Never Let The Truth Stand In The Way Of A Good Story

Some 40 years ago, for humor, I came up with 3 rules by which to live:

(1) "Never Panic!"

(2) "Never Let The Truth Stand In The Way Of A Good Story."

(3) "If It's Not Fun, Don't Do It."

Bill Clinton, on a campaign stop for Obama, asks a question to which the obvious answer is "NO ONE !". Watch this very short video and, then, continue reading.

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It never occurred to me, back those 40 years ago, that a president of our great country would take rule #2, above, as his mantra for how to operate.

But, before I proceed :

Most everyone is aware that there are lies of commission and omision. There is a third type which I call a lie of obfuscation.

This third type is most often used by politicians, lawyers, and others involved with "legal proceedings". It's not a lie precisely; rather, it is a statement meant to misdirect. Let me give you a very simple example.

Let's say I have 12 apples. You ask me if I have 2 apples. I answer "Yes". I have not lied. But, I have led you to believe that I only have 2. "You didn't ask the right question." The best example of this in the real world is when Bill Clinton answered a question with, "It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is!" Click Here for an explanation. Keep this in mind as you read further. AND, these days it is best if you believe nothing you read or see or hear initially. RESEARCH EVERYTHING! The truth does matter!

There are many examples, of course, where this president has not exactly been forthcoming with the truth. However, for brevity, I have selected 5 examples as an introduction:

The first has to do with his "coming into the world". As the following clip will show he claims that his parents "got together", and thus his birth, after (and party because of) the civil rights march in Selma, AL. Unfortunately, if one believes his advertised birth certificate, he was born in 1961 - the Selma march happened in 1965. Watch the clip

The second refers to his father's good fortune to have been selected for a university free ride in America. He claims the Kennedys were responsible for the program from which his father benefited. The program was actually set up by Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Jackie Robinson, and Elizabeth Mooney Kirk. The Kennedy family did provide funds to help the initiative, but were not responsible for it. Watch the clip

The third example, it truly does seem that Obama, et. al, has no problem with distorting and emblishing the truth to project the message(s) he wants to have people believe. Even with the unfortunate death of his mother, he (and his wife) inject "stories" which are blatant lies. See: Obama and his wife on the death of his mother

The fourth example has to do with "threats" made by the president (or NOT) re: Syria. Click Here.

The fifth example has to do with the president's "was a professor in Constitutional studies". Click Here.

The sixth example has to do with the impact - or not - of the Keystone Pipeline - much in the news of late. Click Here.

And, finally, this video points out the incredible capacity for our president to offer things as fact which can so easily be proven false.
For a list of reported lies, etc., offered by Obama, check the below link and then come back here:

(Note: as the author of the below list indicates, some deal with corruption, et. al., and many deal with unthruths - and some of the reported "lies" are in the "petty" realm. However, the long list points to a seemingly pathological need to fabricate on the part of this president.)

The "694"

And then there's this article from Jonah Goldberg, editor at large of National Review Online:

"Lies" from Obama seem especially bad.

It’s becoming increasingly clear that President Obama is not burdened with too heavy a commitment to honesty.

This is hardly a shock about any politician, but revelations of dishonesty hurt some more than others. Obama was supposed to be different. He was a “lightworker,” an ocean-tamer and cynicism-slayer. In short, he was supposed to be too good to be true — and it turns out he was.

That’s one obvious conclusion to be drawn from the all-too-delayed vetting of the president’s biography, most notably in David Maraniss’ aptly titled new book, Barack Obama: The Story, but also at news outlets such as National Review Online and Big Journalism.

For instance, as New York Times reporter Janny Scott first reported over a year ago, Obama lied about his cancer-stricken mother being denied coverage for her pre-existing condition. Yes, he was close to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and former terrorist Bill Ayers. Yes, he was a member of the socialist New Party (as my National Review colleague Stanley Kurtz has documented).

In the spirit of charity, some of the lies can be chalked up, at least in part, to fanciful family narratives. Obama claims his maternal grandfather fought in Patton’s army and liberated Nazi death camps. He says his paternal grandfather was tortured by the British imperialists in Kenya. He’s claimed his Indonesian stepgrandfather was killed by the Dutch while fighting for independence. None of that is true.

What I find more interesting are the lies Obama tells not so much about himself, but about society. In Dreams from My Father, Obama tells readers that he struggled with racism and racial alienation all his life. He wasn’t a starter on his high-school basketball team because he played “black” while his coach coached “white.” He confabulated a black friend in high school who, like himself, was shunned for racial reasons. He wrote of a “big fight” with a white ex-girlfriend who, after seeing a racially charged play, “started talking about why black people were so angry all the time.”

As Maraniss methodically shows, these and other tales of racial woe were false. His friend in high school was half-Japanese, not black, and neither of them was racially ostracized. The girlfriend, Genevieve Cook, never saw the play and never said anything of the sort.

No doubt Obama experienced racial animosity, but not enough to fill a memoir with true examples. No doubt life had been unfair to him, but not so unfair as to keep him from Harvard, the Senate or the White House.

The lies, the self-made myths and the whole gestalt of the Obama story boil down to a man who has struggled with adversity and proven himself better than the society that spawned him. In effect, we don’t deserve Barack Obama. Perhaps this helps explain why Michelle Obama once said that the impending nomination of her husband was the first time in her adult life she was proud of America.

One pattern holds from beginning to end of the tale: When things go wrong for the young Barack, the truth must be bent to show that it’s somebody else’s fault. Young Barry Obama had the right stuff as a basketball player but was denied by the smallness of his coach’s vision. Older Barack Obama, likewise, has the right stuff, but voters, or the Republicans, or maybe the Europeans, are too small to recognize his greatness. The truth of the matter has nothing to do with it."

A "slight edit" by me of a quote from ole Abe Lincoln comes to mind: "You can fool all of the people some of the time; you can fool some of the people all of the time - and, in politics, that's usually good enough."

However, I don't think it is that simple.

Perhaps these quotes may offer clues as to why the Obamas' have a seeming difficulty with the truth:

“If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.”

- Adolf Hitler

"A lie told often enough becomes the truth."

- Vladimir Lenin

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

- Joseph Goebbels