What Obama Didn’t Say In His State Of The Union Speaks Volumes About The Failure Of His Presidency

AFTER FAILING TO CUT THE DEFICIT IN HALF AS HE PROMISED, AFTER FAILING TO MAKE THE TOUGH CHOICES, OBAMA ONLY GIVES OUR DEBT “A RHETORICAL NOD”

THEN: Obama Said He Was Not Going To “Punt To Future Administrations The Tough Choices” Necessary To Get Control Of Our Debt And Deficits. OBAMA: “And so what I’ve said is, I’m going to be willing to make some very difficult choices in how we get a handle on this deficit. That’s what the American people are looking for. And, you know, what we intend to do this year, next year, and all the years that I’m in office is to demonstrate our seriousness, not by gimmicks, not by punting to future administrations the tough choices, but by making some of those tough choices while I’m in office.” (President-Elect Barack Obama, Informal Exchange With Reporters On The Economy And Budget, Washington, D.C., 1/6/09)

NOW: The Washington Post: “Once Again Mr. Obama Slighted The Threat That The Federal Deficit Poses To The Growth He Said He Wants. … Mr. Obama Did Not Go Beyond A Rhetorical Nod To The Issue.” “Once again Mr. Obama slighted the threat that the federal deficit poses to the growth he said he wants. As with last year’s State of the Union speech, when he relegated the debt to a near-aside late in the speech, Mr. Obama did not go beyond a rhetorical nod to the issue.” (Editorial, “State Of The Union Speech Is Full Of Soaring Rhetoric But Skips Over Some Major Challenges,” The Washington Post, 1/24/12)

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