The stage has been set for tonight's presidential debate. It's an open secret that both campaigns have expressed their concerns about the CNN-liberal, Candy Crowley – albeit the Obama campaign has "engaged" their concerns Chicago-style. But it's not the moderator, as such, that I'm concerned about – I want people in the audience to ask the following questions.
Joe Biden, the vice president of the United States, told Paul Ryan during their debate that he "always says what [he] means." Specific to Biden's braggadocio, he, like Obama's campaign manager, is saying that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are making a big deal out of the murders of Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith and two former SEALs at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.
They, i.e., Biden and David Axelrod, represent not just the American people, but, more important to Obama, they represent him. They are analogous to him, his thoughts and his directives. What comes from their lips has the weight of coming from him. And to suggest otherwise is to intentionally misrepresent the role of the vice president and top campaign adviser. And I support that with what was said of Republican vice presidents pursuant to the presidents they represented.
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With that said, are we to believe that Obama agrees with Biden that the Benghazi murders really aren't that big of a deal? Because, as Biden made expressly clear, "he always says what [he] means."
Someone should ask Obama if that is the reason he has personally ignored Sean Smith's mother's repeated requests for answers pursuant to the murder of her son. Someone should explain to Obama that it is either because he agrees that it isn't a big deal or that he simply isn't concerned about the suffering of Mrs. Smith, or both.
Another question someone might pose to Obama is: If Obama agrees with his Axelrod, that the ambassador, et al., should not be publicly discussed so that the investigation can run its course – then why didn't he follow that advice when it came to Harvard professor Gates and in the Trayvon Martin case? Why was it OK for him to inject himself into those situations and it not be OK for Romney and journalists to question what appears on any discernible level to be a cover-up pursuant to Benghazi?
Someone should ask Obama that since Biden emphatically said he "always says what [he] means" – how does that sit with him? In a 2008 campaign speech, Obama made it clear that there was only one America. Are we to conclude that he either lied in 2008 or that he agrees with Biden when he wraps himself in an Al Jolson drawl sans black-face paint and tells a black audience that "Republicans are going to put y'all back in chains"?
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In the same 2008 campaign speech, Obama said, "With the challenges and crises we face right now, we cannot afford to divide this country by race or class or religion." Someone should ask him to explain how he reconciles that speech with his using carefully crafted code speak as he tells blacks they must vote for him.
Obama should be asked to explain how his administration is not one of the most corrupt we have witnessed. He should be asked how much he really knows about what is taking place in his own administration. We're told he knew nothing about Fast and Furious, and, according to Joe Biden, he and Obama were unaware that the Benghazi terrorist attacks weren't really over a movie, as he had spent several days saying.
This town-hall debate should not be a love fest. It should be about hard, straightforward questions. It should be about forcing him to acknowledge that based on his campaign rhetoric from 2008 it is clear that he would not support a so-called leader such as himself.
And if he wouldn't support someone like himself, why should we?