Sunday, January 15, 2012
The Alice-in-Wonderland President
By John Ransom
It’s official: Obama lives on the other side of the Looking Glass.
Not that there was any doubt based on his performance to date, but it’s nice to know that the White House has acknowledged that fantasy plays a major part of this president’s platform, policy and procedure.
To recap for the folks at home: Obama had a creepy, secret Halloween party at the White House produced by Hollywood’s head creepster, Tim Burton, which starred French resident-in-chief, Johnny “America’s a Big Dumb Puppy” Depp.
Why so secret?
Well, besides the little problem of having an anti-American expatriate like Depp at the White House, some in the president’s staff thought it might “look” bad to hold such an extravagant affair at a time that many Americans were out of work.
According to Jodi Kantor’s book, The Obamas, which publicly outed the party, “White House officials were so nervous about how a splashy, Hollywood-esque party would look to jobless Americans — or their representatives in Congress, who would soon vote on health care — that the event was not discussed publicly and Burton’s and Depp’s contributions went unacknowledged.”
In fact, as a kind of life-is-stranger-than-fiction moment, Obama stole the premise from the movie A Few Good Men, and made sure that neither Burton nor Depp showed up in official White House logs that are supposed to record such visits, according to the UK’s Daily Mail. The White House claims that entertainers don’t log-in.
“White House visitor logs from 2009 do not list any of the stars that attended the party, but there certainly were some boldfaced-names that did make the cut,” reports the Daily Mail. “Actors George Clooney and Brad Pitt (listed under his legal name of William B Pitt) both visited the hallowed halls, Mr Clooney just a month after President Obama took office and Mr Pitt for a standard tour of the building.”
But missing in the outcry is this very simple observation: The White House staff understood how bad the party would look- it looks bad with good reason, too- yet instead of doing the right thing by NOT having the party, they decided to have the party and then lie to cover it up.
It only “looks” bad if you get caught, I guess.
Here’s a follow-up question for you: What else don’t we know that “looks” bad?
It’s a question that would have little consequence except that Obama’s whole presidency is predicated on one untruth after another.
I am daily reminded of this by volumes of bad news coming from the White House.
For example, Obama is now asking Congress for the power to merge certain federal agencies, he says, in a quest to make government “smaller.” I’m sure any day he’ll start “demanding” that Congress “act quickly” so he can make government “smaller.”
Obama? Smaller government? This guy’s no longer president of anything. He’s just a cartoon caricature of Warren G. Harding with a score of Tea Pot Domes: Stimulus, Solyndra, Soros, Fast and Furious.
A Do-Nothing Congress? Try a Say-Anything President.
In February of last year Obama presented a budget that asked for roughly another $1.5 trillion in deficit spending, but by July he was “demanding” that Congress cut the deficit by raising taxes.
Here’s a tip to Obama: You want to make government smaller, stop spending money; present a balanced budget; get off the backs of business in this country and let the economy do its proper job.
Or how about this: Fire ONE person at 1) the EPA; 2) The Department of Energy; 3) the IRS; 4) the Treasury, Education, Agriculture, Labor, Interior, Health and Human Services, Justice Departments.
Making government smaller doesn’t really take an act of Congress.
But demanding that Congress give him the power to make government smaller is just another Through-the-Looking-Glass day for The Knave of Hearts
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Posted by Brett at 10:47 PM