President Obama has played the game too well. Whenever a significant issue is brought up by the press, he points fingers to the last Republican Administration and the Republican Congress. The dismal deficit was caused by the Republican Party. That is, if you listen to the President. Apparently, Obama’s doubling of the debt in one term comparing to President Bush’s doubling in two terms is the Republican’s fault. That’s right, Obama inherited a $10.626 trillion debt and increased it to $16 trillion and counting.
Even the failed Solyndra scandal is apparently not the President’s fault. Solyndra was an Obama backed solar-company that fundraised for the President but, most recently, went bust while using $535 million from the government. Solyndra employed 1,000 people that went unemployed due to corporate mismanagement. PBS’ John McLaughlin reported that the White House knew that Solyndra was going to go bust and that it would be cheaper for the company to claim bankruptcy rather than bailing it out. But Obama denies that this was his fault. He said that Solyndra “was not our program per se. Congress–Democrats and Republicans–put together a loan guarantee program.”
The list goes on and on. Obama spends a hefty amount of time pointing fingers. He doesn’t own up to his own mistakes. The most recent specific example is when he lied about the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent, Brian Terry.
Terry’s death was caused by the Obama Administration’s Operation “Fast and Furious” where the U.S. government allowed weapons to cross the Mexican border and sold them to suspected gun smugglers. The idea was to trace these weapons back to the Mexican drug cartels who would use them for drug violence. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives which carried out the operation lost track of many of the weapons which have been linked to crimes like the death of Agent Terry. The operation was a complete failure.
But President Obama knows that. The one thing that he doesn’t tell the American people is that this operation took place under his own presidency in October, 2009 as ABC News Correspondent Jake Tapper reported. He repeated this lie during an interview with the latino network, Univision, where the President said, “I think it’s important to understand that the Fast and Furious program was a field-initiated program, begun under the previous administration.” It’s unfortunate to know that Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder knew about this operation and let it happen.
Obama even got defensive in the lack of documents his administration declassified about “Fast and Furious.” The Justice Department only disclosed 8,000 from the 100,000 documents that reveal the operations’ doings. What is the President hiding? It’s clear that this whole situation is fishy. That’s why 17 Democrats joined Republicans to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt. This is clearly not about party but about accountability and clarity. No matter what party is in power, there are many operations like “Fast and Furious” that have occurred in the past, like Reagan’s Iran-Contra affair, but that doesn’t make this acceptable.
The fact of the matter is that Obama’s strategy is to blame people for his own foolish mistakes. Instead of running on his record, he runs away from it. It’s a recurring theme that springs up in many issues where the President looks bad. Obama should accept the blame for “Fast and Furious” and apologize to Terry’s family. The agent’s family is still waiting for the government’s condolences. As Terry’s family’s lawyer said, “No one has apologized especially for the decision in making ‘Operation Fast and Furious’ take place.” Obama should follow President Kennedy’s example like the Bay of Pigs, and accept fault.
This is disappointing. This poor family is waiting for answers and are unfortunately trapped in a game of politics that benefits no one. It’s an election year, and I’m sure the president is busy, but Terry’s family deserves respect from the people who were supposed to protect their loved one.
America is a country ruled under the law. Congress has the power to keep the Obama Administration in check just like Democrats had the right to fuss about President Bush.
The facts couldn’t be clearer: Obama is guilty as charged.