Now that the deadline for signing up for the ironically named Affordable Care Act is upon us, it’s a good time to remember that just about everything our president has told us has been – let’s be nice and simply call it – untrue
Despite his promise, not all of us who like our doctor can keep our doctor, period.
And millions of us who liked our old insurance plans cannot keep them, period.
I don’t know about you, but my premiums went up, not down, despite President Obama’s promises to the contrary.
And what did the president learn from all that? Not much. Just this month he told us that ObamaCare, “is working the way it should.” Does he think we’re so stupid that we’d actually believe that, or – and this is a much scarier possibility – does he really believe his own nonsense?
Or to put it another way: Is President Obama delusional?
This is a subject Peter Wehner has just tackled in a smart piece for Commentary magazine, which runs under the headline, “Obama’s World of Make Believe.” In it he makes the case that the president is “unable to adjust his views to the way things are.”
“So when his worldview collides with reality, he often can’t adjust,” according to Wehner. “He instead creates his own make believe world.
“We’ve seen it time and time again with the Affordable Care Act. … We’ve also seen this in Mr. Obama’s dealings with Vladimir Putin, who with lightning speed has seized Crimea, threatens Ukraine, and whose top officials are now openly mocking the president (including with tweets ending with smiley faces). Yet President Obama insists that Putin is acting ‘out of weakness, not out of strength’ in attempting to take control of Crimea. This is an effort to seek comfort by engaging in an almost clinical level of delusion.”
Barack Obama came to office with a vision of how he would “fundamentally transform” America – and how his shining magnificence would not only stem the rise of the oceans and heal the planet but also would make the rest of the world love him. Vladimir Putin, apparently, didn’t get the message. Neither have most of the other leaders of the real world. Neither have most of the regular folks, either.
None of us knows if Mr. Obama actually is delusional or if he’s just a politician who says things to sound strong. Did he say his healthcare plan is working the way it’s supposed to and Putin is acting out of weakness because he really believes those things or because he needs to sound confident in a desperate effort to bring up his poll numbers? It must be tough for Mr. Obama, coming to office with so many acolytes telling him that he is The One, the Messiah … only to learn that sycophants flatter but rarely tell the truth.
Peter Wehner ends his excellent piece with this: “For Barack Obama, the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.” The good news is that none of those things will help his fellow Democrats this November.
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