In a call previewing Obama’s upcoming bus tour through North Carolina and Virginia, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama “will continue to acknowledge the frustration that he himself shares,” about Washington’s laggard response to the financial crisis. Earnest added that while on the trip, Obama will make it clear that he is fighting to make certain that the “interests of 99 percent of Americans are well represented” — the first time the White House has used the term to differentiate the vast majority of Americans from the wealthy.
President Obama? Really? The president who took more campaign money from Wall Street and Big Banking than any other presidential candidate in history; whose top campaign contributor was Goldman Sachs; who eagerly signed a financial “reform” bill largely written by banking industry lobbyists; whose Justice Department has failed to prosecute a single executive from Fannie/Freddie or the big mortgage lenders involved in the housing meltdown? As Mark Twain once observed, the difference between fact and fiction is that fiction has to be believable.
And on a related note, Breitbart’s Big Journalism blog is now reporting that several big players in the mainstream media have been advising the organizers of OccupyDC. In a leaked series of emails that Big Journalism has dubbed “Journolist 2.0”, big players such as MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan and Rolling Stone’s Matt Tiabbi offered OccupyDC leaders advice on how to best present their demands and objectives to the press – all while reporting (in unbiased and completely objective fashion, of course) on the protests.
Right now the only thing keeping me from tearing my hair out in frustration is the confidence that I have in the American people; specifically their ability to see how the Tea Party movement was deliberately smeared by the press, while the Occupy protesters are coddled and treated sympathetically, and that the only reason the press is doing this is to encourage votes for Democrats. Same with President Obama. Naturally he “supports” the protesters because a lifetime of progressive/socialist training tells him it’s the right thing to do, but his actions in favor of big business-big government cronyism reveal that his support for the Occupy protestors really boils down to one thing — he wants their votes.
Blatant hypocrisy like this cannot stand forever. I just hope the expiration date comes before Nov. 6, 2012.