Commentary Magazine


The Spendathon Talkathon

At a town-hall meeting at Facebook headquarters, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg asks Barack Obama to name the areas in which he is willing to cut spending in order to bring down debt.

During Obama’s uninterrupted eight-plus-minute In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida of an answer he specifies precisely one thing he’s ready to cut: You guessed it – the Pentagon budget.

With that out of the way, he’s off to the races on taxing the rich and enumerating the many things he plans to spend on: health-care schemes, sci-fi travel and energy, and expanding the social safety net.

When the litany of dreams and delusions winds down, the hall falls completely silent. “I didn’t mean to cut off the applause,” says Zuckerberg, in fact cutting off the absence of applause, “It’s a very thorough answer.”