On the West Coast earlier this week to meet donors from two top Democratic super PACs, he specifically excluded the press. According to Politico, "the reporters and photographers traveling with the president on Air Force One and in his motorcade were left on the gravel path not even within sight of former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal's house in the Seattle suburbs where Obama sat for a Senate Majority PAC fundraiser with a $25,000 entrance fee."
The same thing happened the next morning, when he didn't even tell his media cheerleaders what floor of the downtown San Francisco Four Seasons hotel he was on while panhandling with major donors for the House Majority PAC.
Christi Parsons, president of the White House Correspondents' Association, emitted a toothless protest, saying: "We think these fundraisers ought to be open to at least some scrutiny, because the president's participation in them is fundamentally public in nature. Denying access to him in that setting undermines the public's ability to independently monitor and see what its government is doing." You think?
Then why do you all continue to cover for this man and his policies? Why do you never hold him accountable for his ongoing whopper that he is running the "most transparent administration in history"?
The reason is that you are his ideological soul mates, and that trumps all else, including your sacred, selectively enforced motto, "The public has a right to know."
Media dishonor aside, Obama, as I said, does have strong reasons for wanting to fly under the radar when fundraising. As tone-deaf, insensitive and self-absorbed as he is, he is surely at least marginally aware that many Americans find his endless taxpayer-subsidized, partisan fundraising offensive when it proceeds apace amid multitudinous world crises and domestic scandals.
There's also the matter of his partisan tone, which he doubtlessly ratchets up to new levels of stridency when among fellow travelers in the top 1 percent as they join in condemning wealthy capitalists while exempting themselves -- because they care, as evidenced by their liberalism.
Before he booted the press, he got warmed up. He said, "The reason politics does not work in Washington ... is because we have one party that has no agenda other than making government not work -- whose primary function, primary purpose right now, if you distill their ideology, comes down to saying 'no' to any efforts to help ordinary families get ahead."
This from the man whose policies have quagmired jobs and the economy for nearly six years, whose spending is bankrupting us and whose dependency-generating agenda is destroying the middle class. Imagine what he said when the press wasn't in the room.
But that's not all. When Obama is with his progressive buds, he also lets his socialistic hair down. He made some candid statements that reveal his utopian mindset -- the leftist fantasy world he continues to inhabit despite years of hard reality's smacking his policies in the face with failure after failure.
It was reported that he said at his Seattle fundraiser, "Part of people's concern is just the sense that around the world, the old order isn't holding and we're not quite where we need to be in terms of a new order that's based on a different set of principles, that's based on a sense of common humanity, that's based on economies that work for all people."
Why are some people so slow in coming around to Obama's real beliefs and true intentions? You don't need to be a cryptologist to understand what Obama was saying here.
Most of us, especially Christians, agree that there is a common humanity. We are all made in God's image and entitled to equal dignity. But considering his other statements over the years and his record, we know he means something different -- that no nation, including America, is exceptional. Nor is there anything particularly imperative about safeguarding our national sovereignty, which explains his virtually open-borders mentality.
How about "a different set of principles" and "economies that work for all people"? Just what did he mean by that? Well, socialism doesn't work for any people save the ruling class, much less all people, but he doesn't grasp that. He seems to regard it as a gross injustice that there are wide disparities of income and wealth not only within the United States but also between Americans and peoples of other nations.
He believes that the United States should share its wealth, vastly more than it already has and does, with other peoples of the world, patently oblivious to the facts that we will have little wealth if we continue with his socialistic policies and that other nations would be far wealthier if they would turn to free market principles themselves.
You can slice it any way you want to, but Obama makes clear over and over again that he rejects fundamental American principles and wants to employ "a different set of principles" as he remakes this nation according to his quixotic vision.
In one sense, it's quite inaccurate to characterize Obama's policies as failures, because he is doing precisely what he intends to do. He is not failing; we are. America is. And though this will be news to the persistently naive among us, he is just getting warmed up, emboldened and defiant rather than discouraged and chastened by his growing unpopularity.
Though he does many things under the radar, he performs so much mischief in public that no one has any excuse to be ignorant.