Thursday, February 12, 2015

Who Holds The Title Of Liar-in-Chief?

Every President surrounds himself with staff and advisers he trusts - people who will do and say what he wants in every situation. Often that position involves stretching facts and/or leaving certain details out when addressing the media and the nation. I must say that President Obama has selected some of the best. His trusted spokespeople will say whatever he wants - even if what they're saying is blatantly untrue.

Overlooking (for now) the lies the President himself has told over the last six years, let's look at his spokespeople. Obama has had three of the best, or perhaps I should say worst, liars in the business working for him: Jay Carney, Josh Earnest, and Susan Rice.

Let's look at the first - Jay Carney. I suppose it's not polite to talk bad about someone who is no longer in office or a part of the administration. That's why no one speaks badly of George W. Bush. Oh, wait...

In 2012, speaking at a luncheon hosted by the White House Correspondents’ Association, Carney said he never lies in response to reporters' questions, even when he knows more than he can say: "When I go stand up at the podium in front of the White House press corps, I never lie. I never say something that I know is untrue. Credibility is enormously important to a press secretary."

Really, Jay? Some might call that the biggest lie you told while you were the White House Press Secretary. He said it again when he was getting ready to step down from his position. But he explained why he doesn't lie to the media.

“Honestly, it's not because I’m a paragon of virtue, it’s because that would be a terrible way to do the job,” Carney told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast.

So I wonder how Mr. Carney would explain some of these...

In 2011, Carney made the statement that President Obama was never against signing statements, except when George W. Bush abused them. But Mr. Obama, then Senator Obama and candidate for President, said that when he became President he wouldn't use signing statements to go around Congress.

"We’ve got a government designed by the Founders so that there’d be checks and balances. You don’t want a president who’s too powerful or a Congress that’s too powerful or a court that’s too powerful. Everybody’s got their own role. Congress’s job is to pass legislation. The president can veto it or he can sign it. … I believe in the Constitution and I will obey the Constitution of the United States. We're not going to use signing statements as a way of doing an end-run around Congress."

In April of 2012, Carney said the President had never said that the so called "Buffet Rule" would fix the country's deficit problems. Perhaps he had simply forgotten the President's own words from September of 2011 when he said that the Buffet Rule would “stabilize our debt and deficits for the next decade.”

In 2013, when people were losing insurance coverage because of Obamacare, Carney kept up the White House lie of "If you like your plan you can keep your plan." He continuously repeated “The fact of the matter is, if you had insurance on the individual market prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, and you have that plan today, you can keep it, you’re grandfathered in forever. No matter how crummy the plan is.”

And of course, who can forget when the lie was finally exposed the infamous statement of the President and Mr. Carney that began with "When we said 'If you like your plan you can keep your plan' what we really said was 'If you like your plan you can keep your plan if your plan hasn't changed since the implementation of the law.'" Except that's not what you said. What you said was "If you like your plan you can keep your plan. Period."

I could go on. There are many more examples of Carney telling lies on camera. But I'm limited on time and space.

Let's move on to Josh Earnest, the current White House Press Secretary. I think the biggest lie he's told so far is that the Obama administration is the "most transparent administration ever." Really? Can you say Obamacare? Can you say Benghazi? Can you say IRS? Can you say Fast and Furious? 

I knew you could.

Then, of course, you have Earnest's statements about President Obama's big faux pas when he said ISIS was "the JV team." Earnest defended the President saying "He wasn't specifically referring to ISIS when he said that." Right. He was referring to some hypothetical terrorist group that was hypothetically out there killing hypothetical people and growing their hypothetical numbers. Uh huh.

Earnest refused to answer when asked what President Obama was doing on the day other world leaders met in Paris in support of the French people in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo massacre. Earnest pretended he had no idea what the President was doing. So much for transparency.

Finally - Susan Rice. The former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations made a name for herself following the Benghazi attack when she went on the Sunday talk show circuit and repeated the White House lie that the attack was caused by a Youtube video. By that time at least half the country knew it was a lie, yet she put it out there over and over. (Two weeks later, when the entire world knew the truth, President Obama told the United Nations the attack was caused by the video.)

Just last year Ms. Rice told the world that Turkey had granted the United States permission to use their air bases to attack ISIS. Turkey flat out denied giving any such authorization. 

And who can forget her praise of Bowe Bergdahl as a soldier who served "with honor and distinction" even as he was under investigation for possible desertion charges?

On Wednesday Rice unveiled the 2015 National Security Strategy speaking at the Brookings Institute. Her speech was brimming with lies and incomplete facts.

She began by saying the 2015 plan was to "sustain American leadership in this new century." But since President Obama has been pushing to end American leadership in the world and make the United States no better than any other nation - isn't that a lie in itself?

She said as a nation we are "stronger than we've been in a long time." If that's true why is half the world mocking us and laughing in our faces every time Obama talks tough? Once you draw a red line then back down from it when it's ignored you're not stronger than you've been in a long time. 

She mentioned our economic recovery and the "fact" that unemployment is down to 5.7%. She used the White House's convenient figures, leaving out the fact that people in this country who are without work and no longer eligible to collect unemployment benefits are not counted as "unemployed" by the administration. Forbes Magazine puts the real unemployment numbers at 12%.

She talked about the deficit being cut in half without bothering to mention that the national debt has doubled under this President.

She said the dangers we face in the world today are "not of the existential nature we confronted during World War II or the Cold War."

Really, Ms. Rice? Let's look at that a moment. Radical Islam is moving to take over the world a little at a time. Certainly they don't have Hitler's army - yet - but they're killing tens of thousands of innocent people and commandeering supplies, equipment and weapons as they go. It won't be long before they're an existential threat.

Iran is working, even as they smile at us over the negotiation table, to create a nuclear weapon. History has shown us that once a fanatical government decides to attain that type of weapon they will say anything to appease their opposition while the continue to work toward their goal. Obama has now threatened Congress not to create any more sanctions against Iran and has loosened the ones already in place, giving them money and even considering re-opening the embassy there. And the Iranian government is laughing all the way to their centrifuge.

"Strong and sustained American leadership remains essential, as ever, Rice stated. "Think for a minute where the world would be today without decisive U.S. leadership. Ebola would be spreading throughout West Africa and likely to far corners of the world. Instead, America galvanized the world to roll back this horrible disease. Without us, Russia would be suffering no cost for its actions in Ukraine. Instead, the ruble is in a free fall, and Russia is paying dearly for flaunting the rules. Without us, there would be no military campaign or sixty countries countering ISIL’s advance. There would be no prospect for a global deal on climate change; no pressure for Iran to be at the negotiating table..."

Strong, sustained American leadership was indeed essential and unfailing - until 2009. That was the year that newly elected President Obama went on his world apology tour and told the entire world that he was going to take us down a few notches because we were arrogant, dismissive and derisive. And he has done just that for the last five years.

Ms. Rice spoke of Obama "maintaining the best trained, best equipped, and best led military force the world has ever known," even as the President is cutting the numbers in the military, cutting their budget, and firing military leaders who do not conform to his far-left agenda. 

She said the science of climate change is settled. Really? Settled by whom? 

One of the key lines from her speech, the one that people need to worry the most about, was this: Before I go through the elements of this strategy, I want to note how our approach may differ from what others may recommend.

When a member of the Obama administration says something like that it should be noted and remembered. Obama has done quite a few things that differed from what others recommended. Pulling all of our troops from Iraq and leaving a void was one of the biggest. And look how well that turned out.

So who gets the honor of being the Liar-in-Chief? I think of these three it would be Susan Rice. Of course, the man they serve is a model for each of them to emulate. He lies so often about so many things he has begun to believe them himself. I don't think the other three believe half of what they say on his behalf - but they believe in him and will support him to the end.

I think the next liar we need to focus on, without losing sight of Obama, is Hillary "We Landed Under Sniper Fire" Clinton. There are literally millions of Americans ready to make her the next President of the United States. Some would say "What difference, at this point, does it make?"

It makes a lot of difference. President Hillary Clinton would be the final nail in the coffin of what once was the great and generous nation of the United States of America. And true to history, it will have taken just over 200 years for a free republic to fail.

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