Obama Gets 4 Out of 4 Pinocchios From WashPost


On 60 Minutes recently Obama tried to put 90% of the blame for his destructive deficit spending and debt escalation on George W. Bush.  The WSJ smacked that down the other day, but, hey, that’s the right wing nutters at the WSJ op-ed page, right?  The Washington Post will give Obama a fair shake and vindicate the President’s thoughtful and not-one-bit-self-serving analysis, right?

Um, how does four Pinocchios sound?  Ed at HotAir has the play by play…

KROFT: The national debt has gone up sixty percent in — in the four years that you’ve been in office.

OBAMA: Well, first — first of all, Steve, I think it’s important to understand the context here. When I came into office, I inherited the biggest deficit in our history. And over the last four years, the deficit has gone up, but ninety percent of that is as a consequence of two wars that weren’t paid for, as a consequence of tax cuts that weren’t paid for, a prescription drug plan that was not paid for, and then the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.  Now we took some emergency actions, but that accounts for about 10 percent of this increase in the deficit, and we have actually seen the federal government grow at a slower pace than at any time since Dwight Eisenhower, in fact, substantially lower than the federal government grew under either Ronald Reagan or George Bush.

So how many Pinocchios does Obama get?  One hundred percent of them:

Obama certainly inherited an economic mess, and that accounts for a large part of the deficit. But Obama pushed for spending increases and tax cuts that also have contributed in important ways to the nation’s fiscal deterioration. He certainly could argue that these were necessary and important steps to take, but he can’t blithely suggest that 90 percent of the current deficit “is as a consequence” of his predecessor’s policies — and not his own.

As for the citing of the discredited MarketWatch column, we have repeatedly urged the administration to rely on estimates from official government agencies, such as the White House budget office. It is astonishing to see the president repeat this faulty claim once again, as if it were an established fact.  Four Pinocchios[.]

And as Kessler points out, the real structural bomb to annual deficits has yet to be triggered.  ObamaCare may be deficit neutral in its first ten years — which is still arguable, and based on a fiscal shell game — but after that, “all bets are off.”

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  • SigFan

    Once again, those of us that have been paying attention since ’08 know that just about everything that comes out of Obama’s mouth is a lie. The problem is the nitwits on the left that continue to believe him.

    • $8194357

      his whole life is a lie.

    • mickey_moussaoui

      The Howard Stern MOS say’s it all.
      Just imagine the next shit head liberal that gets into the Whitehouse. Could it be possible that odumbo can be outdone by one of his own?

  • Game

    Hey Donny, I am waiting for your posts about all the campaign ads that Romney is running that the fact checkers have proven to be false. “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers,” Neil Newhouse, the Romney campaign’s pollster.

    • mikemc1970

      Why would Romney let lying leftist fact checkers dictate how he runs his campaign? Instead, why don’t you ask Ambassador Stevens family why Obama considers his assassination a “speed bump”.

      • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

        Mr. 1970, is the WaPo a leftist fact checker?

        • mikemc1970

          Yes. Is Romney letting them dictate how he runs his campaign? No.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            If WaPo, as you say is a leftist fact checker, why should President Obama be dictated to and run his campaign by them?

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            Mr. 1970, you believe WaPo is a leftist fact checker.
            I’m going to assume that means you don’t think they are trust worthy.
            Doesn’t that put the trustworthiness of this story into question?

          • $8194357

            (I’m going to assume)
            Nothin new here dipshit.

        • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

          Mr. 1970, did WaPo lose it’s leftist fact checker status by giving President Obama 4 Pinocchios?

          • mikemc1970

            If Obama isn’t going to let good taste or human decency dictate how he runs his campaign, why would he let the WaPo?

  • $8194357


  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    Obama certainly inherited an economic mess, and that accounts for a large part of the deficit

    Looks like you need to work on your percentages, amongst other things, Donny.

    And lets face it. It was the Republicans who pushed for Obama to continue the bad idea of continuing the bush tax gift, which was never paid for.

    In fact, the numbers show spending actually has increased far more slowly under Obama’s budgets that it did under Bush’s, and more slowly than under any president in half a century. An analysis by the Wall Street Journal’s “MarketWatch” website on May 22 shows spending under Obama rising at an average rate of just 1.4 percent per year. Spending under Bush rose 7.3 percent per year during his first term, and 8.1 percent per year in his second term.

    “[S]pending is rising at the slowest pace since Dwight Eisenhower brought the Korean War to an end in the 1950s,” wrote MarketWatch’s Rex Nutting. And after adjusting for inflation, Nutting notes, federal spending is actually falling under Obama — the first time that’s happened since the end of the Vietnam war.

    Update, June 4: For our own detailed analysis of Obama’s spending — in which we disagree in part with Nutting — see our June 4 featured article titled “Obama’s Spending: ‘Inferno’ or Not?” We found that President Bush was responsible for most of the sharp rise in spending in fiscal 2009, which began before Obama took office. And we found that spending has risen since then more slowly than it did under Bush.


    If you want to wrestle with the big dogs, Donny. Wrestle with me.

    • Wayne

      Sounds like you want to date Donny, Handjob.

      Lets suppose for a moment that Obama inheritated this huge mess that he couldn’t straighten out in one term. Well now, four years later the mess is even bigger (due to his failed policies IMO). If he couldn’t clean up the mess he inherited in four years how is he going to clean up the even bigger mess he created in the next four years? Doing the same things he did in the last four years will just make the mess bigger still in the next four years. Democrats are stupid.

    • jl

      Lies, damn lies, and statistics… Very misleading, but anyway… When the amounts go up, percentages come down, so the “spending is increasing slower under Obama” line is highly suspect. Case in point: President “A” increases the debt from 10 to 20, a 100% increase. President “B” then increases the debt from 20 to 30. It’s the same amount of increase (10 units), but math-wise is only a 50% increase. Second guy looks better, but really is not.

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        Ah, yes…..those pesky fact things. When conservatives don’t like the facts, they change the rules. Case in point: The recent polls.

        Fact Check has it right. If you have numbers that prove your argument, show me the numbers.

        • jl

          Polls? Who’s talking about polls? Just you and the voices in your head? And there are no “rule changes” in math, which i showed you. As totals increase, in spending or whatever, percentages go down. Both presidents could increase spending the same amount, but the one with the larger budget would, math-wise, get credit with a smaller, or slower, increase. Which, again, i showed you with an example. Sorry no colored graphs with animals or whatever you could understand. It’s math, not “conservatives changing the rules.”

  • WOOF

    Kessler posted this,
    he just won’t believe his lying eyes

  • JustRuss

    You don’t “pay for” tax cuts, you cut back, while GW didn’t do any cutting back, at least they put their spending on paper. How can we even know what the actual deficits are when there is no Budget to base the analysis from? Democrats didn’t want to face the problem any more than the Republicans did, so instead of owning up to their spending habits and passing the budgets as required; they just didn’t budget so nobody could point to the evidence.

    Plus, all of their increases (tax and spending) don’t show up til 2013. Conveniently.

  • banjo kid

    It should be printed in bold letters on his fabricated certificate of birth where ever that might have taken place ” Here is a lying soul who from perdition reigns” It should be on his so called presidential seal also . The fellow is a habitual liar so what else is new? We have had many warnings and if we still keep turned from God another warning may be the end for America.

  • howiseeit

    I don’t know what disappoints me the most. Is it the many in our country that are to ignorant to see the lies or that that they see them but choose to endorse Obama despite his lies. If you happen to be either one of these shame on you!

  • Harold

    Obama is one good lying machine in my view. Never seen a better liar in all my years on this planet and I’ve seen plenty of them through the years, he’s the best.

  • $8194357

    Just how do you wag the global dog?

    By using:

    A make believe “cause”.
    Of a make believe “people”
    By a make believe “non bias global media”
    Backing a make believe “ideology”
    With a make believe “American president”…


    Hamas leader admits,
    “There is no such thing as a ‘Palestinian’ people”
    by BareNakedIslam

    Hamas interior minister,
    Fathi Hamad, tells Egyptian TV:

    “Half of Palestinians came from Egypt
    and the other half came from Saudi Arabia,”
    just as Newt Gingrich said,
    Palestinians are an ‘invented’ people.

    In their own words:

    We are the spear tip against Israel !


    H/T Shoebat
    BareNakedIslam |
    September 27, 2012 at 12:06 am |
    Categories: Just the Facts | URL:


  • $8194357

    I know “most” folks care more about the NFL refs strike than this,
    but folks really need to “Wake the Hell Up”…

    Bare naked islam

    Obama Regime orders FBI ‘NOT’ to treat people associated
    with Islamic terrorist groups as potential threats.

    Federal Bureau of Investigation agents are instructed that mere association
    with terror organizations that demonstrate both advocacy and violent
    extremism objectives should not automatically result in a determination
    that the associated individual is acting in furtherance of the organization’s illicit objectives, the touchstone document states.

    Frontpage Magazine
    The fact that a terrorism suspect is associated with a terrorist group means nothing, according to the FBI document,
    “Guiding Principles: Touchstone Document on Training.”

    The “touchstone” document, dated March of this year, is available online
    but hasn’t been reported on by major media outlets.(NO. Really 7.62)

    After first handcuffing FBI agents investigating terrorism,
    the touchstone document also invokes the “gods of political correctness”
    by making FBI agents afraid of being called “racist” – even though almost
    all Islamic terrorism suspects come from the same part of the world.

    “Training must emphasize that no investigative or intelligence collection
    activity may be based solely on race, ethnicity, national origin, or religious affiliation,”

    the touchstone document reads.

    “Specifically, training must focus on behavioral indicators that have a potential
    nexus to terrorist or criminal activity, while making clear that religious
    expression, protest activity, and the espousing of political or ideological
    beliefs are constitutionally protected activities that must not be equated with terrorism or criminality absent other indicia of such offenses.

    ”This is a bizarre kind of procedural “fairness” as viewed in a funhouse mirror, applying something akin to a “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard to an FBI investigation.

    Such an evidentiary threshold may be appropriate for a criminal trial, but it
    sets the bar far too high for mere investigations. This new rule no doubt
    provides aid and comfort to the much-investigated phony civil rights group
    affiliated with Hamas known as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

    CAIR circulated posters (left) warning Muslims not to talk to the FBI.
    The touchstone document is examined in
    “The Project, a film about the Muslim Brotherhood’s plan for America”
    that is airing this week.

    Read more about The Project here:


    One of the movie’s arguments is that Americans’ civil rights and
    ” political correctness are weapons of infiltration”
    used by our Islamofascist enemies.

    This happens to be consistent with
    “Saul Alinsky’s fourth rule of “power tactics”:

    “Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.”

    In other words, Islamists are using Americans’ goodness,
    their sense of fair play, including an aversion to being accused
    of racial stereotyping, against America.

    Read about islams-20-year-plan-for-america-so-hows-it-going-so-far

  • $8194357

    Maybe? Just maybe?
    Its time for folks to start “educating themselves”
    without marxist communist social justice political
    correctness lenses applied?

    by Dr. Anis Shorrosh,


    This is my analysis of the Islamic invasion of America,

    the agenda of Islamists and visible methods to
    take over America by the year 2020!

    Will Americans continue to sleep through this invasion as they did
    when we were attacked on 9/11?

    1. Terminate America’s freedom of speech by replacing it with hate crime bills state-wide and nation-wide.
    2. Wage a war of words using black leaders like Louis Farrakhan, Rev. Jesse Jackson and other visible religious personalities to promote Islam as the original African-American’s religion while Christianity is for the whites! Strange enough, no one tells the African-Americans that it was the Arab Muslims who captured them and sold them as slaves, neither the fact that in Arabic the word for black and slave is the same, “Abed.”
    3. Engage the American public in dialogues, discussions, debates in colleges, universities, public libraries, radio, TV, churches and mosques on the virtues of Islam. Proclaim how it is historically another religion like Judaism and Christianity with the same monotheistic faith.
    4. Nominate Muslim sympathizers to political office for favorable legislation to Islam and support potential sympathizers by block voting.
    5. Take control of as much of Hollywood, the press, TV, radio and the internet by buying the corporations or a controlling stock.
    6. Yield to the fear of imminent shut-off of the lifeblood of America – the black gold. America’s economy depends on oil, (1000 products are derived from oil), so does its personal and industrial transportation and manufacturing -41% comes from the Middle East. (And Obama is making sure we are able to produce as little as possible)

    7. Yell, “foul, out-of-context, personal interpretation, hate crime, Zionist, un- American, inaccurate interpretation of the Quran” anytime Islam is criticized or the Quran is analyzed in the public arena.
    8. Encourage Muslims to penetrate the White House, specifically with Islamists who can articulate a marvelous and peaceful picture of Islam. Acquire government positions, get membership in local school boards. Train Muslims as medical doctors to dominate the medical field, research and pharmaceutical companies. Take over the computer industry. Establish Middle Eastern restaurants throughout the U.S. to connect planners of Islamization in a discreet way. Ever notice how numerous Muslim doctors in America are, when their countries need them more desperately than America?
    9. Accelerate Islamic demographic growth via:
    – a. Massive immigration (100,000 annually since 1961, but more now)
    – b. No birth control whatsoever – every baby of Muslim parents is automatically a Muslim and cannot choose another religion later.
    – c. Muslim men will marry American women and convert them (10,000 annually). Then divorce them and remarry every five years – since one cannot have the Muslim legal permission to marry four at one time. This is a legal solution in America.
    – d. Convert angry, alienated black inmates and turn them into militants (so far 2000 released inmates have joined Al Qaida world-wide). Only a few have been captured in Afghanistan and on American soil. So far – sleeping cells!
    10. Reading, writing, arithmetic and research through the American educational system, mosques and student centers (now 1500) should be sprinkled with dislike of Jews, evangelical Christians and democracy. There are 300 exclusively Muslim schools with loyalty to the Quran, not the U.S. Constitution.
    11. Provide very sizeable monetary Muslim grants to colleges and universities in America to establish “Centers for Islamic studies” with Muslim directors to promote Islam in higher education institutions.
    12. Let the entire world know through propaganda, speeches, seminars, local and national media that terrorists have hijacked Islam, not the truth, which is Islam hijacked the terrorists. Furthermore in January of 2002, Saudi Arabia’s Embassy in Washington mailed 4500 packets of the Quran, videos, promoting Islam to America’s high schools–free. They would never allow us to reciprocate.
    13. Appeal to the historically compassionate and sensitive Americans for sympathy and tolerance towards the Muslims in America who are portrayed as mainly immigrants from oppressed countries.
    14. Nullify America’s sense of security by manipulating the intelligence community with misinformation. Periodically terrorize Americans of impending attacks on bridges, tunnels, water supplies, airports, apartment buildings and malls. (We have experienced this too often since 9-11.)
    15. Form riots and demonstrations in the prison system demanding Islamic Sharia as the way of life, not American’s justice system.
    16. Open numerous charities throughout the U.S. but use the funds to support Islamic terrorism with American dollars.
    17. Raise interest in Islam on America’s college campuses (and now primary – high schools, too) by insisting that freshman take at least one course on Islam. Be sure that the writer is a bonafide American, Christian, scholarly and able to cover up the violence in the Quran and express the peaceful, spiritual and religious aspect only.
    18. Unify the numerous Muslim lobbies in Washington, mosques, Islamic student centers, educational organizations, magazines and papers by internet and an annual convention to coordinate plans, propagate the faith and engender news in the media of their visibility.
    19. Send intimidating messages and messengers to the outspoken individuals who are critical of Islam and seek to eliminate them by hook or crook.
    20. Applaud Muslims as loyal citizens of the US by spotlighting their voting record as the highest percentage of all minority and ethic groups in America.

    • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

      Gosh Gun Nut, that sounds perdy bad.
      When will you start shooting Mooslims, after lunch?

      • $8194357

        We been warned and history proves those warnings correct to the tune of 270,000,000 dead over the last 1400 years idiot apoligist..

        They are “focused” on America with a dhimmi in da house.

        Stick your head back in the devils lap and wag your tail
        poster boy for Stalinists useful idiots..

        • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

          Are you shooting Mooslims right now?

          • $8194357

            Your stupidity is “once again” duely noted asshat..

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            So you’ll wait until after lunch to start shooting Mooslums, Gun Nut?

          • $8194357

            Your so sad with your hatred of traditional constituional republican national soverignty and embracing of PC’s international progressive agendas stooge..
            In Islam…All diplomacy is seen as weakness…Asshat.

            More look squirrel…
            “manufactured narritive and false moral out rage to “clog the blog”.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            Gun Nut, Will Americans continue to sleep through this invasion as they did when we were attacked on 9/11?

            When will you start shooting Mooslums?

          • $8194357

            See any polips up there apoligist?
            Rectal crainial inversian duely noted..

            You play Dems vs, Republicans and
            watch the country crumble around ya
            with the rest of the lemmings.

            I will shoot “anyone” when they come on my property
            with bad intent.

            Social justice zombie..
            or mooslim fanatic…
            or government stooge…

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            So you’ll only shoot Mooslums on your property, huh?
            What if they stand just outside your property line and chant: neener neerner neerner?

          • $8194357

            With bad intent…
            Or…going neerner..neerner..

            That is what the leftist “revolution”
            is all about huh..

            Getting anarchy and chaos up and running for
            facist state crack down.

            Worked for millenium around the world for all you communist lefties…

            Viva le reveloution rbb..

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            It’s worked for millennium around the world, vive Le Revolution, Gun Nut!

          • $8194357

            Thats what PC does asshat..
            Makes ya play by “thier rules”…

          • $8194357

            Do you think it’s good for obama to lie to the
            American people, propagandist?
            If ya don’t know boob just say so, sheesh..

          • robert108

            Do you think it’s good for obama to lie to the American people, propagandist?

          • hanni

            A Muslim by any other name…

          • $8194357

            Shared ideological root systems…
            communists and islam…

            Illuminist elitist global domination its goal.

          • robert108

            Still desperately trying to change the subject with your predigested talking points.

          • $8194357

            Leftist pablum puker.

          • hanni

            A Muslim by any other name….

          • $8194357

            Born one thru parentage…
            Follower by choice….

          • hanni

            Don’t be be late for work…the bathroom needs to be mopped.

          • $8194357

            All day every day hes here shouting leftist propaganda and spin…
            I’m retired…It must pay him well, huh.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            In Islam…All diplomacy is seen as weakness…Asshat.

          • hanni

            Good to know you’re on board with killing them, before they kill us.

          • $8194357

            He will complain we didn’t do it right.

          • robert108

            The truth always makes your head explode, propagandist.

          • $8194357

            Stung him good this time huh..
            Truth does that to these blind idiots..

          • $8194357

            Tail wag wag…
            Am I doing good daddy?

            Lucifer just smiles and pats his lap dogs on their
            addled brain heads.

          • $8194357

            And “YOUR” playing left is better than right circle jerk huh, dipwad.

          • hanni

            Muslim brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie meets with U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson in Cairo in 2012.

          • $8194357

            He don’t care…He just hates America and those evil conservitives.
            He is an ideolog blinded by hate and indoctrination..

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            Gun Nut, please tell us who the second largest share holder of Pox’s parent company is and commence teh shootin’!

          • hanni

            Please tell us who obama’s mentors are.

          • $8194357

            Anti American globalist “haters” one and all….

          • $8194357

            You mean like your doing.
            Shoot the messinger because ya can’t handle anything but your make believe predertmined falsehoods..
            So f’n blind…The willful…..

          • $8194357

            The same guy who donated all that money to Barry over the years !

          • robert108

            What do you have to say about all of obama’s lies, propagandist? Are you OK with him lying to the American people?

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            Big 180 McCain voter, are you trying to change the subject again?

          • robert108

            The subject here is obama’s lies to the American people; what’s your opinion on that? Something in your own words, if you can.

          • $8194357

            They speak the shared leftist
            native tonque of lucifer…

      • hanni
        • $8194357

          And Hillary has her #1 top aid a direct tie to who?
          “Muslim Brotherhood”…
          The “enemy is in the house” !

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            The “enemy is in the house” !

          • $8194357

            BDS with no known cure for you huh…
            As long as ya got the evil Bush and the conservitives to rage about keep fiddling as rome burns Nero..

          • robert108

            Another attempt to distract from obama’s lies.

          • $8194357

            Thats all the faithful lap dog apoligist can do robert..
            Bark left..left..left..
            and wag its tail on cue…

          • hanni

            obama has lost Iraq, obama issupporting the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaida is attacking and killing Americans in our embassies, obama is covering up the facts, obama is supporting the Muslim terrorists, but…
            Bin Laden is dead and GM/GMAC still owe the tax payers $40 billion.

            obama and his policies= FAILURE!!!

      • robert108

        Very quick with the personal attack distraction, propagandist! Does the exposure of obama’s lies make you anxious and nervous? Got to change the subject?

        • $8194357

          Sends tingles up its leg.

      • $8194357

        Truth stung ya good agian denier, huh…

  • $8194357

    Thomas Sowell on Barry…..The CONfidence man…

    Much puzzling behavior by Barack Obama falls into place when we go behind the image that he projects (““Obama 1”“) to the factual reality of the man’s whole life
    and thrust (“Obama 2”).

    Obama himself is well aware of the nature and importance of his image. In his
    own words, “I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different
    political stripes project their own views.” An 18th-century philosopher put the
    matter bluntly: “When I speak, I put on a mask. When I act, I am forced to take
    it off.”

    Many of Barack Obama’s actions as president of the United States reflect
    neither political expediency nor an attempt to promote the best interests of the
    American people. Take, for example, his bowing low from the waist to foreign

    No president of the United States had ever done that before. It gained Obama
    nothing with the voters, nor was there any reason to think that he expected it
    to. Why then did he do it?

    What did it accomplish? It brought the United
    States down a peg, in the eyes of the world, something that he has sought to do
    in many other ways.

    These bows were perfectly consistent with his view of a maldistribution of
    power and prestige internationally, just as his domestic agenda reflects a felt
    need for a redistribution of wealth and power within American society.

    It is not just the United States, but the Western world in general, including
    Israel, that needs to be brought down a peg, from the standpoint of the ideology
    prevalent among the people with whom Barack Obama has allied himself
    consistently for decades.

    Against that background, it is not at all puzzling that President Obama has
    clamped down on offshore oil drilling by Americans in the Gulf of Mexico, while
    actually encouraging and subsidizing with our tax dollars Brazil’s offshore oil

    Nor is it surprising that he imposes draconian restrictions on industrial
    activities in the United States in the name of fighting “global warming,” while
    accepting the fact that Third World nations that are beginning to industrialize
    will generate far more pollution than any restrictions in America can possibly

    That is another example of international redistribution — and payback for
    perceived past oppressions or exploitation of the West against the non-West. So
    is replacing pro-Western governments in the Middle East with Islamic extremist

    Some people may have gotten focused on the issue of Barack Obama’s birth
    certificate because so much of what he has done seems foreign to American
    ideals, traditions, and interests. But birth tells us nothing about loyalty.
    One-time American Communist leader Earl Browder was descended from the

    Those who have questioned whether Barack Obama is really a citizen of the
    United States have missed the larger question: whether he considers himself a
    citizen of the world. Think about this remarkable statement by Obama during the
    2008 campaign: “We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times . . . and then just expect that every other
    country is going to say, ‘Okay.’”

    Are Americans supposed to let foreigners tell them how to live their lives?
    The implied answer is clearly “Yes!” When President Obama went to the United
    Nations for authority to take military action and ignored the Congress of the
    United States, that was all consistent with his vision of the way the world
    should be.

    How has Obama gotten away with so many things that are foreign to American
    beliefs and traditions? It is partly because of a quiescent media, which shares
    many of his ideological views and is focused on the symbolism of his being “the
    first black President.” But part of his success must be credited — if that is
    the word — to his own rhetorical talents and his ability to project an image
    that many people accept and welcome.

    The role of a confidence man is not to convince skeptics, but to help the
    gullible believe what they want to believe. Most of what Barack Obama says
    sounds very persuasive if you don’t know the facts — and often sounds like sheer
    nonsense if you do. But he is not trying to convince skeptics, nor is he worried
    about looking ridiculous to informed people who won’t vote for him anyway.

    This is a source of much polarization between those who see and accept Obama
    1 and those who see through that facade to Obama 2.

    — Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover
    Institution. © 2012 Creators Syndicate, Inc.