There are the big Obama lies: "I'll cut the deficit in half by the end of my first term." "If you like your health plan, you can keep it. Period." And on and on.
Then there are the smaller, but still significant, lies. Like this one, about his Uncle Omar.
As the Boston Globe reports, "President Obama acknowledged on Thursday that he lived with his Kenyan uncle for a brief period in the 1980s while preparing to attend Harvard Law School, contradicting a statement more than a year ago that the White House had no record of the two ever meeting.
"Their relationship came into question on Tuesday at the deportation hearing of his uncle, Onyango Obama, in Boston immigration court. His uncle had lived in the United States illegally since the 1970s and revealed in testimony for the first time that his famous nephew had stayed at his Cambridge apartment for about three weeks. At the time, Onyango Obama was here illegally and fighting deportation.
"On Thursday, a White House official said the press office had not fully researched the relationship between the president and his uncle before telling the Globe that they had no record of the two meeting. This time, the press office asked the president directly, which they had not done in 2011." (Read the entire piece here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/12/05/president-obama-acknowledges-having-lived-with-his-uncle/mz67SRGIExGAZJuOQsl1JI/story.html )
Here's why this seemingly small lie matters: because the press did not do its job leading up to the 2008 election in investigating Obama's background. They refused---actively refused---to look into how he grew up, his academic life and records, his personal and political associations, his ideological beliefs and who and what formed them, etc. We know every detail about every Republican candidate's life---such as the haircut Mitt Romney gave a classmate decades ago---and we know things about them that people simply make up as total lies, such as an alleged affair John McCain had (false) and Sarah Palin's "faked" pregnancy (also a malicious lie).
But we never knew---and in fact still do not know---the truth about who Barack Obama is. His lie about Uncle Omar just puts it into bold relief. The press would not investigate (didn't want to be called "racists," after all), and they still refuse to investigate. Something tells me that the exposed Uncle Omar lie will be followed by other emerging truths about Obama. After all, thanks to the corrupt media, he remains, by and large, a stranger.
Of course he did: "Harry Reid Exempts His Staff From Obamacare." http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/04/politics/reid-obamacare-staff/index.html
Of course they are: "Expert: Healthcare.gov's Security Risks Worse Than Before the 'Fix.'" http://freebeacon.com/expert-healthcare-gov-security-risks-even-worse-after-fix/
Of course he is: "Boehner Prepares To Push Amnesty Bill Through House." http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/dec/3/boehner-legalization-advocate-advise-immigration/
Of course there are: "More People Now On Disability Than The Entire Population of Greece." http://cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/10982920-more-americans-disability-people-greece
Of course he is: "NYC Union Head Is Calling For "Revolution."" http://politicker.com/2013/12/we-are-in-a-progressive-moment-right-now-bill-de-blasio-fund-raises-for-emboldened-left/
Of course he does: "Obama Wants to Host "SportsCenter" When He Retires." http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/barack-obama-i-want-host-661762
Of course, dear friends, this means we must go once more unto the breach. The course of the country depends on it.
The man who launched a candidacy, won his party's nomination, won the presidency, and until now, sustained his presidency, on well-delivered rhetoric is setting out to, well, give more speeches.
Facing the increasing implosion and unpopularity of the cornerstone of his "fundamental transformation of the nation"---Obamacare---President Obama has decided that more speeches on the topic is just what the doctor ordered.
In a piece entitled, "White House Returns to Sales Mode," (as if it ever left it...), Politico reports:
"President Barack Obama will launch a coordinated campaign Tuesday by the White House, congressional Democrats and their outside allies to return attention to why the Affordable Care Act passed in the first place.
"After two months of intense coverage of the botched HealthCare.gov rollout, the president will host a White House event kicking off a three-week drive to refocus the public on the law’s benefits, senior administration officials told POLITICO.
"The White House will take the lead in emphasizing a different benefit each day until the Dec. 23 enrollment deadline for Jan. 1 coverage. The daily message will be amplified through press events and social media by Democratic members of Congress, the Democratic National Committee, congressional campaign committees and advocacy organizations, officials said."
Contrary to what so many top Democrats---including Obama---told us when they were ramming this disaster through on a straight party-line vote, the more Americans see of Obamacare, the LESS they like it. It was never popular, but previous polling had been based on Obamacare as a theoretical proposition....something that existed but wasn't quite real yet. Now it's a reality---and a nightmare---and the approval of it is sliding to ever-lower lows. That's because now people are actually living this thing. It's effecting their daily lives and the most intimate parts of their lives: their health care, their doctors, and their wallets.
The website fiasco didn't help things for Obama and his Obamacare believers. But it's not about the website. It's about socialized medicine that doesn't work and is unaffordable at every level---and which the vast majority of Americans do not want. Obama and his White House team are now doing what they've always done when in trouble: setting out on a PR campaign....as if the problems with Obamacare are PR problems only. As if another speech by Obama will turn people around on this. As if it's a communications problem instead of a policy problem.
I happen to think that Obama doesn't CARE whether it's popular or not, or even if it works or not. After all, his ultimate goal---stated MANY times---is pure socialized medicine, single payer. Many of the problems with Obamacare were baked into the cake to get the thing to fail so they could say, "See? We tried private insurance companies and private exchanges and they just didn't work, and now we have all of these people in the system, so we have no choice but to go with single payer."
I think he's giving speeches simply to buy time to get to that point. Meanwhile, other Democrats---especially those up for re-election next year---who aren't as invested in Obama's "fundamental transformation of the nation" as he is---are running for their lives. He won't bend much to their pressure---as he didn't in 2010---because for him it's not about party or anything other than locking into place his ideological change for America. More BS speeches aren't going to change anything...and I don't think he much cares.