The Washington Times - February 3, 2010, 07:06PM

President Obama allowed himself to be questioned by congressional leaders at a House Republican retreat on Friday, January 29—a refreshing change from the polished platform speeches and teleprompters Americans have become all too familiar with over the past year. 

With the growing discontent over the way he and his Congress have handled health care reform (among other things), President Obama’s candor could not have come at a better time. 

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President Obama’s public appearance at the retreat was a healthy reminder that Americans still live in one of the greatest nations on Earth—a nation where it’s  OK to voice opposition to the governing authority. 

As John Milton eloquently said in Areopagitica, “For this is not the liberty which we can hope, that no grievance ever should arise in the commonwealth, that let no man in this world expect; but when complaints are freely heard, deeply considered, and speedily reformed, then is the utmost bound of civil liberty attained that wise men look for.” 

Political blogger Andrew Sullivan is helping to spearhead a petition called “Demand Question Time,” evidence of a growing public desire to see more discourse between the president and his Republican opponents. 

Also just as important is President Obama’s need to undergo similar questioning in front of his own party, as there is discontent on his side of the aisle as well. 

Celebrate your freedom by signing the “Demand Question Time” petition here. You can also follow the group on Facebook or on Twitter at @demandQTime.