How to Not Answer Questions

 Posted by on 1 November 2012 at 2:00 pm  Communication, Election, Funny, Politics
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I’m sorely tempted to answer Rapid Fire Questions as suggested by “capital Z”:

I’ve decided that from now on I’m gonna answer every question like a presidential candidate. It’s kinda fun…

“Z, what are you doing this weekend?”

“That’s a great question — and an important one. And I WILL do something this weekend. But let me take a step back, and answer a broader question. What are we ALL doing this weekend? As a nation? As a world? This weekend, I will do something comprehensive and robust, yet fun. We all should.”

“But what are you doing?”

“What I’m gonna do involves three things. First, it’s gonna be relaxing; second, it’s gonna be enjoyable; lastly, I’m gonna make sure that it’s cost-effective and I don’t get into a deficit. Four weeks ago, I said I’d do something — and I did. This weekend will be no different.”

Pure awesome, that is.

  • Kyle Haight

    Politicians aren’t the only people who answer questions that way. I see the same thing in senior executives of large corporations. When you ask them a question instead of answering it they give you a list of the factors they would take into consideration if they were to answer it.

    Many years ago at Cisco I acquired some infamy at a Q&A session with my business unit’s new VP/GM via the following exchange:

    Me: If I ask you a simple yes-or-no question, will you answer with a simple yes or no? VP/GM: Yes. Me: That was the question.

    I was young and fearless in those days. To his credit, the VP/GM took it in good humor and he actually was a pretty good executive.

  • Anthony

    Speaking of not answering questions: Why is the debt the biggest issue?

    • Diana Hsieh

      Well, I’ve been a bit busy lately. How about you submit it to the Rapid Fire Queue, and I’ll answer it on Sunday’s broadcast?

    • Andrew Dalton

      Anthony, why are you pressing Diana for this answer? Your original question was in reply to a commenter on another thread.

      • Anthony

        I asked it because I figured I would get a straight answer, because I was puzzled by the support of Johnson expressed in “Is It Wrong to Vote Third Party?”, and because at the time I asked the question I hadn’t yet voted.

        I’m still puzzled by the support of Johnson. This candidate proudly announces his support for a national sales tax, on goods and services, on the front page of his campaign website. (Err, he used to. Now his front page implores for you to give him 5% of the vote so that the Libertarian Party can get matching election funds!)

  • K.L.Richardson

    Funny, but that’s how my ex-husband answers questions…

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