The Obama Watch

The Pre-School President

Obama will offer instructions on everything from tires to hygiene, but abortion is still above his pay grade.

By 5.1.09

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Public life in America resembled a pre-school classroom this week: the President informed citizens to "wash your hands" and "cover your mouth when you cough," while alleged adults at CNN hoisted up letter-grade placards at the prompting of Anderson Cooper and Wolf Blitzer: "What grade would you give President Obama for…?"

What grade would you give President Obama for financing the killing of unborn children at home and abroad, Gloria? That question never came, but he deserved at least a few gold stars from Begala, Borger and Gergen. Indeed, one would have to give him an A+ for corroding "the character" of the country, to borrow his phrase from Wednesday night's press conference. (George W. Bush did that, Obama implied, by treating terrorists like swine.)

Meanwhile, Joe Biden, concerned about the spread of the swine flu virus, told NBC's Matt Lauer on Thursday morning, "I wouldn't go anywhere in confined places now." Apparently Biden has finally found the crisis within six months he promised during the campaign.

Change your tires regularly, wear a condom, avoid Puerto Vallarta -- this administration is certainly looking out for the American people. But President Obama remains diffident about giving advice on the issue of abortion, at least advice that could save lives.

Cover your mouth when you cough, he tells citizens, but ask your doctor if you should kill your baby, for "doctors" somehow are in a better position to judge the justice of it than "members of Congress or a president of the United States." Who knew Obama was capable of such a modest understanding of the federal government's authority and wisdom?

Did his answer to the abortion question at Wednesday's press conference contain a single honest word? I wonder about even the thes and the ands. The more garbled his syntax, the more you know he is lying through his teeth: "You know, the -- my view on -- abortion, I think has been very consistent."

Then he proceeded to offer a slew of inconsistencies. The "Freedom of Choice Act is not my highest legislative priority"; he had told Planned Parenthood during the campaign that signing FOCA was the "first thing" he wanted to do. "I think abortion is a moral issue and an ethical issue"; a few moments later he treated it primarily as a medical issue. "The reason I'm pro-choice is because I don't think women take that -- that position casually"; moments later he said he is pro-abortion because he considers it a right. Whether women view abortion casually or not is, therefore, irrelevant to him. "I think that those who are pro-choice make a mistake when they -- if they suggest -- and I don't want to create straw men here, but I think there are some who suggest that this is simply an issue about women's freedom and that there's no other considerations." Some who suggest? Yes, they are on your staff.

Obama considers the waterboarding of murderers an evil beyond debate, but regards the aborting of pre-born children as "an issue that people have to wrestle with and families and individual women have to wrestle with." As far as I can tell, there is no wrestling over the issue in his mind at all; babies are down for the count. No Geneva Convention protections for them.

CNN's Happy Jack Squirrel time aside, Obama's first 100 days have been despicable, a long opening stride towards tyranny. And millions of Americans just don't care. It is no wonder Obama talks to them like propagandized pre-schoolers.

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George Neumayr, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is co-author, with Phyllis Schlafly, of the new book, No Higher Power: Obama's War on Religious Freedom.