- Marshall McLuhan
Not even inaugurated yet and Mr. Obama is already starting to backpedal on campaign promises he made to his hopeychangey hippie dippie fanclub.
The promise to bring a new "tone" to Washington? Nope, not so much.Just drink his particular brand of snake oil and the oceans will recede, the planet will begin to heal and St. Barack will fix your soul. Believe! All you have to do is have the audacity to hope for change because yes, we can!
The promise to end the military's ban on openly gay servicemen? He might get around to it someday. Maybe.
The promise to end torture and wiretapping? Uh, maybe not.
The promise to cut missile defense programs? Not so fast!
The promise to repeal the Bush tax cuts? He's now "considering" it.
None of this will surprise the 48% of us who didn't vote for Mr. Obama, because we've always known he's just an eloquent, polished con man; an empty suit who will lie about anything to get elected. We may not even be bothered that he might break promises to those in his base. It's politics, we say, no big deal, that's what politicians do. There might even be a decent amount of "haha, we told you so" aimed at the Left.
But while you savor your schadenfreude - and it is delicious - never ever forget that Barack Obama made a promise to us too...
...and it wasn't exactly a solemn vow.
"If you’ve got a gun in your house, I’m not taking it,’’ Obama said. But the Illinois senator could still see skeptics in the crowd, particularly on the faces of several men at the back of the room.So he tried again. “Even if I want to take them away, I don’t have the votes in Congress,’’ he said.