The real Obama exposed
And what do the Obama administration and campaign do in response to the American electorate overwhelmingly responding to Mitt Romney's newly consistent show of leadership? Why, attempt to smear him, of course.
The Republican presidential nominee has been showcasing his presidential timber in excellent fashion as of late. First, in the Oct. 3 debate, then again in last week's foreign policy address.
Heretofore, Romney had been successfully smeared by the Obama horde and its media friends as rich and mean, impersonal, cold, unkind, uncaring — all the things that he is not. Romney's decency and intelligence, his sincerity and patriotism, his command of facts, his leadership came through resoundingly from the start of the debate and then at Virginia Military Institute.
And while Romney's been acting presidential, Obama's been acting petulant. And his acolytes have been making excuses ever since. Or smearing Romney as a “liar.” That clearly was the Democrats' lead talking point as Obama hack after Obama hack after Obama hack took to the Sunday morning interview show circuit Sunday last.
But in the process, they all rode right past the shortest route to the truth and reality — Obama has been overrated as a candidate, puffed up by the press and the true believers, isolated by choice and never seriously challenged by anyone around him.
Barack Obama never has been in a fistfight and didn't want to start one at the Denver debate. He didn't want to be at that debate and his narcissism told him he shouldn't have to be.
Obama didn't call out Romney on “all the lies” Romney told, said presidential Rasputin David Axelrod. Oh, why was that? Axelrod never explained but promised Obama would be better prepared for this Tuesday's second debate in Hempstead, N.Y.
But Obama didn't call Romney out because Romney's statements weren't lies at all. Obama knew in his heart that most of the genuinely hard-nosed, naked lies in the campaign were being told by his own advisers — Axelrod, David Plouffe and Stephanie Cutter.
There were some man-on-the-street TV interviews taped with undergrads on the campus of the very liberal University of Wisconsin at Madison the day after the debate. The question was something like, “Do you think President Obama should have been allowed to use a teleprompter at the debate with Romney?” The consensus was yes and a couple of people indicated they thought he had used one.
Every student seemed to take the question seriously — this at a school that claims intellectual selectivity in admissions.
They probably were all Obama voters.
Richard W. Carlson, a former U.S. ambassador to the Seychelles, is vice chairman of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.
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