In an unaired excerpt of President Obama’s recent 60 Minutes interview, he conceded that his own campaign’s television ads sometimes go “overboard” and “mistakes are made.” But, he says, “That happens in politics.”

The president’s campaign has resorted to ads filled with blatant lies and gross distortions, but he just shrugs and says, “That happens.”

Yet in the same interview—the part that did air—President Obama said his “biggest disappointment is that we haven’t changed the tone in Washington as much as I would have liked.”

You cannot have it both ways. You cannot pardon your false advertising while at the same time decrying the very sort of divisiveness your advertising helps foster.

Granted, President Obama’s self-professed biggest failures change by the day and the audience. (On Univision Thursday, his “biggest failure” was not passing “comprehensive immigration reform.”) Nevertheless, this has become a pattern. President Obama bemoans the tone of Washington, while being hyper-partisan and running a misleading campaign.

It’s no wonder he can’t find a solution to the “tone” in Washington: he’s part of the problem. At least now he’s semi-admitted it.

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