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Our President Is A Big Fat Liar

“This is the most transparent administration in history.” -Barack Obama; White House “Fireside Hangout” hosted online by Google, Feb. 13, 2013

As Saturday Night Live‘s would-be newscaster Seth Meyers likely would say in reply, “Really, Mr. President!”

One of the most basic tenets of good leadership is maintaining – nay, demanding – timely communications with one’s subordinates up and down the chain of command.

A good leader will have a well-promulgated standing policy in place that his/her subordinates will communicate instantly anything that could possibly bring embarrassment to the organization or to the leader. A good leader should never be surprised.

That Obama would like Americans to believe he knew nothing about the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeting of conservative groups – “I first learned about this from the same news reports that I think most people learned about them.” – he simply confirms our growing suspicions that his leadership is seriously lacking, or that he commands no loyalty from his subordinates, or that his operating M.O. is to ensure deniability of any wrongdoing, or that he is simply lying.

Yes, lying – not mis-speaking, not skirting the truth, but flat-out lying, like it or not.

Good leaders meet controversy head on and stay out ahead of it, but Mr. Obama is in such a state of denial that he lies even when the truth would serve him better.

He is currently so overwhelmed by scandals on every side to the point of near helplessness, all to the worsening plight of our economy, our foreign policy, our national security and certainly our confidence in government. As the president himself recently prophesied, “When we lose faith in our government, then we have problems.”

Really, Mr President! The whys and wherefores of the Benghazi tragedy are still the subject of an “ongoing investigation” and cannot be discussed – not even the president’s and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s whereabouts throughout that evening after leaving the White House operations center and her State Department office, respectively, early on, while our ambassador and three other Americans were murdered by Islamic terrorists, none of whom have been “brought to justice” as our president promised. But then, what’s just another presidential promise?

In the meantime, the leadership of the Justice Department and the IRS mirror the style of their supreme leader, Mr. Obama himself. Lois Lerner, who headed the nonprofit division of the IRS, which targeted only conservative groups seeking nonprofit status, refused to testify to a congressional hearing by pleading the Fifth Amendment, a rarely used tactic to avoid incrimination. Her lawyer swears she is innocent of any wrongdoing, so one wonders just whom she is protecting.

Eric Holder, the president’s old Chicago buddy, whom he appointed U.S. Attorney General, continues his lying habits to Congress by denying any knowledge of or role in the unconstitutional persecution of Fox News reporter James Rosen, which transcripts show he clearly did. He previously has lied under oath about the DOJ process, resulting in not prosecuting Black Panthers for flagrant voter intimidation in the election of 2008. He also denied any knowledge of the ill-fated “Fast and Furious” DOJ program shipping guns to Mexico hoping to follow their trail to cartel kingpins. DOJ records revealed Holder did, in fact, know of the program. One of the guns was traced to the incident in which Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was killed.

Our president is currently watching the riots in Turkey directed against Prime Minister Erdogan, who is inexorably (like a frog in gradually boiling water) leading his country (and our NATO ally) toward a more rigid form of anti-American Islam. Yet he continues to praise Erdogan as “one of America’s closest friends.” Sayonara, Egypt … and soon Turkey. Great foreign policy!

And in the background of all this is the continuing saga of the Fort Hood terrorist attack (since 2009) by Maj. Nidal Hasan, who says he was acting in defense of the Taliban. Yet Obama, in deference to his affinity for Islam, continues to call it “workplace violence” and refuses to put a stop to Hasan’s Army pay, by now in the hundreds of thousands. Must be of great comfort to the families and friends of the 13 innocents slaughtered by Hasan.

We have a “leader” who refuses to hold anyone accountable for anything – including himself.

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