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And First Prize for Gall Goes to ... Barack Obama!

By William Murchison · Jan. 15, 2013

Here’s the really nice thing about being president of the United States: You can hold a press conference, make any cockeyed statement you like and glare down all critics, inasmuch as you’re King of the Microphone.

You can, that is, if you’re a certain kind of president. Let’s say, theoretically, you’re a president like Barack Obama, who, standing before the media on Monday, declared up to be down, red to be green and wolves to resemble sweet little lamb-y pies.

With four more years to run in his engagement with the American people, Obama may yet startle us by representing up to be up, red to be red and wolves to have large teeth. We should not hold our breath. The likelier strategy would be to assume our present president incapable of anything resembling straight talk about his varied strategies, or, where capable of it, unwilling to indulge his hearers.

Where to begin? Raising the debt ceiling, Obama told the media, would “simply allow the country to pay for spending that Congress has already agreed to. These are bills we’ve already racked up, and we need to pay for them.”

This is rich. Congress “racked up” the debt all by itself? Just wrote a bunch of checks and passed them out? The way orange juice turns magically to scotch whiskey, it did. The last time anyone heard, the procedure for voting money is capped by presidential approval – or veto. Our chief magistrate tried to rein in congressional spending – how many times? Didn’t he indeed demand the money, as in the case of Obamacare?

Then there’s the chief’s gracious promise “to have a conversation about how we reduce our deficit in a sensible way.”

Once more: Where to begin? With the word “conversation”? We can envision a conversation all right. “Why, sit down, Mr. Boehner. Right over there. Now, let’s talk about the taxes we’re going to raise.” The reason we can envision this pleasant chat is that it’s already taken place – quite recently. In one 50-minute session with Speaker Boehner, the president talked 45 minutes. Which, of course, is how he got himself elected – by talking incessantly about himself. Anyway, the nature of “conversation” in the Obama White House is, basically, let me tell me why you’re wrong, whereas I myself am so superlatively (as usual) right.

Indeed, we’re at the present pass on debt due to the president’s unassailable love of his own ideas, which at the most fundamental level may be described, Robin Hood-fashion, as taking from the “millionaires and billionaires” and giving to friends and retainers of the Democratic Party.

It helps to enjoy absolute control of the microphone when you’re spinning incredible – literally incredible – narratives concerning your profound grasp of a Vast Challenge. Now and then a mean-spirited reporter, such as CBS’s Major Garrett, throws you a curve ball. Garrett, at the Monday press conference, noted Obama’s opposition, during his senatorial days, to going along with a request by President George W. Bush to raise the debt ceiling. How about that, sir? Always a quick mover on the political dance floor, our chief magistrate ignored Garrett’s attempt to introduce candor into the discussion. Instead he sprayed the Republicans with his special brand of presidential indignation for their willingness to “blow up the economy.”

Four years into the Obama Era – during which federal debt has increased by $5 trillion – we see presidential innocence as a pose, a pretext, a thespian device. I’m reminded of a wonderful scene in the 1962 movie “Jumbo”: Jimmy Durante, accosted while stealing away with an enormous circus elephant.

The inimitable Jimmy flings his arms in front of the beast, rasping out righteously, “What elephant?!”

For unmitigated gall and chutzpah, our present chief magistrate takes various prizes: so far with minimal murmuring from the electorate and next to none from the media. How much longer before the spotlight starts to pick out the contradictions and evasions he has made his political specialty? One can almost hear him: “What evasions?”

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10 Comments

billy396 in ohio said:

He's a liar, a thug, and a fraudulent President (i.e. He has no legitimate background that would enable him to legally occupy the White House). This liar in chief, this man who would be king, MUST be stopped BEFORE he bankrupts this country and reduces our freedom and liberties to a mere memory in the dust of time. Executive orders are unconstitutional, period. ALL lawmaking power resides within the Congress, according to our Constitution, which is the highest law in the land. It doesn't matter one bit what previous Presidents have done. We need to DEMAND that our politicians obey the law, whether they want to or not.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 8:23 AM

Lee in Phoenix said:

Bill, the scary part is that the 50-60 percent of us who actually CARE, have no problem understanding the constitutional rights and restraints.

The problem arises from an inability to ENFORCE them when there are no allies among the legislative and judicial branches and no drumbeats in earshot from the media.

Instead, nearly all of them are co-conspirators.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Tony in Texas replied:

Lee, so true. He's gotten away with every thing the last 4 years, the majority has spoken.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 9:54 AM

John H in Swan Point, MD replied:

Lee, If 50-60% of "us" actually cared enough, then we wouldn't be saddled with four more years of this administration. I'd like to know the 10% of "caring" voters who stayed home on election day........

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

The RINO's in Congress are a damn disgrace. They have sat on their collective asses and let this POS get away with bypassing the Constitution and the Congress. Now he intends to bypass both again with his executive orders concerning gun control and the debt ceiling. I sent a letter to both my Senators and Representative telling them if they stood by and let him get away with this idiocy they could not expect my vote the next election and that I would actively campaign against them. I'll bet the only response will be a form letter saying they will take my opinion under advisement.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 10:57 AM

John H in Swan Point, MD replied:

Don't worry Old Sarge, here in Maryland, I get the same form letter response from my, so called, representatives, too. Most of them could care less!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Old Desert Rat in Las Vegas, NV said:

Gee, for the good old days, when Carter only lusted in his heart. This emporer lusts after absolute power. There is no 3 parts to government to him. If congress does not stop the flow of his executive orders there will be no republic left in 2016. He is the scariest thing to happen to the Presidency in my lifetime.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Trudy in huntsville said:

How about "We must ASK the wealthier to pay more"!!! What if they say no? He changes words to mean what he wants.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Kevin from Arkansas in USA said:

"You lie!" Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Rod in USA replied:

Nice. Very nice.

I don't think these people (not just BHO, but ALL liberals) have any (ANY) sense of honor. Being called a liar is a badge of honor to them.

Passing bills to find out what is in them? (What? That's insane, incompetent, illegal, unethical.)

Failing to pass a budget or even vote on one in four years? (Why have we not impeached these bozos in the senate? This is a strategy fully compliant with BHO's wishes: Without a budget, they can spend whatever they want through "Continuing Resolution")

Insisting that the president grab powers he does not posssess and void the Constitution? (That's lawless and illegal. These people violated their oaths and should be put in jail for treason).

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 7:35 AM