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President Obama's VICE Interview (Watch Here)

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    VICE just released the full interview that Shane Smith conducted with President Obama, which you can watch below.



    He spoke about a variety of topics, specifically his goals to get America to have a change of consciousness about climate change, his frustrations with political gridlock, American's abysmal voting record, the Iran nuclear negotiations, ISIS, and his view on the current marijuana legalization push going on throughout the nation, among other things.

    Take the twenty or so minutes to watch it and let us know what you think. Do you agree with me that these venues are much more conducive for the President to have in-depth discussion outside of the 24/7 'news' that focuses more on ten second clips and talking points or was it a mistake to have such a long interview with VICE?
  • Democrat
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    It was nice to see the President in a conversation more so than a interview, there were no confrontational tones and I can could concentrate on the conversation rather than allowing the Host/Interviewer to try and put forth his or her own agenda into the dialogue, and I agree this is how a President should take the debate to the people,and let the opposition have their time to refute and not debate the issue,, the foes of his policies should be able to present a reasonable alternative plan themselves, rather than attacking and saving the so-called better idea/solution for nothing more than campaign rhetoric..
  • Liberal Democrat
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    I thought it was an excellent interview, especially for those that need more education or enlightenment from the President's perspective. President Obama is highly knowledgeable on the issues, but as he pointed out, the problem is not with Democrats, but certain Republicans that refuse to work with him on anything. He can make his case on issues on Vice News in a respectable interview, but if he tried to do this on Bill O'Reilly's or Sean Hannity's show, both of which have a considerably larger viewing audience than Vice News, then both of those pundits would try to upstage him with "gotchas" that might not even be true but play well with their audiences. It would not go over well.

    I looked for Vice News on Comcast, but they only carry the program Vice on Friday evenings on HBO. I couldn't find this interview anywhere in the schedule, and I have lots and lots of channels. If Vice News allows the mainstream media to show clips of the interview, then it might be okay. But otherwise the number of people that will have viewed this interview will be extremely low.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    The President also did a round table with college students discussing jobs, the economy, housing, and the exploding cost of obtaining a college degree and out of control student debt that comes with it.
  • Center Left
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    Schmidt Wrote: If Vice News allows the mainstream media to show clips of the interview, then it might be okay. But otherwise the number of people that will have viewed this interview will be extremely low.
    Definitely won't get much or any legitimate airtime on television sets. But Vice News is predominately an internet based company, and they reach a sizable, dedicated audience. There main YouTube channel alone has over 1.2 million subscribers. I was a little shocked that even after only 3 hours of being up on YouTube for this interview, that it only has around 800 views at the time of this posting though. I would have guessed it would be way more than that by now.

    But, being that it will live on YouTube and on the Vice.com website into perpetuity, its safe to assume this video will get viewed likely hundreds of thousands of times. Maybe millions. ... maybe that's a bit optimistic. But I do think that the unique viewership that Obama was also to speak to made this interview worthy of his time.

    The Gen Y, younger demographic that Shane Smith (the creator of Vice News and the interviewer in the piece) and Obama spoke of likely shy away from seriously watching any conventional, mainstream news. So this was of value to speak to an alternative audience that is no doubt disillusioned with the mainstream style of conducting official interviews, that always seem to over-hype and under-deliver. Enjoyed the sit down; wish it was longer though. I'm a big fan of Vice, and the way they do business.
  • Democrat
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    I am not a fan of Collage for everyone,I believe there is a need for certain professions, Doctor, Lawyer, various Science fields and of course Engineering, I do not see the necessity for a obtaining a degree in a particular line of study that will upon graduating and gaining employment in their field of study only to find out and be disappointed to find out that the level of their salary will not allow them to be able to have the ability to pay back his or hers student loan commitment.
  • Center Left
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    .. maybe YouTube just hasn't updated their view counters yet. The trailer for the interview alone has over 800,000 YouTube views, and that was posted just 3 days ago. I wonder how many viewers would have sat down and tuned in if it would have been on TV? You think over a million? I wonder.
  • Center Left
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    johnnycee Wrote: I am not a fan of Collage for everyone,I believe there is a need for certain professions, Doctor, Lawyer, various Science fields and of course Engineering, I do not see the necessity for a obtaining a degree in a particular line of study that will upon graduating and gaining employment in their field of study only to find out and be disappointed to find out that the level of their salary will not allow them to be able to have the ability to pay back his or hers student loan commitment.
    I think the point is to make college overall more affordable, so once one does attain a degree, no matter the field, that they CAN afford to pay back the loans. The goal being to make the loans reasonable and doable, and not just be for people planning on making $100K+/yr with a professional science, medical, or law career.
  • Democrat
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    A few years ago I had attended certain courses needed for me to further enhance my career in law- enforcement, in my class were a couple of students whose major was in the Academic field I think the both of them were English majors,I'm not certain but the short story is this if this was just one class, in just one university,in one city, and considering that these students were successful in obtaining their degree's , just how many jobs are there for English majors' with a BS. degree. for employment in their chosen field?
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    sbfriedman Wrote: I think the point is to make college overall more affordable, so once one does attain a degree, no matter the field, that they CAN afford to pay back the loans. The goal being to make the loans reasonable and doable, and not just be for people planning on making $100K+/yr with a professional science, medical, or law career.
    I thought the most interesting part of the round table was when the President made a very pragmatic case for his community college proposal. Going into your junior year in college with no student debt could drastically alter and begin to fix the student loan debt crisis we are going through right now. The current student debt is entirely unsustainable and we have to figure out a way to tackle it before it's too late.

    So many individuals take out tons of student loans and then wind up being unable to even keep up with their unsubsidized loan interest payments while they are attending school. That can get out of control well before a student even finishes school and has to begin paying back the subsidized as well as the unsubsiduzed loans. That is a train wreck just waiting to happen. If a student has the ability to not worry about student loans for two years while they are attending a community college then that would be a huge weight off of millions of students shoulders and may begin to right the ship when it comes to student loan defaults.

    We also must remind ourselves that the average college student is not an 18 year old white kid from suburbia who joins a frat and parties all day, but is instead an individual who is twenty-five years or older who is going back to school in order to further their careers. Finding a way to make that affordable for them so they can use the skills they learn to pump more money into our economy is good for everyone in this country because then they will be far more likely to earn more money and not have to be as dependent on government benefits.
  • Democrat
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    I think to make collage more affordable I think these collages have to get on Board with holding the tuition costs down, or at least have some serious input towards that end. There are some Universities that are governed almost like a Private Corporation with the goal of profit as the destination of the Corp, and instead of shareholders there are various donors that the University Board must placate. Higher Education has grown into a big business enterprise and sometimes the students seem secondary to the true purpose of the school. But you are correct ,there has to be a way for affordable education,even at the lower levels of Education
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    I'd actually suggest it has much more to do with states slashing the amount of money they give to their public universities, which forces the universities to increase their tuition. The vast majority of universities in this country are public, not for profit universities and they have relied on the state to provide the funds needed to operate for decades on end. Now states are slashing that money because people don't want to pay taxes and education is one of the easiest things to cut. It's very short sighted, but thats what's been going on for years now. Thank Grover Norquist for that.
  • Democrat
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    Here in Philly, in the City proper we have three major Universities , There is Temple, and also the university of Penna. plus Drexel University, on the outskirts of the City we have Villanova and St. Joseph, least we forget La Salle University, they are some the major universities in the city, and none are inexpensive, almost all support major teaching Hospitals, at one time Drexel had the support of many Engineering firms with tuition refund options,I don't know if it was the fault of the city, or the State , or maybe the region itself for the loss of support among many companies that left or closed their doors, but the schools needed to maintain the structure that they had in place already, so the costs go up and it's passed down to the students in the form of tuitions increases, not all of it but I think a big chunk of the cost is reflected this way. I think that any State or Federal subsidies or better yet Grants for the students should be paid directly to the student , perhaps that might put a dent in the Student loan industry and perhaps lower some of the tuition cost increases.
  • Liberal
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    Well, JC, although you may not understand why, there is a need for "English majors" in college (by the way, college is spelled college, NOT COLLAGE)! If you were ever paying attention in school you would have realized why a long time ago but I guess your mind was in "another place".
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    pgr Wrote: Well, JC, although you may not understand why, there is a need for "English majors" in college (by the way, college is spelled college, NOT COLLAGE)! If you were ever paying attention in school you would have realized why a long time ago but I guess your mind was in "another place".
    PGR, the problem with J.C. is ( and others) at "school" you don't learn how the world works; if the school/parents/church instruct you that does not mean that you "know" it all, let alone to be able to think for yourself. The worst part of "modern" youth is that they get all their info via the internet, so they get "lazy" brains and kind of can not think for themselves anymore. The "old" art of figuring things out for yourself, is just about gone. Furthermore our politicians are just "programmed" by their studies and seldom explored the rest of the world and therefore can not think outside the "box" . Indeed the GOP has proven that by their "letter" to Iran. So "degrees" mean nothing!!!