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Jon Stewart at Comedy Central has pulled together the best collection of videos of Obama making campaign pledges that he never intended to keep, which some people uncharitably, but accurately, brand as “lies.”
Noel Sheppard at Newsbusters has a partial transcript of Stewart’s report and the following interchange between Jon Stewart and Samantha Bee sums up Obama’s blunder:
STEWART: Senior political analyst Samantha Bee joins with us more. Sam, this looks and sounds pretty bad for Obama.
SAMANTHA BEE: Well, only if you are watching and listening, Jon. This has been a real problem for the President.
STEWART: Because he is now being held accountable for his promises.
BEE: No, because he made promises he could be held accountable for. Listen, it’s fine to pledge transparency and openness, subjective concepts, but for God’s sake don’t start telling people what channel they can go watch it on. You’re just setting yourself up.
STEWART: You are saying that politicians then in your mind should never emphatically promise anything.
BEE: On no, they can promise emphatically, but never specifically.
But wait! There’s more!
Even Jack Cafferty is fed up with Obama’s lies — apparently they become obvious and important after they thwart Cafferty’s wishes, although clearly not until, as Neo-Neocon discerningly observes:
The “public” that’s being shut out isn’t just the Republicans. If it had been, somehow I very much doubt that Cafferty would be speaking out against the process, despite the broken promises. But shutting out everyone else — including liberals and the press — well, “how dare they?” indeed!
Obama’s one real talent is his ability to tell people exactly what they want to hear in order to get them to relax and stop paying attention while he does whatever he wants. It will be very instructive to idealistic liberals when they start matching Obama’s words to his deeds in a one-to-one correspondence 100 percent of the time. Their current habit of tuning in only when he’s telling them what they want to hear only works with honest people who do keep their promises and have real values and believe what they say. Sampling doesn’t work with Obama.