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To Tell The Truth...

  • Oct 6, 2012 · 6:00 PM

Once upon a time, there was a game show called To Tell The Truth, which had a memorable ending of every episode - "Will the real ______ please stand up?" You can see an episode here.

But why this title? Well, now that the first presidential debate is over (and I learned very little), I wonder who the real Mitt Romney is, or who the real Barack Obama is. I harbor both fears and hopes about both, and I'm sure all of you have your own notions about the real character behind these men.

So, let's have a long-delayed Deep Thinkers Meetup about this topic. I will try to keep it from devolving into an argument about who will win. Is Romney as conservative as he claimed in the primaries? Will the true liberal in Obama emerge once he's freed of another election?

Let's discuss it. I hope you all can make it. We're still on the west side, but trying a new venue near LAX - the IHOP just north of the airport, which has a few private rooms that we can use.

Please keep your comments brief and civil. Remember, we can disagree without being disagreeable.

Todd

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  • John G.

    Very well done, very enjoyable meeting. Part of the pleasure was that after the short discussion about Romney and Obama we covered topics all over the political and historical map, which proved to be very entertaining.

    October 7, 2012

  • Susan

    Everyone was respectful of everyone else's viewpoint, in that they let the other person speak even if they disagreed. Well done, everybody.

    October 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought it was excellent for two reasons. 1. The topic was relevant to an important vote each of us will soon cast. 2. Only 10 people attended. With a small group you can make a statement. Then that statement can be questioned. The original statement can be more specifically expanded or narrowed and terms can be better defined. Such focused "clarifying exchanges" are less possible in larger groups. A possible solution to this size dilemma might be: The larger the group, the more narrowly defined the topic.

    October 7, 2012

  • Larry S.

    Enjoyable as ever. Mind expanding

    October 6, 2012

  • Todd K.

    Thanks to all the impassioned comments. Unfortunately, I respectfully request that these type of back-and-forth discussions occur on our Facebook page:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/183614758344101/?ref=ts&fref=ts

    I may even comment myself over there!

    Todd

    October 6, 2012

  • elayne

    i did as asked and watched charlie gibson's interview w/mr obama and went to sarah palin's barracuda brigade site. (who fact-checked that site, by the way? it really needs it.) i think it's a matter of what philosophy one has as to how this interview and sarah's site are interpreted. i find it interesting that the two who have the strongest opinions against mr obama don't seem to be attending this mtg. i think, however, everyone should look at the interview (the one w/the comments is best!) and go to sarah's site. quite eye-opening as to how far people will go to win an election. and as far as 2016 goes, the producer acknowledged that he didn't fact-check or do any research, but relied on his 'beliefs' for that movie. i thought i would attend this mtg, but have decided to wait for a different topic. thanks.

    October 6, 2012

  • Elizabeth

    What has this to do with deep thinking?

    October 5, 2012

  • ellen

    Sadly, the Prez seems to have decided on civility rather than pointing out what was truth, or not, in this debate. He never took the lead. Bad beginning.

    1 · October 3, 2012

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