“And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account, to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day, because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.”
That was President Barack Obama on January 20, 2009 during his first inaugural address. So many Americans believed him at the time, right? He was the transformational figure that was going to fundamentally change America forever. He was bringing change that we could believe in. He was the one that we’ve been waiting for after all.
But, the campaigner-in-chief, who excelled at making bold promises about the way things could be, never took the time to understand the full ramifications of what he was promising. Forget the details; we have the House. Don’t worry about the implementation; we have the Senate. We have to ram it through. Now.
Think about the passage of Obamacare and its implementation, and then read Obama’s quote again. It is stunning how far from his own promises this President has operated. His elixir-like rhetoric hypnotized a larger portion of America into believing it could all be better if we just closed our eyes and hoped as hard as we could. If only we trusted him, his administration, and his party they would fix what ailed us.
He asked for our trust and then told us not to worry because it was different this time. Washington would operate in the light of day and be held to account. Barack Obama has been anything but accountable, but the Obamacare mess and his reaction to the rollout have taken his credibility to new lows.
“If you like your health insurance you will be able to keep your health insurance. Period.”
But that doesn’t ring true, now, does it? Fox News Insider has the number of Americans who have lost their health insurance at 4.2 million and counting. Forbes says 4.8 million. A November 12th New York Times article entitled “Obama in Bind Trying to Keep Health Law Vow” makes no attempt to tally the number. Our trust is broken, right there in the light of day. You would think the President would do the right thing and apologize.
“I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me.”
Yup, that’s right, he is sorry that 4.whatever million Americans are “finding themselves in this situation.” That’s accountability. That’s doing business in the light of day. Now that’s restoring trust.