Anyone who has followed President Barack Obama at all with even an ounce of objectivity knows that he has a serious problem when it comes to honesty.
In fact, this president has been so pathological with his deceptions that a list of instances where he has been honest would be a much shorter one to create, and those rare moments of truth are nearly always political miscues that he and his campaign would prefer never to have happened.
Among his latest and greatest hits is the whole “I didn’t really say what you quoted me saying even though I quoted myself saying it in my own campaign ad” fiasco, which has the Obama campaign in full damage repair mode. Sadly enough, the Obama campaign is so cynical that they have released another series of ads that says the exact opposite of the entire speech that was met with such a negative reaction. Really, it was Obama’s version of the “I’m Not a Witch” ad, made famous by Christine O’Donnell.
What is more sad is that many people will believe him, and his sycophantic supporters will likely go right along with the deceit, willingly.
But the newest “how stupid does he think we are” moment, for me, came just yesterday.
Syndicated Washington Post columnist and Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer wrote an article in which he rightly points out that the Obama administration returned to the British Embassy a valued and respected bust of Winston Churchill soon after Obama moved into the White House. This was never a secret. Anyone paying attention to politics at the time knew about it. It made national news everywhere except for the lap-dog media.
Apparently, the Obama administration saw their chance to re-write history–again.
White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer wrote a rebuttal to attack Krauthammer, saying that his claims were “ridiculous” and “100% false”. Mediaite covered this part of the story in a Friday afternoon piece. Within two hours they received confirmation from the British Embassy that Krauthammer was indeed correct. The bust of Churchill had been returned to the British Embassy and currently resides in the British Ambassador’s residence in Washington, DC.
Krauthammer asked for a retraction and an apology from Pfeiffer:
Not going to happen, Charles. A brilliant man such as yourself would know that they will never admit to spreading falsehoods. They will either ignore it and hope it goes away, or they will double down on the stupid.
The real question is, why does this administration feel the need to make such an obvious lie? The only answer I can propose is that they are so thin-skinned that they can not bear any criticism of their actions, no matter how accurate the criticism may be, or, perhaps their reaction is in direct proportion to the accuracy of their critics.
Either way, we have got to rid ourselves of this craziness and send Obama packing back to Chicago in November.
Update – Apparently Pfeiffer has apologized! I stand corrected. According to the brief blurb I saw from Charles in passing on Fox a bit ago, he received a mea culpa from Pfeiffer. He was almost as surprised as I am. Who knew..?
Update #2 – Okay, so apparently Pfeiffer’s apology was not quite so genuine as I thought. Yes, he did send Krauthammer an email apologizing, but… The email was sent quietly so as to attract as little notice as possible. Pfeiffer’s “rebuttal” is still up at the link I posted above. He did include an addendum to “explain away the confusion”, which, in liberal terms apparently means to lie your ass off while spinning as much as humanly possible. Pfeiffer portrays the whole incident as an innocent misunderstanding. He claims that the bust of Churchill was lent to the Bush administration at the start of his term and they sent it back with all of the other art from Bush’s Oval Office. In reality, as Krauthammer originally wrote, the bust was sent to us as a show of solidarity after the events of September 11, 2001, and the British were less than pleased that we unceremoniously returned it. They were offended, and rightfully so.
Honestly, I have to return to my original belief that Pfeiffer’s only intent in all of this was to deceive and run cover for his boss.