Barack Obama: Bamboozler-in-Chief

By Proof

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Phony Greek columns, anyone?


Remember back to the 2008 campaign? Before Obama had had a chance to break any of his campaign promises (his largest accomplishment so far), he had a word he like to use in his stump speeches: "bamboozle". It's a perfectly good word, I've used it myself, but for those of you not familiar with the term, it means:

to deceive or get the better of (someone) by trickery, flattery, or the like; humbug; hoodwink (often followed by into ): They bamboozled us into joining the club. Synonyms: gyp, dupe, trick, cheat, swindle, defraud, flimflam, hoax, gull, rook; delude, mislead, fool.


If Abe Lincoln had known Obama, he might have said, "You can bamboozle all of the people some of the time, etc."

To take another point from Obama's "Let's Pretend I'm T.R." speech (Teddy Ruxpin?):

To reduce our deficit, I've already signed nearly $1 trillion of spending cuts into law...


Now, on the face of it, that might sound like the most responsible thing for a president to do in hard economic times. What about what some people might call "lies of omission"? Or what the late Paul Harvey might have called, "the rest of the story"...

The truth is, the president's imaginary "cuts" are scheduled to take place over the next ten years, so divide that "trillion dollars" by ten and the impact of the cuts become negligible. That is to say, they would be negligible if they were real cuts. They're not.

Obama's bold deficit reduction cuts are cuts in the rate of increase only. In other words, Obama is planning on spending more money next year than this year, but wants to, wait for it, bamboozle people into thinking otherwise.

I wish that just one member of the Washington Press Corps (BTW, not "corpse", Mr. Obama!), would have the balls to stand up and ask him,

Mr. Obama, you say you have signed a trillion dollars in spending cuts. Tell us, exactly how much smaller next year's Federal budget will be compared to this years?


Mr. President?? Beuller???

You and I both know that Obama would dance around the question, probably blame Bush and then make sure that reporter's invitations were revoked from any future campaign bus trips.

Shouldn't someone be bold enough to ask the question? Are there no heirs to Edward R. Murrow? Obama might like to play act that he is FDR or JFK, or Reagan or Truman or TR, or even pretend he is taking a responsible approach to the deficit. Someone needs to call him on it. The watchdog press has become Obama's lapdog. Or maybe one of those little purse dogs, like Paris Hilton carries. It's time for the fawning bootlickers of the MSM to grow a spine and a little self respect. They tossed partisan softballs to Obama in '08 and as a result, we got the worst, and least serious president in the history of the republic. The public needs an impartial look at all the candidates running for president before next November...including the incumbent.

Update : Instapundit has video of candidate Obama promising to cut unnecessary government programs (perhaps some enterprising young reporter could ask exactly which programs Obama has cut in the last three years?), stop living beyond our means (other than trillion dollar "stimulus" bills), cut profligate spending and promised a "Net Spending Cut" if he were president.




"We need to eliminate a whole host of programs that don't work. And I want to go through the federal budget, line by line, page by page, (unless it interferes with my golf game), programs that don't work, we should cut."
- Barack Obama


Cross posted at Proof Positive

5 comments:

  1. .

    "The public needs an impartial look at all the candidates running for president before next November...including the incumbent."

    But ... but ... aren't you and Murdoch Media/Fox giving US an impartial look at all the candidates running for president before next November...including the incumbent? Are you saying that is not true and factual? Really?

    Are you saying your cynicism and jealousy isn't working for you? You and your blog have sniveled, whined, and cried about how Mr Obama has utterly failed in everything he has done. Well it is all as bad as you say.

    Your real complaint is that Mr Obama is working at solving problems and is doing a fair job at succeeding in getting it done right.

    You cannot even bring yourself to refer to the President as Mr Obama.

    Ema Nymton
    ~@:o?
    .

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  2. "The public needs an impartial look at all the candidates running for president before next November"... Sorry, that only applies to Republicans. And of course we're even willing to throw out some unconfirmed accusations to cause major distractions from time to time... Cain you hear me now?

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  3. Ema: Your drivel is duly noted. Are you math impaired, too, or would you like to tackle the question: "If Obama has signed a trillion dollars in spending cuts, exactly how much smaller will next year's Federal budget be compared to this year?

    "You cannot even bring yourself to refer to the President as Mr Obama." Read it again, Not My Area of Expertise. I refer to him both as "Mr. President" and "Mr. Obama". When I just say "Obama", did you think I was referring to Mrs. Obama? Sorry! Most of my readers are intelligent enough to figure that out for themselves.

    "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds". Apparently, they don't get much smaller than yours, Ema.

    John: Sure seems that way, doesn't it?

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  4. BTW, EMA, your amateur psychoanalysis aside, I called President Obama "Mister" six times in the last piece I wrote on him. I'm not like those braindead liberal dweebs(but I repeat myself!) who cannot bring themselves to even capitalize Bush or Reagan's names.

    Keep your day job. If you can ever bring yourself to get off the dole.

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  5. Notmyname,

    You said:
    "Your real complaint is that Mr Obama is working at solving problems and is doing a fair job at succeeding in getting it done right."

    Prove it. Show me one solved problem. Liberalism is about intention, not results.

    Mr. Obama's achievements:
    Solyndra, Fast and Furious, Keystone blockage, debt increase, The Great World Apology Tour 2009, vacationing more than any other
    President, clueless and impotent as a leader, and more gaffes than Joe Biden could possibly dream of.

    His name will be recorded in the history of my nation right below Jimmy Carter's. Ouch.

    Epic fail.

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