Has Obama’s Behavior Crossed the Line?

DID OBAMA POLITICIZE THE UNVEILING OF PRESIDENTIAL PORTRAITS?

by Sharon Rondeau

Will Obama's portrait hang in the White House if his documentation is proven falsified?

(Jun. 3, 2012) — On Thursday, May 31, 2012, former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura visited the White House for the official unveiling of their presidential portraits.  The ceremony was held in the East Room of the White House, which Michelle Obama has used as a workout room for a television show on which she would be appearing.

Accompanying the former president were his parents, former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara, and several of their employees while the younger Bush resided at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC.

During his remarks, Obama recalled President Bush standing on a pile of rubble with a bullhorn following the travesty of 9-11 and the meetings he had with Bush during the transition period following the 2008 election.  He described the United States government as a “democracy” several times.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Obama gave a “rare public tribute” to George W. Bush during the unveiling ceremony.  Another article written by The Washington Examiner states that Obama “jabbed Bush” during the ceremony, and Obama is shown pointing to Bush in which Obama’s right eyelid appears to be drooping.

The Huffington Post reported that Obama is “still bad-mouthing Bush’s time in office, blaming him for the economic crisis, the soaring federal debt and the unfinished wars the Democrat inherited from his Republican predecessor. And in the midst of an election season, Obama is trying to lump the economic policies of his current Republican rival, Mitt Romney, in with Bush’s.”

Similar to other reports, Reuters conceded that “Portrait unveiling ceremonies are traditionally devoid of partisan rhetoric, but in an election year, politics was in the air.”  However, ABC News had predicted that the event would be “free of politics.”  The Washington Post reported that Obama managed to “tone down his attacks for a couple of hours” and “bury the hatchet for a moment” while the Bushes and their entourage visited for the portraiture unveiling.

So how “warmly” was Bush received?  Were the Obamas really “gracious and civil” to the Bushes?  And why was the Obamas’ demeanor even mentioned?  Would they not have behaved as would have behooved a putative president and First Lady?

During his remarks, Obama said that he and his wife had “created” an “odd atmosphere” in the White House but did not explain further.

The New York Times stated that “It was not clear whether Mr. Obama was lauding or tweaking Mr. Bush when he recalled the chaotic months after the 2008 election” when Obama said of the state of the economy when he assumed office, ““We wouldn’t know until later just how breathtaking the financial crisis had been.”  In a report dated June 2, 2012, the Associated Press cited “ugly economic numbers” and Obama’s habit of blaming Bush for the poor employment situation.

In 2008, Obama had called Bush’s increase in federal spending “unpatriotic,” but Obama’s spending increased the national deficit to $1 trillion shortly after he took office.  The national debt has risen a reported 50% in the same time frame.  Obama’s reported campaign strategy is to continue to blame his predecessor for the poor economy, jobs outlook, and rising national debt.

Now that he is campaigning again for election, Obama has labeled Romney selfish and uncaring about “future generations” because Romney has expressed a desire to cut taxes.  On Memorial Day, Obama managed to talk about himself at the Vietnam Memorial, having arrived late with his wife and the Bidens.  A U.S. Cavalry captain has called Obama “insensitive” and “cruel” toward veterans and their family members by giving his Memorial Day speech at the Vietnam Memorial, thereby closing it to members of the public who traditionally pay their respects to the fallen there.

Obama normally golfs on Memorial Day.  He blamed Bush for the economic situation at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner earlier this year but was “expected” to “offer the same courtesy to President Bush in speaking of his presidency” at the unveiling as Bush had shown to his predecessor on the same occasion.

Since taking office, the Obamas have spent a reported $10,000,000 on vacations, and Michelle Obama has more than 20 staff members, some of whom make a six-figure income.  Obama also loaned the now-defunct Solyndra, some of whose executives were his supporters, $535,000,000 of taxpayer money which may never be recoverable.  The Cato Institute called Obama’s 2009 stimulus bill ” a very expensive failure of Keynesian fiscal policy.”

The Obama campaign has called those protesting his policies and economic results “circus-like.” Similarly, he has labeled those who were clamoring for him to release his long-form birth certificate prior to April 27, 2011 to prove his claimed birth in Hawaii “carnival barkers” and participants in “sideshows” and “silliness.”  He decried “nastiness” in the upcoming presidential campaign.

Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his Cold Case Posse declared the birth certificate a “computer-generated forgery” and are promising shocking revelations about Obama’s background at their next press conference scheduled for the middle of this month.  While Obama might not be concerned about his “birth certificate,” members of the Cold Case Posse recently traveled to Hawaii and evidently are.

Were the “expectations” of Obama’s demeanor towards Bush justified?  What type of conversation was exchanged between the Bushes and the Obamas?  Was Obama truly “friendly” to Bush?

Obama has been rude in numerous other circumstances which has caused some commentators to take notice.

3 Responses to "Has Obama’s Behavior Crossed the Line?"

  1. A pen   Monday, June 4, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    The “line” that was crossed got crossed in HI when Barry Soetoro was let into the country as a foreign national and allowed to stay beyond his 18th birthday without repatriating. Since then he has zig-zagged across lines and laws without the least restriction. Now, to hide all these acts we have to tolerate the fact that the entire government is compromising itself with no end in sight as to what they will do to cover their complicity. A little lie let go years ago has morphed into the collapse of the constitutional rule of law. It’s time to redraw the line and kick the traitors across it.

  2. 2discern   Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    The eventual comfort of knowing that barry soetero will not be on any portrait in the hallowed halls of American presidency is reason to continue the fight for justice. This fraud, liar-in-chief, impostor, usurper, and putative POTUS will be the shame of our nation. When the final facts can no longer be ignored that the entire 2008 election was fraudulent, deceitful, and treasonous then the Republic can recover and shift upright the degrading, demoralizing,and disgusting administration that has been in place.

    The exposure of who colluded to support barry soetero in office would shock every conservative, Republican, and Independent.

  3. Bob1939   Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Has Obama’s Behavior Crossed the Line? The quick answer is YES because the very moment Obama ran for President knowing full well that it was illegal for him to do so, he crossed the line… and has been doing so every action since, that he undertakes daily to bring America down. Obama must be saying to himself that he had no idea that it would be this easy, and how utterly stupid are those that still think that I’m working for them! What about all those traitors who are complicate in the annihilation and socialization of America?. An enemy from within is by far the worst kind, and a dumb electorate is doomed.

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