During the 2008 campaign, Bill Clinton, in a rare moment of honest candor, described Obama’s candidacy as ” the biggest fairy tale I’ve ever seen”. He was roundly lambasted for that raaaaacist comment, but of course he was 100% correct. That fairytale, or “fantasy” as I like to call it, didn’t develop without a whole lot of assistance from the MSM. Assistance that continues to this day, I should add..
In the past few months, we’ve seen Obama, characterized as our “scandal-free” “adult in the room” President who is “finally going to get tough with his opponents”, and has “no time to feel sorry for himself”.
The “scandal-free” narrative tried to gain traction, a week or so ago:
Mark it on your calendars: if President Obama has just 20 days to go — October 6! — in order to claim the record as the most scandal-free president since 1977.
Then the Solyndra scandal broke in a big way, smashing the meme to smithereens. But the idea that the Obama administration was “scandal free” was a complete fantasy before Solyndra.
Here’s an incomplete list of Obama scandals to date:
Dealergate, DOJ Black Panther whitewash, the Obamafication of NEA art, the Sestak affair, the politically expedient IG Gerald Walpin firing, misspent Porkulous funds, the DOJ’s secret astroturf propaganda unit, the Shorebank scandal, oilgate, Blagojevich Rezko Obama corruption, his unaccountable Communist czars, Fast and Furious, The Gibson Guitar Raid, and now Solyndra and LightSquared.
Scandal-free, my a$$.
The Obami tried to position Obama as the “adult in the room” during budget negotiations with Republicans,
To strengthen his credibility as the “adult in the room,” President Obama repeatedly asserted his willingness to stand up to liberal activist groups in pursuit of a grand bargain. “I’m prepared to take on significant heat from my party to get something done,” he said, “and I expect the other side should be willing to do the same thing if they mean what they say.”
Yet it is he is who has been the irresponsible spendthrift, procrastinating action on the debt crisis until he could come up with a transparently political plan that won’t work.
It’s hard to keep track of all the tax hikes that President Obama is proposing, but it’s very simple to recognize his main target – the evil, nasty, awful people known as the rich.
Or, as Obama identifies them, the “millionaires and billionaires” who happen to have yearly incomes of more than $200,000.
Whether the President is talking about higher income tax rates, higher payroll tax rates, an expanded alternative minimum tax, a renewed death tax, a higher capital gains tax, more double taxation of dividends, or some other way of extracting money, the goal is to have these people foot the bill for a never-ending expansion of the welfare state.
This sounds like a pretty good scam, at least if you’re a vote-buying politician, but there is one little detail that sometimes gets forgotten. Raising the tax burden is not the same as raising revenue.
That may not matter if you’re trying to win an election by stoking resentment with the politics of hate and envy. But it is a problem if you actually want to collect more money to finance a growing welfare state
At various times throughout his presidency, the MSM has celebrated Obama’s “new, more combative” tone in fighting those intransigent Republicans. Because we all know, Obama’s been such a meek and mild shrinking violet until now.
Riiiight. Michelle Malkin burst that particular fantasy some time ago:
“We don’t mind the Republicans joining us,” Obama taunted a few weeks ago. “They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.”
“They’re counting on young people staying home and union members staying home and black folks staying home,” the fear-mongering agent of hope and change jeered on the campaign trail last month.
“You would think they’d be saying thank you,” he sneered last April, when millions turned out for the nationwide Tax Day tea party protests.
“I want them just to get out of the way” and “don’t do a lot of talking,” he scoffed in response to prescient critics of the federal trillion-dollar stimulus boondoggle.
In addition to labeling GOP opponents of his open-borders policies “enemies” who needed to be “punished” by Latino voters, Obama accused them — that is, us — of lacking patriotism. “Those aren’t the kinds of folks who represent our core American values,” he told viewers of the Spanish-language network Univision.
Now, in full 2012 campaign mode, Obama tries to rally the dubious CBC, by saying, “I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain.” He also told the CBC to “take off your bedroom slippers” and “put on your marching shoes.” And he scolded them to “stop complaining, stop grumbling, stop crying.”
Obama doesn’t have time to feel sorry for himself?!
As Commentary’s Peter Wehner says:
If there has been a president in my lifetime who has felt more sorry for himself – who has laid the blame for his failures on more people (George W. Bush, the Congressional GOP, the Tea Party, conservative talk radio hosts, millionaires and billionaires) and more things (ATMs, Japanese tsunamis, the Arab Spring, Fox News, Wall Street, et cetera) – I can’t think of who that might be. As the wheels on the Obama presidency come off, as his record of ineptness becomes more indisputable, Obama is becoming more intemperate, more aggrieved, more prickly, and more detached from reality.
What we are seeing is a president attempt to create, almost out of whole cloth, his own character, his own narrative, his own truth. That might work in an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel; it works less well in an American presidential campaign.
Well, it may work if enough of his sycophants in the MSM help keep the fantasies alive.