Welcome Back To “The Credibility Gap”


For those of you who weren’t around or politically active in the late ’60s, the term “Credibility Gap” was a popular way of referring to the public’s skepticism about any statement emanating from then-President Johnson’s Administration, specifically, regarding the Vietnam war.

Now, along comes “the Chosen One,” President Barack Hussein Obama.  His own speeches have repeatedly caught him in broken promises or outright lies:

So much for transparency and accountability.

In fewer than 90 days in office, President Obama has created a credibility gap that is as wide as the Grand Canyon and is costing us tens of trillions of dollars.  And with the consistency of broken promises and lies, it’s difficult to believe anything that comes out of either side of Obama’s head, for he surely is speaking from both sides.

As an intern at a Boston radio station back in 1968, I had the pleasure of interviewing comedian Pat Paulsen during his first faux Presidential campaign. During that interview, I asked him whether or not he believed a credibility gap did, in fact, exist regarding the Johnson administration. Forty years later, I recall his answer as clear as a bell:

“No, there is no credibility gap at all. The only time a credibility gap exists is when the American public has reason to wonder if their government is lying to them. And, as we all know, there is no longer any room for doubt.”

The difference between then and now: in 1968, that was a punch line.

Gerry Ashley


3 Responses to Welcome Back To “The Credibility Gap”

  1. […] Original post by Grand Rants […]

  2. euandus says:

    Well, how much credibility is there in promising real change then caving to the status quo (i.e., powers that be)…

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