Barack Obama is a world class liar, but he also possesses another skill that tends to work well with the Liberal media and his gullible supporters.
This other skill is his studious avoidance of accountability for failures and the simultaneous hitching-his-wagon to other peoples’ successes.
Regarding the former, he and his spokespeople / mouthpieces would have us believe that he “didn’t know” about many disasters that have occurred on his watch or been directly caused by him:
- The monumental failure of healthcare.gov
- NSA spying on Angela Merkel’s conversations and communications, and spying on other foreign leaders
- The Benghazi assassination of an American ambassador and the enemy forces behind the attack
“He didn’t know”.
“He was not in the loop”.
“No one informed him”.
Does anyone believe these lies?
Shame on you if you do.
Regarding the latter, in which he claims credit for things he had nothing to do with, or — even worse — for good news that happened despite him and his malignant policies, we have two recent examples.
1. American oil production.
There is an oil boom going on in the United States, and it is great news:
The United States tiptoed closer to energy independence last month when — for the first time in nearly two decades — it produced more crude oil than it imported, federal officials said Wednesday. <source>
Wow, great, huh? And right on cue…
The White House sought to take partial credit for this “transformation”…
But wait, the truth emerges (sasoc emphasis)…
“Domestic oil and natural gas production is only on the rise, thanks to development on state and private lands,” the American Petroleum Institute’s Kyle Isakower said in a statement. “In areas controlled by the federal government, production has actually fallen on President Obama’s watch.” The non-partisan Congressional Research Service reported in March that on federal lands, oil production fell 6% and natural gas production fell 21% from the beginning of 2009 to the end of 2012.
How did Obama cause a contraction in oil drilling? By imposing drilling bans, of course:
WASHINGTON, D.C., November 8, 2011 – After imposing a nearly three-year moratorium on new offshore drilling by discarding the 2010-2015 lease plan that allowed for new development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), the Obama Administration announced a draft plan today that closes the majority of the OCS to new energy production through 2017. The Administration’s draft five-year plan prohibits new offshore drilling and only allows lease sales to occur in areas that are already open. The draft plan includes lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and the Arctic – leaving portions of Alaska and the entire Atlantic and Pacific Coasts off-limits to new energy production and job creation. <source>
And he LIED in a drilling safety report when he tried to manufacture a fig leaf for his Gulf of Mexico drilling ban:
The latest complaint from scientists comes in a report by the Interior Department’s inspector general, which concluded that the White House edited a drilling safety report in a way that made it falsely appear that scientists and experts supported the administration’s six-month ban on new deep-water drilling. The AP obtained the report early Wednesday. <source>
So Barack Obama, the chronic Liar, bans oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, and on federal lands, leading to production declines, and then turns around and claims credit when private lands produce an oil boom…
2. Smaller Federal Budget Deficit in 2013
Barack Obama tried to take credit for the reduction in the size of the budget deficit this year. Listen to this nonsense, if you can stomach it:
“Under President Obama, the nation’s deficit has fallen for the past four years…” <source>
First of all, this is a blatant lie (what else is new?). The federal debt has increased every year during mr. Obama’s tenure, growing cumulatively from $10 trillion to $17 trillion.
To call this a “reduction” is to become a real live Orwellian Newspeaker (congratulations, Jack Lew).
At the same time, the size of this year’s deficit shrunk versus the prior year (that is, we as a nation are bleeding less, but still hemorrhaging):
The Treasury Department said Wednesday that the deficit in October was $91.6 billion. That’s 24 percent lower than the $120 billion imbalance recorded in October 2012.
But why has the deficit been getting smaller?
Across-the-board spending cuts and the partial government shutdown helped reduce expenditures last month, the first of the new budget year. <source>
Oh, wait — you mean the Sequester? And the partial government shutdown?
Let’s see now, was mr. Obama responsible for the Sequester? Was he in favor of it?
“These cuts are not smart,” Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address. “They will hurt our economy and cost us jobs. And Congress can turn them off at any time – as soon as both sides are willing to compromise.” <source>
I guess not.
And not only was he against the Sequester, he also took executive action to maximize the pain of the cuts with the intention of encouraging voters to become angry with Republicans.
As for the government shutdown, I’d love to see mr. Obama take credit for that one…
And yet it reduced the deficit and we are all still living and breathing.
The conclusion from all of the above is that Barack Obama is a world class liar and avoider of accountability for his own policies and actions, and a world class fraudster when attempting to take credit for successes that had nothing to do with him, or that were achieved despite him.