The Flim-Flam Man’s Burden – Or…Maybe Not?

Over at his place, Ace passes along The Word from Patterico regarding Li’l Barky O’Barfer’s actual view on Presidential vacations- versus, of course, what he previous said about same, at least for an actual elected president

First up… Barky, 2014:

White House spokesman Josh Earnest defended President Obama’s weekend vacation in Key Largo, despite the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, arguing Obama would be able to monitor events from Florida.

“What the president will be doing this weekend in Florida is essentially what the president would be doing back at the White House. It’s just that the weather will be a little warmer,” Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One.

“The president is looking forward to spending some time with his wife and daughters, who are traveling down to Florida as well,” he continued. “There are some recreational amenities on the property, including workout facilities, tennis courts, a couple of golf courses.

“If there is an opportunity for the president to enjoy some of those amenities, then he’ll do that.

Ah, so…what he’s gonna do is soak up some rays, do a few rounds of cow-pasture pool (hey, with all that practice, dude oughtta be a scratch player by now, almost ready to hit the Pro-Am tournaments, right? maybe even try to make the Tour, ya think?), hang with the wifey and the kiddies a bit – oh, and maybe check in on a li’l briefing or two, ‘long as it doesn’t interfere with the tee-times, y’know?…

Just like back home in DeeCee, allee samey-same – got it…

Earlier this week, there was speculation the president could scrap the trip — his third vacation of the year — because of the crisis. But Earnest downplayed the suggestion…

And now for Barky, 2006:

Essentially the bargain that any president, I think, strikes with the American people is: “you give me this office and in turn my fears, doubts, insecurities, foibles, need for sleep, family life, vacations, leisure is gone. I am giving myself to you.” And the American people should have no patience for whatever is going through your head because you’ve got a job to do.

And so how I think about it is that you don’t make that decision unless you are prepared to make that sacrifice, that trade off, that bargain and I think that what’s difficult and important for somebody like myself who has a wonderful forbearing wife and two gorgeous young children is that they end up having to make some of those sacrifices with you,” he continued. “And that is a profound decision that you don’t make lightly.

Yeh, o.k. – tragic burden, that “public service” thing is for the Executive Office, right?…

Then, of course, Ace asks the clearly, obviously pertinent question:

Has there ever been a president with such an amazing hypocritical gap between his pre-election rhetoric and his post-election behavior as this one?

Answer: Nope, absolutely and categorically not.

Any other questions?


The Flim-Flam Man’s Burden – Or…Maybe Not? — 3 Comments

    • Particularly if Li’l Barky’s term in office reached the same conclusion as Harrison’s – Instead, as I’ve made mention of in the past, it seems likely the American Body Politic will be hag-ridden by yet another, even-longer-term Former Democrap Presidensity That Will Not Shut Up Or Go Away…

      As if we didn’t already have enough of that sort of thing, what with Jimmuh P-Nut and Slick Willie Clintoon hanging around and speaking up unasked on all sorts of topics about which they were abysmally ignorant, as well as near-blindingly stupid, while still in office, and have learned nothing of consequence since.

  1. Obama is a determined and successful political entrepreneur. He has lived a theory of popular politics which has delivered power to him.

    (1) Say anything you want to present your programs and support your ends. If people object or call you a shameless liar, don’t ignore them. Point out that they are the false opposition, motivated by hatred, self interest, and a desire to take over the government. Don’t smile at the irony.

    (2) It is your word as President against theirs as the lesser-elected. A majority of the public will give you the benefit of the doubt.

    (3) If you don’t confess a wrong, a majority of the public will not judge you as wrong. Even if their reasoning tells them that you are wrong, they are not used to following their reason, and they don’t trust themselves. They will trust you as the President rather than their own confused minds.

    Obama observed a powerful fact. Most people do not form an opinion, they observe and parrot opinions. If the press supports you, people hear the party line from many sources. They are not skeptical that what they hear is identical from these sources. They notice only that the sources agree, and this exact agreement reinforces their opinion.

    Other politicians may have noticed this, but they wouldn’t take the chance of relying on it. Obama has forcefully followed this theory to victory.

    Obama’s schemes are repeatedly revealed by the opposition. He says “What do you expect from opposition by Republicans?” Obama says that mistakes may have been made, but the opposition is exaggerating for pure political benefit. The press reports that nothing has been proven. The small part of the press in opposition is smeared as “Fox News” and as owned by the Republicans. Obama doesn’t smile at the irony.

    There is an historical example of another amazingly successful politician who took power over an enlightened, industrial country in 10 years: Hitler.

    The public assumes that no administration would lie outright and often. Obama depends on that conventional wisdom. People will just not believe that everything they are told is a convenient lie. That is unimaginable to them as decent people.

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    Adolf Hitler:  [edited]  The more monstrous the conspiracy, the less likely it will be uncovered.

    There is always a certain credibility in the big lie. The broad masses of a nation have simple, primitive minds. They more readily believe the big lie than the small lie. They often tell small lies in little matters, but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods.

    It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they do not believe that others would have the impudence to do so. You may bring the facts that prove the lie clearly to their minds. They will still doubt and waver, and they will continue to think that there may be some other explanation.
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