The Obama Watch

Liar in Wait

Don't think he's going to stop his brazen lying.

By 11.6.13


President Obama is a very dishonest man.

For years, he has told us, as he did when he spoke to the American Medical Association in Chicago in June 2009, “If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period.”

Well, that period has now been followed by a comma; a semi-colon; a hyphen and, while we’re at it, let’s throw in some brackets both of the square and round variety. On Monday night, while speaking before Obamacare supporters at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, D.C., President Obama said:

Now, if you have or had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law and you really like that plan, what we said was you could keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law was passed.

In contrasting these two statements, Ron Fournier of the National Journal arrives at the following conclusion:

But this president is toying with a fragile commodity: his credibility. Once Americans stop believing in Obama, they will stop listening to him. They won't trust government to manage health care. And they will wonder what happened to the reform-minded leader who promised never to lie to them.

Indeed, it marks the second time in the space of two months that President Obama has blatantly and boldly lied about something he said. It must not be forgotten that President Obama repeatedly told the American public that he drew a red line on Syria as he did in response to a question from Chuck Todd of NBC during a surprise appearance in the White House Press Room in August 2012:

We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus. That would change my equation.

But after Syria’s regime used chemical weapons against its own people this past summer and the world proved to be less than enthusiastic about joining the U.S. in military action, Obama suddenly denied ever having uttered the phrase “red line.” During a joint press conference with Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt during a visit to Stockholm back in September, Obama said, “First of all, I didn’t set a red line; the world set a red line.”

Of course, Obama’s subterfuge on Syria might not resonate with most Americans in the way his obloquy on Obamacare has now done, but the manner in which he has addressed these matters is the same. To paraphrase the much maligned South Carolina Republican Congressman Joe Wilson, “He lies.”

As for Fournier, he might very well be correct in saying that people will stop listening to Obama, but it won’t stop the President from talking. When President Obama lies about red lines in Syria and lies about being able to keep our health care plans, he lies with impunity. Obama does so because he faces no consequences for his words.

While his fellow Democrats will face the wrath of voters in mid-term elections one year from now, Obama does not have to face the voters again. While he might now face more criticism from the mainstream press, it is a year late and a trillion dollars short. We are stuck with Obama and the words he chooses for another three plus years. All of which means we can expect more lies between now and the end of his term. By the time that comes to pass it might be near impossible to undo the damage done even if a Republican is elected to the White House in 2016. The ramifications of Obama’s lies, especially concerning Obamacare, could remain with us long after he has left office.

Barack Obama isn’t the first President to lie to the American public and he won’t be the last. Yet a case could be made that no President before him and no President that follows him will have lied so brashly and brazenly as Obama has done. The American public is finding this out the hard way.

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Aaron Goldstein writes from Boston, Massachusetts.