Legacy: All lose
Presidents' legacies are usually determined by what they say, not by what they do: George H.W. Bush, “Read my lips, no new taxes;” Bill Clinton, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky.” President Obama always pleads ignorance with three little words.
With every big deal, when Obama is queried about why some scandal develops with one of his agencies, he replies, “I didn't know”: Fast and Furious, IRS scandal, CIA scandal, Benghazi, ObamaCare website — “I didn't know.”
Each big deal is like a poker game between the Republicans and the Democrats. Whenever the Republicans would start to criticize Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid or a famous movie star would slip the “race card” to the liberal media and the Republicans would fold their hands.
Then Obama played his biggest deal of all, ObamaCare, and the “I didn't know” statement was replaced with, “If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period.”
As the criticism mounts against Obama, the biggest star, Oprah Winfrey, is playing the “race card” to mute the millions of citizens who have lost their insurance.
As fraudulent as Obama's statement may prove to be, this “race card” may be his “get out of jail free card,” as the financial loss in this poker game of politics may be in the trillions of dollars and result in our medical and financial systems in chaos.
Except with this legacy, everyone loses.
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