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Fresno Woman Puts President Obama on the Spot

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It's not every day that someone from the Central Valley gets their question answered by President Obama.

But it happened Sunday for one Fresno woman.

Kathy Lemaster submitted her question last week to commentator Bill O'Reilly, who was getting ready to interview the Commander-in-Chief.

The question reads, "Mister President, why do you feel it's necessary to ‘fundamentally transform' the nation that has afforded you so much opportunity and success?"

She learned through the commentator's website that it was a finalist.

But, it wasn't until she tuned in to O'Reilly's exclusive interview with President Obama Sunday, that she saw her question asked.

"When he mentioned it, my son, husband and everybody was like, ‘Whoa!'", she says. "It was definitely a shock.

 "The question was heartfelt, and I would lay in bed at night thinking if I could ask the President... why are you trying to change what worked for you?" She says.

Lemaster is retired from the Fresno County District Attorney's Office, after working there for more than 30 years.

She now spends her days at home with family, and teaches Sunday School.

"I no longer recognize the country I grew up in, and that's why I wanted to ask why he was doing that," says Lemaster, who was critical of, what she calls, President Obama's liberal policies.

She says those policies, don't represent her values.

"The country was founded on our Lord and Savior, and as we depart further and further and we're kicking him out more and more, our country is going further downhill.

"We're all depending on him not to trash this place. But I feel like it's being vandalized," she says.

And while her name – and question-- was read before President Obama, Lemaster said his answer left much to be desired.

He told O'Reilly, "I think that what we have to do is make sure that here in America, you work hard and get ahead. Bill, you and I benefited from this incredible country of ours in part because there were good jobs out there that paid a good wage. We had public schools that functioned well, that we could get scholarships if we didn't come from a wealthy family in order to go to college. If you worked hard, not only did you have a good job, but you had decent benefits, decent health care. But for a lot of folks we don't have that. We gotta make sure we're doing everything we can to expand and work hard, and get more people into the middle class."

"I don't feel that he answered the question and I really wasn't expecting him to," says Lemaster. "The most powerful man in the world should have been able to answer this question for every American, not just for me."

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