October 02, 2011
NYC Letter: Lies The President Told Me, Part VI -- Boos
Day 985 of CHOPE
It took us a couple of days [to comment] because I like to know what I'm talking about before I speak, you know? (Laughter.)
Contrary to this brag, from day one Mr. Obama has proved to be a fountain of uninformed commentary. There are few subjects where he has a demonstrable grasp of basic concepts and the attendant facts. Even his important policy hobbyhorses are notional wish-ups. Sometimes Mr. Obama's flubs are due to bad staff work, but more often than not they are the product of Mr. Obama's own dopey notions, willful ignorance, denial, or casual disregard of public knowledge (and this). And the truth. To wit.
At last month's GOP debate, in a videotaped question Stephen Hill, a soldier serving in Iraq, identified himself as gay and was booed by members of the audience. Reporters present (and here) attributed the boos to one to three people out of an audience of 5,000. As noted earlier:
Some of the Republican candidates have told ABC News that they weren’t aware of the cheering or booing from the stage, while others weren’t certain what the cheers were for.
All of which becomes a damning blanket indictment of Republicans as Mr. Obama, who didn't watch the debate, tells it.
And for those -- some of you here may be folks who actually used to be Republican, but are puzzled by what’s happened to that party. (Laughter.) Are puzzled by what's happened to that party. I mean, has anybody been watching the debates lately? (Laughter.)
You’ve got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change. (Laughter and applause.) No, no, it’s true. You’ve got audiences cheering at the prospect of somebody dying because they don’t have health care, and booing a service member in Iraq because they’re gay. That’s not reflective of who we are. (Applause.)
sharing his puzzlement at his Republican straw man
REMARKS AT DNC EVENT
SAN JOSE September 26, 2011 (White House)
The meme [scil., Republicans condoned or tolerated booing a gay soldier] is false, as explained here. There is a contagious lie and the President — he who often speaks of transcending divisiveness — is enthusiastically spreading it... while — ironically! — posing in the mantle of oneness, E pluribus unum. The crowd goes wild, by the way. Listen to the audio (at the link). They find the infected red meat scrumptious! And can you blame the poor man? He must serve something to the assembled hungry masses, and this — this! — is the best he's got. ... But the crowd loves it. This gibberish is quite delicious!
Meanwhile, Professor Jacobson at Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion wonders how it is that Mr. Obama never spoke up over some twenty years, "pretending not to have heard or known, of the denunciation — not for the first time — of America’s military at his own church by his own personal mentor." (Video here.)
Mr. Obama's standard for public ethics is opportunistic. Jeremiah Wright is merely "provocative", yet an unidentified voice in a sea of attendees is the whole of the Republican establishment being "small".
We don’t believe in a small America. We don’t believe in the kind of smallness that says it’s okay for a stage full of political leaders -- one of whom could end up being the President of the United States -- being silent when an American soldier is booed. (Applause.) We don’t believe in that. We don’t believe in standing silent when that happens. (Applause.) We don’t believe in them being silent since. (Applause.) You want to be Commander-in-Chief? You can start by standing up for the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States, even when it’s not politically convenient. (Applause.)
finally finding his outrage at defamation of America's military
WASHINGTON October 1, 2011 (White House)
We leave you with this to flavor your cud.
WASHINGTON September 29, 2011 (CNS News) - President Barack Obama told an audience of high school students in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday that he was "not always the very best student" and that ethics "would not have made it on the list" of his favorite subjects.
... "I did not love every class I took. I wasn’t always paying attention the way I should have," Obama said [speaking at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School].
"I remember when I was in 8th grade I had to take a class called ethics. Now, ethics is about right and wrong, but if you’d ask me what my favorite subject was back in 8th grade, it was basketball. I don’t think ethics would have made it on the list."
Obama went on to tell the high school students that even though that 8th grade ethics class was not one of his favorites it did have a significant impact on his life—and now inspires the way he acts as president.
Imagine had he paid attention. Perhaps he would know better than to push his re-election on the backs of smears.
Ethics, still not on the list.
UPDATE 10.03.11: Ed Morrissey at Hot Air picks up Mr. Obama's pulpit hypocrisy as the Obamateurism of the Day.Posted by Damian at October 2, 2011 11:45 PM