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Obama’s Facebook Townhall crashes; conservative group claims credit

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      Matt K. Lewis

      Matt K. Lewis is a senior contributor to The Daily Caller, and a contributing editor for The Week. He is a respected commentator on politics and cultural issues, and has been cited by major publications such as The Washington Post and The New York Times. Matt is from Myersville, MD and currently resides in Alexandria, VA. Follow Matt K. Lewis on Twitter <a>@mattklewis</a>.

For about 39 minutes Wednesday afternoon, the Obama Facebook Townhall event page was down.

According to representatives of the conservative group ForAmerica (which is chaired by conservative Brent Bozell) they are likely responsible. Just prior to the crash, ForAmerica sent out word to their nearly 1 million fans on Facebook that they should post comments on the site.

The Townhall event began at 4:45 EST Wednesday, but opened for questions and comments earlier.  The theme of the event was “Shared Responsibility and Shared Prosperity.”

“As the comments grew on the town hall page we marveled at the speed and volume of posts from ForAmerica supporters,” said Bozell. “Within a few minutes, the town hall page was taken down and labeled ‘unavailable,’ and it was down for at least 39 minutes. When it was restored no new comments were allowed for several more minutes. We are only beginning to see the untapped power of this growing, formidable online army.”

According to Greg Mueller, an adviser for the group, “ForAmerica has amassed a very active and engaged online conservative army that engaged in a Facebook bracketing operation.  The Obama folks have proven they are very good at new media, but there’s a new team in the game.  We overloaded it with comments from that grassroots operation, which we believe disrupted the site for close to 40 minutes.”

The group urged supporters to post their own messages, but a number of people used their recommended language, which was  “It’s not a tough choice, Mr. President. You have added $3.5 TRILLION to the debt already, the first thing we should do is repeal Obamacare!”

At the time of this writing, this is a random screen shot of comments being posted on the Facebook page:

Questions for the town hall can be submitted up to and during the event at www.facebook.com/WhiteHouse.

  • K. Evilsizor

    First, where in my reply did I say our government is incapable of wrongdoing? We have, like everyone, everywhere made mistakes. This “real” reason you keep bringing up; cite examples. And you say “virtually” every military action we have entered into since WWII? Korea was a UN “police action” that was not intended to end in victory. The Balkans was another UN/NATO policing action. When President Clinton sent our troops to Somalia, what was the “real” reason for that? Somalia, by the way, was an enourmous slap in the face for our country. When the fighting got hot, Clinton pulled us out. As far as freedom and democracy are concerned. Let me pose some questions to you. 1.) If we would have entered Korea with the goal of winning, and if we would have been successful; would we be worried about Kim Jung Il today? 2.) In Viet Nam, we had superior weapons, we were superior in numbers, our troops were better trained and more disciplined than our enemies, and we won every major engagement, but we still lost the war! Why? In the days after 9/11, President Bush said in this struggle against terrorism, we are in for a long fight and we have to take the stance that either you are with us or against us, meaning, primarily, other Middle Eastern countries. He was hailed for his speech. I think Bush should have focused on Afghanistan, but Iraq was going to have to be dealt with; whether Saddam had the WMD arsenal he claimed he did, or not. All of this brings me to my next question; 3.) Since Saddam was supporting terrorism by giving rewards to families of suicide bombers, and according to CNN (I saw this myself) U.S. Marines found an Al Qaeda training camp in the mountains near the Iraq/Iran border, why were we wrong to overthrow him?
    As far as George Soros; Soros also claims he supports the Democrat Party because the Republican party is in the hands of extremists (conservatives). But he doesn’t completely agree with the Democrat Party, but understands because if they followed his philosophy, they couldn’t get elected. Now; if he isn’t a Republican, and as liberal as the Democrat Party is, what views does he hold that are so different from theirs that they would prevent them from getting elected? Oh, and one more thing, all my life I have heard that the Democrat Party is “for the working man”, but no one has been able to tell me how that is true. Can you enlighten me on that?

    • K. Evilsizor

      Where are you jmk1502?

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  • J L Fuller

    I really hate to see this. It makes all of us conservatives look no better than the socialist goons of the far left.