Ronald Kessler reporting from Washington, D.C.
— No one could comprehend why President Obama would say it would be “unprecedented” for the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down an act of Congress.
Any fourth grader knows that the Constitution gave the Supreme Court the power to review the laws of the U.S. Since he is a former University of Chicago Law School instructor, Obama’s comment seemed especially shocking.
|Obama with his mother Ann Dunham in an undated photo from the 1960s.
But Obama’s remark came as no surprise to me. On Jan. 14, 2008, I broke a story revealing that the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., whom Obama described as a friend, mentor, and sounding board, had given the church’s lifetime achievement award to Louis Farrakhan.
Obama then issued a statement saying the award was for Farrakhan’s work with ex-offenders. In fact, the award presentation said nothing about ex-offenders. Instead, the award was for Farrakhan’s “perspective that is helpful and honest.” according to what Wright told his church magazine.
The media ignored Obama’s prevarication, as it did when it accepted Obama’s claim that he had no idea Wright was an anti-white anti-America, anti-Israel hatemonger. But it became clear to me even back then that Obama’s arrogance was so supreme that he believed he could make any untrue statement and get away with it.
During the campaign, Obama went on to claim that because his mother had a pre-existing condition, she died of cancer without health insurance coverage.
That turned out to be a pure invention to win support for passage of his healthcare legislation. So too was Obama’s claim that he watched at his mother’s side as she suffered the disease without being insured.
Obama had not seen his mother for months when she died in a Honolulu hospital in 1995, according to Janny Scott, a New York Times writer and author of the book “A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother” and to his mother’s friends interviewed by The Washington Post.
Ann Dunham’s son was in Chicago, planning a run for an Illinois state Senate seat. He did not go to see his mother until a day after she died on Nov. 7, 1995.
As noted in my article "Obama Distorted Rev. Wright’s Background
," Obama subsequently made up stories about how deprived and discriminated against Wright was while growing up in Philadelphia.
In fact, Wright grew up in a comfortable middle class family in a racially mixed neighborhood. He attended Central High, an elite school that admits only the most qualified students from all over the city. But the press bought every word of Obama’s Wright mythology.
As president, Obama has become even more arrogant. As Mitt Romney correctly said in an interview with Newsmax TV, Obama’s comment questioning the Supreme Court’s authority was “a purposeful distortion.” Obama’s later attempt to backtrack on his remark made no sense.
Surrounded by yes-men and yes-women, Obama privately blames Republicans for every problem he has, according to White House sources. He attributes criticism of his policies to a failure to communicate or to the fact that he is an African-American.
Like Lyndon Johnson, who habitually lied about the Vietnam War, Obama lives in a bubble. He really believes that his words define reality.
In “The Twilight of the Presidency,” George E. Reedy, press secretary to Johnson, said the “splendid isolation” of the president within the White House had turned the presidency into a monarchy.
“The atmosphere of the White House is a heady one,” he wrote. “By the 20th century, the presidency had taken on all the regalia of monarchy except robes, a scepter, and a crown.”
In Obama’s case, long before he entered the White House, his arrogance knew no bounds. But as with Johnson, the American people will catch on to him, and he will wind up as a one-term president.
Ronald Kessler is chief Washington correspondent of Newsmax.com. He is the New York Times bestselling author of books on the Secret Service, FBI, and CIA. Read more reports from Ronald Kessler — Click Here Now.
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