By pretending to be a moderate when he is ultra-liberal, President Obama got himself elected. With his press conference after the election, Obama demonstrated that he continues to believe he can put one over on the American people.
While the election results and the polls show otherwise, Obama rejected any suggestion that Americans disapprove of his left-wing policies.
While anyone who keeps up with the news knows what Republicans propose to improve the economy, Obama claimed he is interested in hearing any ideas Republicans may have and will consider them. Obama made the same claim about the healthcare bill and then ignored everything the Republicans proposed.
While he claimed to understand that the No. 1 issue is jobs, Obama constantly wandered off to discuss his desire to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
While the healthcare bill has already jacked up new premiums, Obama claimed the legislation is “on a trajectory to lower healthcare costs.”
While Obama has increased federal government employment by 10 percent and racked up trillions in debt, he claimed the problem is only that “people started looking at all this, and it felt as if government was getting much more intrusive into people’s lives than they were accustomed to.”
When Obama expressed regret about the lack of civility and bipartisanship, his disingenuousness became even more apparent. This is the same man who, in a radio interview with Univision, referred to Republicans as “enemies.” In Bridgeport, Ct., Obama demonized Republicans as being opposed to funding global AIDS.
“We’re funding global AIDS, and the other side is not,” he said.
It was a Republican — George W. Bush — who began that effort. Under Bush, the U.S. put $15 billion into fighting AIDS and HIV in Africa. If Obama will not give him credit, Africans do. Bush is loved by Africans largely because his AIDS initiative has resulted in a significant decline in infections and deaths from those public health threats.
In 2008, according to the Pew Global Attitudes Project, 82 percent of people surveyed in the Ivory Coast, 72 percent in Kenya, and 69 percent in Ghana expressed confidence that Bush was doing the right thing in world affairs.
Obama said he was eager to sit down with the leaders of both political parties “and figure out how we can move forward together.”
Obama’s remarks made it clear that moving forward means accomplishing the mission the American people have rejected. His press conference succeeded only in widening his credibility gap.
Ronald Kessler is chief Washington correspondent of Newsmax.com. View his previous reports and get his dispatches sent to you free via e-mail. Go here now.
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