For at least 315 million fiery lies, sorry does not cut it, Mr. President

To win re-election, the President lied about his most important legacy. Obama's credibility is falling and falling fast. Photo: AP

NEW YORK, November 8, 2013 — Last night, President Obama’s apology tour returned from a swing through foreign nations to make a muted appeal for forgiveness to Americans, before a single friendly journalist.

In full view, Obama placed a soiled band-aid over just one of the many cancerous tumors spreading through his presidency.


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Dear Leader is sorry for the pain caused to those few Americans who may lose private health insurance and comfortable relationships with their doctors.

Now we are supposed to continue moving on down the administration’s yellow brick road, grateful that our Tin Woodman found his heart.

This last minute ploy, like so many others in the Obama arsenal of tricks, was just contrived contrition. It likely compounded the president’s suite of challenges, spewing figuratively like oil from the uncontrollable Deepwater Horizon mess, in defining metaphor.

A King without Credibility is only a Character

The chief problem today is not that Obama lied. He admits that he lied about how many Americans would lose private health insurance plans and the doctors they had before March 23, 2010, when the Affordable Care Act — without clarifying regulations — became a “Big Effin’ Deal”.

The obstacle is not even that he delivered his various Obamacare lies repeatedly.

Had the electorate known just a small portion of what we understand so far concerning the monstrous regulatory mess relentlessly characterized as his “signature achievement,” Obama would not have defeated Mitt Romney in 2012.

Leaving aside other scandals, the gauge on the president’s credibility tank now registers below the empty mark, just on the basis of what we know so far regarding Obamacare. And credibility, like virginity, never is authentically restored once it is undeniably lost.

Moreover, the warranty has expired on Obama’s cloak of invulnerability to media scrutiny. Too many recovering investigative journalists inside and outside the mainstream press have too much to gain to ignore the obvious road ahead.

There is a timeline, there is a bevy of real scandals, they are connected in common purpose: protect the president at all costs, hide truth from the American people, and party on.

To understand what likely happens next in the balance of reasonable probabilities, listen to history rhyme.

Presidents are Last to Recognize when Power is Lost

Mandates are funny things. When the trusting American people ultimately conclude we are treated as suckers, sentiment flips decisively.

On November 7 1972, four and one half months after the Watergate burglary, President Nixon scored an upper case mandate against George McGovern.

With 55.2 percent of the electorate turned out, Nixon won 520 electoral votes, 49 states, and 60.7 percent of the popular vote. In contrast, Nixon’s challenger won 17 electoral votes, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia, and 37.5 percent of the popular vote.

From a perch most pundits thought was secure, Richard Nixon fell far and he fell fast.

By August 9, 1974, his presidency was past inoperative and he flew out the White House door into ignominy.

Forty years following Nixon’s trouncing of McGovern, on November 6, 2012, voter turnout was slightly higher at 58.2 percent.

By comparison, Obama’s victory in 2012 seems a decidedly lowercase mandate.

He won 332 electoral votes, 26 states and the District of Columbia, and 51.1 eprcent of the popular vote. Challenger Mitt Romney gained 206 electoral votes, 24 states, and 47.2 percent of the popular vote.

Does Obama’s latest admission of wrongdoing concerning the knowing, repeated sale of health care reform under false pretences seem less disturbing than abuses of power perpetrated by Richard Nixon?

As of now, 315 million Americans eventually will need some form of health care — no set of decisions is more intrusive or more important than how our precious lives unfold.

To win re-election, the president lied about his most important legacy.

The president stands exposed in history for what he has been throughout his adult life: a person who deigns not to recognize inconvenient truth.

His ardent followers cannot heal what ails him now, with or without Obamacare.

Must we form MoveOut.org?


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Charles Ortel became a lapsed member of the silent majority in August 2007 when he began alerting the public to dangers posed by structural changes in the global economy. Since then, Charles has appeared in the print, radio and television media with increasing frequency. Brass Tacks will attempt to offer non-partisan perspective on factors contributing to the unresolved, burgeoning crisis and discuss potential solutions. Graduated from Horace Mann School, Yale College and Harvard Business School, Charles tries to learn each day.  

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