It's not as though the president just avoids or downplays his failures. It's more like he showcases them, but only after completely revising history to put his actions in a favorable light.
I have this recurring dream where I'm watching the president give a speech and he makes a claim about his record wholly at odds with what we have witnessed and I have to question my memory. Did he just say what I think he said, or did I miss a word or phrase that would have changed the meaning to something far less inaccurate -- and outrageously absurd? The trouble is, these are not dreams.
The most recent example was his speech on immigration. Perhaps he figured he'd received enough of a "bounce" from the bin Laden strike to ratchet up his militant rhetoric against border enforcement advocates. Last year, through the Arizona law, they were subjecting to possible arrest "legals" who were just out with their families for ice cream. Now they want to protect the border with a moat full of alligators.
But the people who are truly in jeopardy, as Texas Gov. Rick Perry pointed out, are those on the border who have to deal with the reality of deadly Mexican drug cartels.
Here's where my "dream" comes in. While ridiculing the patriots who are simply trying to enforce the law, he claims that he is already doing so with vigor. He says that violence in El Paso is decreasing and that the border towns are among the safest in America, implying that his policies are directly responsible for the decline.
But how can Obama make a causal connection between his border policies and so-called improved security? Remember, this is the same guy who told Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl that he would not assist with border security because it would remove any incentive for the GOP to work with him on "comprehensive immigration reform."
Any decline in apprehensions, says Perry, is due to the depressed state of the economy and fewer people trying to cross over in pursuit of jobs. "The drug cartels haven't slowed down a bit. They're still continuing to use our southern border as a base of operation. We're seeing more and more of our citizens, for instance in south Texas in the last 30 days ... our ranchers ... being threatened, and I'm not talking about threatened verbally, I'm talking shot at. You're going to see United States citizens killed if this administration does not take border security seriously. They don't."