Obama’s “Apology” — Substituting New Lies for Old

By:  William F. Jasper
Obama’s “Apology” — Substituting New Lies for Old

Mainstream media co-conspirators are helping President Obama spin his non-apology to save ObamaCare.

“Its only 5 percent, and those are sub-par.” That’s the new theme the so-called mainstream media choir is singing to help the administration spin President Obama’s "apology" in a way they hope will save his beleaguered ObamaCare. In doing so, they are willfully covering old lies with new.

On November 7 President Obama was forced to “apologize” to the millions of Americans who are losing their health insurance because of ObamaCare, something he repeatedly promised would never happen — “no matter what.” “Period.” He was forced into a public display of faux contrition by a convergence of political realities, including a panic in his own party, led especially by the 21 Democratic senators who are facing reelection battles next year, in the vortex of the growing ObamaCare maelstrom. Sixteen of the particularly vulnerable senators converged on the White House on November 6 and emerged to make statements that were harshly critical of the administration’s disastrous rollout of ObamaCare. They are attempting to distance themselves from the disaster they helped create that is now responsible for cancelling the health insurance policies of millions of voters — voters that next November are likely still to be very angry over “finding themselves in this situation,” as President Obama put it in his “apology.” The day following his litany-of-excuses-disguised as-an-apology, President Obama spoke to a small gathering at the Port of New Orleans. Conspicuous by her absence was Louisiana Senator Mary Landreu, who, under ordinary circumstances, would be expected to be present, basking in the glow of her party leader.

President Obama was forced to “apologize” by the unpleasant fact that one year into his second term, the bloom is definitely off the rose. The Gallup poll released on November 5 revealed that Obama’s approval rating was one point worse than George W. Bush’s at the same point in his presidency (following his disastrous handling of Hurricane Katrina). Yahoo News reported:

In the first week of November in the fifth year of their presidencies, Obama and Bush have nearly identical approval numbers, according to the latest Gallup polling. In fact, Bush comes out one point ahead, 40 percent to 39 percent, respectively.

The Gallup daily tracking poll for November 5th 2013 puts Obama’s approval at 39 percent, with 53 percent disapproving of his job performance. By comparison, polling for the first week of November in 2005 had Bush’s approval at 40 percent, with 55 percent disapproving of his job performance.

President Obama was also forced to apologize because even his most ardent mainstream media (MSM) supporters were finding it impossible to continue concealing the numerous lies imbedded in his promises concerning the so-called Affordable Care Act. As millions of Americans began receiving cancellation notices, the MSM reporters and pundits were forced to acknowledge what they could no longer ignore and cover up. They were forced to acknowledge what ObamaCare critics, including this magazine, had been saying for years, if they hoped to retain even a shred of their tattered credibility. On October 30, Glenn Kessler’s “Fact Checker” column at the Washington Post awarded President Obama a “Four Pinocchio” rating concerning his repeated pledge that “no one will take away” your health plan. Four Pinnochios is the highest (meaning worst) rank of deception or prevarication, in Kessler’s famous rating system. That the Post, one of the biggest cheerleaders for Obama and ObamaCare, finally publicly recognized what was screamingly obvious for months, could not have been missed by the White House.

So, on November 7, President Obama went on NBC to say he is “sorry” — and then to follow it up with several more appearances that — kind of, sort of — offered apologetic crumbs to the abused public.

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