Obama: "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life." Almost.

President Obama's press conference revealed what he really thinks of himself: He is the holder of all solutions. Photo: AP

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2013 — At his April 30 news conference, President Obama’s true colors shined through. He fielded numerous questions, the toughest of which (regarding the gag order on Benghazi survivors) he dismissed with denial that he had ever heard of such a problem. Jonathan Karl (ABC News) later asked the president, do “[you] still have the juice to get the rest of your agenda through this Congress?”

Part of his answer focused on blaming Congress for his failures. Then, as an example of why nothing is his fault, Obama brought up the supposedly calamitous delays that a few people experienced last week, before the FAA was allowed to move unused money into air traffic control. Obama made it sound as if the funds were desperately needed to stave off an infrastructure collapse down the road.

“But, you know, Jonathan, if in fact they [Congress] are seriously concerned about passenger convenience and safety, then they shouldn’t just be thinking about tomorrow or next week or the week after that; they should be thinking about what’s going to happen five years from now, 10 years from now or 15 years from now.”

That would be great advice, if he listened to it. Let’s get spending turned around, now. But that’s not quite what he said, and the best guess is that he meant that we might address today’s overspending some day in the future, perhaps during the Clinton or Cruz presidencies.

Horrifically and egotistically, talks as if everything in this country had to go through him: “The only way to do that is for them to engage with me on coming up with a broader deal.”

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He continued with empty verbiage designed to make it sound as if he understands what Americans know: Our government is spending us all into a slippery, deep pit. “And that’s exactly what I’m trying to do is to continue to talk to them about are there ways for us to fix this. Frankly, I don’t think that if I were to veto, for example, this FAA bill, that that somehow would lead to the broader fix. It just means that there’d be pain now, which they would try to blame on me, as opposed to pain five years from now.”

He denies the pain that future taxes place on an unaware public — like Obamacare, which is about to bite us on the throat, but which didn’t hurt anyone before his re-election.

His solution? More spending: “But either way, the problem’s not getting fixed. The only way the problem does get fixed is if both parties sit down and they say, how are we going to make sure that we’re reducing our deficit sensibly; how are we making sure that we’ve investing in things like rebuilding our airports and our roads and our bridges and investing in early childhood education and all — basic research, all the things that are going to help us grow, and that’s what the American people want.”

Obama knows what the American people want. He sees a lot of them on the golf course. Congress, whose members get the mail, attend the town halls, and receive the phone calls, knows nothing.

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The president won’t lead, or even acknowledge that recovery might require Americans to actually suffer through a little inconvenience in order to balance the budget. He never said Americans can’t expect the government to do everything that convenience demands, and right now, and forever. He never, in the entire press conference, mentioned that overspending causes problems, that a too-big government is NOT too big to fail, or that he has any ideas of his own on how to lessen the impact of the Lilliputian and largely fictitious “cuts” in the budget.

All he wants is to be the broker of everything, the man who runs all, our ultimate ruler: “The only way to do that is for them to engage with me…”

No one gets to the Father but through him, or something like that. (John 14:6)

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Tim Kern taught economics for fifteen years, and discovered that understanding life is easy; it’s recognizing reality that takes practice. He holds a music degree, and later earned an MBA in finance from Northwestern University. He has lived across the US, and now makes his home in Anderson, Indiana.

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