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Sunday, August 19, 2012

EDITORIAL: Obama's gaffes not for laughs - Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obama's gaffes not for laughs - Washington Times

Ronald Reagan once said that in politics, if you’re explaining, you’re losing. Lately the Obama campaign has been spending more time cleaning up its messes than getting out a message.
Some of the latest gaffes are just for laughs. Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.’s recent lapses — forgetting what century he was living in and confusing Virginia with North Carolina — became instant punch lines for late-night comedians. President Obama hasn’t been immune to similar misstatements, such as when he referred to Hawaii as being in Asia, invented the “Austrian” language, thoughtlessly said his low bowling score was “like Special Olympics,” affirmed that Sen. John McCain “has not talked about my Muslim faith,” mentioned he had been “in 57 states” with “one left to go,” or when he was honoring America’s “unbroken line of fallen heroes” on Memorial Day saying he could “see many of them in the audience here today.”
Mr. Obama’s more recent problem statements have been more than just mere slips of the teleprompter. “You didn’t build that” and “The private sector is doing fine” reflect Mr. Obama’s deeply held beliefs about the nature of business and the economy. The campaign claims Mr. Obama’s words were taken out of context, but these statements resonated because they fit so well in the context of his record. To hard-pressed business owners, “you didn’t build that” became an instant rallying cry.
It’s undeniable Mr. Obama thinks government should lead economic and job growth. He said explicitly that people who built their businesses didn’t succeed because of their hard work and initiative but because of luck and the guiding hand of bureaucrats. These “gaffes” are akin to what then-candidate Barack Obama told Sam “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher in October 2008, “When you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.” The Obama campaign tried to explain that one away too, but almost four years later, it’s clear that income redistribution is one of Mr. Obama’s guiding principles. As the current economic mess shows, spreading the wealth around isn’t good for anybody.

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