Does the Obama Campaign have to report this Rolling Stone interview as a donation-in-kind?

I realize that more eyeballs are seeing this post than have seen the last dozen issues of the hyper-political Rolling Stone. For the 99.999999% of America that doesn’t touch the magazine with a thirty-nine-and-a-half-foot pole, here’s a list of the questions that Douglas Brinkley asked President Obama for the latest issue:


Let’s start with how the campaign has been going. Ever since the first debate, Romney has abruptly shifted his position on a whole host of issues, from his tax plan to financial regulation.

Many observers have commented on how Romney has misrepresented or even changed his positions in this last leg of the campaign – that he’s been like a chameleon on plaid. Do you feel that he has lied to the American people?

Where were you when you first saw Romney’s speech in Boca Raton about the 47 percent? What was your first reaction?

What has surprised you the most about the Republican campaign this year?

Do you have any fear that Roe v. Wade could be overturned if the Republicans win the presidency and appoint another Supreme Court justice?

How do you feel about Justice Roberts’ ruling on the Affordable Care Act? Were you surprised?

What made you so certain that the law was constitutional?

You said, “a.k.a. Obamacare.” Do you mind if historians call the achievement Obamacare?

You sometimes use the term “fair shake.” FDR had the New Deal, Lyndon Johnson had the Great Society. Is the Fair Shake something you’d be comfortable with to describe your legacy?

The auto bailout helped rescue states like Ohio from economic disaster. What, in turn, have you learned from the people of Ohio during your many visits to the state?


Have you ever read Ayn Rand?

What do you think Paul Ryan’s obsession with her work would mean if he were vice president?

If Americans re-elect you, what will be different in your second term? What is your plan to avoid four more years of gridlock?

Forget for a moment about obstruction by Wall Street lobbyists and Republicans in Congress. If you could single-handedly enact one piece of regulation on the financial industry, what would it be?

Bill Clinton – how important is he as a surrogate for you? What’s your friendship with him like these days?

Halloween’s coming up. If you could have Mitt Romney dress in a costume, what should he be for Halloween?

You know what? Forget “donation in kind.” Rolling Stone should be booked on prostitution charges after that romp in the sack.


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