Say it ain’t so! Say it ain’t so!
We need to point out something that is obvious, something staring everyone in the face. That seems to be our job lately, which is a pleasant change.
For years our job was to drag ignored or unknown facts into the open and then connect the dots. Recently though, much of what we wrote for years is being regurgitated by blogs and Big Media so all we have to do is shove the narrative along and point out the obvious – that all too many miss or choose not to declare. And there is one obvious fact that needs to be underlined and bolded and capitalized because sometimes you just have to clearly state the obvious – as the little boy did when he saw a naked emperor parading by.
Since April of this year the Veterans Administration scandal has taken the center stage and swallowed almost all the wattage of the Klieg lights. In the penumbra, the Benghazi scandal, valiantly kept on stage by the survivors of the dead. Occasionally highlighting the corrupt Lois Lerner is the only way the IRS scandal has gotten any attention. The rising oceans of ObamaCare corruptions assures all that killer ObamaCare will continue to stay in the light regardless of what Big Media does. Sadly, the Fast & Furious scandal fell into darkness along with others such as the oily devastation in the Gulf coast.
For years Barack Obama and allied Big Media have kept stories like Rezko, the missing boxes of Obama records, Michelle and Jarrett’s patient dumping past, all the promises of the Obama campaign (when was the last time Big Media noted Obama’s broken promises of posting legislation on line days before a vote, or his lies on FISA, renditions, etc.?) quiet and forgotten. Ron Fournier of National Journal, who once so assiduously protected Barack Obama is now raising many of the points we raised for so long:
You helped elect an untested presidential candidate, a man almost as liberal as you. He promised to heal the oceans, make health care an inalienable right, and transform Washington’s toxic culture. You mocked Republicans, independents, and squishy Democrats who had the audacity to criticize your guy, much less doubt the inevitability of his victory. President Obama won—twice—and then didn’t live up to anybody’s expectations, including his own.
What do you do? Well, if you’re Ezra Klein and a coterie of inflexibly progressive pundits, you repurpose an attack used against President George W. Bush’s bombastic approach to geopolitics. You call anybody who questions Obama’s leadership style a Green Lanternist. In a post for Vox stretching beyond 2,500 words, Klein makes his case against Obama critics.
“Presidents consistently overpromise and underdeliver,” he begins, a fair start. [snip]
Now, wait. A Harvard-trained lawyer and constitutional scholar like Obama didn’t stumble into the 2008 presidential campaign unaware of the balance of powers, the polarization of politics, the rightward march of the GOP, and other structural limits on the presidency. He made those promises because he thought those goals were neither unreasonable nor unattainable. Either that, or he was lying.
Notice that the broken promises are pawned off to nonhuman forms (“his 2008 campaign” pledged … “It also promised … “) rather than Obama himself. The verbal gymnastics are an early hint that the main purpose of the essay is to shelter Obama from blame.
Barack Obama lied. It’s the obvious truth. There is no need for Fournier to provide an alternate explanation. To provide an alternative is to “shelter Obama from blame”. Journolister Ezra Klein is solely in the business of Obama protection but why doesn’t Fournier call a liar a liar? It’s not as if there is no evidence. There is evidence in abundance sufficient to move “liar Obama” from theory to fact.
Remember in 2008 when Barack Obama swore up and down the campaign trail that he would lead a filibuster against FISA and telecom immunity? Once he was sure of the nomination Obama voted FOR FISA. Remember all the Obama attacks against the Patriot Act? Obama and the congress he controlled voted to reauthorize the Patriot Act. The NSA?
Remember Obama screeching against the unitary executive? Instead of fighting against executive branch expansion Barack Obama is a proven despot happily attaching non-constitutional signing statements to laws he signs, ignoring laws he does not like and not enforcing them, and despotically twisting laws he has signed.
“Shelter Obama from blame” is the priority for many in Big Media and in the party once called the Democratic Party. The self-proclaimed “fact checkers” at PolitiFact claimed in the election year of 2012 that Barack Obama’s promises on the VA had indeed been kept. PolitiFact waters that down now to a promise that has been “stalled”. WTF?
And herein lies the problem for the left: the failures at the VA, including its bureaucratic incompetence, its waiting lists, and its deaths, all debunk the notion that a government-run healthcare system will work. It’s a fresh slap in the face to all those commentators who, in pushing Obamacare, endorsed the VA as a model.
There are some pretty big names on that list.
Democrat Brent Budowsky is at least displaying some shame:
Virtually all members and the leaders of both parties in both houses of Congress owe veterans an apology. The media owes veterans an apology. Shame on them. I owe veterans an apology for not having written a column this brutally blunt the moment I learned that every day, 22 more vets commit suicide. Shame on me.
I do not call for the resignation of Shinseki, but the president owes veterans more than another White House staff, spin and stall operation, which he offered on Wednesday with the same cast of characters waiting for yet another report. Congressional Republicans, who share responsibility for the VA scandal, owe vets more than another attack, deride and exploit operation that plays politics with the health of those who serve.
Budowsky shames himself further by blaming others. Why bring Republicans into the shame distribution? The VA scandal belongs entirely to Barack Obama. Barack Obama is the president. Barack Obama is the one who made the promises. Barack Obama is the one who lied. Barack Obama is the one to blame.
“Shelter Obama from blame” is what Budowsky is up to. Are problems with the VA long term? Yes. And Obama promised to fix them. “The buck stops here” is now “pass the buck by Barack Obama’s desk because he is too busy with celebrities and other distractions.”
What is Barack Obama up to? Well the other day he took time off from fundraising, vacations, and golf to finally pretend in public that he cares at all about the VA scandal. Immediately afterwards Obama went to meet with burly tall men with arms as muscular as Michelle’s. Barrack Obama always has time to rub shoulders with muscular men:
Obama is making a week of it, celebrating games large and small. A day after feting the National Football League champion Seattle Seahawks at the White House, Obama is going to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, today to promote tourism and economic development.
He started the week by dropping in on co-ed Little League players at a neighborhood recreation field in Washington, tossing a ball and posing for photos. [snip]
Obama, who calls Chicago home, stepped in to belatedly honor that Bears team at the White House in 2011. He reached into the past again last year to hold a ceremony for the 1972 Miami Dolphins, the only NFL team to compile an undefeated record for the season.
Obama, 52, an avid basketball fan and golfer, has expanded the scope of the spotlight presidents put on athletes.
Soccer teams, men’s and women’s professional and collegiate basketball teams, hockey teams and NASCAR champions all have been accorded the White House treatment by him.
Obama has also given Super Bowl Sunday interviews with the network broadcasting the NFL championship and appeared each year on sports cable channel ESPN to reveal his picks for the National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament. He even took U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron to an NCAA tournament game in 2012 in Ohio before a state dinner.
Flanked by Seattle’s first Super-Bowl-winning squad yesterday, Obama talked about a sports team exceeding expectations with a reference to his own story.
It’s always about “his own story”. But hearing Barack talk about how excited he becomes when watching burly men “overcome the odds” is ugly. We don’t object to Barack Obama desire to sniff the testosterone infused air surrounding muscular sweaty men but thinking about him whimpering about these men like a lonely dog finally getting attention we can’t help but recall his homophobic campaign of 2008.
In the Barack Obama politics of distraction no male sports shoulder will go unrubbed nor unsniffed. Sports figures will not be the only distraction.
As with Budowsky’s Obama protection blame shifting, many attempts will be made to shift the blame from Barack Obama to someone/something else. Eric Shinseki is a hero to the left so he is safe from Obama’s blame shifters.
In order to “shelter Obama from blame” others will be blamed. George W. Bush will be blamed. Bill Clinton will be blamed. George H. W. Bush will be blamed. George Washington will be blamed. “Shelter Obama from blame.”
On the day of her resignation we wrote that Kathleen Sebelius was not the one to blame for ObamaCare. The one to blame for ObamaCare is Barack Obama. It is also Barack Obama who is to blame for the corruption and lies at the VA. It is Barack Obama to blame for Fast & Furious. Barack Obama is to blame for Benghazi. Barack Obama is to blame for the IRS scandal. Barack Obama is to blame for low esteem the U.S. suffers in the world. Barack Obama is to blame for the weak American response in the Ukraine. Barack Obama is to blame for the faltering economy. Barack Obama is to blame. Barack Obama is to blame for all of it.
That is the obvious truth few will dare speak. It’s not Shinseki, Sebelius, Kerry (although he has 2008 to pay for), Clinton, Geithner, Summers, Holder, or any of them to blame. It’s Barack Obama that is to blame.
It is the corrupt, treacherous, boob that cares only for his self-advancement and profit that is to blame.
Stop trying to “shelter Obama from blame.” Barack Obama is the one – to blame.
The obvious truth that few will outright say is that it is Barack Obama that is to blame. This is so obvious, it is staring everyone in the face, but few will say it. The dots do not get connected.
All the dots have one variable that never varies: Barack Obama. Don’t blame Lois Lerner, we wrote, blame Obama. Sebelius is not the disease, she is a symptom. It’s not the NSA but Barack that sets the policy. It’s not a lack of resources at the VA, it’s a lack of leadership from a corrupt lying boob.
Consider: imagine Hillary Clinton is the worst person in the world. Imagine Hillary Clinton is to blame for everything bad that happened at Benghazi. Is Hillary Clinton to blame for the IRS scandal, the NSA scandal, the Rezko scandal? No. Is Sebelius responsible for the IRS scandal or Benghazi, or the NSA scandal? No. Is Eric Holder responsible for Benghazi or the NSA or the IRS or ObamaCare? No. The one variable that appears in all the equations of potential blame is Barack Obama.
In midterm elections one of the most important data points to determine the results is the popularity or non-popularity of the president. An unpopular president destroys the party in midterm elections. That’s the #2 reason why so many will attempt to “shelter Obama from blame.”
The #1 reason why so many will attempt to “shelter Obama from blame?” It’s a cult with no where else to go. The cult will blame Hillary or anybody but not Obama. But it is Obama that is to blame. It is Barack Obama that is to blame for it all.