Accusing someone of lying is a serious matter. Especially when that someone is the President of the United States. Charges of that nature should be leveled based only on absolute proof of a deliberate statement, intentionally made, whose sole purpose is to deceive. Based on this criterion, President Obama is a liar. Demonstrably so. And a disturbing pattern is emerging that allows for the possibility that our president is a serial liar. Consider:
In just the last month, Obama has made several statements that are just not so. Statements made to the American public that were in direct conflict with known facts.
Soon after the Deepwater Horizon tragedy began in the Gulf of Mexico, President Obama imposed a moratorium on all off-shore drilling for oil and natural gas in the Gulf of Mexico.
The moratorium was lifted, finally, after a federal judge twice ruled the administration’s approach was illegal, but not soon enough to prevent thousands of jobs from being lost around the Gulf coast, and not just in the energy industry.
Despite the lost jobs and economic growth from the moratorium, the Obama administration policy transformed into a permitorium following the litigation in federal courts. For months now, federal bureaucrats in the Department of Interior and elsewhere in Washington have slow-walked drilling permit applications in every conceivable manner.
Those continuing delays contribute directly to spiralling gas prices because wells in the Gulf of Mexico account for about a third of the oil produced in this country.
Among the most prominent victims of the Obama energy policy is Seahawk Drilling, which was forced into receivorship following imposition of the moratorium and the loss of shallow-water drilling that was the heart of the firm’s business model.
Seahawk CEO Randall Stilley talks about his company’s agonies in this video jointly produced by the Institute for Energy Research and The Heritage Foundation:
On April 27 President Barack Obama issued a copy of his long-form birth certificate and declared, “We do not have time for this kind of silliness.” He said “We’ve got better stuff to do. I’ve got better stuff to do.” Indeed, the American people have better things to do and we are wondering why it has taken the president so long to comply with this basic constitutional requirement.
Many in the media, including leftists like MSNBC’S Chris Matthews, have called on the president to reveal the long-form certificate, as the birthers have demanded, rather than only the certificate of live birth that he provided. It was ultimately a media campaign spearheaded by Donald Trump that led to the White House disclosure.
Yet, it is unlikely the birth certificate controversy will now come to an end. The Internet is a-buzz with claims by bloggers that the document is a forgery. Regardless of whether this proves to be the case, the president’s actions have raised more questions than they have answered. Even if we accept his narrative and consider this document to be authentic (which is still open to further inquiry until experts have fully vetted the certificate provided), Mr. Obama’s behavior has been highly irresponsible. Continue reading →