In the past week there have been two instances where President Obama or a member of his administration were far more candid than usual. Maybe it was because both were not in front of Teleprompters or scripted on poll-tested talking points. President Obama and his administration have continuously altered the facts to prepare the landscape for this year’s reelection campaign. With the uncommon frankness from President Obama and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, the narrative that Team Obama and the mainstream media have been trying to push unravels.
The first instance was an underreported back and forth between Secretary Geithner and Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) at a House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing last week. To put this telling exchange into context, one has to rewind to February 2009 when President Obama said in a major address from the White House:
“[T]oday I’m pledging to cut the deficit we inherited in half by the end of my first term in office. This will not be easy. It will require us to make difficult decisions and face challenges we’ve long neglected. But I refuse to leave our children with a debt that they cannot repay – and that means taking responsibility right now, in this administration, for getting our spending under control.”
Now fast-forward to last week when Congressman Gowdy asked Secretary Geithner, “If this were the last debt ceiling increase you ask for, the final one, and you had to make it large enough for all current and future obligations, what would the request be?” After some banter back and forth Secretary Geithner said, “It would be a lot,” and then added, “It would make you uncomfortable.”
To hear the Treasury Secretary of the United States disclose that it would “make” a Member of Congress “uncomfortable,” because the amount would be so high, turns my stomach. President Obama promised the American people that he would make tough decisions, take responsibility, and not leave future generations saddled with debt. As with so many other words that have come out of President Obama’s mouth, it was another empty promise never intended to be enacted. America has a $15.5 trillion debt that continues to rise and the Obama administration does not want to tell the truth about it because it might make people “uncomfortable.” I fear a course has been set for our nation that we cannot recover from and Secretary Geithner’s comments have unfortunately confirmed that.
In the second instance, President Obama, in Seoul, South Korea, had a very revealing exchange with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev on an open mic this week. President Obama said, “This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.” First, President Obama seems pretty confident that, despite his catastrophic failures, he will be reelected to a second term. Second, President Obama knows full well that in his anticipated second term he will move even further to the left than he has in his first term, even in the context of missile defense. There is no doubt in my mind that President Obama will take advantage of his “flexibility” on a myriad of issues that the people oppose. This will no doubt be a boon for Big Government and a bust for your everyday American if President Obama is reelected.
What is even more troubling about the whole exchange is that President Obama is more forthright with the President of Russia than he is with the American people. Aided by a friendly media, his campaign will try to pull the wool over the eyes of Americans yet again. The American people deserve the truth when they go into the voting booth next fall, not just some $1 billion infomercial that does not mean anything.
Thankfully, this time Americans can look back at the revealing comments by President Obama and Secretary Geithner to see their true agenda – more debt, even bigger government, and no responsibility.