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April 21st, 2014 - 9:55 am

This morning, Instapundit dipped its cup into the growing current of stories about the lies and lawlessness that have characterized the Obama administration.  One story, “Barack Obama and the Politics of Lies,” is from the Washington Examiner and it ought to give anyone, Democrat or Republican,  pause. Citing the president’s recent “victory dance” over the (distinctly suspect) statistic that eight million people have signed up for Obamacare, the Examiner noted with some asperity that “a president who is viewed by most Americans as less than honest has no business crowing about a victory that remains anything but obvious.” Moreover, the Examiner continued, the president “certainly should not heap insults on people who for four years have profoundly disagreed with him on the wisdom of Obamacare”:

To put this as “less than honest” is to be charitable. What Fox News found in its most recent public opinion survey was that 61 percent of Americans believe Obama “lies” about important public issues either “most of the time” or “some of the time.” No other president in living memory has conducted himself in a manner that warranted even asking if such a description was appropriate.

“No other President in living memory,” indeed. I suspect that the flapping sound that’s emanating in ever more exigent waves from the corridors of power in and around the richest spot in the country — viz Washington, D.C. — is the sound of chickens flying home to roost. The Examiner notes that the president’s defenders have gone into attack mode about that Fox News survey. But consider this:

It was the president, not Fox News, who repeatedly and knowingly misled the American people with two infamous Obamacare lies: “You can keep your health insurance if you like it. Period. You can keep your doctor. Period.” For better or worse, Obama will forever be known as the president who chose repeatedly to propagate two falsehoods. Those two lies were profoundly significant because they were designed to hide the truth about how Obamacare would affect the daily lives and health of hundreds of millions of Americans.

And that, it almost goes without saying, is the very tip of the proverbial iceberg. Barack Obama has been lying — lying, not “mis-stating,” not somehow getting it wrong because he was misinformed, ill-advised, out to lunch — no, he has been lying to the American public since 2009. Here is a little recap of 36 times he promised that “if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan, period.” It’s less than 3 minutes long.  Watch it a couple of times. Then ask yourself — especially if you voted for Barack Obama — ask yourself, was he telling the truth?

That’s the thing about credibility. Its loss is infectious, corrosive. Lose it here, and you find that you’ve lost it over there as well. The Examiner is quite right, “it has been increasingly difficult for many Americans to continue accepting at face value his statements on other major public issues. In both the Benghazi and IRS scandals, for example, Obama claimed to have known nothing about them until they were reported in the national media.” Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain! (Quoth Dorothy: “If you were really great and powerful, you’d keep your promises.”)  Flap, flap, flap: here they come!  If it it were true (don’t you love the subjunctive?), if, I say, it were true that Obama was just as ignorant as you or I about what happened in Benghazi or the IRS until the media told him then why the huge cover up? Why, as the Examiner asks,  “has the president’s attorney general and so many other of his most prominent appointees withheld thousands of documents subpoenaed by Congress and requested by journalists under the Freedom of Information Act? Are there passages in those withheld documents that make it clear Obama knew much more than he has admitted?” What do you think? (While were at it, why can’t we see Barack Obama’s Occidental College records? Are there items there that prove he applied to the college as a foreign student, thus committing fraud?  What do you think?)

Such questions bring me to the other story Instapundit scooped up this morning, “President Asterisk” in James Taranto’s indispensable “Best of the Web” column in The Wall Street Journal.  Taranto begins with an obeisance to Barack Obama’s political prowess. “No one,” Taranto writes, can deny that the president is “a highly skilled politician, at least by the measure of election outcomes.  . . . His 2008 presidential victory, after a fraction of a term in the U.S. Senate, was especially dazzling. It disproved those who said that Hillary Clinton was invincible, that a left-wing Democrat couldn’t win, and that America wasn’t ready for a black president.”

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Poor ACe,
Don't you realize that all the leftists have given up on those fairy tales?
Certainly you are a little brighter than this.

So here is your schooling that all teh other dems already know:

Bush had three recessions but you can't name them because they disappeared within four months
Dems controlled house and senate and created the greatest economic calamity even after Bush warned them 36 times...we warned you then and are warning you now.
Clinton did not leave a surplus but Newt Gingrich came close to solving it. Clinton borrowed from the next year, moved all bills out and dropped gov employees to corp staff.
Clinton was already bombing Iraq. less you forget and all dems screamed for immediate action to be taken on WMD.

Obama did not inherit, he applied for the job and lied to get it.
Iraq ended on Bush's timeline. Obama and Clinton attempted an extension but were kicked out...don't you remember?
Afghanistan The Good War is where Obama tripled down on and lost more souls than all the years previously. Obama is being kicked out of this also.
But, you left out the two wars Obama declared without going to Congress and the fact we now have troops in four more nations including Yemen and Somalia.
Obama did not inherit a 1.5 trillion deficit. He took the TARP money that was paid back and spent it. And then spent the same year after year.
Sorry you think its only a $500 deficit for this year. He is paying for it out of your pocket by raising the price of your food.

Finally, there is no recovery. And yes, he is the worst there was been, even after carter.

My last thought is you must be a pup. Honestly, you probably have never lived under another president so you think these are the high times, right?
You still do not understand the difference between deficit and debt.
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A brief comparison of our last two Presidents:

GWBush:
Inherited a minor recession, left behind the greatest economic calamity since the Great Depression.
Inherited a budget surplus, left behind a $1.5T deficit.
Inherited a nation at peace, left behind 2 intensely unpopular wars.

Obama:
Inherited two unpopular wars, brought both to an end.
Inherited a $1.5T deficit, now reduced to ~$500B.
Inherited the worst economic calamity since the Great Depression. Helped put a floor under it, and then presided over steady economic recovery since.

Worst President in living memory? Let's let history decide (it won't be difficult).
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Said it before and I'll say it again - his first lie as President was when he took the Presidential oath of office "...and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
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That's not an asterisk, it's a sphincter.
5 weeks ago
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Ace, if I wanted to read Huffpro's talking points, I would just go to their site.
12 weeks ago
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I think the greatest difference between Lance Armstrong / Mark McGwire and Barack Obama cheating is that nobody lost their medical coverage or doctor because of the Tour de France win or a home run record.
13 weeks ago
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"It may be the only one he has one legitimately."
A homophone error that should rather be "It may be the only one he has won legitimately."
13 weeks ago
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...... Betrayal plus lies equals what?.....
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In nearly all human nature and civilized or not cultures, betrayal of love, family, and societal expectation or law/customs is not taken well. It really, really impacts and lingers in all further events. I sure sense profound betrayals ...
Question now:
Have enough (right?) people in America finally felt the pain, loss, danger, and cost of obama and the "progressive"-socialists' betrayals and lies to start on changes for the better? I so hope.
I am sorting and donating to win capable, conservative and patriotic U.S. Senate candidates and eliminating our obaminationcare voting demtard Senator from office.
Not excusing GWB and his failing to use his "veto pen", he loves(d) America, Americans, and American warriors he sent into harm's way.
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Things would be far different and very likely for the better if Mittster had been elected.
The heated discussions on PJM would now be about prioritizing what to do and cut first. The struggle would have been on the so and too much and how it has all become so intertwined. Could he have neutered demented sleaze-reid? I would have liked to observe him trying.
Will I be a "stay at home" if Christie or Jeb is against the hilda-hag? too early to know. It troubles me even further that I would consider it so early.
13 weeks ago
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Typo in the headline.
It's spelled "Moron", not "More on".
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Squandered the public trust? What about a war for 13 years with thousands of our troops dead or maimed....and for what? $$tRILLIONS SPENT TO PERPETUATE THE NEVER ENDING WAR AND FOR WHAT? Why is this war going on this long. It's criminal what this president and current politicians are doing to our military AND OUR TAX MONEY. Eventually we will leave Afganistan and we will have accomplished what? NOTHING. What morons we must seem to the rest of the world. Obama is the absolute worst president since we became the USA.
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"Eventually we will leave Afghanistan" --if Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, and India (yes, Iraq and India are distancing themselves from us, and toward the new Russia-generated 'Eurasia Movement') allow us to leave.

The army is surrounded and resupplied thru Russia and Pakistan. One word from Putin or Paki's Chinese mutual-defense treaty-holding PLA, and it's Stalingrad all over again. Goering ruined the Luftwaffe trying to re-supply Stalingrad --Obama/Kerry will ruin the USN trying to extricate the army. And there will go the Dollar, since USN's guarantee of delivery of Dollarized oil is the only thing keeping the greenback from discounting the thin-air trillions Obama has squandered on nothing but temporary consumption.

If GDP growth rate exceeds a deficit as percentage of GDP, then the economy is making use of the debt to create wealth. This was the case under Bush, except his last year when the conspiracy had triggered to bring in Obam with a huge crisis already in place, so that he could do what he in fact did.

Under Obama, this GDP Growth:deficit as % GDP ratio has never been even close to positive --meaning we are squandering --using future debt to pay the carrying of current debt. And we're printing the money we're using to buy our own debt from our own selves, with money we hope to envalue with future growth --which will require fresh capital investment, and depending on a labor market Obama has made more valuable to avoid than in which to participate.

No, Mr Ace, you are far, far, away from the objective verifiable truth, and are using mere collections of words to fool the foolish and ignorant into reducing their lives even more. Shame, shame, shame on you and people like you.
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I predict this misspelling will become synonymous with the "won"
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Dammit! #$(U)$#@ ing "Report Abuse" link is freaking touching the "Like" link.

PJ Media could fix this trivially, by hitting the space bar five times and hitting 'save' on a dynamic HTML template.

I apologize for screwing up due to PJ Media's flagrant stupidity.
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He is African-American, he is black, or "blackish" or something. You may not speak against his policies because of racism, or something! You must never treat him as a fully formed human, because, "Racism, or something."
Be quiet!
I duped. kat.
13 weeks ago
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A brief comparison of our last two Presidents:

GWBush:
Inherited a minor recession, left behind the greatest economic calamity since the Great Depression.
Inherited a budget surplus, left behind a $1.5T deficit.
Inherited a nation at peace, left behind 2 intensely unpopular wars.

Obama:
Inherited two unpopular wars, brought both to an end.
Inherited a $1.5T deficit, now reduced to ~$500B.
Inherited the worst economic calamity since the Great Depression. Helped put a floor under it, and then presided over steady economic recovery since.

Worst President in living memory? Let's let history decide (it won't be difficult).
13 weeks ago
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Just keep drinking the koolaid while we continue SEVENTEEN TRILLION DOLLARS in debt:
www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/18/us-debt-jumps-400-billion-tops-17-trillion-first-t
Figures don't lie but liars can figure.
And that's not counting the endless "if you want your healthcare plan/doctor, you can keep it/them" lies that will bankrupt the country and cause most to LOSE, not keep, their healthcare and the scum & his party like Nazi Pelosi KNEW it was a lie from the get go to destroy America's health insurance, likely including yours. 0bamanation is a vile lying, lawless, fascist criminal obscenity, the pimp of countless fools, by far the worst President in history, at least for those who aren't in denial, and that's not a river in Egypt! And he certainly wasn't lawfully elected and didn't lawfully hold office in a country no longer capable of self-government that mindlessly oogles pretty faces, incapable of the responsible adult selection our Founders intended property owners to make before the lawless courts threw out those reasonable restrictions to let the useful idiot riff-raff Dem slaves in to destroy the nation, votes bought for a cigarette, like in Cook Cty, IL.
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So... if you believe Obama's policies caused the "floor" in the depression, March 6, 2009, a month and a half past his inauguration...

Please explain how his policies cause the current year-to-date flat performance in the market.

Let's have some fun shredding this nonsense, shall we?
You claim that Obama "inherited" a deficit of 1.5 Trillion... let's ignore for the moment the fact that deficit is not inherited, it's generated fresh year by year. Let's take the 1.5 claim.

You must be talking about the 1.4 Trillion deficit in 2009.

Now, that was the same year the "floor" you credit Obama with occured. That was the same year the market began to recover. In fact, that all happened BEFORE the deficit total was reached.

So... you really credit Obama with stuff from his first 45 days in office, when it's good, and blame Bush for stuff for the first 330 days of Obama's reign, when it's bad? Really?

Sorry, but this isn't Think Progress. Stupid gets called out here. Deficit for 2008 was about 458 billion, 2009 was 1.4 trillion. If you credit Bush for both, then Bush "owns" the floor, the turnaround, and the start of the recovery, which occurred in the same frame as the 2009 deficit. You don't get it both ways.

The fact is, we could have elected a squirrel and the economy would have turned around, AND we'd have had a huge deficit that year. The fact is also that the economic turnaround underperformed Obama's own estimate of what would happen if he did nothing. Nothing at all.

Issue two: Obama did not end the war in Iraq. Go to Baghdad, take a sponge and a bucket, and clean up what's left of some poor kid in a market at the wrong time, and ask the locals if it's over. Same with Afghanistan. Obama "ended" those wars the same way a half million people "ended" poverty in Detroit- they got out. That getting out is already having some really bad repercussions.

Three: In 2001 we were not "at peace". Our enemies had already declared war. They'd already struck: the Khobar Towers, the Cole, the Kenya embassy attacks, etc. We were just closing our eyes and sticking cotton in our ears. The enemy certainly wasn't at peace!

Let's get back to the idea of inheriting a deficit, because that was a big tipoff to your cluelessness. The deficit is the annual difference between revenue and spending. You can't inherit it, you generate a new one every year. (And Obama has!). You can only inherit the debt, which the cumulative effect of deficits. Sooo... that DEBT he inherited at 10.63 Trillion, is now 17.3 Trillion. Now, I know, being a liberal, you have a hard time with math, but does that number look it's gone up or down?

Fifth, a Bonus Question: Remember, deficit is generated year by year. If we look at the average deficit each year of the Bush administration vs the Obama regime, who did better? I'll make it easy. The average Bush deficit was about 250 billion. The current lowest deficit Obama has achieved was ~680 billion. Look at the numbers.
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Swami, since you seem to believe the stock market == economy, here's one more data point just for you:

GWBush:
Presided over a DJIA decline of -2,887 points (-27%).

Obama:
Presided over a DJIA increase of 8,449 points (+105%).

Who was better for the stock market? Let's let history decide (it won't be difficult).
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You don't believe the stock market tracks the economy? Are you clueless? The stock market is the aggregate consensus of millions of investors making free-willed choices. You'd prefer... what?

But let's be clear on time frames and "presided": Events occurring in spring of 2009: Bush or Obama? Sorry, but you can't have "Good if it was Obama, Bad if it was Bush".

And more to the point, you're basing your entire comparison off one event, which, although massive, was not really caused or fixed by either president? You'll note Obama KEPT Bush's economic policies, the bailouts, even the secretary of the treasury and chairman of the Fed, DURING the recovery. What does that tell you?

Oh yes, the brilliant, world changing Obama KEPT Bush appointee Bernanke, KEPT to the QE course Bernanke was steering... but somehow you think he was smarter than Bush, who was doing the same thing?

Wow. Just... wow.

So let's get this straight: You are saying that Bush's economic policies caused the recovery. Because they didn't change.

But... a one-off event does not an analysis make. An intelligent person would know this.

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So many words, so much spin. I'm a simpler person...

GWBush: DJIA decline of -2,887 points (-27%, Jan 2001-Jan 2009).

Obama: DJIA increase of 8,449 points (+105%, Jan 2009-Mar 2014).

But don't take my word for it, use a primary data source for once in your life:

http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/graph/?id=DJIA
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cut and paste doesn't count...nice try
obama, more takers than makers as a direct result of his policies. obamacare takes over one sixth of u s economy, total failure. benghazi, where are the perpetrators? no where to be found...irs scandal, fast and furious, a g held in contempt. more accumulated debt than all past presidents combined. i'm too tired to list them all...
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Ace. The vast majority of the commentary at this site is contributed by folks, while often having different viewpoints, fully comprehend the tragic nature of your future. As a fully indoctrinated sap, you simply do not. For that reason you are taken with pity and not seriously. For someone to try to educate you regarding the harsh realities of your destiny would be like trying to teach a jackass to play the saxophone. But then you can always be comfortable in the knowledge that Obama loves folks such as you.

Oh, by the way. Your list of "facts" are not.
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Let me add to Empire Sentry's excellent points:

The Meltdown was deliberate financial war, triggered with and by a Congress taken over by the radical New Party/Democrat Socialist Alliance of Chicago (76 of 80 Committee heads) to put the Key Man in place. No individual has 2 trillion dollars to short the ABX derivatives index or can pull 1/2 trillion from the Money Market funds. "Push" Paulson, GoldSachs agent and NYC Democrat, made 1.5 billion in one week on the Abacus play that sealed the panic, capped the theft, froze the Libor, and funded the Dem's coup d'etat.

Bush's deficit was 168 million.

State and the corrupt megalomaniac Bremer turned a 2 year military action (DoD's estimate from start to wrap-up) into an ongoing money machine and laundry. Reid's brother and Pelosi's husband were the two biggest contractor fronts profiting from Iraq. Afghan was corrupt Cheney's Enron/Taliban f*up, and was used in part to reseize control of the opium lines Clinton and Clark had given to the KLA to covertly fund AQ mercs in partnership with Saudi Bandar 'Bush'.
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Iraq, as Dems had done with Vietnam.
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Poor ACe,
Don't you realize that all the leftists have given up on those fairy tales?
Certainly you are a little brighter than this.

So here is your schooling that all teh other dems already know:

Bush had three recessions but you can't name them because they disappeared within four months
Dems controlled house and senate and created the greatest economic calamity even after Bush warned them 36 times...we warned you then and are warning you now.
Clinton did not leave a surplus but Newt Gingrich came close to solving it. Clinton borrowed from the next year, moved all bills out and dropped gov employees to corp staff.
Clinton was already bombing Iraq. less you forget and all dems screamed for immediate action to be taken on WMD.

Obama did not inherit, he applied for the job and lied to get it.
Iraq ended on Bush's timeline. Obama and Clinton attempted an extension but were kicked out...don't you remember?
Afghanistan The Good War is where Obama tripled down on and lost more souls than all the years previously. Obama is being kicked out of this also.
But, you left out the two wars Obama declared without going to Congress and the fact we now have troops in four more nations including Yemen and Somalia.
Obama did not inherit a 1.5 trillion deficit. He took the TARP money that was paid back and spent it. And then spent the same year after year.
Sorry you think its only a $500 deficit for this year. He is paying for it out of your pocket by raising the price of your food.

Finally, there is no recovery. And yes, he is the worst there was been, even after carter.

My last thought is you must be a pup. Honestly, you probably have never lived under another president so you think these are the high times, right?
You still do not understand the difference between deficit and debt.
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