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Romnesia, Obamnesia, and hypocrisy

posted at 11:47 am on October 20, 2012 by

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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Perhaps the foremost example of “romnesia” is promising to repeal Obamacare and “replace it” with something else after having implemented Obamacare on a smaller scale in Mass-uh-chew-sits.

gryphon202 on October 20, 2012 at 11:57 AM

can you imagine the 24/7 outrage if mitt did thsi to obama….

RACIST!!!!!

cmsinaz on October 20, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Dead on the mark gryphon202!!!

I’m just voting for the lesser of two evils as Romney is as much a conservative as fearless leader is.
OK, I’m exaggerating, Romney’s closer and that’s why he’ll get my vote as I’d rather go to socialist hell on a slow boat than on a speed boat. maybe buy some time to reverse course.
But with justice Roberts stupid ruling in place we’re pretty much done as a Constitutional Republic unless a miracle occurs. Power given is NEVER returned to the people.

sanjuro on October 20, 2012 at 1:24 PM

0bama is a small man and I use the term man loosely. And his campaign has descended into the depths of smallness as never seen from a president before. Another sad “first” for him.

Brat on October 20, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Here he is addressing a crowd of 9,000 on Friday in the battleground state of Virginia, which is a dead heat:

I question that number. 9K really?

Brat on October 20, 2012 at 1:28 PM

“We’ve always been at war with Romnesia”.

mrt721 on October 20, 2012 at 2:10 PM

I question that number. 9K really?

Brat on October 20, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Fairfax is a major federal office worker city. He’d get that alone from just the AFSCME workers given time off to see him.

PastorJon on October 20, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Power given is NEVER returned to the people.

sanjuro on October 20, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Sometimes it must be taken back by any and all means available and necessary.

gryphon202 on October 21, 2012 at 12:01 AM

The question that conservative voters should be asking themselves is, “Would I rather have a competent or an incompetent liberal as the head of state when the collapse comes?”

The Republican electorate screwed this country by choosing Romney in a very similar way to how the populace as a whole chose Obama.

We haven’t even had a conservative nominated to run for President since 1984.

18-1 on October 21, 2012 at 7:35 PM