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An ABC report that preemptively identified possible victims of a government shutdown was so close to White House spin that Barack Obama touted it at a news conference, Wednesday. The President focused on J.T. Henderson, an American whose tax refund could be delayed, a story first highlighted on ABC, April 6.

Good Morning America's Jon Karl on Thursday proudly recounted, "President Obama saw Henderson's story on World News With Diane Sawyer and singled him out last night." An ABC graphic trumpeted, "Obama Singles Out Father: Kentucky man Counting on Refund." The President on Wednesday night quoted from Henderson on World News.

The original World News segment by Jake Tapper shamelessly featured sixth graders who have a field trip to Washington planned. One young girl lamented, "The government is mean." Karl also included this manipulative footage in his GMA report.

Henderson, Wednesday, recounted in a blog how Tapper used Twitter to look for hypothetical victims:

How It All Went Down...

On Twitter (follow me @jthenderson76), I follow Jake Tapper, who is the ABC NewsSenior White House Correspondent. Today (at around 12:30pm), he asked his Twitter followers if they were worried that a prolonged government shutdown would delay their tax refund checks. I responded with "In a word, YES." Within five minutes, Tapper contacted me and asked me to email him our story and how we were dreading not getting our return.

The Media Research Center's Brent Baker noted that Tapper's piece evoked kids with cancer, Ethiopian refugees and whether zoo animals will starve.

A transcript of the April 7, 2011 Good Morning America segment can be found below:

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: But, let's get right to the latest on the government shutdown. Jon Karl is on Capitol Hill. And, Jon, staff have been working through the night on a possible deal. And I guess one of the most tangible signs of progress, when House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid left the White House last night, they actually spoke to the press together for the first time.

JON KARL: Yeah, absolutely. The first sign of real progress. And all sides suddenly seem aware, George, that they really don't want a government shutdown. After the meeting, signs of progress. But still, no deal.

BARACK OBAMA: I thought the meetings were frank. They were constructive. And what they did was narrow the issues and clarify the issues that are still outstanding.

JOHN BOEHNER: We do have some honest differences. But I do think we made some progress.

HARRY REID: Not there yet. But hope lies eternal.

KARL: With time running out, we're learning more about who would be affected. First up, for 800,000 federal workers, it means staying home. Not even the FBI is excluded from that.

ROBERT MUELLER (FBI): There's a number of our persons don't know whether they will be here on Monday.

KARL: As for the troops, we learned their paychecks won't be mailed out during a shutdown. Although they will get back pay after the government reopens. As for the tax returns, if you file your return electronically, there will be no delay. But if you filed the old-fashioned way, you'll be waiting for your check. Just like J.T. Henderson of Kentucky, an adoptive dad who mailed in his return.

ABC GRAPHIC: Obama Singles Out Father: Kentucky man Counting on Refund

J.T. HENDERSON: It makes me feel disconnected and, like most Americans, angry and frustrated.

KARL: President Obama saw Henderson's story on World News With Diane Sawyer and singled him out last night.

BARACK OBAMA: He said he is counting on his tax rebate because his family has been scraping by. And he might not get it if the government shuts down. So, J.T. said, if he could speak to all of us directly in Washington, he would tell us that all of this political grandstanding has effects as it trickles down to normal, everyday Americans.

KARL: And there's the sixth grade class at Central Elementary in Coleraine, Massachusetts. They've been looking forward to visiting Washington D.C. on Monday.

LITTLE GIRL: The government is mean.

KARL: But now, they may be due for an entirely different kind of civics lesson, as most of the city may be shut down. Now, members of Congress and the President don't have to worry about a government shutdown, as far as their paychecks. Their checks will come regardless of whether or not the government is open for business.

Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/scott-...ppened-yet-pleases-president-ob#ixzz1Itqe6jnM
 

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If I was drinking soda through a staw when I read this, it would have come out of my nose. :laughing:

Wow! these guys are getting funny!
 

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but but but there has to be a victim...THERE HAS TO BE!
 

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but but but there has to be a victim...THERE HAS TO BE!
There is, so far its been us working American Citizens :lookinup: And WE all hope thats gonna change :thumbsup:

If the shut down happens, just watch (without pucking) all the examples of the poor person who's vacation is ruined due to our guberment closed down :smack (with props mind you)
 

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but but but there has to be a victim...THERE HAS TO BE!

Your learning a few things about the Government (Unfortunately)

They used to be against communism

In fact thats all they ever talked about

But nowadays they are old "Friends of the Communists"

And have allowed them to over run your society

and literally destroy American Industry under the Guise of


"Free Trade"



1.The Gov has one of the most Power Military's on the planet

2.A Massive Budget Via Tax revenue

3.The best Aviation engineers on the planet

4.The absolute Best Fabricators on the entire Planet


5.And Citizens that work harder than any other society on the planet

6.The most business savvy people on the Globe


And still they ****ed it all up !!!

So now they can't do their job (for which they are overpaid by the way) and create Budget !
 

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There is, so far its been us working American Citizens :lookinup: And WE all hope thats gonna change :thumbsup:

If the shut down happens, just watch (without pucking) all the examples of the poor person who's vacation is ruined due to our guberment closed down :smack (with props mind you)
and there will be no mention of all the military lives that have the potential to be ruined by not gettng paid indefinately. Most of us live paycheck to paycheck as it is....

I know all of our savings were wiped out when I PCS'd to FT Jackson in '09. Wife lost her job due to the move and wasnt able to find 1 down there. We also werent able to find tenants for our home at FT Bragg so we ended up with an additional $1000 a month in expenses (rent) and with 1 less income. It destroyed our credit, and we almost lost the house and my car. Just as we are starting to get back on our feet (after a year back in our house) we get **** on again....

Monday I am putting in for leave so I can get a job so I have some income while the Dems refuse to pass any of the budgets that have cleared the House.
 

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and there will be no mention of all the military lives that have the potential to be ruined by not gettng paid indefinately. Most of us live paycheck to paycheck as it is....

I know all of our savings were wiped out when I PCS'd to FT Jackson in '09. Wife lost her job due to the move and wasnt able to find 1 down there. We also werent able to find tenants for our home at FT Bragg so we ended up with an additional $1000 a month in expenses (rent) and with 1 less income. It destroyed our credit, and we almost lost the house and my car. Just as we are starting to get back on our feet (after a year back in our house) we get **** on again....

Monday I am putting in for leave so I can get a job so I have some income while the Dems refuse to pass any of the budgets that have cleared the House.
Sorry to hear that Bro

" I wish you good fortune in the future "

Best of *Luck*


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and there will be no mention of all the military lives that have the potential to be ruined by not gettng paid indefinately. Most of us live paycheck to paycheck as it is....

I know all of our savings were wiped out when I PCS'd to FT Jackson in '09. Wife lost her job due to the move and wasnt able to find 1 down there. We also werent able to find tenants for our home at FT Bragg so we ended up with an additional $1000 a month in expenses (rent) and with 1 less income. It destroyed our credit, and we almost lost the house and my car. Just as we are starting to get back on our feet (after a year back in our house) we get **** on again....

Monday I am putting in for leave so I can get a job so I have some income while the Dems refuse to pass any of the budgets that have cleared the House.
I'm sure hoping this won't happen to you. If the Dems let that happen I don't know what to say but they better put America first and politics second.
 

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The last time this happened, it lasted a little over a month. What happens is that both sides start a PR campaign to lay the blame on the other party. Over the first few weeks, it becomes apparent through polls who the public is blaming most (last time it was the Pubs). At that point, that party buckles and gives in to the other side. These things can't go for very long because it is too damaging to one party or the other. In general, I think the Pubs are at a disadvantage every time because there are endless sad stories to tell. On the other hand, how do you excite people about the positives of cutting spending?
 
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