They called Ronald Reagan the “teflon president.” If he was teflon, what is Barack Obama? Nothing he has done is ever his fault. Accountability doesn’t stop at his desk; it stops at the front gate of the White House. Or, it jumps the time-space continuum and runs back to George W. Bush.
Yesterday, for example, Obama denied he had anything to do with stopping the White House tours as revenge for the sequester. “This was not a decision that went up to the White House,” he said in an ABC News interview. Obama said the directive came from the Secret Service.
Wow. I don’t know if it’s wise to put a knife in the back of those watching your back, but, he did.
Jay Carney wasn’t about to take the blame either. The White House press secretary said the decision to suspend tours was “very unfortunate.” He said it was Congress’ fault, which is rich considering they haven’t suspended tours of the Capitol.
You’d think one of the reporters might have brought up this point. Nah. This is the same press that let this whopper pass: “We don’t have an immediate crisis in terms of debt,” President Obama said in an exclusive interview with George Stephanopoulos for ‘Good Morning America.’ “In fact, for the next 10 years, it’s gonna be in a sustainable place.”
Another wow. Obama thinks a debt of more than $16 trillion dollars is a trifle? Does that mean Dillard’s will just laugh away my credit card debt?
“My goal is not to chase a balanced budget just for the sake of balance,” Obama added. I wonder what he’d say if his kids applied that to grades. “Dad, I’m not going to chase an A just for the sake of an A,” a daughter could explain in justifying a C or D. No, I don’t think Obama, or in particular Michelle O, would react to that in a diffident way.
This is also the same president who did not write his signature bill, the Affordable Care Act. You might ask who did write it since even then Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously said they’d have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it.
This is the same president who had no role in the Benghazi affair either. He punted that ball first to an obscure filmmaker and when that didn’t play, tossed it to Hillary Clinton. She then tossed it in the trash can when she told the Congressional committee “What difference would it have made anyhow?”
I’m beginning to think those must be awfully slippery floors in the White House, what with all that teflon around.
Maybe it’s a good thing they stopped the White House tours after all. I’d hate to see an innocent student take a tumble.
It’s Obama who should.