I don't know how President Obama could get more surreal. At this point, it's hard to tell whether he's more dishonest or delusional.
At Obama's news conference Thursday, CBS' Major Garrett pressed him, essentially, to admit he'd flagrantly lied when he promised Americans that with the advent of Obamacare, they could keep their health care plans and their doctors if they liked them.
Though Obama did pay lip service to admitting he shouldn't have made the promise "unequivocally," he quickly degenerated into a disjointed string of meaningless verbiage involving nuances, grandfathering, great-grandfathering and whatnot, all designed to confuse us and excuse himself. Besides, he insisted, many congressmen made the same "sincere" pledge that he made concerning keeping their plans. "They did it, too, Mommy."
The unequivocal truth is that Obama made the claim unequivocally not through excess passion born of selfless magnanimity but as a calculated maneuver to sell his unpopular plan. It was not, as he stated, sincere. Had he not made the claim unequivocally, he wouldn't have been able to cram the bill through, even with the unconscionable level of arm-twisting he engaged in.
It's beyond offensive that he blithely waved off his premeditated lie as a bare misstatement.
Obama not only was not forthcoming in accepting actual responsibility for his fraud but mouthed a number of other specious arguments to distract from his culpability and blame his opponents.
Like a jet fighter pilot sending out chaff and flares to divert a heat-seeking missile, Obama tried desperately to disguise this colossal failure as mostly a website problem. How many times did he use the term?
His propaganda ministers were careful in the words they chose for him. Obama said he "fumbled the rollout." Fumbles are, by definition, accidental. Plus, he deserves credit for the good things he's wrought. "There are a whole bunch of things about (the rollout) that are working really well which people didn't notice ... because they weren't controversial." Controversial? Try nonexistent.
Having changed the subject, he clumsily positioned himself as an outsider again, just as frustrated and injured by the technical problems caused by his executive incompetence as the rest of us. Even here, he didn't fully concede the full-on failure of the website. He took pains to describe how complex the task his IT team has undertaken, thus implying it is understandable they are having so many problems. (That should make some late-night skits.)
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