Derek Hunter | Nov 17, 2013
When President Obama stepped in front of the cameras Thursday to
magically waive a wand and arbitrarily change his signature
accomplishment, he couldn’t help but lie to the American people…again.
But lying about the accomplishments of his administration isn’t a
compulsion; it’s a requirement.
Looking back on the last five years, what has the Obama
administration accomplished? Anything? Put your partisanship aside and
be honest – can you name any?
His trillion-dollar stimulus was such a failure that progressives had
to invent a new, unverifiable measure to claim victory –and the
pathetic “it stopped things from getting worse” defense was the absolute
best his team of spin-doctors could muster.
The economy has not recovered. The unemployment rate has decreased
only because people have given up the hope to find work and no longer
count. We’re on the verge of acquiring as much debt under this president
as under all previous presidents combined. And the Middle East is in
shambles. The only growth we’ve seen is in a stock market propped up by
the Federal Reserve’s printing presses, taxpayer subsidized “green”
company bankruptcies, disability and food stamp rolls and the bottom
lines of Canadian web design firms.
Obamacare was the only real hope the president had left. After months
of scandals exposing him as either disconnected from his own
administration or callous and vindictive, the president put all his
chips on the Oct. 1 launch of healthcare.gov. The idea that
the American people, who had just re-elected him, would turn on him and
his baby was the furthest thing from his mind.
When they did he was ill-prepared to deal with that reality.
The failures of the website were far from his biggest problem. The
website is but the portal to a failed concept, and its unveiling –
luckily for the president – was drowned out in the news by the
government shutdown. But after 16 days, the clouds cleared and the lousy
website’s problems would give way to the failed concept taking center
The failed concept is that the government can create a structure in
which the private sector can function and flourish. The reality is the
government can’t even build the most expensive website ever constructed
and make it work.
When the concept started causing people to lose the health insurance
they voluntarily purchased, Democrats were relieved to be talking about
the failed website because it could be fixed. When the numbers of people
losing their health insurance climbed into the hundreds of thousands,
that aspect of the problem no longer could be ignored.
When the media switched from website crashes to human stories of
people being harmed by the government, even cheerleaders of the law
started putting down their pom-poms.
Had the president and scores of congressional Democrats avoided
specifics and promised only that lives would be made better by the law,
the media would have granted a pass, as usual. But they went out of
their way. Period. More than three-dozen times in the case of the
president alone. Period. To ensure us that if we liked our plan, we
would be able to keep it, no matter what. Period.
Partisans and their friends in the media could not explain this away. The big lie was exposed. The game was up.
President Obama tried to fall back on his personal charm and talk his
way out of it. Acting like a person summoning memories of what humility
was like from stories heard long ago, he offered something resembling
as close to an apology he has in him. The “I’m sorry you didn’t
understand what I was saying was the opposite of what I was actually
saying, so it’s really your fault” line went over like a brick. But it
was all he had.
It was so ineffective that it, and the damage the law was doing to
people, left former President Bill Clinton no choice but to attempt to
distance and differentiate himself, and more importantly his wife, from
this law and this president. Having the first prominent Democrat call
for a change to the law be named Clinton without it being Hillary, to
still give the illusion of loyalty, was important for their future
When one rat starts to leave a ship, the rest follow…
The chorus rose to the point of legislation being introduced, not
only by Republicans but by Democrats as well. Action was coming, one way
Never one to worry much about Constitutional constraints, the
president pre-empted his detractors and pretended the law that was set
in stone only six weeks earlier was made of clay and he changed it.
When asked about his repeated promise he said,
“With respect to the pledge I made that if you like your plan you can
keep it, I think -- you know, and I've said in interviews -- that there
is no doubt that the way I put that forward unequivocally ended up not
The only way he could not have known it was if he didn’t want to know
– if his staff was under orders or chose not to tell him. There’s no
reason to believe he’d know on his own. He has no real-world experience
in business or the private sector in general, but he does have a staff.
The motivation for his lie is either willful deceit or willful
ignorance. But neither excuses it.
On the website, what he said was telling. “I was not informed directly that the website would not be working
as -- the way it was supposed to.”
The key word is “directly.” Either the president was remarkably
incurious about the main consumer aspect of his proudest achievement or
he was lied to. If he was lied to, the fact that no one has been fired
is a disgrace. If he was incurious…
So, either the president of the United States has surrounded himself
with people who deliberately keep him in the dark and/or lie to him, or
he is an incompetent man in over his head so far that he’s frozen in
ignorance, unable to muster the wherewithal to ask even the most basic
questions on major issues. Or else he’s lying.
History will judge, but the present, between now and the end of his term, can’t be allowed to forget.