Every modern President, it must be observed, starts his term with a pledge of "openness and transparency." (One wonders why there is this constant need to set one's administration apart -- in this one respect -- from those that preceded it: "Unlike the previous administration, I pledge that we will be the most transparent and open government ever.")
Bill Clinton did it; George W. Bush did it; and Barack Obama claimed he would top them all:
Every single one of those promises you can hear in that video -- with the exception of the last one, about health care -- was a lie:
"... the toughest ethics laws ever..." Yes, certainly: think Solyndra, think the Pigford scandal, and any of a dozen other graft schemes I could mention, all brought to you courtesy of the Obama administration.
"... the first administration in history where all of you can find out who visits the White House." He broke that promise less than six months after taking office.
"... so long as I am President, I won't stop fighting to cut waste and abuse in Washington..." This promise became a lie with the bailouts of GM, Goldman Sachs, and so many others (like Solyndra, again), and has gone on to produce the largest cumulative deficits under any President ever: indeed, by the end of Obama's first four years, he will have accumulated a greater deficit than all the 43 presidents who preceded him, put together:
-- and that's if he manages to stick to his projections, which he has not done to date. (The portion of the deficits shown as the steepest spike are the fiscal years 2009-2012; the leveling off projected after the spike are the projections for FY 2013-2017. So notice, please, the assumed huge drop in government spending from FY 2012 to FY 2013. That may well happen, but only if Obama is not reelected.)
Today we learn of yet another proof of Obama's lies: he has all of a sudden decided that the documents subpoenaed by Congress on the "Fast and Furious" gun-running operation are to be shielded by "executive privilege." And that move comes just one day after President Obama's campaign filed a complaint against Karl Rove's Super PAC in an attempt to force it to disclose its donors -- all the while that the Obama campaign's Super PAC refuses to disclose its own donors. Transparency, anyone?
Every candidate for president makes promises he knows he will not be able to keep. But in the case of Barack Obama, we have a president who is campaigning for reelection while openly breaking all the promises he made four years earlier. It is not exactly the best recipe for gaining credibility with the voters, but then again, it is not as though those who will vote to reelect Obama will even take note of such things.