But don't think Obama's desperate measures to save face while pretending to help others is anything new. He has a habit of placing his reputation above the interests of those he cares so deeply about.
A few examples from my book "The Great Destroyer" will illustrate the consistency in Obama's non-other-directedness. It's all about him -- not the people, not the vaunted middle class, not the downtrodden -- just him and only him.
Do you remember when Obama lost his cool and confronted Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on the airport tarmac because she had described him as arrogant in a previous encounter between the two? Brewer later related that Obama "was a little disturbed" about her book and "a bit thin-skinned." Video footage of the incident put the lie to Obama's disingenuous denials.
Concerning the Gulf oil spill, a congressional investigative committee found that local officials claimed the administration had been more focused on avoiding bad press than on addressing the disaster. The committee's chairman, Darrell Issa, concluded, "The evidence on the ground suggests that the White House has been more focused on the public relations of this crisis than with providing local officials the resources they need to deal with it."
More recently, we learned of another example of Obama's putting himself first at the expense of Americans he "cares" about. A top tech official for the Obamacare exchanges warned days before the website's launch that White House insiders were nervous the site would be "unavailable" after its launch and would be a big embarrassment. A series of emails on Sept. 25 from HealthCare.gov project manager Henry Chao, obtained by Fox News, reveals the administration's concern about a public relations disaster. Chao suggested the administration develop a plan to inform the public about the website in order to prevent the media from "just ramping up the hyperbole about hc.gov not (being) functional."
Obama is not concerned with the people losing their plans, or he wouldn't be obsessing over public relations and ignoring the people's suffering, and he wouldn't be continuing to lie about what is destined to unfold with the next round of canceled plans, which, by all estimates, will dwarf this round.
Let's talk about Obama's Obamacare lies not as if they're a phenomenon of the past but as if they're part of an ongoing pattern of prioritizing his own personal interests ahead of those of the nation and its people.