Thursday, February 13, 2014

Obama And The Political Class Are Masters Of Double-Talk As Well As Lies

"It is difficult for men in high office to avoid the malady of self-delusion. They are always surrounded by worshipers...They live in an artificial atmosphere of adulation and exaltation which sooner or later impairs their judgement. They are in grave danger of becoming careless and arrogant."  Pres. Calvin Coolidge

  • The difference between double-talk and lies is just a matter of degree or perception. Nevertheless, the Obama administration and the progressive political class have mastered both.
  • Perhaps one of the most conspicuous examples of double talk by Pres. Obama occurred last year when he said---with a straight face---"This is the most transparent administration in history." I guess he forgot that the Government Accountability and Transparency Board is closed to the press (Washington Post: "Ironic: Transparency board meeting behind closed doors.").
  • Last May, Reason took the president to task regarding the drone program. They wrote,"In a textbook example of Orwellian doublespeak, he (Obama) declared that America would be haunted by civilian casualties produced by drone attacks---without noting these drone attacks were the defining feature of his war on terror."
  • In January of this year, Pres. Obama said, "I am not going to wait for Congress. I could do more with Congress but I'm not going to not doing anything without Congress, not when its about the basic security and dignity of American workers." Say what?
  • Two words: Red Line.
  • In the last five years, we've heard Pres. Obama promise to focus on creating jobs---a reset. Yet, it's this administration's failures in domestic economic policies that have produced years of economic lethargy that will affect future generations.
  • Michelle Malkin has written several pieces regarding the president's double talk when it comes to Obama's tolerating dissent. During his trip to China several years ago, the president told Chinese students he welcomed unfettered criticism. Obama added fierce opposition made him "a better leader because it forces me to hear opinions that I don't want to hear." I have only one response to this absurd statement: Fox News.
  • And as recently as the last State of the Union, Peggy Noonan remarked: "The State of the Union was a spectacle of delusion and self-congratulation in which a Congress nobody likes rose to cheer a president nobody really likes." In fact, I wrote a piece about that speech. In short, I wrote the president called Congress irrelevant and they actually stood up and cheered.

  • And while I can go on and on with countless examples of double talk by the president and his enablers (Obamacare, Benghazi, IRS, NSA, etc),  I'll just leave you with this. As soon as he disembarked from Air Force One after a $4M tax payer paid Hawaii vacation, Obama gave a speech denouncing economic inequality.