A presidential chameleon re-writes White House history: Obama and LBJ’s credibility gap.
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Daniel Webster, you see, died in 1852. The chamber in which then-Senator Obama and every other 20th century senator served wasn’t built and opened for business until — 1859. Seven years after Webster’s death.
Just like LBJ and the made-up story of his great-great grandfather dying at the Alamo, Obama makes up a small point of history — that is 100% false.
• The Shovel Ready Jobs: Much was made by Obama during the passage of the so-called stimulus bill of thousands of “shovel ready” jobs that would instantly kick in and stimulate the economy. By June of 2011, just over two years later, Obama was joking — joking that well, chuckle chuckle, “shovel ready was not as shovel ready as we expected.” Just as LBJ played games with budget figures, Obama was essentially admitting that well, OK, so he knew “shovel ready” didn’t really mean “shovel ready.”
And so on — and on. And on.
Now come reports that the Obama promise in selling Obamacare — the promise that if you want to keep your doctor you can — is turning out to be decidedly untrue. Now comes word that all the denials of “death panels” are, in fact, not true. The panels are quite real — they are just camouflaged with a bureaucratic moniker called Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) — a panel with the power to ration the care you will get — or not get.
So in fact, Presidents Obama and Johnson do in fact have something eerily in common.
They both believed, as Jeremiah Wright says of Obama, that “the truth is what we say it is.”
And in believing this, in following Lyndon Johnson’s path to precisely the same credibility gap when it comes to the truth, Barack Obama is well on his way to making of the Obama White House precisely what such conduct made of the Johnson White House:
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online