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"The pinnacle of dishonesty"

Charles Krauthammer has a thing or two to say about Obama's recent immigration speech:

"I'm going to do my part to lead a constructive and civil debate on these issues."

- Barack Obama, speech on immigration, El Paso, Tex., May 10

Constructive and civil debate - like the one Obama initiated just four weeks ago on deficit reduction? The speech in which he accused the Republicans of abandoning families of autistic and Down syndrome kids? The debate in which Obama's secretary of health and human services said that the Republican plan would make old folks "die sooner"?

In this same spirit of comity and mutual respect, Obama's most recent invitation to civil discourse - on immigration - came just 11 minutes after he accused opponents of moving the goal posts on border enforcement. "Maybe they'll need a moat," he said sarcastically. "Maybe they want alligators in the moat."

Nice touch. Looks like the Tucson truce - no demonization, no cross-hairs metaphors - is officially over. After all, the Republicans want to kill off the elderly, throw the disabled in the snow and watch alligators lunch on illegal immigrants.

The El Paso speech is notable not for breaking any new ground on immigration, but for perfectly illustrating Obama's political style: the professorial, almost therapeutic, invitation to civil discourse, wrapped around the basest of rhetorical devices - charges of malice compounded with accusations of bad faith. "They'll never be satisfied," said Obama about border control. "And I understand that. That's politics."

How understanding. The other side plays "politics," Obama acts in the public interest. Their eyes are on poll numbers, political power, the next election; Obama's rest fixedly on the little children.

This impugning of motives is an Obama constant. "They" play politics with deficit reduction, with government shutdowns, with health care. And now immigration. It is ironic that such a charge should be made in a speech that is nothing but politics. There is zero chance of any immigration legislation passing Congress in the next two years. El Paso was simply an attempt to gin up the Hispanic vote as part of an openly political two-city, three-event campaign swing in preparation for 2012.

Accordingly, the El Paso speech featured two other staples: the breathtaking invention and the statistical sleight of hand.

I remember Bill Clinton and the much deserved reputation he gained for being an extraordinary liar.  I think we can say with confidence that Clinton's habitual problems with the truth pale in comparison to Obama's.  This President's penchant for prevarication is unmatched.  He makes Clinton look like Mother Theresa.

Read the rest of Krauthammer's piece and come to more fully appreciate how void of character is Barack Hussein Obama and how he'll say, and do, anything to remain in power.  The man reeks of duplicity, reeks, and yet many continue to buy the snake oil he's offering.

I can't get my arms around how this can be so.


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Comments (20)

I'll take a couple tickets ... (Below threshold)
Oz:

I'll take a couple tickets to: ...watch alligators lunch on illegal immigrants.

He does make the Boy Presid... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

He does make the Boy President look like Mother Teresa when it comes to saying one thing and then doing the complete opposite.

Serial prevaricator and pathological liar were words I commonly used when describing Clinton, Obama takes it to an entirely new level with personal attacks after having said he was "reaching out" to the other side.

Obama's childish and very o... (Below threshold)
PBunyan:

Obama's childish and very offensive rhetoric about the border got me thinking about how it is really just a typical example of how leftists think. To them, realty--results and effects of government actions-- do not matter at all. Appearance and intention are all that matter.

Obama likes to talk about all "they've" done. He knows that most of his supporters are too ignorant to know the fact that Obama has totally opposed everything (as little as that actually has been) that's been done so far, so he can falsely claim credit for it in typical Obama fasion. Now, eveyone with even a little brains, common sense, and honesty (non-Obama supporters, all) knows that what "they" want is for the government to stop the millions of illegal aliens from illegally crossing the boarder every year and not just sligtly slow the flow as they've done thus far; but to far leftist elitists like Obama and his supporters, the mere fact that the government gave the appearance of trying to do something should be more than enough to satisfy everyone. The actualy results, the reality of the situation, do not matter.

For pretty much any topic you pick you'll see this same pattern. For example, the intention in creating the "great society" government programs was to help the poor and needy. The result was that ever increasing numbers of people became trapped in the cycle of poverty and today tens of millions of more people live in poverty in this country than there would be had the govenment not tried to help. Still you will not find a leftist who would honestly admit that the great society is a failure and has only made things worse. To them, simply because they did something and had good intentions, they were successful.

There are about as many examples of this as there are goverment programs but the pattern is always the same.

"I can't get my arms around... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"I can't get my arms around how this can be so."

As Ron White observed, "You can't fix stupid".

Dishonesty? You just don't ... (Below threshold)
Don L:

Dishonesty? You just don't appreciate accomplished professionalism from the political class.

"Obama's childish and very ... (Below threshold)
Don L:

"Obama's childish and very offensive rhetoric about the border got me thinking about how it is really just a typical example of how leftists think. To them, realty--results and effects of government actions-- do not matter at all. Appearance and intention are all that matter."

Yup, deceit is their god -and it don't tolerate no competition from the God of truth, either.

obama has assured himself o... (Below threshold)
Olsoljer:

obama has assured himself of a spot in our history books, and let us learn from this mistake.
No one is totally worthless, so let him serve as the epitome of a bad example.

The pinnacle of dishonesty ... (Below threshold)
jim m:

The pinnacle of dishonesty is but a short climb from where obama lives every day.

Still haven't figured out w... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Still haven't figured out why his mouth isn't in traction - he talks out of both sides so often.

It's pretty bad when you mi... (Below threshold)
Matt:

It's pretty bad when you miss the truth and openness of the Clinton administration...

Calling Obama dishonest rea... (Below threshold)
Tsar Nicholas II:

Calling Obama dishonest really is an insult to dishonest people everywhere.

It's pretty bad when you... (Below threshold)
Tim:

It's pretty bad when you miss the truth and openness of the Clinton administration...


And the competence and achievements of the Carter team...

Rick, you are in no positio... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

Rick, you are in no position to criticize the honesty of others. Your article on the Navy Seals has been proven wrong and you have not posted a correction yet.

Why is it that bloggers thi... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

Why is it that bloggers think they can post wrong information and feel as if they never have to post corrections.

Why do you think you can, T... (Below threshold)
Ryan M.:

Why do you think you can, Tina?

Tina S,What specif... (Below threshold)
Rick Author Profile Page:

Tina S,

What specifically and particularly did I post that was A) wrong and B) dishonest?

I'm looking for quotes and substantive links... not your opinions...

And by the way... when one uses the word "suggest", it means that they put something out there for consideration...

Knowing your history of comprehension problems, I don't have much hope that you'll get this... but what the hell... maybe you'll surprise us.

What specifically and pa... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

What specifically and particularly did I post that was A) wrong and B) dishonest?

You said that the CBS article "suggest that the reports of a video blackout are completely untrue". There is nothing in the article that makes any kind of suggestion that the blackout did not happen. Perhaps your error was in assuming that there should only be 25 minutes of video instead of the 40 minutes. But since no one in the administration or military has ever reported that the blackout was in the recording of the video, that assumption would be wrong. You can't just make things up like that. Please do the right thing and man up to your mistakes.

And by the way... when o... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

And by the way... when one uses the word "suggest", it means that they put something out there for consideration...

Rick, show me one sentence or paragraph where CBS "suggested" this and I will shut up.

I cede nothing on this Tina... (Below threshold)
Rick Author Profile Page:

I cede nothing on this Tina. With other reports stating that there was a video blackout and this one suggesting that all Seals had an active helmet cam and an administration known for not only telling lies but being caught in them, I see no problem with using the word suggest.

Let me write the sentence you find so offensive in a different way and see if it'll make a difference:

This is simply fascinating and makes one consider that the reports of a video blackout are completely untrue:

In what way is that sentence A)a lie or B) wrong?

Rick,Nobody in the... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

Rick,

Nobody in the administration has ever stated that that the blackout was in anything more than the transmission, not the recording of the video. Only right wing blogs are making the false claim that the recordings were said to be blocked out. Technically you are correct, the reports made by right wing blogs are completely untrue. Eventhough that would make you technically correct it is still dishonest because you are implying that the administration reports were compltetely untrue.

Show me on statement by the administration or military that states that the recording of the videos was blacked out and I'll shut up.




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