To say the last month has been difficult for the president and his administration is an understatement.
It has been the epitome of a FUBAR.
Since October 1st, the president has been in damage control. The release of his signature legislation, the laughably-named Affordable Care Act- more commonly known as Obamacare- has been a disaster. The incompetence of government bureaucracy has been on full display as the websites were slow, suffered from constant freezing, eventually crashing, preventing millions of Americans from enrolling in Obama’s new entitlement program.
Then it was revealed that the president knowingly and intentionally lied to the American people regarding their healthcare even as his advisors warned and pleaded against him doing so.
Since 2009, when Obama began his campaign to persuade Americans about the benefits of his healthcare program, he’s consistently told … promised … Americans, no less than 36 times, that if Americans “liked their current healthcare plan, they could keep their healthcare plan”; and if they “liked their doctor, they could keep their doctor.”
On several occasions, Obama went so far as to add a verbal ‘period’ to both promises in an attempt to remove all ambivalence, doubt and or suspicion regarding the implementation of his program.
There was no asterisk, footnote, endnote, parenthetical or amendment to that promise. It was as straightforward a promise as one could give.
The president also said, “No one will take it away. No matter what.”
Yet, as we’ve come to find out, it was all a lie. And he knew it.
White House advisors knew the president was lying and advised against it. His advisors knew and he knew because it’s stated in the bill itself (Section 1251 of the Affordable Care Act) where it’s estimated that up to sixty-seven percent of Americans would have to lose their healthcare plans forcing them to enroll in the exchanges to subsidize the newly ensured who had expensive, pre-existing conditions.
But Obama being Obama and thus- in his mind- the smartest man in the room, ignored their warnings and proceeded with his deceit.
This is bad. But it gets worse.
Despite public knowledge that the president lied- against the advice of his brain trust- one would think that part of his damage control would be to apologize and ask for forgiveness or at the very least, spin an apology and attempt to rectify the damage.
One would think.
But not Obama. Rather than apologize and admit his colossal public bed soiling, he doubled down on his lies… with even more lies. Obama had the audacity to give a speech– and lie to Americans, again! He said, with a lie-ridden, straight face, that what we thought we heard, we didn’t hear; what he said, he actually didn’t say.
But it’s what they’re not saying, so far, that got my attention.
Throughout his presidency every critique and disagreement leveled at Obama by his detractors has been labeled ‘racist’ by his supporters. Cries of ‘racism’ and the race card has been used to explain away his mistakes and his inadequacies, to distract the public away from warranted criticism of his policies and to defend questionable leadership unworthy of the office of the Presidency.
The race card has been used to intimidate and silence the president’s critics that stand between the president and the full implementation of his big government social vision for America.
One only need to YouTube anyone on MSNBC or Google the NAACP or the CBC, or ask virtually any black American or guilty white progressive and one will find more proof than needed.
Until now. As of this writing- Obama’s supporters have (temporarily?) lost their race card.
Obama it appears is no longer… black.
That Obama lied to Americans- many of them his supporters- telling them that they could keep their health insurance when he knew many couldn’t is so serious, and such a cluster fudge, that the silly distraction of the race card can’t be used in his defense.
Obama’s lies have finally caught up to him and as a result, he’s no longer a black president above reproach. He’s simply a president that deserves the criticism and condemnation that comes with impugning his character by intentionally lying and putting millions of Americans in economic and physical distress in the process.
And since he’s no longer protected by the soft bigotry of low expectations resulting from the race card, he will be held to the same standard of presidents past which is what most Americans wanted all along.
Millions of Americans will be relieved that the president and his supporters have been (temporarily?) racially disarmed and the race card has been revoked.
It’s just a shame that it had to come at the expense of his credibility and integrity and not because of it.