[WATCH] Conservatives grill Obama during ‘Fireside Hangout’

Conservatives held President Barack Obama’s ‘feet to the fire’ during his “Fireside Hangout” on Google+ Thursday night.

During the 45 min long hangout, two conservatives took turns with three other participants grilling the President on his controversial policy proposals such as gun control and his announcement in Tuesday’s State of the Union that he would pursue a minimum wage hike.

Kira Davis, a conservative blogger, asked the president if he thought we should ban hand guns in the United States.  She noted that Obama’s proposed “ban on so-called assault rifles” wouldn’t solve “the majority of deaths by gun in this country,” as more deaths in the U.S. are caused by handguns, not assault weapons each year.

“Well, I actually don’t think we should ban handguns,” Obama replied. “What we’re trying to do is come up with a package that protects Second Amendment rights. The package we will put forward will have an impact on handguns by instituting a universal background system.”

Another conservative, Lee Doren, who is a noted social media expert and a YouTube whiz, barely gave Obama a chance to take a breath before issuing his own follow-up to Davis’ original question. He pointed out that the Obama Administration’s proposed gun control package would actually take guns away from Americans despite the vice president’s claim “that people have nothing to worry about in terms of the government coming in to take away their guns.”

“Well, no, people are going to be able to buy guns, all kinds of guns,” Obama responded. “We can’t purchase a grenade launcher from a store, although there may be some folks who want to buy those. The Second Amendment does not automatically assume that any weapons available you can automatically purchase.”

Later in the hangout, Davis challenged the president on his proposal to raise the minimum wage in the United States, asking the Commander-in-Chief what impact the proposal would have “just regular people.”

“I’ve been in the situation where the minimum wage was raised and I had to let go of two employees from a non-profit because we couldnt’ afford the wages anymore,” Davis said.

She added that she was worried about what it would do to her day-to-day life, like buying coffee at Starbucks, when companies are forced to raise their prices to accommodate the new minimum wage. Obama replied by saying that”corporate profits are at record highs” and the minimum wage will only “have some modest impact on their profits.”

“My suspicion is you’ll still be able to get your Starbucks,” he promised snidely.

Davis and Doren also demanded to know what the Obama Administration could do to become more transparent.

“In 2008, you ran on a platform of really trying to become one of the most transparent administrations in American history,” Davis said. “However, with recent leaked guidelines regarding drone strikes on American citizens, and Benghazi and closed door hearings on the budget and deficit, it feels a lot less transparent than we all hoped it would be.”

Obama insisted that his administration is still “the most transparent administration in history.” He also told Davis that Benghazi was “not a good example” of its transparency and claimed that it “was largely driven by campaign stuff.”

“We’ve had more testimony and more paper provided to Congress than ever before, and Congress is sort of running out of things to ask,” he fired back.

Doren also asked Obama what he was going to do about the fact that “a lot of people are very concerned that your administration now believes it’s legal to have drone strikes on American citizens.”

“There has never been a drone strike used on an American citizens on American soil,” Obama claimed.

Watch the two conservatives grill Obama during the “Fireside Hangout.” Doren only had the chance to ask Obama two questions while Davis got to ask Obama four – three serious ones and a silly, personal question at the end.

 

Comments

Polititainment

Madeleine Albright T(witter)KOs Conan

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright bested Conan O'Brien by Twitter knockout Thursday night, ribbing the comedian with a comeback worthy of a seasoned pro.

Kimmel: Stoner idea or gov. expenditure?
Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R – Okla.) fifth annual “Wastebook” was released Wednesday and some of the federally funded projects are so outrageous that they can be hard to believe. Late night host Jimmy Kimmel had the same thought and offered his audience a quiz. He read the name of a project, some real and some […]
Obama channels Chris Rock again

At rallies for Democrats in Maryland and Illinois on Sunday, Obama dropped the name "Cousin Pookie" -- a character that he used frequently to energize black voters during his 2008 campaign -- during his speeches.

Oliver beats Supreme Court's camera ban
Comedian John Oliver is sick of the Supreme Court ban on cameras in the court room and the ridiculous ways it makes television news stations have to cover those cases. But all hope is not lost. “What happens at the Supreme Court is way too important not to pay attention to and yet the ban […]
Stewart and Colbert go after 'Fangate'

Both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert had a field day with “Fangate” Thursday night.

White House

Obama is withholding over 15,000 Fast and Furious documents

President Obama claimed executive privilege to withhold over 15,000 documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious, including nearly 20 emails sent between Attorney General Eric Holder and his wife.

White House fence jumper charged with assault
WASHINGTON (AP) — The 23-year-old Maryland man who climbed over the White House fence Wednesday night has been charged with felonies for assaulting two police dogs and making threats, the Secret Service said Thursday. Dominic Adesanya of Bel Air, Maryland, is in custody of the U.S. Marshals Service for previous outstanding warrants, Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said. […]
President Obama, unpaid bills and the curious editing of the White House transcript
President Obama, some unpaid bills and a curiously “inaudible” section of the White House recording of a speech — that’s how all good stories start, right? While at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Chicago, Obama cracked a joke about the “unpaid bills” at his home. The joke was reported by the White House Press […]
Secrecy shrouds how the Obamas cook their chicken wings

Now it seems the Obamas are tight-lipped even about their eating habits.

Obama delivers devastating blow to red state Democrats, calls them ‘all folks who vote with me’
President Obama can’t seem to stay out of the 2014 midterm elections, no matter how much his fellow Democrats want him to. Obama spoke on Al Sharpton’s radio show Monday, which was later replayed on MSNBC, insisting that red state Democrats are still his “strong allies.” “A lot of the states that are contested this time […]

Congress

Rand Paul: ‘The war on terror is not over’

Rand Paul attempted to lay out his recently evolving foreign policy vision at his speech Thursday night at the Center for the National Interest.

McCarthy speaks out against 'Truthy' study
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is joining the growing dissent against the federally-funded “Truthy” study designed to monitor political speech on social media. In a blog post Thursday, titled “#KillingFreeSpeech,” McCarthy promises that the House Committee on Science will be conducting oversight “in the coming months on this and other questionable government-funded research projects.” “Why does the government […]
CIA agents impersonated Senate staffers to snoop
Despite a number of growing foreign and domestic threats over the summer, the CIA admitted that they had been using their resources to spy on elected officials in the Senate. Now, insiders are alleging that it’s not just what they did that is the problem, but how they went about it. A new piece by the […]
Republicans say they will reform the IRS

Republicans are talking about reforming the IRS if they gain the majority in the Senate next month, but seem to be treading with caution on making any specific promises.

'Wastebook' finds $25B in 'unnecessary' spending
Monkey gambling, synchronized swimming sea monkeys, and mountain lions on treadmills, oh my! Sen. Tom Coburn (R – Okla.) released his fifth and final “Wastebook” Wednesday, chronicling $25 billion tax dollars spent on 100  “silly, unnecessary, and low priority projects” this year. His findings are absolutely astonishing. Coburn, who is retiring this year, is not letting his fellow […]