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Obama’s Faithful Claim “The Great Communicator” Is Faltering Because He Just Doesn’t Believe His Own Lies

Posted By Rhonda Robinson On December 9, 2009 @ 7:26 pm In NewsReal Blog | No Comments

The title Ronald Reagan held as “The Great Communicator” was an honor he earned. Reagan was firm in his political beliefs and conveyed them with style, conviction and simplicity. He could speak above the daily political ramblings and address the heart of the country. Whether you loved him or hated him, you knew where he stood.

When Barack Obama stepped onto the scene, the Left saw in him their Ronald Reagan; a new great communicator. This hope is also quickly dissipating in the harsh light of reality.

Tina Brown, founder and editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast, wrote on Dec. 3rd in Obama’s Fog of War that “The Great Communicator’s” skills were “breaking down.”

“It’s a strange paradox for a great wordsmith, but whenever Obama makes an important policy speech these days he leaves everyone totally confused.”

The reason, Brown later concludes is that it’s not his fault that he has to lie. Even he doesn’t believe what he says.

Brown laments:

“His [Obama’s] first health-care press conference back in July triggered a season of raucous political Rorschach and left his hopeful followers utterly baffled about what they were being asked to support. Now White House envoys are being dispatched all over the globe to explain what the president really meant about the date when troops will or won’t be pulled out of Afghanistan.”

Brown continues her list of disappointments, then staying true to the progressive play book by ignoring the truth:

“I have come to the conclusion that the real reason this gifted communicator has become so bad at communicating is that he doesn’t really believe a word that he is saying. He couldn’t convey that health-care reform would be somehow cost-free because he knows it won’t be. And he can’t adequately convey either the imperatives or the military strategy of the war in Afghanistan because he doesn’t really believe in it either.”

Translation: He’s not communicating well, but gosh, it’s not his fault, he just doesn’t believe his own lies.

Brown justifies Obama’s hypocrisy:

“He feels colonized by mistakes of the past. He feels trapped by the hand that has been dealt him.”

Translation: He is the victim here. We can’t blame him or hold him accountable he’s trapped by his predecessor’s mistakes.

Actually, he can’t effectively communicate now, simply because he is using the same tactic of double-speak and ambiguities that he has used in his campaign. He gained the presidency by concealing his radical agenda and using his speeches to create a “blank screen” for his followers to project their “hopes” upon.

Brown alluded to the blank screen theory briefly at the onset of her article, but quickly moved on.

During the campaign The New York Times noted:

“On the death penalty, Mr. Obama wrote in his memoir, “The Audacity of Hope,” (Crown, 2007), that the penalty “does little to deter crime.”

“…During his 2004 Senate campaign, he publicly supported the death penalty, even as he called the justice system flawed and urged a moratorium on executions.”

“…‘I serve as a blank screen,” he wrote in “The Audacity of Hope,” “on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views’.”

A blank screen is not an effective or decisive mode of communication for a world leader.

The title of great communicator, like the Nobel Peace Prize, is just another honor this president hasn’t earned and doesn’t deserve.

He’s still just a blank screen.

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