I’ll Ask Again, Can We Call Obama A Liar Now?

Obama in 2008:

Obama in 2012:

We had been attempting to highlight the inability of Congress to do anything,” recalled William M. Daley, who was the White House chief of staff at the time. “The president expressed frustration, saying we have got to scour everything and push the envelope in finding things we can do on our own.”

For Mr. Obama, that meeting was a turning point. As a senator and presidential candidate, he had criticized George W. Bush for flouting the role of Congress. And during his first two years in the White House, when Democrats controlled Congress, Mr. Obama largely worked through the legislative process to achieve his domestic policy goals.

But increasingly in recent months, the administration has been seeking ways to act without Congress. Branding its unilateral efforts “We Can’t Wait,” a slogan that aides said Mr. Obama coined at that strategy meeting, the White House has rolled out dozens of new policies — on creating jobs for veterans, preventing drug shortages, raising fuel economy standards, curbing domestic violence and more.

Each time, Mr. Obama has emphasized the fact that he is bypassing lawmakers. When he announced a cut in refinancing fees for federally insured mortgages last month, for example, he said: “If Congress refuses to act, I’ve said that I’ll continue to do everything in my power to act without them.”

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21 thoughts on “I’ll Ask Again, Can We Call Obama A Liar Now?

  1. An important difference- during the Bush administration, as in virtually every presidency in our history where the legislative and executive branches were of different parties- the congress used the power of compromise to move america forward. Since the midterm elections we have seen one of the first times in our history, and certainly the first in my 40+ years, where congress has refused to compromise, and insisted on having *their* way.

    While I am no fan of Obama, I am even less a fan our current “republican” (bowing to the extreme right) congress.

    • blah, blah, blahdie-blah, blah.

      The Republicans have offered the Dems EVERYTHING they asked for on several issues and the Dems STILL weren’t happy. What’s more, the DEMOCRATIC Senate has REFUSED TO PASS THEIR OWN PREZ’s BUDGET FOR 3 YEARS NOW!!!

      Take your spin somewhere else, it won;t fly here. All you and Obama are trying to do is to set up an excuse to do away with the Congress.

      • Please, by all means- provide some references to where the republican led house was willing to give the dems everything they wanted?

        And the budget- please- anything with taxes was a non-starter thanks to Norquist and the gop, and few in congress are dumb enough to vote for taxes on a bill they know has no chance of passing.

        • Yeah, you’re right: It’s ALL the Republicans’ fault. Obama had 2 years and caused a further slide into the abyss, but that was Bush, too. And the mess Ronnie and Newt cleaned up after 30-40 years of Dem control of Congress: I suppose that was Eisenhower and Nixon’s doing. Lord knows Eisenhower had to be to blame for Viet Nam and the Iranian hostage crisis.

          But let me ask you something: who is to blame for the mess in our Dem controlled cities such as Detroit? Or States like NY and CA? And why do SOLID CONSERVATIVE controlled States like TX and UT seem to be doing so much better than the rest of the country?

          And why does the painfully obvious – such as everything I just listed – ALWAYS seem to fly past you who claim to be the “smart” ones among us? No, don’t bother, I’ll answer that one: because you have an agenda that comes before all else – even rationality.

          • Really? Ronnie and newt? The precidency that TRIPLED the national debt of all previous presidents? That “solved” the minor recession by creating government jobs? That supplied Saddam with weapns of mass destruction, while moving cocaine for the Contras, selling weapons to Iran (for their war with Saddam) and funneling profits back to the contras in violation of US law?

            Bang up job ronnie…

            • Ah, now HERE is where we get to the meat of the issue. It was NOT Ronnie, it was THE DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS! Until THIS president – OBAMA – ALL previous Presidents had to get Congress to approve spending. Obama has gone around that and now spends through UNCONSTITUTIONAL means.

        • Republicans give in to Obama’s pay roll tax cut demand

          House Votes To Give Obama Power Of Line-Item Veto

          House Agrees Standards For Shipping, Oil Pollution Preparedness Needed

          House agrees to add more cash to corp tax vouchers for schools

          There have been more, but I really don’t care to spend time looking for what I know is there because I actually pay attention to the news (the REAL news, not the propaganda coming from Pravda West). But it all just proves that the left’s idea of “compromise” is “you give me 100% of what I want and take 0% of what you want.” Last I looked, this is called a dictatorship which, strangely enough, points us right back to the title of this post :-D

          • Really? That’s the best you can do.

            The two month payroll tax cut extension- which always had bipartisan support and was only an issue because the tea party demanded it be a year.

            The line item veto- which republicans supported because it gave future presidents of their party the power

            And really- republicans supporting a bill demanded by one of the most republican states (alaska).

            And WTF? tax vouchers? a flroda issue, pushed by republicans and opposed by dems? you need to work on your google foo.

            Come on- don’t you have ANY traditionally democratic style legislation that the gop compromised on??

    • Still doesn’t change the fact that he said one thing and did another and that makes him a liar.

      We have compromised our way to being on the verge of a socialist state. Standing on principle is not a crime and as Congress is a co-equal part of a three part government structure, they have no obligation to “compromise”. The true mark of compromise is to allow participation from a minority and incorporate some of their ideas when you don’t have to do so. I don’t seem to remember a lot of that happening when the Democrats held total control of Congress in 2007 and 2008 and when they had both houses of Congress and the presidency in 2009 and 2010. Actually, in response to the Republican proposals for the “stimulus”, I remember Obama saying, and I quote, “I won.”

      From the January 23rd, 2010 Wall Street Journal:

      The top congressional leaders from both parties gathered at the White House for a working discussion over the shape and size of President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus plan. The meeting was designed to promote bipartisanship.

      But Obama showed that in an ideological debate, he’s not averse to using a jab.

      Challenged by one Republican senator over the contents of the package, the new president, according to participants, replied: “I won.”

      • Really? I would argue otherwise- being against a president who goes his own way despite a congress willing to work with him and a president going his own way when a congress refuses to do anything are two different issues.

  2. I like that guy, the way he talked about checks and balances, and how bad an idea signing statements and accumulation of executive power were. Too bad he didn’t win.
    Drugs, I agree that the repubs have been obstructionist, that they are refusing to compromise, that getting rid of Obama is more important than dealing with him as a President. However, his decision to use these quasi-legal methods of circumventing Congress makes Obama’s methods the target, instead of the truculence of the Republicans. Had Obama just kept railing at the Republicans for not compromising, his message would not be trumped by his sudden change of heart.
    BTW, I say all this as a handicapper; the repubs Should stand firm, if that is what they believe in. And if Obama didn’t use the same tools as the previous liar-in-chief to get His way, his base would cry harder than they are now.

    But he did lie, no change from That quarter, for sure.

    • Obstructionism in the pursuit of principle is enshrined in our DNA. If you are on a runaway train headed for a ruined bridge and won’t reach for the throttle and brake because the rest of the passengers like going fast, you deserve to plunge into the chasm with the rest. Again, I will remind everyone of the words of Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence:

      …That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security…

  3. An appropriate quote if I ever read one, friend.

    Our Government has defied the Constitution for years, since at least the Louisiana Purchase. However, most of the egregious violations of the Founder’s desires were done in the spirit of building this country, making it stronger, more prosperous, and safer. As long as it was 3rd- world peoples whose lives were impacted less benignly by out policies, as long as we were working, had gasoline, cheap power, and a mighty military machine to protect us, most Americans were content to allow the Constitution to be slowly redacted.

    Here of late, the government’s turn from the Constitution has been less about making America richer, and more about controlling Americans. When people saw the benefits of an undeclared war, abuse of eminent domain, or the violation of individual liberties, most were willing to look the other way. That, unfortunately, is also in our DNA..

  4. Greg …. as you lambast the House, least not forget that “WE” elected them to specifically obstruct this tyrant against his brand of tyranny. They are doing EXACTLY what WE THE PEOPLE demanded. (thats Constitutional).

    That this would-be dictator is doing does not follow that accord. The sooner the tyrant is out of office, the better off we all shall be.

  5. Greg,
    I think we were working, had gasoline, cheap power, and a mighty military machine to protect us, BECAUSE we held much closer to what the Constitution said we were to do and only governed as we were allowed to do.
    I do agree that both sides have eroded this to where we are now.

    drugsandotherthings,
    There has not been even the least amount of compromise on the Democratic side because they were so enamored with the ability to do ANYTHING they wanted to do for OWEbozo’s first 2 years, they refused to give that up and deal. The Republicans, on the other hand, have made attempts on every single issue to find somewhere in the middle to govern America. They all need to realize that if the D’s want “A” and the R’s want “Z”, that there are 24 positions in the middle that can be accepted by both sides.

    Utah,
    Answering your question…………………..YES. The last 10 seconds of the video where he says that we are going to do obey the Constitution made me laugh out loud. After re-watching it, I laughed equally hard about his statement that he TAUGHT the Constitution for 10 years.

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