Keith Hennessey, a policy aide in the George W. Bush administration, is blown away reading about how Obama’s lie about keeping your health insurance plan came about. He writes, in a post called Ensuring presidential accuracy & honesty:
…this sentence grabbed my attention:
One former senior administration official said that as the law was being crafted by the White House and lawmakers, some White House policy advisers objected to the breadth of Mr. Obama’s “keep your plan” promise. They were overruled by political aides, the former official said.
Overruled by political aides? On a question of accuracy and honesty?!?
It makes me nostalgic — indeed, it brings tears to my eyes — to read about the emphasis the Bush administration placed on truth.
As a policy aide one of my core responsibilities was to make sure the President’s policy was accurately communicated and that we could back up every word in the President’s prepared remarks…. While the most important of these discussions were about upcoming Presidential speeches, I had similar conversations several times each day. A huge part of a White House policy aide’s job is to be the internal “official” explainer of the President’s policy…. I remember spending close to an hour once trying different iterations to ensure the accuracy of a single sentence for the President.
When there was a conflict between the policy people and the speechwriters, accuracy ruled. The culture of accuracy came from the president and was reinforced by his top aides. It was a matter of ethics. Also:
As a practical matter we also knew that any overstatement would do far more damage to the President than any temporary rhetorical advantage it might offer. We knew, with certainty, that even the slightest inaccuracy would immediately generate aggressive questions from a press corps that mostly leaned against us. … Our relationship with the White House press corps was quite different than that facing Team Obama.
I don’t think the Obama administration had the slightest difficulty in rejecting the policy advisers’ advice to be truthful and going with the political aides. A community organizer such as Barack Obama would be ready with useful lies, as Saul Alinsky recommended.
In a 2012 post on Breitbart, How Saul Alinsky taught Obama to say one thing and do the opposite, Awr Hawkins writes:
For it was Alinsky who spent his life teaching would-be radicals (like Obama) that you can say what you have to say to get over the hump, but once you’re over the hump, you do whatever you want to do. In other words, it’s okay to present yourself as something moderate, even centrist, for the purposes of securing power, and once you’ve secured that power it is perfectly acceptable to revert to who (and what) you really are.
Wrote Alinsky: “In war, the end justifies almost any means.” And for Alinsky, as for Lenin and now for Obama, politics is war. Thus a politician is justified in hiding his intention to ban guns while running for office, and likewise justified in reversing position and working “under the radar” for gun bans once in office.
It’s a sorry sign that so many people continued to believe the lying liar through years of his lies. Let’s hope that his lie about health insurance hits close enough to home that his dishonesty — and his complete disregard for the welfare of the American people — will become obvious to all, even the star-struck media.