President Obama is facing a real crisis in his Presidency. We’re not convinced it’s actually a crisis for the American people, but it’s certainly a crisis for him, and the character from Cool Hand Luke is a good analogy to the President’s problem.
We want to be very clear; our nation is certainly facing a number of crises today and all of them have come at the hand of Barack Obama and his Democratic colleagues in the Congress. We’ll call out Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi for special honors in this category.
We’re also not talking about the “jobs crisis”; the IRS, Fast & Furious, or Benghazi scandals; or the mess that is ObamaCare. We’re talking about the President’s disinclination to tell the truth – or anything even distantly resembling the truth – to Congress and especially to the American people.
The particular focus of this today is the NSA and their practice of “intelligence gathering” with respect to the American people. We’re not going to rehash Edward Snowden, but he has brought the problem to the forefront and as a result, the President appointed a commission to look into NSA practices and he’s going to make an announcement tomorrow about what changes he’d like to see.
The President is going to talk tomorrow about the NSA and he’s going to try to appease the NSA, members of Congress on all sides of the political spectrum, the business community, foreign governments and businesses, and the American people by giving everybody something.
We’ll be the first to admit that he’s the absolute best around at giving stuff away, but we’re pretty sure this time is different. This time he’s not giving away taxpayers’ money. This time he’s got to convince people that he’s articulating a policy that will protect Americans’ lives and property while at the same time protecting everyone’s right to privacy.
We’re guessing he won’t be up to the task and this has the potential to be the biggest bomb of his Presidency. In order to sell this stew to such a disparate group, President Obama must rely on his credibility alone because there is no way anyone is going to be able to verify anything he proposes.
It’s not like the NSA is going to let the New York Times, or even your humble Curmudgeon, into their facilities to check on their compliance with anything. Nor will they welcome Rand Paul or anybody else who has been critical of their practices. We’re just going to have to take the President’s word – and NSA’s word – that they’re doing what they and the President are going to say they’ll do.
And herein is the crisis because, five years into his Presidency, Mr. Obama has compiled a record of lying to the American people that can’t be spun away. After all, he IS the recipient of the “Lie of the Year” from the Washington Post, a media outlet that openly wears their Monica Lewinsky kneepads without any semblance of shame.
We have a secretive organization that shuns oversight by the Congress. We have an administration that shuns oversight despite their incoming pledge to be the “most transparent administration” ever. That’s two credibility strikes right there.
We have an organization who’s Director, James Clapper, managed to keep a straight face while committing perjury in a Senate hearing. Sen. Ron Widen asked him point blank if they were conducting surveillance on Americans and he said, “No.”. Turns out that was a misstatement. Well, in Washington it’s called a misstatement, at the Curmudgeon’s house it’s called a lie.
And finally, we have the Prince of Lies, the President of the United States, mister “If you like your plan…”, mister “The first time I knew about that was when I heard it on the news…”. The President’s credibility isn’t zero. It’s just zero with Americans who can connect at least two dots, a task that eludes his most fervent supporters.
Here’s what we are predicting.
The President will come out with some high sounding words relating to 911, to the importance of national security, to the right to privacy, and to the great job the NSA has done “keeping the nation safe”. The speech will drone on for about 20 to 30 minutes with no actual substance. When he’s done the Dianne Feinsteins and the major media commentators will gush over his “new” policy and speak in wondrous tones of Mr. Obama’s handling of this crisis.
On the other hand, civil libertarians on both sides of the political aisle will be outraged, the Europeans will be outraged and absolutely nobody will believe this is anything more than “If you like your privacy you can keep your privacy. Period.”
We believe that this speech will not take ObamaCare off the front page; rather it will underscore the fact that the nation is led by a man who wouldn’t know the truth, and certainly couldn’t be motivated to TELL the truth, if his life depended on it. And, in this case, his life – at least his political life – may very well depend on it.