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Obama and the 'Hypocrisy' Charge

By Ben Pershing
After a convincing election win, a much-praised transition and an inauguration that sent his supporters into the stratosphere, the biggest risk for President Obama was that he wouldn't live up to his own hype. More specifically, that he would be called a hypocrite.

Well, that's exactly what's happened. Allegations of hypocrisy -- of not matching his deeds to his words -- have been lobbed at Obama since day one of his presidency, bedeviling his efforts at bipartisanship on the stimulus package, nearly derailing Tim Geithner's bid for Treasury secretary and, yesterday, prompting Tom Daschle's withdrawal as nominee for Health and Human Services secretary.

"Did I screw up the situation? Absolutely," Obama acknowledged during a TV interview yesterday, adding that he understands there are "not two sets of rules" for people in public life. And Robert Gibbs made a similar point during his press briefing Tuesday: "You can't set a standard of responsibility but accept a different standard of who serves," Gibbs said.

But here's the key question: Did Obama "screw up" by not meeting his own goals, or by making them so lofty in the first place?

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By Ben Pershing  |  February 4, 2009; 8:26 AM ET
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First of all, JakeD is not really allowed to be using the St. Elizabeth's library computers to post here. Second of all, "playing golf" is an interesting euphemism for deep sedation.

Posted by: nodebris | February 6, 2009 12:42 AM | Report abuse

To aim for perfection and miss is far more noble than to accept mediocrity.

Posted by: oldfogey | February 4, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse


When and where was it proven to be false? Every court case has been dismissed on procedural standing grounds, not the merits. Someday, the "right" plaintiff will get him to disclose his LONG FORM birth certificate and we can put this all behind us.

Posted by: JakeD | February 4, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Did President Obama screw up by not reaching his own ethical standards?

President Obama has answered this question himself. He said 'Yes'! It must be remembered that President Obama is human and that 'to err is human', therefore, he is going to make mistakes!

Is President Obama, a hypocrite, 'No', he is not! Unlike other previous Presidents, he has been very quick to publicly admit his mistake and take full responsibility for it.

This is in line with his personality. In his first autobiography, President Obama, told us that he used drugs and also revealed other sensitive information about himself. This is unlike any other President of the United States.

As a Christian and former Professor of Constitutional Law, President Obama has a clear intellectual grasp of the ethical basis of his job as President. He helped to pass Ethics Reform, when he was in the Illinois Senate as well as US Senate. The President has always adopted an ethical approach to his own personal life and well as his politics.

As the formost politician in the U.S., President Obama is very aware that there is a crisis of trust and confidence at the very core of our society - the economic system. Trust is the foundation stone of any ethical system. Unless trust returns between investors, lenders and banks, then the economy cannot improve.

As an expert in International Relations, President Obama knows both intellectually and experientially, that the world is depending on the President of the United States, to set a high ethical standard for it to follow.

President Obama will make good decisions as well as poor ones, but the later will not be based on hypocritical considerations, but arise from the complexity of human nature and the society.

Posted by: stephendelsol | February 4, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

If the Shoe fits;

take it out of your Mouth;

And WEAR IT! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | February 4, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

First of all, Obama is not legally even President. Don't forget his broken campaign promises too. From public financing to "waiting five days for public comment before signing any legislation." Some change.

Posted by: JakeD | February 4, 2009 8:52 AM

You are a moronic pinhead, do us all a favor and move on, you diatribe has been proven to be false, now like a nice little boy go back under the t u r d you came out from under

Posted by: woodard3 | February 4, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

I was golfing yesterday -- just catching up on all the news -- maybe I should do that more often and Hillary Clinton will resign?

Posted by: JakeD | February 4, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Are you a Conservative, Moderate, Democrat, or a Liberal ?

A Conservative ( is GREY ) seeks to preserve the Status Quo,,,

A Moderate ( is YELLOW ) - in theory - for the rule of Democracy,

Democrats, ( are BLUE ) advance age of entitlement in America;

A Liberal ( is PINK ) - the "Fellow Traveler" who defends the enemy.

SATIRE: By Hermano Lobo

Posted by: hasinc67 | February 4, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

I respect President Obama for stating that he believes he made a mistake and "screwed up". Far different from the past administration, members of which never admitted mistakes and did not apologize to the American people.

President Obama lives the change he campaigned on and will bring the change we need to politics and Washington DC.

Posted by: kashabear | February 4, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

First of all, Obama is not legally even President. Don't forget his broken campaign promises too. From public financing to "waiting five days for public comment before signing any legislation." Some change.

Posted by: JakeD | February 4, 2009 8:52 AM | Report abuse

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