Saturday, April 26, 2014

(Related Update 2): Lying about Obamacare in 2012 helped President Asterisk win re-election

Related update 2: Over at PJ Media, Roger Kimbell ponders on the President Asterisk label given to Obama in the wake of the IRS scandal that broke last summer.  His musings are worth your time, but as an enticement, here's an excerpt from a portion where he's comparing dirty sports stars (and the asterisks that should accompany all their records) with dirty Presidents:
Taranto comments that “one thing we have learned from the IRS scandal is that sports journalists are morally superior to political journalists. Whereas the former understand that cheating is an assault on the basic integrity of the sport, the latter all too often treat it as if it were just part of the game.” I agree. But it is perhaps worth noting the limits of the analogy between the disgraced sports figures Lance Armstrong and Mark McGwire, on the one hand, and Barack Obama, on the other. At least the illicit methods employed by the athletes really were performance enhancing, whereas Obama’s lawlessness merely got him elected but did nothing for his performance, which has been dismal.
I use to think that Jimmy Carter was the worst president in living memory. Barack Obama has long since carried off that title. It may be the only one he has legitimately.  It is not a distinction most of us would covet.  But the asterisk Taranto rightly predicts will be affixed to Obama’s legacy will surely record that grisly fact.
[ht: instapundit.com]

Related Update(11/24/13):  To Bryan Preston's comment in the original post below, add this:
If voters had been aware last year that they might lose their health-care plans when Obamacare went into effect, Republican President Mitt Romney would be sitting in the White House today, according to a poll released Friday.
And this,
An ABC/Washington Post poll released earlier this week found that if they had a do-over, Romney would win 49 percent to 45 percent. The difference is within the margin of error of 3.5 percentage points, but Obama polls a lower percentage of the vote today than he did in November 2012.
Original Post:  Holding Obama to the hypocrisy fire again, here's a collection of videos showing four times during the 2012 Presdential election campaign where President Asterisk explictly declaims that Americans can keep their current healthcare if they choose.  And as Bryan Preston at PJ Tatler points out,
If Barack Obama had told the truth about his signature legislation during 2012, he probably would not have won re-election. These clips show him lying about Obamacare, repeatedly, across the entire 2012 campaign.
And there's this from Bloomberg:
The Obamacare rollout is leading to the cancellation of hundreds of thousands of health insurance plans nationwide, contradicting President Barack Obama’s repeated pledge that people who like their coverage can keep it. 
[hts: Instapundit.com]