Open Forum: Toddler in Chief

Posted: October 12, 2012

“The three-year-old who lies about taking a cookie isn’t really a liar after all. He simply can’t control his impulses. He then convinces himself of a new truth and, eager for your approval, reports the version that he knows will make you happy.”

— Cathy Rindner Tempelsman, author of “Child-Wise”

Leave it to a child-parenting expert to describe what’s wrong with our president: the angry, pouting, smirking, petty, disingenuous little person caught with his hand in the cookie jar during the first presidential debate.

It was too easy for Mitt Romney after our president promised so many things and delivered only failures. Mitt won every debated point and took our president behind the woodshed and punished him with facts.

Partisan hacks like “PolitiFact,” “Factcheck.org,” and “The Washington Post Fact-Checker” tried to misconstrue the facts, but Romney checkmated Obama with truth. Flimsy excuses to dismiss Obama’s abysmal performance include Denver's altitude, John Kerry’s lousy coaching, the moderator “sucked,” Obama intentionally lost, and Romney lied, lied, lied.

But, the most egregious excuse came from CBS in a report by Bill Buck stating that Romney not only lied, but cheated:

“A review of the debate tape reveals that, apparently, Mitt Romney needed a cheat sheet to keep the lies straight. The rules of the presidential debates are clear about not bringing outside notes, and presidents and aspirants have followed the rule for decades.”

What Romney pulled from his pocket was a white cloth handkerchief that he used to wipe perspiration from his face, and that was good enough for CBS to call him a liar and cheater.

Working the angle that “Romney is a liar” is Obama’s favorite defense after the debate, no matter that he couldn’t prove so on stage. Obama simply could not defend his own policies, and he came to the debate armed with false talking points regarding Romney’s tax plan without actually reading it.

Our president is the Toddler in Chief, again resorting to name-calling and blaming others for his own shortcomings and four years of failures.

We can’t predict what Obama’s promises for the future would bring should he win a second term, but we can follow a 100 percent accurate method for sorting out phonies. All we need do is compare a man’s promises to the ones he keeps. Compare the last four years to the promises Obama made before becoming president, and this unedited and uninterrupted segment of a 2008 campaign speech with bullet points indicating each falsehood illustrates a few:

 “I’ll make our government open and transparent, so that anyone can ensure that our business is the people’s business.”

 “Now, just as Louis Brandeis once said, ‘Sunlight is the greatest disinfectant,’ and as president, I’m going to make it impossible for congressmen or lobbyists to slip pork-barrel projects or corporate welfare into laws when no one’s looking,”

 “. . . Because when I’m president, meetings where laws are written will be more open to the public. No more secrecy. That’s the commitment I make to you as president. No more secrecy.”

 “And, when there’s a bill that ends up on my desk as president, you the public will have five days to look online and find out what’s in it before I sign it, so that you know what your government’s doing.”

 “When there are meetings between lobbyists and a government agency, we’ll put as many of those meetings as possible online for every American to watch.”

 “When there’s a tax bill being debated in Congress, you will know the names of the corporations that would benefit and how much money they would get.”

 “And we will put every corporate tax break and every pork-barrel project online for every American to see.”

 “You will know who asked for them and you can decide whether your representative is actually representing you.”

Obama spoke eight falsehoods in less than two minutes in that 2008 speech, and his first 2012 debate contained his own version of the facts regarding everything: “He then convinces himself of a new truth and, eager for your approval, reports the version that he knows will make you happy.”

Our president couldn't look a mere ex-governor from Massachusetts in the eye and defend himself, so do you want a sissy like Obama negotiating with ruthless communist leaders who would relish having English as a second language to their own? Obama cowered in his first meeting with Putin and betrayed us and our allies on missile defense, and in his meeting with Medvedev he promised more betrayal. Any wonder why Putin openly endorses Obama for 2012?

Rather than demand the scalps of those responsible for the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans at the U.S. consulate in Libya, Obama chose to appease al Qaeda by having the law arrest the producer of an obscure video.

The State Department said that it never concluded the attack stemmed from protests over any video, raising grave questions about why the Obama administration continued using that falsehood. Libyan President Mohammed Magarief told NBC News that the attack was a planned terrorist act commemorating 9/11, and reports surfaced that Mr. Stevens did not die in the attack, but was captured and brutally sodomized and later suffocated.

Foreign policy is the topic of the last presidential debate, so for all you liberals planning on watching, you’d better have lots of Valium and gin handy to numb the pain. If the first debate was a body-slam to Obama, the last should be the coup de grâce for his re-election campaign.

Franklin Fogle is a resident of Frederick County.