Speaking at the Carmichael Arena, in Chapel Hill, N.C., last Tuesday, Obama displayed not just his commonality, he purposefully lied to a handpicked audience of students. And as he always does, he was belittling someone else to make himself look good. Said behavior is typical of someone who carries the scars of the type of parents he had, but such behavior isn't the character trait of an emotionally stable leader.
In boasting about his plans to keep student interest rates on federal loans from doubling, he said: "One Republican congresswoman said just recently – I am going to quote this because I know you guys will think I'm making this up. She said she had very little tolerance for people who tell [her] they graduate with debt because there's no reason for that." He mockingly continued: "I am just quoting here, she said students who rack up student loan debt are just sitting on their butts, having opportunity dumped in [their] lap." He finished with: "Now can you imagine saying something like that?"
Actually, Barry, what we have difficulty with is your dishonesty. The congresswoman he was referencing is Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., and her exact words were: "I have very little tolerance for people who tell me that they graduate with $200,000 of debt or even $80,000 of debt, because there's no reason for that. We live in an opportunity society, and people are forgetting that. I remind folks that the Declaration of Independence says life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. You don't sit on your butt and have it dumped in your lap."
Rep. Foxx, unlike Obama and his wife, didn't have her education handed to her because she was Kenyan, black, Muslim, or because the school needed another black to make its quota. She worked as a janitor, and it took her seven years to get her undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. But she graduated debt-free.
The next day, Obama swaggered up to another microphone with the same toothy leer and reprised his role as liar-in-chief. At the University of Iowa, he said: "You've got one member of Congress who compared these student loans [and] I'm not kidding here – to a stage-three cancer of socialism." With a condescending grin, and preening before the handpicked crowd, he continued: "Stage-three cancer? I don't know where to start. What do you mean? What are you talking about? Come on. Just when you think you've heard it all in Washington, somebody comes up with a new way to go off the deep end."
I'll tell you what I'm talking about Barry. I'm talking about you being a depraved liar. You were referring to Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., who in response to the student loan issue had harshly criticized the government's taking over college loans.
Akin's exact words were: "America has got the equivalent of the stage-three cancer of socialism because the federal government is tampering in all kinds of stuff it has no business tampering in. So first, to answer your question precisely, what the Democrats did to get rid of the private student loans and take it all over by the government was wrong. It was a lousy bill. That's why I voted no. The government needs to get its nose out of the education business." I'd say that is hugely different than what Obama claimed.
In an August of 2011 column, "Nero in the White House," I wrote: "Mr. Nixon and Clinton lied to save their backsides … [but] in the case of Obama, he lies because he is a liar. He doesn't only lie to cover his misdeeds – he lies to get his way. He lies to belittle others and to make himself look presentable at their expense. … His lying is congenital and compounded by socio-psychological factors of his life."
The tragedy is that many of those students believed what he was saying, and others didn't care one way or the other, as long as he was promising them something. In Chapel Hill, a girl seated behind Obama shook her head in disgust, wrongly believing his lies about Foxx.
But that student probably wasn't thinking about finishing school with $25,000-$200,000 in student loan debt alone. Nor was she likely thinking about the credit-card debt and car payments she was going to have on top of that student loan debt.
In that same column, I wrote: "Never in my life, inside or outside of politics, have I witnessed such dishonesty in a political leader. He is the most mendacious political figure I have ever witnessed. Even by the low standards of his presidential predecessors, his narcissistic, contumacious arrogance is unequalled. Using Obama as the bar, Nero would have to be elevated to sainthood."
Let me remind me you of something else I've been saying. Extending the lowered student loan interest rate is setting up another financial bubble because there is no way to pay for it.
But don't look for Romney to bring relief to this madness – he agrees with Obama that the plan should be extended another year. But hey, like they say, anybody but Obama.