a Virginia supporter did just that Wednesday. Fighting back tears, Debby Smith, 53, told Obama of her kidney cancer and her inability to obtain health insurance or hold a job.The president hugged her–she’s a volunteer for his political operation–and called her “exhibit A” in an unsustainable system that is too expensive and complex for millions of Americans. …

Smith, of Appalachia, Va., is a volunteer for Organizing for America, Obama’s political operation within the Democratic National Committee. She obtained her ticket through the White House.

The first question goes to a hand picked supporter who puts on a televised drama show. Next the man will be hawking ShamWow (or whatever that silly rag is). Our President staging events and drama as if he were some informercial hack. Apparently he always wanted to be an actor when he grew up.

What happens when this guy has to actually think on his feet in the face of a dire emergency?

15 responses so far

15 Responses to “The Pathetic Obama “Infomercial” Presidency”

  1. kathie says:

    Honduras comes to mind.

  2. WWS says:

    Iran happens, and democracy is sold down the river.

    If you hadn’t noticed, the protest movement there is dead.

    Aminadjab and Khatami won. With Obama’s support.

    Neda died in vain.

  3. dhunter says:

    “What happens when this guy has to actually think on his feet in the face of a dire emergency?”

    He’ll appoint a czar?
    Ask Obiden?
    Ask Hillary?
    Ask Gibbs?
    Ask TOTUS?

    Party like its 1999 on taxpayer funds?

  4. kathie says:



    MSM will think for him.

  5. lurker9876 says:

    The Iranian Revolution has taken a twist. Khatami split from the Cleric Regime.

    And the protesters are finding other ways to undermine the Basij and Iranian police.

    It’s not over yet.

  6. Woofguy says:

    He’s just a double talking street vendor. Obama could interchange with one of the San Francisco Fisherman Wharf street clowns and not miss a beat. I can see him painted silver and doing that great Robot thing….with a coffee can near his feet for tips….

  7. raven397 says:

    The Smith story sounds dubious to me. if she has exhausted her unemployment, she has to have been out of a job for at least 39 weeks. andn if she is actually broke, she is eligible for Medicaid.
    It doesn’t smell righ to mel

  8. Frogg says:

    It isn’t just “Debby” either:

    The president called randomly on three audience members. Each turned out to be members of groups with close ties to his administration: the SEIU union, Health Care for America Now, and Organizing for America, which is a part of the Democratic National Committee. White House officials said that was a coincidence.


  9. Frogg says:

    Blue on blue: Helen Thomas hammers Gibbs on Obama’s phony town hall

    Wow! Unbelievable.

  10. momdear1 says:

    Obama is the perfect example of an affirmatuive action product of our bankrupct education system. Every time he opens his mouth he proves just how ignorant he is of history, geography, economics and common sense. If he truly had a bona fide Ivy League education, and not the social promotion to avoid lawsuits kind, he would know there aren’t 57 + states, that John Kenney didn’t have the power to send a plane to Africa to bring his daddy to the states for an education in 1959, and wouldn’t need a teleprompter to keep him from making similar gaffes. As he consolidates absolute power with his take overs, bail outs with strict regulation, mandates without authorizaton, and unconstitutional Czars to manage everything, he is beginning to look more and more like one of those African despots who have looted their countries and left entire populations starving and fleeing to refugee camps in other countries. Like them, he has begun to implement restrictions on the press and shut down the opposition. Just how many local political cronies have interceded to shut down tea parties? How long before his his “Fairness Doctrine” manages the hush Rush and others of his Iik? We will know he is an Idi Amin or Robert Mgabwe copy cat or wannabe when he attempts to repeal the 2 term limit on the Presidency so he can install himself as Presidente for Life in the country..

  11. sbd says:

    As someone who has been postinbg to this site and performed in depth investigations into certain subject matter, I never thought that the one subject matter that I have investigated the most in my life would ever be the subject of a post on AJ’s blog, but here it is.

    In January of 2006, I had a full body scan done not because I needed it, but just to accompany my father who was having health issues that his doctors could not diagnose. We had been trying to get him to do a full body scan to see if it could find what was ailing him. Finally in December 2005 he said he would to it if I did it with him. I was just 33 at the time and had no health issues to complain about.

    We had the scans on Friday the 13th of January 2006. It turned out that my father was fine, but I on the other hand was told that something had showed up in my kidney and another scan was needed with a contrast dye to determine what it was. I had no symptoms of any kind and frankly thought it was nothing to worry about. I had the second scan on February 1, 2006 and was given the results on February 3, 2006. I was told to see my doctor because what they found was a 2.3 cm tumor in my right kidney.

    I was diagnosed with Renal Cell Carcinoma after a pathology report that occurred after surgery. Biopsy is rarely if ever used for kidney tumors due to the risk of spreading the cancer from the kidney to other parts of the body.

    How this woman was definately diagnosed with Renal Cell Carcinoma without removing the tumor is beyond me and how she can state with a straight face that she did not have her kidney removed because she was caring for her father when removal of the tumor is the only effective treatment for kidney cancer is frankly insulting to me and other kidney cancer survivors. What is even worse is how the NIH website now all of a sudden lists radiation as a treatment for RCC when it has been proven to ineffective for RCC.

    Use of radiotherapy

    * Renal cell carcinoma cells were the most radiation-resistant cells among 694 cell lines (271 tumor-derived and 423 fibroblast-derived), with D = 4.8Gy (compared with for example melanoma D = 2.51Gy)
    o Paris, 1996 (France) PMID 12118559 — “A review of human cell radiosensitivity in vitro.” (Deschavanne PJ, Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 1996 Jan 1;34(1):251-66.)

    * Copenhagen Renal Cancer Study Group, 1987 (1979-84) – PMID 3445125 — “A randomized trial of postoperative radiotherapy versus observation in stage II and III renal adenocarcinoma.” Kjaer M et al. Scand J Urol Nephrol. 1987;21(4):285-9.
    o 72 pts. Stage II-III. After nephrectomy, randomized to RT vs observation. RT was 50 Gy in 20 fx to kidney bed, ipsilateral and contralateral nodes
    o No benefit for relapse rate or survival. Unacceptable toxicities from RT.

    The second study above was after surgery was performed because removal of the tumor is the only acceptable treatment because chemo and radiation don’t work on kidney cancer.

    16-280 Attorneys’ Textbook of Medicine (Third Edition) P 280.130

    AUTHOR: Pamela Charney, M.D.Kate Casano


    [6] Treatment

    Radical nephrectomy (total surgical excision of the kidney and surrounding tissues) is the accepted treatment for renal cell carcinoma. Other conventional cancer treatments are ineffective or only have a role in the treatment of metastatic disease. Immunotherapy is an investigational treatment that seems a promising new approach for advanced disease.

    [d] Radiation Therapy Radiation therapy has little role in localized or metastatic renal cell carcinoma. Preoperative or postoperative radiotherapy in patients with primary renal cell carcinoma has not proved effective in prolonging the interval before disease recurrence; however, radiotherapy can sometimes palliate symptoms in patients with advanced disease. Many chemotherapy regimens have been investigated in metastatic renal cell carcinoma, but response rates have been disappointing. Hormonal therapy also appears ineffective, despite encouraging results of early studies.

    [7] Prognosis Untreated renal cell carcinoma has an extremely poor prognosis. The natural history of renal cell carcinoma–that is, its course if left untreated–has been a subject of great interest because of its unpredictability. Spontaneous regression of metastatic renal cell carcinoma sometimes occurs following resection of the primary tumor, but not often enough to recommend resecting a tumor in the hopes of inducing a remission of metastatic disease (Neuwirth, et al., 1990). The primary tumor and metastases have variable growth rates and may sometimes grow quite slowly. However, renal cell carcinomas usually are not diagnosed until they are large, metastatic disease usually progresses rapidly and renal cell carcinoma is highly lethal.

    The misinformation from this so called town hall meeting is simply outrageous!! The possibility that radiation might be an alternative to surgery was investigated for the first time last year and the results have not even come close to becoming in use by the urologists and oncologists who treat this disease.

    Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2008 Nov 1;72(3):828-33. Epub 2008 Apr 18.

    Carbon ion radiation therapy for primary renal cell carcinoma: initial clinical experience.
    Nomiya T, Tsuji H, Hirasawa N, Kato H, Kamada T, Mizoe J, Kishi H, Kamura K, Wada H, Nemoto K, Tsujii H.

    Research Center for Charged Particle Therapy, National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS), Chiba, Japan.

    PURPOSE: Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is known as a radioresistant tumor, and there are few reports on radiotherapy for primary RCC. We evaluated the efficacy of carbon ion radiotherapy (CIRT) for patients with RCC.

    CONCLUSIONS: This is one of the few reports on curative radiotherapy for primary RCC. The response of the tumor to treatment was uncommon. However despite inclusion of T4 and massive tumors, favorable local controllability has been shown. The results indicate the possibility of radical CIRT, as well as surgery, for RCC.


  12. AJStrata says:


    Thanks for sharing all this personal detail. I knew you were facing tough challenges.

    I will also be posting your comment as a post tomorrow, challenging the Obama Infomercial for being honest. Nobody will be looking today and I want to do some research as well (though usually you are dead on).

    Hope things are well with you – AJStrata

  13. sbd says:

    Hi AJ, I am fine because I had my kidney removed, not because I had radiation therapy that has been scientifically proven to not work with Renal Cell Carcinoma!!

    For those who might say she made a mistake and meant to say some other cancer, that will not fly because she clearly said Renal Cell Carcinoma.

    She did not say she was diagnosed with kidney cancer and therefore meant to say some other cancer, she specifically said Renal Cell Carcinoma which to me is specific enough to demonstrate her false statements.

    This does a disservice to all of us. I can’t tell you how many people thought I did not have cancer because my hair did not fall out due to radiation. Most people, myself included thought all cancers were treated the same and did not know kidney cancer was any different until we were effected.

    Now this person is out there telling the world that her Renal Cell Carcinoma was treated with Radiation Therapy which is counterproductive to those of us trying to inform others that we did not go through radiation therapy for kidney cancer because it does not work for this type of cancer.

    People can try to sugar coat it all they want, but science and proven facts are what they are and this is outrageous and the kidney cancer association should make a statement to set the record straight in my opinion.

    Someone has too!!

    More proof available below.

    J Clin Oncol 26: 2008 (May 20 suppl; abstr 16009) http://www.asco.org/ASCOv2/Meetings/Abstracts?&vmview=abst_detail_view&confID=55&abstractID=31016

    Author(s): C. Renner, E. Oosterwijk, N. Adrian, J. Oosterwijk-Wakka, L. Cohen, G. Ritter, A. Knuth, C. R. Divgi, A. M. Scott, L. Old, S. Bauer


    Background: Renal cell cancer (RCC) is a chemotherapy and radiation resistant disease with high morbidity and mortality when detected at advanced stage. RCC cells express the G250/CAIX antigen at high levels and can be targeted very efficiently with monoclonal antibodies.

    Immune Escape Mechanisms of Renal Cell Carcinoma European Urology Supplements, Volume 6, Issue 10, Pages 616-622 B. Seliger http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1569905607001030

    Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) represents a chemotherapy- and radiation-resistant tumor with a generally poor prognosis and a 5-yr survival rate of patients of <10%.

  14. sbd says:

    In this article, she claims to have served in the US Marines for 4 years. Wouldn’t that qualify her for Veterans Health Benefits??


  15. […] Here is reader SBD to explain, being a victim of the exact same disease: As someone who has been postinbg to this site and performed in depth investigations into certain subject matter, I never thought that the one subject matter that I have investigated the most in my life would ever be the subject of a post on AJ’s blog, but here it is. […]