April 27, 2011

Sleight of Hand

I care whether Barack Obama's presidency is legal. But when he was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States I reckoned it no longer mattered where he was born - he's the President now and nothing will change that. And yet, President Obama thinks it matters, if not for his presidency then at least for his re-election. In his announcement of the "exception" marking the release of his "long form birth certificate" he said he "believed the distraction over his birth certificate wasn't good for the country." Also, that "it may have been good politics and good TV, but it was bad for the American people and distracting from the many challenges we face as a country."

The obvious question to me is therefore, when was this distraction good for the American people? Why not "request ... that the Hawaii State Department of Health make an exception to release a copy of his long form birth certificate" during your election campaign? Or when an honorable U.S. soldier conscientiously objected to serving under your questioned authority because you had, inexplicably, refused to make this request for over two years? I think you answered these questions with the Freudian words "it may have been good politics."

But my concerns are larger even than this. My concern is not with the misdirection he gives us with his birth certificate sideshow, but with the President's overarching message:

At a time of great consequence for this country -- when we should be debating how we win the future, reduce our deficit, deal with high gas prices, and bring stability to the Middle East, Washington, DC, was once again distracted by a fake issue. The President's hope is that with this step, we can move on to debating the bigger issues that matter to the American people and the future of the country.

Mister President, with all due respect, a growing fraction of the American people believe that YOU are the reason our deficit is out of control, that gas prices have doubled, that liberty movements in the Middle East are receiving mixed signals from the once dependable beacon of liberty called "USA" and, quite frankly, why America's future will probably be worse before it gets better. You have tried Keynsian solutions. They have not worked. There is no debate. STOP your deficit spending. STOP campaigning for tax cuts. STOP manipulating energy and other markets. And STOP your unprincipled and haphazard military adventurism in the Middle East. Eliminate special tax breaks and subsidies for individuals AND corporations and institute a FLAT rate TAX and then sit down and shut up and take credit when America's economic output outstrips any period in the history of the world.

Obama Administration Posted by JohnGalt at April 27, 2011 2:38 PM

Yet another great line from Taranto: "We don't have time for such silliness," Obama said at his briefing today. Then, as John Podhoretz notes, the president "flew off to Chicago to be on The Oprah Winfrey Show."

Posted by: jk at April 27, 2011 4:43 PM | What do you think? [1]