I don’t know about you, but I sadly missed Barry coming on at any hour of the day to do his little patented head shake, followed by a half-smirk, before launching into a lecture about “who we are”.
Now that he’s got a third memoir out, he’s back to lecture us on his favorite topic, his moral superiority and our moral inferiority.
On 60 Minutes, not currently being run by a sexual predator, you can both see and hear the guy who spied on his successor and lied all the time, tell us about institutional norms and truth.
“We have gone through a presidency that disregarded a whole host of basic institutional norms– expectations we had for a president that had been observed by Republicans and Democrats previously. And maybe most importantly– and most disconcertingly, what we’ve seen is what some people call truth decay, something that’s been accelerated by outgoing president Trump, this sense that not only do we not have to tell the truth, but the truth doesn’t even matter.”
The truth doesn’t even matter? What a crazy idea. Someone should check with his close aide who boasted of just that.
“We created an echo chamber,” Rhodes admitted, when I asked him to explain the onslaught of freshly minted experts cheerleading for the deal. “They were saying things that validated what we had given them to say.”
And perhaps Obama can explain which institutional norms he was respecting when he…
1. Spied on his successor
2. Spied on members of Congress
3. Spied on journalists
4. Used the IRS to target his political opponents
Truth decay is a real problem.
“The president doesn’t like to lose and never admits loss. I’m more troubled by the fact that other Republican officials who clearly know better are going along with this, are humoring him in this fashion. It is one more step in delegitimizing not just the incoming Biden administration, but democracy generally. And that’s a dangerous path. We would never accept that out of our own kids behaving that way if they lost, right? I mean, if my daughters, in any kind of competition, pouted and then accused the other side of cheating when they lost, when there was no evidence of it, we’d scold them.”
Or you know, let them wiretap us based on an opposition research document assembled by the Clinton campaign, then go after a key official who could expose the whole thing in order to cover up the original crime.
More of those institutional norms and truth decay.
“There are strong men and dictators around the world who think that, “I can do anything to stay in power. I can kill people. I can throw them in jail. I can run phony elections. I can suppress journalists.”
Says the guy who…
1. Complained he didn’t have as much power as a Chinese dictator
2. Spied on journalists and had them arrested
3. Threw a guy in jail for making a movie about Mohammed
Truth decay. It’s a real problem.