If George Orwell were alive today, the Obama administration would drive him to suicide.
“I don’t think that Gov. Romney is somehow responsible for the death of the woman that was portrayed in that ad. But keep in mind: This is an ad that I didn’t approve, I did not produce, and, as far as I can tell, [it] has barely run. I think it ran once.”
First came the lie. Then came the lie about Obama’s ties to the lie. And now he’s telling another lie about the original lie. “I didn’t tell the lie that you claim I did, and besides, I wasn’t the one saying it in the first place.” Stay tuned for his lie about that.
Of course, Obama wasn’t always so laid back about political attack ads by outside groups. As Joel Gehrke at the Washington Examimer recalls:
When Obama was running for president in 2007, he attacked John Edwards — who called for an outside group run by a former staffer to cancel an ad campaign scheduled on his behalf – saying that if the group refused to pull the ad, it proved that Edwards was not a strong leader.
As Politico reported at the time:
“The fact is this is somebody who worked for John Edwards, for the last who knows how many years, who’s a good friend and colleague of Edwards, who’s now running a 527 that is running ads on behalf of John Edwards. [Laugh] You’re telling me he has no influence over him? That’s not true. If [Obama communications director] Robert Gibbs started running a 527 and I called Robert Gibbs and said, ‘Stop running ads on my behalf,’ are you suggesting I would have no influence over Robert Gibbs?”
Let’s try that out with the “Romney causes cancer” ad, which came to us courtesy of longtime Obama lickspittle Bill Burton:
The fact is this is somebody who worked for Barack Obama, for the last who knows how many years, who’s a good friend and colleague of Obama, who’s now running a super PAC that is running ads on behalf of Barack Obama. [Laugh] You’re telling me he has no influence over him? That’s not true. If Obama called Bill Burton and said, “Stop running ads on my behalf,” are you suggesting Obama would have no influence over Bill Burton?
If we’re to pay heed to Obama’s previous words, by his own standard he’s a poor leader.
So you all know what to do: pay no heed to Obama’s previous words.
Oh yeah, and at the same presser, Obama lied about calling Romney a felon. Because you’re stupid, America. After all, you elected him.
Then, as Obama was leaving his first press conference in months, Jake Tapper zinged him: “Don’t be a stranger!” Fun times.