the ones I haven’t kept; The president puts truth in a blender, while the press corps gazes on in adulation
Two insights from last night’s debate into Obama’s approach to the truth:
His allegedly amazing zinger actually makes no sense. Obama had criticized Romney because his blind trust has investments in China, so the governor fired back:
MR. ROMNEY: Mr. President, have you looked at your pension?
PRESIDENT OBAMA: You know, I don’t look at my pension. It’s not as big as yours, so it — it doesn’t take as long. The —
Many in the audience laughed, and, strikingly, many reporters in the press room next door applauded, which is disgraceful but, well, expected at this point.
But it was an incoherent jab, and thus should not be labeled a “zinger”: Obama said he doesn’t look at his pension because it’s not as big as Romney’s and doesn’t take as long to took at. I’m sorry, but how does that make sense? If his pension is shorter and “doesn’t take as long” to look at, then what’s your excuse for not looking at it? That’s the most ridiculous logic I’ve ever heard.
And it’s symptomatic of the disregard for logic and reality in Obama’s rhetoric.
Earlier in the thrilla at Hofstra, President Obama said:
“So the point is, the commitments I’ve made, I’ve kept. And those that I haven’t been able to keep, it’s not for lack of trying, and we’re going to get it done in a second term.”
That was all virtually in one breadth. Think about this:
“The commitments I’ve made I’ve kept.”
Okay, gotcha. You’re telling us you’ve kept your promises.
“And those that I haven’t been able to keep…”
Whoa! Whoa! So your first sentence is 100% false. You just said you kept your commitments, and then you say you haven’t kept them all?
Do we need to give you four more years during which you now promise you’ll actually do what you said you would in all those broken promises four years ago?
My mind is being stretched to the limits of logic here, Mr. President.
Maybe your word games are why voters like 22 year old preschool teacher Danielle Low in Ohio who once supported you are changing their ways. She said to the Washington Examiner’s Byron York the other day:
“I think President Obama tricked me into voting for him … I feel like he lied to me. He made promises he couldn’t keep. He played on my young emotions. He played on me because I was young and naïve. I didn’t know anything about the world. I believed that he was going to give us a change. I just feel like he made a lot of promises — there’s no way he followed through with them. I haven’t seen any change. I’ve seen change for the worse, not change for the better. So I hope Mitt Romney can carry us through the next four years.”
America deserve a president who can level with us. Obama has gone after Mitt Romney for his 47% remarks, but in his dishonest rhetoric, the president is insulting 100% of Americans minus himself and his cohort who think they know better than the rest of us.
Find the transcript of the debate here (really long).