The walls of the Oval Office must hear some of the worst profanity imaginable. The presidents we see on television are not the same people who react to bad news behind closed doors. Imagine what Obama probably said when he heard a Texas court had stopped his immigration order, or when he got the news that Netanyahu was coming to town thanks to an invitation from the House. How do you think he responded when his aides told him that Congress and the American people might not want to play ball with his latest scheme to level the field and further Iran’s nuclear ambitions? This morning, Obama answered that question. He used the two worst words that can come from his White House: “historic” and “comprehensive.”
The two worst words from the Oval Office?
Something bad always happens when the president uses the two worst words the American people can hear. On those rare occasions when our government does something right it usually stands on its own merits without the need for a lot of window dressing. The more we hear the labels “historic” and “comprehensive” slapped on whatever we are being sold, the more we should suspect we aren’t hearing the truth.
Obamacare was historic and comprehensive. It was also affordable but that wasn’t true, either. Amnesty would have been called historic if Congress had passed comprehensive immigration reform, though not for any reason we would have been proud of. Now helping Iran get nuclear weapons is being called historic and comprehensive. Obama is trying his hardest to make negotiating with terrorists sound like a good thing. Everything we know from past experience with this man tells us he isn’t being honest about his historic accomplishment.
Historic buzzwords? Never say never.
This morning the president talked of a “historic opportunity.”1 He discussed working with our allies to reach a “historic understanding with Iran.”2 Obviously, one major ally with a lot to lose was left out of that equation.
How do we strike a “comprehensive, long-term deal”3 with a state sponsor of terrorism? We can’t and we won’t, so all the hackneyed buzzwords in the White House propaganda arsenal are being put into play. The American people are hearing about “strict limits”4 and “unprecedented transparency,”5 words we know mean absolutely nothing in practice. Obama is even looking forward to “robust debate”6 on the deal, something he looked forward to with his party’s comprehensive immigration bill until he decided to throw caution and the law to the wind and do things his way.
Worst of all, Obama used the word “never” in his celebratory Saturday morning address, as in “Iran will never be permitted to develop a nuclear weapon.”7 When Iran does precisely that, at least our deal with terrorists will be able to boast truly historic consequences.
Worst Political News Story This Week Published April 4, 2015.