From the Washington Examiner:
White House officials vetoed all public airing of a video of President Obama thanking the American Library Association Sunday for helping inform the public about Obamacare.
“We were specifically told by the White House to only show it [the video] once to conference attendees, and [the] White House said we aren’t able to send it out,” Jazzy Wright, Press Officer for ALA’s Washington, D.C. office, told the Washington Examiner.
The ALA, which is a tax-exempt 501(C)(3) foundation, agreed last weekend during its annual meeting in Chicago to help the president get the word out about Obamacare.
As a result of the partnership between Obama and the group, librarians across the country will be “navigators” handing out White House-approved information about the new government health insurance program.
In the video, the chief executive thanked conference attendees “for helping enroll for health insurance as part of the Affordable Care Act,” according to the ALA’s blog.
It’s not really surprising, sadly. The idea of a library ceased to exist about twenty years ago. If you go into your local public library looking for a book, that is about the last service they want to provide. And if it’s a book by a conservative, even if it’s on the best seller list, chances are you’ll wait weeks or months for it to show up at your branch.
No, today’s library is about many things, least of all reading. It has become a source for hooking up to social services. Need a job? The library holds job fairs frequently. Need a job? That’s another purpose of the library system: getting more government workers in the system.
Need day care? You’ll find links to services there or you can do as so many do, tell your kids to go to their local library branch until you pick them up after work. In the summer, the library often will schedule activities for children to make the working parent’s life even easier. Lots of kids enjoy the computers where they can play games, look at porn or amuse themselves. If you’re a bum (I think that is a politically incorrect word nowadays), it’s a good place to nap in cold weather, hot weather or when it rains. Didn’t terrorists use libraries too? It was an easy place for them to get information on the QT.
Need entertainment? You can rent a movie or check out your favorite music. Return it? Why? Many just decide to add it to their own collections.
Want to hold a public meeting on something? The library will oblige, as long as the organizer is a liberal or Democrat and it’s the “right” (which means not the Right) cause.
Long ago the progressives figured out that their unpopular ideas needed to be slowly worked into the system, so they took over as many as they could. Libraries joined education, universities, entertainment, the law, churches, bureaucracies and everything else they could snake into to overturn our American beliefs.
It was nice in the days when you wandered into the library to look for a book, took it home, read it and returned it. Chances are that’s the least likely activity your fellow citizens are there for.