Romnesia, Obamnesia, and hypocrisy
posted at 11:47 am on October 20, 2012 by Howard Portnoy
It was both rare and refreshing to see President Obama deliver a few zingers at own expense at Thursday’s Al Smith Dinner (video of excerpts here). He actually came off as likeable at moments, such as when he offered this combination shot: “I particularly want to apologize to Chris Matthews. Four years ago I gave him a thrill up his leg. This time around I gave him a stroke.”
The next day, however, the gloves came off and it was back to business as usual. Once again, the butt of his jokes was his opponent. With his one-liners about Big Bird having bombed and his “binders” references having confused more supporters than they delighted, he was on to a new line of comedic attack.
Here he is addressing a crowd of 9,000 on Friday in the battleground state of Virginia, which is a dead heat:
[Gov. Romney is] forgetting what his own positions are, and he’s betting that you will, too. I mean, he’s changing up so much and backtracking and sidestepping, we’ve gotta … name this condition that he’s going through.
Then, stepping on his own punch line, he said, “I think it’s called Romnesia,”
This is dangerous ground for a man who has been backtracking and sidestepping for more than a month on what he knew about the storming of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11 and when he knew it.
The dangers was intensified yesterday with a fresh round of revelations. Among them was a newly released report by the CIA station chief in Libya, confirming that the administration knew within 24 hours that the attack that had been carried out by Islamist militants, not protesters. Friday also saw the release of 166 pages of internal State Department documents. Included was a three-page cable signed by slain U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens sounding the arms over “growing problems with security” in Benghazi and “growing frustration.” The cable, labeled “sensitive,” was sent on the day Stevens and three other members of the diplomatic corps were murdered.
At the third debate on Monday, Obama will face questions about both the inconsistency in his administration’s account of the attack and the failure to answer the ambassador’s plea for heightened security.
As for his relentless and unseemly joking about Mitt Romney, which began back in April when the governor rose to become the likely GOP candidate, Obama might find it instructive to watch a video of himself from 2008 and then re-read his “Romnesia” tweets from Friday.
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