Phony in Chief by Thomas Sowell

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Thomas SowellWhen President Barack Obama and others on the left are not busy
admonishing the rest of us to be “civil” in our discussions of political
issues, they are busy letting loose insults, accusations and smears against
those who dare to disagree with them.

Like so many people who have been beaten in a verbal encounter, and
who can think of clever things to say the next day, after it is all over,
President Obama, after his clear loss in his debate with Mitt Romney, called
Governor Romney a “phony.”

Innumerable facts, however, show that it is our Commander in Chief
who is Phony in Chief. A classic example was his speech to a predominantly
black audience at Hampton University on June 5, 2007. That date is
important, as we shall see.

In his speech — delivered in a ghetto-style accent that Obama
doesn’t use anywhere except when he is addressing a black audience — he
charged the federal government with not showing the same concern for the
people of New Orleans after hurricane Katrina hit as they had shown for the
people of New York after the 9/11 attacks, or the people of Florida after
hurricane Andrew hit.

Departing from his prepared remarks, he mentioned the Stafford Act,
which requires communities receiving federal disaster relief to contribute
10 percent as much as the federal government does.

Senator Obama, as he was then, pointed out that this requirement was
waived in the case of New York and Florida because the people there were
considered to be “part of the American family.” But the people in New
Orleans — predominantly black — “they don’t care about as much,” according
to Barack Obama.

If you want to know what community organizers do, this is it — rub
people’s emotions raw to hype their resentments. And this was Barack Obama
in his old community organizer role, a role that should have warned those
who thought that he was someone who would bring us together, when he was all
too well practiced in the arts of polarizing us apart.

Why is the date of this speech important? Because, less than two
weeks earlier, on May 24, 2007, the United States Senate had in fact voted
80-14 to waive the Stafford Act requirement for New Orleans, as it had
waived that requirement for New York and Florida. More federal money was
spent rebuilding New Orleans than was spent in New York after 9/11 and in
Florida after hurricane Andrew, combined.

Truth is not a job requirement for a community organizer. Nor can
Barack Obama claim that he wasn’t present the day of that Senate vote, as he
claimed he wasn’t there when Jeremiah Wright unleashed his obscene attacks
on America from the pulpit of the church that Obama attended for 20 years.
Unlike Jeremiah Wright’s church, the U.S. Senate keeps a record of
who was there on a given day. The Congressional Record for May 24, 2007
shows Senator Barack Obama present that day and voting on the bill that
waived the Stafford Act requirement. Moreover, he was one of just 14
Senators who voted against — repeat, AGAINST — the legislation which
included the waiver.

When he gave that demagogic speech, in a feigned accent and style,
it was world class chutzpah and a rhetorical triumph. He truly deserves the
title Phony in Chief.

If you know any true believers in Obama, show them the transcript of
his June 5, 2007 speech at Hampton University (available from the Federal
News Service) and then show them page S6823 of the Congressional Record for
May 24, 2007, which lists which Senators voted which way on the waiver of
the Stafford Act requirement for New Orleans.

Some people in the media have tried to dismiss this and other
revelations of Barack Obama’s real character that have belatedly come to
light as “old news.” But the truth is one thing that never wears out. The
Pythagorean Theorem is 2,000 years old, but it can still tell you the
distance from home plate to second base (127 ft.) without measuring it. And
what happened five years ago can tell a lot about Barack Obama’s character
– or lack of character.

Obama’s true believers may not want to know the truth. But there are
millions of other people who have simply projected their own desires for a
post-racial America onto Barack Obama. These are the ones who need to be
confronted with the truth, before they repeat the mistake they made when
they voted four years ago.

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford
University, Stanford, CA 94305. His website is To find out
more about Thomas Sowell and read features by other Creators Syndicate
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