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Bryan Preston


March 13, 2013 - 7:15 am

Barack Obama wants the power of the presidency, but none of the responsibility of it. When ICE released thousands of incarcerated illegal aliens and blamed  the sequester, President Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano denied any having any role in the releases. They did this, despite the fact that they had both warned of the sequester’s dire consequences. Later a memo surfaced showing that government agencies have been taking pains to make sure that field offices are operating in sync with the White House’s sequester messaging.

Last week, after the sequester kicked in, someone canceled White House tours, and as ICE had done, claimed the cancellations were due to the sequester. But President Obama tells ABC’s George Stephanopolous, don’t look at him, he didn’t do it.

“This was not a decision that went up to the White House,” noted Obama in an ABC News interview aired on Wednesday, saying the directive came from the Secret Service.

The Secret Service works for him. It answers to him. And the Secret Service is supposed to be interested in the president’s security, not his messaging. If the decision to close the White House didn’t go to the White House, then where did it go? We need the name of the person who did make this call. And just what does Barack Obama do all day? What decisions does he actually make? Any?

Don’t expect George Stephanopolous to ask such obvious follow-ups. From the tours, Stephanopolous moved on to questions about North Korea, which was probably more appropriate than he realized given this administration’s penchant for propagandizing everything. Obama is the first president in US history to convert his presidential campaign into a political army that answers only to him. Until they become inconvenient, at which point he trots his taxpayer-funded White House spokesman out to say that Organizing for Action, previously known as Obama for America and then Organizing for America, is “independent.”

If you believe that, you’re likely to believe that Obama played no role in closing the tours of the house he currently lives in.

The optics of closing the White House tours haven’t played the way he and his political pros anticipated. It looks gimmicky and has hurt people who have planned their tours months in advance. Anyone with any sense at all can see that closing the tours closes the people’s house, and does nothing at all to address our massive debt. It was too easy to check and see that the tours don’t cost much at all, and it was too easy to check and see that despite the apocalyptic rhetoric that all the president’s men and women employed to terrify Americans about the tiny budget cuts, the government is still buying and it’s still hiring and not much has changed at all. Obama hasn’t cut back on his regulatory state at all, and he hasn’t cut the salaries of his top staff. He put the squeeze on the American people, and it’s backfiring on him. So no he says, hey, I had nothing to do with this.

What we have here is yet another clear and casual lie, not told by the president’s PR flaks or his minions, but by the president himself.

The consequences of Obama’s dishonesty may finally be showing up in the polls.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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There should be no multiracial societies. In fact the entire game of calling racism is the elimination of Peoples. The near term option for America is to move to four or more states based in race. It is the ground of order.
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Closing the White House tours was the first time that many citizens heard that there was a sequester. It was the lead story, for 2 days, on our local news. Along with "O"'s golf lessons with Tiger.

The amount I've seen was something like a measly $75K per month, and several private citizens have offered to cover that expense to keep the People's House open.

What is really funny, is that in the same interview, the Sun King said he would "look into" opening the tours again.

Really? You are the freaking CINC! You can rain down death drones on weddings half a world away, but you only have the power to "look into" opening the doors to house you are living in?

If Bush was being interviewed, he'd have just said "That was a stupid decision. The tours are open immediately. Next question."
1 year ago
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Had a Republican President and his administration been involved in Benghazi, Fast and Furious, failing to submit a budget for over 1400 days, dropping missiles on citizens heads, ...there would be reporters crawling into every orifice of that administration.

The Ministry of Truth does nothing but cover for Obama and the leftists.

How long are we going to sit here and take that?
1 year ago
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I am not so much upset at Obama as I am with (a) the mendacious media shills who continue to support this feckless, lazy, irresponsible creature, (b) all those ignorant "low-information" voters who chose to keep this guy in the White House, and (c) all the Republican voters who chose to stay home instead of "holding their noses" to vote for an experienced, successful businessman who happened to be a Mormon. As others have said, this country can survive someone like Barack Obama but it can't survive all those who voted for him - twice! - and continue to support his policies.
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