Ironically, the current occupant of the White House won his first term in 2008 as a die-hard opponent of George W. Bush and promised to overturn the abuses and lies of that administration.
Instead, as President, has Barack Obama transformed into Bush — a Constitution-abusing President who pursues attacks on American freedoms without remorse? There is mounting evidence that Obama is no better than Bush and, in some ways, is worse.
Now, in another Bush-like stunt, it appears Obama is using fabricated — or at least grossly exaggerated — intelligence to try and justify his plans to attack Syria. Bush did the same thing to promote his war and attack on Iraq.
It’s little surprise these days that Presidents lie. It’s part of the package. But the scope of lying by Obama is approaching — and sometimes surpassing — the litany of falsehoods dropped on the American population by his predecessor.
The sad political reality of the American political system is that Presidents lie. They can be white, black, red or yellow. They reach positions of power within the American political system because they are adept of slanting the truth and we have learned the hard way that abuse of power and trust is not a factor of race or color but far more attributable to a lust for power and a failure to be honest with those who elected them to office.
We discovered early on in his Presidency that Obama is a liar. In his campaign he swore that lobbyists would have no place in his presidency. Once in office, he turned over his signature health care reform legislation to the paid arm-twisters of the health care industry who made sure the version that become law benefited their clients far more than the American people.
Obama the candidate promised to overturn the abuses of the rights-robbing USA Patriot Act. As President he not only embraced the act but moved to strengthen it and increased its assaults on American freedoms.
As a candidate, Obama decried torture at the hands of American soldiers and agents of the Central Intelligence Agency. President Obama signed an order that outlawed torture but reports say it continues in the American intelligence community. CIA Director Leon Panetta, for example, admitted torture was used to help track down Osama bin Laden and kill him.
Now, we are learning that the often-cited “intelligence” that supposedly proves the government of Syria gassed its own population with chemical weapons is being questioned more and more by our allies and even — God forbid — within the halls of Congress.
Ohmigod! The use of fabricated intelligence to attempt to justify an outrageous act by the American government? Is it possible?
Yes, Virginia, there is a liar in the White House.
No, not George W. Bush.
He’s come and gone.
Now, the Lair-in-Chief is named Barrack Obama.
(Edited on September 10 to add additional information and to eliminate the use of full middle names of both Presidents.)
(Edited further on Sept. 13 to remove a word that some readers found offensive. Although the word was posed in a question, some felt it implied something that was not an intention of the writer. Our apologies to those who were offended.)