Letter: Obama failing in leadership

  • Posted: Sunday, May 18, 2014 12:01 a.m.

An old Fleetwood Mac song had the title “Lies, Lies, Sweet Little Lies,” but now it has become strategy of President Barack Obama’s administration.

An old joke says; “How can you tell a politician is lying? … when he’s moving his lips.” We’ve come to expect half-truths and “spin” during campaign mud-slinging, but its troubling when the leader we’ve elected as role model and chief executive of our country uses these tactics on our citizens after being elected.

The number of nationally embarrassing lies Obama has scripted is at double digits with two more years to serve. During former President George W. Bush’s administration, detractors would chant (about war with Iraq); “Bush lied – people died.”

Since a lie is actually presenting something as true when you know it is false, Bush didn’t lie about weapons of mass destruction. He and prominent legislators from both parties believed international intelligence reports that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Conversely, when Obama and those feeding him teleprompter messages know that Obamacare will require you to lose your existing health insurance plan, lose your doctor, pay more for a policy, etc. yet state with conviction that “… you can keep your plan – period,” that is a lie.

This administration knowingly took a terrorist attack that killed our ambassador and three other American Embassy personnel and ignored information from those present, and then portrayed that this happened because of an insulting internet video? I call that a very big lie, and breach of trust with the American people for purposes of being reelected. The international community has learned when our president says; “This red line can’t be crossed” – it can. When he says, “There will be consequences” – there won’t. I could go on about the IRS scandal and his promise to prosecute those responsible, or the “Fast and Furious” debacle, or his promise of the most “transparent administration,” or his promise to keep lobbyists out of his administration, etc. I guess the lie that bothers me most is the first one recorded during his administration when he said; “I Barack Hussein Obama solemnly swear that I will faithfully … to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Whether you loved him or hated him, it makes you kind of miss Bush with his core convictions and personal integrity to say what he meant and mean what he said.

Richard Eichler

Aiken

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