President Obama can rest assured that should he decide to try the comedy circuit whenever he leaves his present job, he surely will draw an audience that will welcome him with laughs — especially if he repeats some of his recent comments.
I’m thinking of one comment in particular that he offered to Floridians this week, when he spoke about trust being of high importance and said he always means what he says. Is he aware that is not what his ideological forebear, the late Saul Alinsky, advised? One of Alinsky’s famous “Rules for Radicals” is never to let people know what you plan to do — always tell the opposite. Of course, the trouble with asking for trust is that it tends to slip away when it is violated. Then it becomes harder to restore.
Americans’ trust in Mr. Obama was compromised when irrefutable reports came to light that his administration knew the Sept. 11 attacks on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, were taking place. Moreover, evidence shows he knew the attacks were planned rather than a spontaneous reaction to a little-seen video. Why then, days later in his speech at the United Nations, did Mr. Obama not say the attacks had been planned?
Mr. Obama did indeed offer hope when he ran for the presidency. It’s too bad he let Saul Alinsky’s rules take over.
NANCY HYDEN WOODWARD
East Hampton, N.Y.