November 13 2013
Our Promising President
The Washington Post is reporting today that it is “unlikely” that HealthCare.gov will work by the end of the month. Why am I not surprised?
The system “balks,” according to the Post, when 20,000 or 30,000 people try to use it at the same time—that is reportedly about half its intended capacity. Likely fearful that delaying ObamaCare will spell the end of this flawed system, the administration has repeatedly claimed that the problems will be fixed by the end of the month.
I agree with the reaction of Keith Koffler, who writes the White House Dossier blog:
Did your parents tell you not to make promises you can’t keep? Apparently the group occupying the White House didn’t have such parents.
Let me ask you a question. HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO BELIEVE ANYTHING THIS DAMN WHITE HOUSE SAYS, PARTICULARLY ON LIFE AND DEATH ISSUES LIKE IRAN?
What we are seeing is something even more profound than the meltdown of ObamaCare: we’re seeing the meltdown of a president's credibility. Michael Goodwin has a great column on how the president’s—um—misrepresentations of ObamaCare and other issues are destroying this credibility. Goodwin calls the ObamaCare claim made by the president "one of the biggest presidential lies of modern times.” (Alternate theory: President Obama doesn't know enough to know that what he says isn't true.) The president’s approval rating is down to 39 percent. This is second term George Bush territory.
One of my memories of George W. Bush was of Bush the morning President Obama was inaugurated. George Bush rarely looked frightened—but he did just a bit that day. I have always believed that it was because, on this important national occasion, he knew he might be booed (he was but only by a few jerks).
George Bush lived gracefully with his growing unpopularity. That hesitation inauguration day was one of the few times we saw him affected by it. These must be hard times for President Obama, and we, whether we voted for him or not, should hope he has what it takes to live with unpopularity as courageously as George Bush did.
A good start would be to tell us the truth. We should not be worried, for example, that, despite promises to the contrary, the president is going to let Iran go nuclear, changing the Middle East for the worse.