President Obama should brush up on Sir Walter Scott.
In Scott’s poem Marmion he would find a sentence that describes his current predicament:
Oh, what a tangled web we weave
When first we practice to deceive.
Obama lied to the American people about the consequences of Obamacare. He lied in order to manipulate their minds and to defraud them… all for their own good.
Having been caught in a lie, Obama is now doubling down on the deception.
His flunkies and satraps are valiantly trying to defend the new gloss on thes old lie, but former Clinton consigliore Lanny Davis is surely correct when he advises Obama to come clean, to admit his mistake, and to move on.
Peter Wehner provides an excellent account of the last few week of the Obama presidency. Some of us thought that the illusion of Obama's competence had dissipated during Obama’s first presidential debate with Mitt Romney. We were overly optimistic.
Now, it looks like America is learning the hard way that it has been duped and defrauded.
The last six weeks have been brutal ones for the Obama presidency. And I’m guessing that the damage that’s been inflicted will not be transitory. All the failures surrounding the Affordable Care Act–from the disastrous rollout of the federal health-care exchanges, to sticker shock surrounding premiums and deductibles, to the jolting realization that millions of people are now being forced out of health-care plans they like (with millions more to follow)–has likely left an indelible mark of incompetence on Mr. Obama. He looks like nothing so much as a community organizer who is totally overmatched by events.
That would be injurious enough. But now you can add to the mix the shattering of Mr. Obama’s credibility; the belief among a growing number of his fellow citizens that he cannot be trusted, that he will corrupt words in order to advance his ways. Those character defects would be troubling enough in, say, a state senator. They are much more problematic to find in an American president. It’s all very discouraging.
Mary McCarthy once said of the playwright Lillian Hellman, “[E]very word she writes is a lie, including `and’ and `the.’” Mr. Obama isn’t at that point yet. But he’s closer than he thinks. And unless he puts an end to his multiplying deceptions, Barack Obama’s presidency will not only lie in ruins; his reputation will as well.