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On the economic front, the president’s “inaccurate predictions” are rather legendary. While one may grant that a nearly one trillion dollar stimulus package projected to bring unemployment below 8 percent can be subject to economic whims beyond anyone’s control, there is no question that, in 2009, the president said it would provide the nation with “shovel-ready projects all across the country.” One year later? In a NY Times interview, the president admitted “there’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects.”
And remember the overall media contention, bolstered by the White House, that it was John Boehner who reneged on a deal with respect to last years’ debt ceiling talks? A 4,600-word inside-the-room narrative by the left-leaning Washington Post, summed up by the even further left-leaning Politico, reveals that it was the president who walked away from the table, not Mr. Boehner. “The story makes it clear that the facts are as we’ve always described them,” said Michael Steel, Boehner’s spokesman. The White House declined to comment on the record. As for the president’s promise to “cut the deficit we inherited in half by the end of my first term in office” to approximately $650 billion, try a deficit of $1.15 trillion in 2012, coupled with yet another promise to cut it to $901 billion in 2013. Furthermore, the man who in 2009 claimed he was “taking responsibility right now, in this administration, for getting our spending under control” has accumulated more debt ($4.9 trillion) than any president in the nation’s history.
Speaking of history, the president’s characterizations of people associated with those portions of his past that haven’t been deliberately concealed strains credibility at best and amounts to outright lying at worst. The president’s contention that Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers, whose group bombed the Pentagon, the Capitol, and other buildings was “a guy who lives in my neighborhood,” and is “not somebody who [sic] I exchange ideas from [sic] on a regular basis,” has been debunked. Mr. Obama led the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC), an organization founded by Ayers that provided more than $100 million to radical education activists and community organizers. Ayers served on CAC’s governance committee with Mr. Obama, and worked with him to craft the organization’s by-laws.
It is also known that in 1995, Ayers hosted a gathering at his house to help promote Mr. Obama’s initial political campaign for the Illinois Senate. Also at that meeting was Ayers’ wife, Bernardine Dohrn, who was a member of the Weather Underground as well. How does Obama rationalize a relationship with a known domestic terrorist? “[T]he notion that somehow as a consequence of me knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was eight years old, somehow reflects on me and my values doesn’t make much sense, George,” answered Mr. Obama during a 2008 primary debate, after George Stephanopoulos inquired into the association. Apparently what does makes sense is the deliberate attempt to minimize the relationship, knowing full well the media’s ongoing incuriousness regarding the president’s past will keep the issue at bay.
The situation is much the same with respect to Mr. Obama’s relationship with Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Americans are supposed to believe that the radically racist views of the man whose church Mr. Obama attended for 20 years, who baptized his children and officiated over his marriage, were largely unknown to the president. We are supposed to believe this even though the president appropriated Wright’s “Audacity to Hope” sermon for his political coming-out speech at the Democratic National Convention in Boston in 2004, and for the nearly identical title for his second autobiography, The Audacity of Hope. The media were apparently satisfied with the president’s assertion that Wright’s statements were essentially anecdotal, that this is “what happens when you just cherry-pick statements from a guy who had a 40-year career as a pastor.”
Considering the president’s track record, one would be hard-pressed to believe anything he says without verifying the information from other sources. As the above indicates, Barack Obama is more than willing to lie when it suits his purposes, and, more often than not, the mainstream media is more than willing to accommodate him. How many of those lies the electorate is willing to believe may be the make or break element of the 2012 presidential election.
Ironically, one lie may come back to haunt him. In 2008, Obama claimed, among other things, that the Bush administration was to blame for high gas prices. Now, the president is claiming “there are no short-term silver bullets when it comes to gas prices,” that there are “are no quick fixes to this problem” and that “some politicians [read: Republicans] always see [high energy prices] as a political opportunity.” Thus, Barack Obama’s re-election chances may be imperiled from an age-old axiom: What goes around, comes around.
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