Kind of like “Shit my Dad says,” but with unfortunate consequences for millions of people, not just the rubes who voted for the Moral Preener in Chief.
“Don’t worry, I’ll pull out.”
“I’ll still love you in the morning.”
“This is the moment the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”
“You can keep your plan.” (IYLYPYCKYP)
“It’s the law of the land.”
“Stop fanning the flames of division.”
“Let me be perfectly clear.”
“You will not see your taxes increase one single dime. Not one single dime.”
“My job is to solve problems, not to stand on the sidelines and carp and gripe.”
“You can take that to the bank.”
I will close Guntanamo.
“The buck stops with me.”
“Let me be absolutely clear.”
“No more secrecy.”
“I’ll make our government more open and transparent.”
“I will promise you this.”
“I hear you loud and clear.”
No to warrantless wiretaps. No corporate welfare, no more secrecy.
“I am less interested in passing out blame.”
Fast and Furious, IRS, Benghazi, Obamacare, Solyndra, GM and Chrysler, revolving door, Pigford, Sibelius shakedown, no lobbyists in administration, transparency, etc., ad nauseum.
“We’ve been a little bit lazy the last couple of years.”
Liar in Chief
“Marriage is the union between a man and a woman.”
Every president faces the challenge of explaining complex policies in simple terms. But the quest for simplicity is no excuse for dishonesty.
Obama’s own advisers told the Journal that they knew those 16 words were untrue, but Obama kept on saying them — over and over and over again.
If that’s the case, then Obama didn’t misspeak.
“Let me be absolutely clear.”
“I want to go through the federal budget, line by line.”
“I’m pledging to cut the deficit by half by the end of my first term in office.”
“I’ll end the abuse of no-bid contracts once and for all.”
“No more illegal wiretapping of American citizens.”
“No more ignoring the law when it is inconvenient.”
“We’re not going to use signing statements to do an end run around Congress.”
“What can we do without Congress.”
Pretty sad when a politician can make George W. Bush look like a miser, Bill Clinton look like a paragon of virtue, Jimmy Carter look decisive, and Dan Quayle look like a brilliant genius.
“We can restore fiscal responsibility in Washington.”
Alas, the English language is not well equipped to capture the sensation I’m describing, which is why we must all thank the Germans for giving us the term “schadenfreude” — the joy one feels at the misfortune or failure of others. The primary wellspring of schadenfreude can be attributed to Barack Obama’s hubris — another immigrant word, which means a sinful pride or arrogance that causes someone to believe he has a godlike immunity to the rules of life.
The hubris of our ocean-commanding commander-in-chief surely isn’t news to readers of this website. He’s said that he’s smarter and better than everyone who works for him. His wife informed us that he has “brought us out of the dark and into the light” and that he would fix our broken souls. The man defined sin itself as “being out of alignment with my values.” We may be the ones we’ve been waiting for, but at the same time, everyone has been waiting for him. Or as he put it in 2007, “Every place is Barack Obama country once Barack Obama’s been there.”
Hubris, thy name is Barack Obama.
He knows everything. And yet he seems to know nothing. He’s passionate about the details of domestic policy but wasn’t privy to the details of his own legacy law. He’s an academic with a command of every issue at once but seemingly only finds out what his administration is doing in news reports. He’s so brilliant every normal endeavor he’s tried has bored him, but he couldn’t bother to entertain himself with more than one monthly meeting on the make-or-break program of his presidency. He’s the captain of the Culture of Competency who has overseen the most incompetent rollout of an entitlement program in history.
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He knows everything. And yet he knows nothing. . . . The animating feature of Obama’s leadership style is simply making pronouncements. Making them about things he knows, things he knows not, and waiting for everyone and everything to fall in line. And, when things don’t magically come together, he pronounces his disappointment and anger. Wash, rinse, repeat.
“We’re going to get this done, all right?”
Sure. If you say so.
Bill Clinton: “Give me a break. This whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I have ever seen.”
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