“Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing.” – Edmund Burke
How many promises can one man afford to break? We make promises in order to assure others that we mean what we say, and keeping our promises helps build credibility. Credibility is a form of honor, and when one loses it, one also loses trust. Like a house of cards, each part is reliant upon the others to remain stable. If one goes, so do they all. Barack Obama’s house has fallen.
Obama has lied to the American people so many times that to point out a single lie may seem trivial, but sometimes it’s the most innocuous lie that best reveals one’s lack of character. Back in 2008, when the Obama machine was in full swing, and everyone,and their mom had Obama/Biden bumper stickers, our current president made a slew of promises to the American people. His was going to be the most transparent administration in history, he was going to stall the rise of the oceans, and he would spare 95% of Americans from tax hikes. All of these promises have been broken. But one promise stands out to me. According to The Daily Caller, Weasel Zippers uncovered a video from the 2008 campaign trail, in which then Senator Obama basically pledged to forgo vacations were he elected president:
“…you give me this office and in turn my, fears, doubts, insecurities, foibles, need for sleep, family life, vacations, leisure is gone. I am giving myself to you.”
Now, this seems pretty innocuous, but it’s not. It’s one thing to make promises regarding policy, but to claim that once he is elected president, he would forgo leisure is patently absurd. That’s not possible. Everyone, including the president, needs down time. Given that, the arrogance it took to make such a ridiculous promise is outrageous. Barack Obama actually claimed that he would not vacation. And, what’s even more ridiculous, people believed him.
It’s a sign of disturbing narcissism to make obviously impossible promises. Obama was so sure of the media’s love for him that he was able to make statements that any other president would have been called out on. Now, as he vacations in Martha’s Vineyard, the Middle East is in shambles, and illegal immigrants are entering the United States en masse. No vacations for him!
Not only did Obama make a promise that anyone with a functioning brain could tell would not be kept, but now he vacations while Rome is burning. If Obama is breaking even the most frivolous promises, what else is he capable of?