The poor economic performance under his stewardship was defended by his supporters as something he inherited from the previous president, failure to fulfill campaign promises was blamed on an obstructionist Congress, and occasionally when things got really dire for the President the "race card" was pulled out (Thank You, Oprah). To a large degree what allowed this charade to continue was the outright refusal of Liberal media to out this guy and hold his feet to the fire. Obama was given a free pass by traditional print, television, and radio like no President since Kennedy who the press lauded as a "family man" while every reporter who could draw a breath knew he had a revolving door of models and actresses at his beck and call. Now to be fair, Kennedy's era was a gentler, politer time that held a higher respect for the office and man when it came to reporting on the President. However that time has come and gone, the media has for most segments of society taken the kids gloves off and in today's world little is sacred when it comes to getting a story and boosting ratings. Add to that the explosion of on-line news, blogs, twitter, etc., where nothing political is taboo and one can only wonder in amazement how Obama with his lackluster performance has avoided being tarred and feathered by the press.
So it was a welcome relief this week to see Politifact.com, a generally Left leaning website announced on CNN (another famously Left leaning media outlet) that they were awarding President Obama with their "Lie of the Year" recognition for his often repeated....
"If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it"
Personally, I can't imagine a more deserving recipient but I am still amazed that PolitiFact had the courage or fortitude to come through on this. After all, it was only in June that they had considered the same statement as a "Half Truth" (I can only assume that must be akin to being "sorta pregnant") so naming this mistruth as the "Lie of The Year" is an amazing reversal on their part. It appears that even PolitiFact has had to come to terms with the reality that when you attempt to deny or whitewash a well known fact you only make yourself look foolish and it may eventually destroy your own credibility. Or maybe, just maybe, PolitiFact like the common rat knew when to abandon a sinking ship. One can only hope.
The other positive sign of enlightenment amongst the Left is that President Obama's approval rating has dipped to an all time low of 38%, as many of his traditional supporters are regretting their choice at the