President Obama came to the campus of Notre Dame armed with all his usual arrogance. Despite his radical abortion record -- which includes championing a policy in Illinois wherein aborted babies who manage to survive are tossed aside, to die -- he posed as the national moderator of "common ground." And he did it by plugging a yellowed old tale from his campaign memoir "The Audacity of Hope." All he left out were the words "Order now on Amazon.com. Just $16.50 in hardcover."
Obama is loaded with nothing more than audacity. His speech no doubt pleased liberals, who love to pretend they're for all the mushy inclusiveness Obama pretended to favor -- "Open hearts, open minds, fair-minded words." This from the politician who spent 20 years listening to the rantings and ravings of Jeremiah Wright? This from the politician who unleashed more than 100,000 negative ads on John McCain?
Not unexpectedly, the networks embraced Obama's pose as the pragmatic pacifier of the "culture wars." On Sunday night, ABC anchor Dan Harris proclaimed: "Today President Obama walked right into the heart of the abortion debate and essentially told both sides to lower the volume." NBC anchor Lester Holt framed the controversy as "President Obama today stepped squarely into the middle of what may be this country's deepest cultural, religious and political divide."
It's outrageous enough to give Obama credit for showing his face at Notre Dame. He certainly wasn't going to stop campaigning for the votes of liberal Catholics. He saw the Notre Dame speech as an opportunity to confuse the public about his abortion extremism on the cusp of his first Supreme Court nomination, sure to be on the radical left.
But it's not just outrageous, it's also ridiculous to place Obama anywhere near the "middle" of the abortion debate. His actual record and his policies as president belie any notion of Obama disappointing the abortion lobby in any way.
In the first 100 days, Obama delighted people like Cecile Richards, the head of the Planned Parenthood abortion empire. On the Huffington Post, Richards announced there were "champagne corks popping" over Team Obama's early record, adding, "there is no way to overstate the revolutionary change that is taking place."