The following is a pretty remarkable lie, even for Obama.
Here he is, commenting on a Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer who killed Eric Garner:
“My tradition is not to remark on cases where there still may be an investigation.”
Yep, that’s his tradition, alright…
He’s a traditional kinda guy…
Such is his adherence to the tradition he just made up.
But more to the point, he’s lying about what he’s saying even as he’s saying it. He’s claiming to be above the fray, but he bookends it with comments suggesting the police treat black people unfairly. Whether you agree with that or not, he denies he’s saying it even as he’s saying it. He gives his opinion on a case where there still may be an investigation, he claims he’s not doing that very thing, and then he goes back to doing so.
Obama simply can’t bring himself to tell the truth about anything, even when he has no reason to lie. And he doesn’t, in this case, because there’s video of Eric Garner being choked to death as he begs for his life. There’s documentary evidence of the crime being committed, unlike in the cases of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown. I, for one, wouldn’t blame him if he simply said, “This is a miscarriage of justice.” But he can’t help himself. He has to be a weasel.
Calling Barack Obama a liar is insufficient. The man has spent his entire public life waging war with the truth. He hates it and wants to destroy the very idea of it. The only time he ever stops lying is when he’s caught off-guard, and then he lies about that.
The “truth” is whatever Obama is saying at any particular moment, with no connection to anything he says before or after.
Orwell was an amateur.
(Hat tip: Matthew Burke)