There are, basically, two types of politicians that lie: Dumb and Smart. Both lie, but therein lies the difference:
- A dumb politician lies constantly and eventually loses credibility when one lie contradicts another (or a true statement) previously made.
- A smart politician lies consistently, telling the same lies the same way so many times it becomes accepted as part of history.
When you add arrogance to the mix, the politician almost always winds up moving from the “smart” category to “dumb.” Witness Bill Clinton’s fall from, “I did not have sex with that woman, Miss Lewinsky” all the way to “It would depend on what the definition of ‘is’ is.”
Welcome, now, to the transition of Emperor Barack Obama.
According an article at Politico.com, While in Moscow to deliver a commencement speech to an economics school on Tuesday, Obama decided to venture off-teleprompter, and offered this to the graduating class: “I don’t know if anybody else will meet their future wife or husband in class like I did, but I’m sure that you’re all going to have wonderful careers.”
Of course, all of America that wants to know every detail of “the chosen one’s” personal life knows that he met Michelle at the the Chicago law firm Sidley Austin.
At first glance, one might think, “So what’s the big deal here? Does it really matter where they met?”
The answer, of course, is no, it doesn’t matter where they met. So why lie about it? Note: I use the word “lie” because what man doesn’t remember where he met his wife?
The point is the arrogance of the man — that he feels he can re-write his personal history on a whim to fit the needs of the occasion… and assumes that no one will notice the discrepancy — or worse, won’t care.
If Obama feels the need to lie about something as trivial as how he met his wife, and on so innocuous an occasion, it makes one wonder, “What major things would he lie about? What major things has he already lied about?” Let’s see… allowing all Americans five days to examine (via the Internet) any legislation he’s going to sign? Eliminating the undue influence of lobbyists?
Welcome back to the Credibility Gap indeed.