Crank of the Week – September 3, 2012 – Barack Obama
In his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention (DNC), sitting US President Barack Obama has evidently extended the powers of the executive branch to include acts of nature. According to the Democrat candidate, he will not only stop the heating of the planet but voting for his reelection will “do something” about droughts, floods and wildfires. Looks like Barack has progressed from narcissism to megalomania—talk about moving forward!
It is the silly season in the US, with presidential politics building to a fever pitch during the major party nominating conventions. Not that there was any drama about who the candidates would be—conventions are mere formalities nowadays, coming out parties before the final sprint to election day. Exaggeration and Bombast are de rigueur for such occasions. But some comments go above and beyond the call of political posturing. Here is what the Procrastinator In Chief said:
And yes, my plan will continue to reduce the carbon pollution that is heating our planet – because climate change is not a hoax. More droughts and floods and wildfires are not a joke. They're a threat to our children's future. And in this election, you can do something about it.
Electing (actually reelecting) this man will do “something” about droughts and floods and wildfires? Funny, with the exception of the occasional pyromaniacal blaze, these are generally acts of nature and not under the control of humans. Of course, this is the same Barack Obama who promised “to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet,” when he was elected the first time.
Birds of a feather misinform together.
Has the American President been promoted to demi-god without the news media reporting on it? That is hard to believe. No way they could pass up fawning over the President while he announced his elevation to divine status—the adoration of the magpies. Add to his new, magical power over nature a more mundane, yet some would say equally amazing, accomplishment. This one was revealed by another political superstar, Bill Clinton:
President Obama's "all of the above" energy plan is helping too – the boom in oil and gas production combined with greater energy efficiency has driven oil imports to a near 20 year low and natural gas production to an all time high. Renewable energy production has also doubled.
The truth? Oil production increased only on private and state-owned land. On Federally-controlled land oil and gas production remained stagnant. According to fact checking by Dana Loesch: “That oil imports are low is due to these private and state-run producers, in spite of Obama, not because of him, a refrain you will hear repeated with regard to Democrat policies.” And don't even start with the green jobs.
Oops! Hey, it is well known that Slick Willy has only a casual relationship with the truth, so what's a little fabrication while speaking to the Democrat faithful. Of course, some lies are more ludicrous than others. Obama having something to do with the fracking boom at least has a modicum of plausibility on the face of it, requiring checking the facts to ascertain the statement's bogosity. A claim to control Earth's climate and to have sway over rampaging nature, that is immediately detectable as hooey by any human with a brain (note that this requirement excludes anyone who attends a national political convention on either side).
Oh Barack, you were supposed to be something different—a new breed of politician that brought hope and change. Instead, it turns out that you are just another perfidious pol who doesn't have the strength of character to admit his ill conceived policies have failed. Clint Eastwood talked to an empty chair and he almost got it right. Obama is an empty suit. Perhaps he will have better luck preventing storms and “healing” the planet than fixing the economy.
The question remains, what can Obama do for an encore? Perhaps at the end of his second term the clouds will part and he will be taken bodily into heaven—accompanied by a flock of flying pigs. So, for demonstrating a spectacular disregard for both truth and reality, this Crank of the Week is all yours—Barack Obama, American President and bullshit artist supreme.
Barack Obama, full of it from the beginning.