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Phony in Chief

Thomas Sowell's picture

When President Barack Obama and others on the left are not busy admonishing the rest of us to be “civil” in our discussions of political issues, they are busy letting loose insults, accusations and smears against those who dare to disagree with them.

Like so many people who have been beaten in a verbal encounter, and who can think of clever things to say the next day, after it is all over, President Obama, after his clear loss in his debate with Mitt Romney, called Governor Romney a “phony.”

Innumerable facts, however, show that it is our Commander in Chief who is Phony in Chief. A classic example was his speech to a predominantly black audience at Hampton University on June 5, 2007. That date is important, as we shall see.

In his speech — delivered in a ghetto-style accent that Obama doesn’t use anywhere except when he is addressing a black audience — he charged the federal government with not showing the same concern for the people of New Orleans after hurricane Katrina hit as they had shown for the people of New York after the 9/11 attacks, or the people of Florida after hurricane Andrew hit.

Departing from his prepared remarks, he mentioned the Stafford Act, which requires communities receiving federal disaster relief to contribute 10 percent as much as the federal government does.

Senator Obama, as he was then, pointed out that this requirement was waived in the case of New York and Florida because the people there were considered to be “part of the American family.” But the people in New Orleans — predominantly black — “they don’t care about as much,” according to Barack Obama.

If you want to know what community organizers do, this is it — rub people’s emotions raw to hype their resentments. And this was Barack Obama in his old community organizer role, a role that should have warned those who thought that he was someone who would bring us together, when he was all too well practiced in the arts of polarizing us apart.

Why is the date of this speech important? Because, less than two weeks earlier, on May 24, 2007, the United States Senate had in fact voted 80-14 to waive the Stafford Act requirement for New Orleans, as it had waived that requirement for New York and Florida. More federal money was spent rebuilding New Orleans than was spent in New York after 9/11 and in Florida after hurricane Andrew, combined.

Truth is not a job requirement for a community organizer. Nor can Barack Obama claim that he wasn’t present the day of that Senate vote, as he claimed he wasn’t there when Jeremiah Wright unleashed his obscene attacks on America from the pulpit of the church that Obama attended for 20 years.

Unlike Jeremiah Wright’s church, the U.S. Senate keeps a record of who was there on a given day. The Congressional Record for May 24, 2007 shows Senator Barack Obama present that day and voting on the bill that waived the Stafford Act requirement. Moreover, he was one of just 14 Senators who voted against — repeat, AGAINST — the legislation which included the waiver.

When he gave that demagogic speech, in a feigned accent and style, it was world class chutzpah and a rhetorical triumph. He truly deserves the title Phony in Chief.

If you know any true believers in Obama, show them the transcript of his June 5, 2007 speech at Hampton University (available from the Federal News Service) and then show them page S6823 of the Congressional Record for May 24, 2007, which lists which Senators voted which way on the waiver of the Stafford Act requirement for New Orleans.

Some people in the media have tried to dismiss this and other revelations of Barack Obama’s real character that have belatedly come to light as “old news.” But the truth is one thing that never wears out. The Pythagorean Theorem is 2,000 years old, but it can still tell you the distance from home plate to second base (127 ft.) without measuring it. And what happened five years ago can tell a lot about Barack Obama’s character — or lack of character.

Obama’s true believers may not want to know the truth. But there are millions of other people who have simply projected their own desires for a post-racial America onto Barack Obama. These are the ones who need to be confronted with the truth, before they repeat the mistake they made when they voted four years ago.

[Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His website is] COPYRIGHT 2012 CREATORS.COM


S. Lindsey's picture

Truth, facts and reasonable arguments are the bane to the progressive. Much like the Administration using Sesame Street to scare what 10 year olds?

Doesn't matter the real issue of Government funding businesses or enterprises.. picking winners and losers with our money... No it's Big Bird gonna fry and all that.

You would think with all that is going on in the World right now the Administration would focus on that, but why should they? They haven't done so in the last four years so why should they now?

"Whoever claims the right to redistribute the wealth produced by others is claiming the right to treat human beings as chattel."

-Ayn Rand

meanoldconservatives's picture

.....plenty of time for 2012's "October surprise". Wonder what Barry, Mr. & Mrs. Clinton, Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod have cooked up for us?????

Robert W. Morgan's picture

and Obama speaks out and supports that move. Might happen if he's desperate enough.

Live free or die!

meanoldconservatives's picture

Uncle Joe is freaking me out with that stupid grin tonight. He looks like The Joker from Batman. I am kind of digging those hair plugs though.

just say Ruh-ro! as he pledges to fight for....Big Bird!

Meanwhile Romney is ahead in 11, yes that's right, 11 swing states that Obama won in 2008! The states collectively hold 146 Electoral College votes and include Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Yes, Jeff C. that includes North Carolina, Florida and Ohio!

Wonder if on Obama's way out of the White House we will hear Obama alongside his "Choom" gang saying to the American people...Obama Dooby Doo,.... boy did we screw you! -GP

I just watched a show on the History Channel, all through out the show I could help but think,,"man that's Obama"
Except for the Bloodiness (and even that is arguable) Mayhaps
Barrack Hussin Caligula is more appropriate ? !?

More like Nero, except instead of a playing a fiddle Obama apologizes to our enemies as America burns!

Nero persecuted Christians, ever wonder what was engraved on Obama's ring? -GP

Yeah I thought about Nero some time back, and yeah Nero was hell on early Christians, but as I was reminded tonight, (shame on me for forgetting this in the first place) Caligula was ,,,in a word Obama, lol
Spent Rome's treasure like there was no end, People both common and aristocratic (middle class and Wall Street) thought of Caligula with love and awe at first, in the end only a few of the "common folk" remained loyal
The Senator, and aristocrats abandoned him.
Funny how History repeats itself,,,

First Question to Obama: "Mr. President, are Michele and the girls watching your wonderful performances in these debates?"

First question to Romney: "Mitt, have you stopped lying or will you continue to lie in the debates?"

I also heard the first question in the VP debate will be to Ryan: "After you pushed the elderly lady off the cliff, were you proud?"

Biden will not be able answer any questions as he stands there with one of Obama's old sneakers in his mouth wagging his tail!

Isn't it great to have such a fair and unbiased media keeping this administration in check? -GP

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