Skip to comments.Obama's Truthiness
Posted on 06/22/2012 5:07:38 AM PDT by Kaslin
It's becoming increasingly clear that President Obama is not burdened with too heavy a commitment to honesty.
This is hardly a shock about any politician, but revelations of dishonesty hurt some more than others. Announce that Bill Clinton has been speaking falsely, and it hits the ears with as much force as the news that birds fly, fish swim and dogs lick their own nether regions.
But Obama was supposed to be different. He was a "lightworker," an ocean tamer and cynicism slayer. In short, he was supposed to be too good to be true -- and it turns out he was.
That's one obvious conclusion to be drawn from the all-too-delayed vetting of the president's biography, most notably in David Maraniss' aptly titled new book, "Barack Obama: The Story," but also at news outlets such as National Review Online and Big Journalism.
Obama has been less than honest about many things. Some of his biggest distortions should be the subject of sustained soul searching on the part of the media. For instance, as New York Times reporter Janny Scott first reported over a year ago, Obama lied about his cancer-stricken mother being denied coverage for her pre-existing condition. Yes, he was close to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and former terrorist Bill Ayers. Yes, he was a member of the socialist New Party (as my National Review colleague Stanley Kurtz has documented).
In the spirit of charity, some of the lies can be chalked up, at least in part, to fanciful family narratives. Obama claims his maternal grandfather fought in Patton's army and liberated Nazi death camps. He says his paternal grandfather was tortured by the British imperialists in Kenya. He's claimed his Indonesian stepgrandfather was killed by the Dutch while fighting for independence. None of that is true.
What I find more interesting are the lies Obama tells not so much about himself, but about society. In "Dreams from My Father," Obama tells readers that he struggled with racism and racial alienation all his life. He wasn't a starter on his high school basketball team because he played "black" while his coach coached "white." He confabulated a black friend in high school who, like himself, was shunned for racial reasons. He wrote of a "big fight" with a white ex-girlfriend who, after seeing a racially charged play, "started talking about why black people were so angry all the time."
As Maraniss methodically shows, these and other tales of racial woe were false. His coach didn't start him because he wasn't good enough to start. His friend in high school was half-Japanese, not black, and neither of them were racially ostracized. The girlfriend, Genevieve Cook, never saw the play and never said anything of the sort. And so on.
The Barack Obama who wrote "Dreams From My Father" probably never dreamed of becoming president of the United States. That man was a product of campus culture -- at Harvard, Columbia and the University of Chicago -- and his vignettes of racial struggle were in some respects the coin of his realm. Later, when he entered the national political scene, he discovered this currency was accepted by much of the mainstream media as well.
No doubt Obama experienced racial animosity in his life, but not enough to fill a memoir with true examples. No doubt life had been unfair to him, but not so unfair as to keep him from Harvard, the Senate or the White House. He has lived a charmed life in almost every regard, but the truth is not as compelling as the legend.
The lies, the self-made myths and the whole gestalt of the Obama story as told by Obama and his fans boil down to a man who has struggled with adversity and proven himself better than the society that spawned him. In effect, we don't deserve Barack Obama. Perhaps this helps explain why Michelle Obama once said that the impending nomination of her husband was the first time in her adult life she was proud of America.
One pattern holds from beginning to end of the tale: When things go wrong for the young Barack, the truth must be bent to show that it's somebody else's fault. Young Barry Obama had the right stuff as a basketball player but was denied by the smallness of his coach's vision. Older Barack Obama, likewise, has the right stuff, but voters, or the Republicans, or maybe the Europeans, are too small to recognize his greatness. The truth of the matter has nothing to do with it.
it's very easy for him...Taqiyya
It amazes me how people can still say things like “It’s becoming increasingly clear...”. It was clear before the election. It was clear during his run for the Illinois Senate. My bet would be, it was clear to anyone giving an objective look at him 30+ years ago.
Yep, it is OK for Muslims to lie if it advances the cause. (it was built on lies, subjection and cruelty)
Is Obozo a Muslim? He says not. BUT do his actions and slip of the tongue comments reveal the real truth about that? In my opinion, yes.
I am reminded of a quote from "Mein Kampf" in which Hitler refers to a Nazi Martyr and says "The German people are not worthy of a Schlageter."
Now, there's an oxymoron for you.
... was actually named Bill Ayers.
The first week of his presidency was spent going to Muslim countries to bow and explain he IS NOT A CONVERTED muslim...
His heavy drug use has taken a toll.
Obama is delusional and does not (or can not) distinguish his fantasies from reality.
His whole life is a fabrication.
He not only believes his own press releases, he believes that his own lies, fantasies and drug flashbacks are truth.
More of the deception. He was saying, I am one of you, but cannot admit it. It is necessary to advance the cause.
There are common bonds between the Muslims and all forms of totalitarianism (Socialism,Marxism, Communism, Fascism, Dictators). They are built on lies, they are advanced by lies, they exist by deception, they control by subjection, they build nothing - only destroy. They hate Christians, Jews and the truth.
hussein has provably lied about almost everything else. Literally, he can't string together four sentences without a lie or distortion in there somewhere.
So given his proven, demonstrable history of lying we have to take any and all statements he makes and assume first that they are untrue. So if he says he is not a Muslim, my first thought is he almost certainly is one.
I understand obama EATS dogs, and also licks his own nether regions.
Obama pimping one of his greatest self-made myths of socialism works for three years his base now understands one thing,he’s an idiot and a fool in one bag.
This is more his speed, among Hogarth's doxies, nightmen, and thieves:
His legacy will not be burdened with myths about cherry trees or Honest Barry stories.