- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 7, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The national health care debate has highlighted the corrupt and self-serving relationship between the media and the current administration. Although the mainstream media has leaned left for decades, the fawning and deceitful coverage of all things Barack Obama has become a national embarrassment.

From the outset, President Obama has been portrayed as the great healer. The brilliant, self-disciplined candidate whose election would lead America to an era of post-partisan, post-racial prosperity, he promised a new order would be established in which the earmarks, backroom deals and sleazy tactics of the past would be banished forever. In one of his campaign speeches, he described his anticipated election thus: “I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment … this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and the planet began to heal.” It seemed our magical journey to Utopia at last was under way.

On the subject of his supposed brilliance, it’s hard to tell. Mr. Obama has spent huge sums of money sealing his educational records from the kindergarten level through graduate school. Although he was the editor of the Harvard Law Review, he cannot produce a single article, letter or commentary he authored.

As for discipline, one need only look at the results of his recent physical. Although Mr. Obama has sealed all of his medical records, the annual physicals of sitting presidents are publicly available. In his most recent examination, his attending physician states that the president needs to reduce his smoking, reduce his alcohol consumption and improve his eating habits.

As far as Mr. Obama’s being post-partisan and post-racial, I cannot imagine a more partisan or racially charged scenario than that played out recently under the direction of Mr. Obama’s White House. Rather than use the underground access tunnels normally used to reach the voting chamber, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and her minions chose to march directly through the large crowd of Tea Party protesters. This was done not once, but twice. Arm in arm with civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, Georgia Democrat, and surrounded by members of the Congressional Black Caucus, Mrs. Pelosi strutted through the demonstrators armed with an outsized gavel and an arrogant smirk, obviously seeking confrontation with the chanting crowd.

When none materialized, they decided to fake it. Soon the press was filled with accounts of spitting, arrests, threats and racial epithets. Mr. Lewis stated that he had heard the N-word “at least 15 times.” Luckily, scores of cameras and recorders were on hand, as well as the cordon of Capitol Police that escorted Mrs. Pelosi through the crowd.

Curiously, no corroborating evidence could be found. No arrests, not even a police report. In fact, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, the Missouri Democrat who claimed to have been spat upon, is shown on video screaming and jabbing his finger in the face of one of the demonstrators. Video also shows a Capitol policewoman at his side during the whole affair. Eventually, confronted by the truth, the representative conceded that the supposed incident was “accidental.” Andrew Breitbart, a conservative activist, offered a $10,000 reward to anyone who could prove even one epithet was hurled. After getting no takers, Mr. Breitbart offered to pay the $10,000 to the United Negro College Fund if Mr. Lewis could pass a lie detector test regarding the supposed epithets. Mr. Lewis declined.

It is a sad day in America when a man who fought for racial justice, who braved billy clubs and firehoses, tarnishes his legacy with partisan race-baiting. What does it say about our country when our leaders openly insult and provoke their own constituents? How do you teach decency to your children when Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. drops the F-bomb during the health care victory speech and Mr. Obama, according to Mr. Biden, states that it was his favorite part of the event?

The day after the health care vote, our cocky president was back in full campaign mode, calling out any who dared challenge his ruinous health care bill to “go for it.” As a proud member of the Tea Party movement, I would like to respond: Invitation accepted.

JOHN HAYNES

Warsaw, Va.

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