Was that an apology?
The word “sorry” did come out of President Obama’s mouth, but the real admission, that he lied knowingly and repeatedly, somehow didn’t make the hard climb out of his diaphragm.
When the mainstream media snapped out of their five-year trances long enough to report that people were losing their insurance under Obamacare, that was a slap in Obama’s face. When they made the stunning connection to the fact that Obama had said to Americans what we all remember him saying, that we could keep our insurance plans and doctors if we like them, period, that was just too much.
It wasn’t the first time Obama’s been caught in a lie or some underhanded activity, but it was the first time his sycophants at the New York Times, NBC and other White House subdivisions had dared to pin him down on anything and the public listened.
He was fixed like a deer in the headlights, a big-mouthed bass on a hook.
It was Obama’s blue-dress moment.
He tried in vain to make everything right by rewriting history, telling supporters that “what we really said was,” but the more than two dozen videotaped events in which he had promised Americans could keep their insurance, period, kept that new lie from taking root.
So on Thursday, the word “sorry” was uttered by the Narcissist in Chief, for the first time outside a dictator’s throne room.
“I am sorry that they (people who have lost their insurance) are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me,” he told NBC News. “We’ve got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them and we are going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this.”
Note the Clintonian phrasing: “Sorry you messed up your pretty little dress, darling, based on you misconstruing my actions as meaning I had any feelings for you. …”
Some people are buying it. Sen. Mike Lee, who I thought knew better, told Fox News, “I think it’s refreshing that the president is acknowledging this is a problem, that he’s acknowledging that he made promises that people relied on to their detriment.”
Refreshing or not, “acknowledging this is a problem” isn’t quite the same as admitting guilt.
A man would just come out and say, “I apologize for lying to you. It was wrong and a mistake, and I’m sorry.”
Of course, a man wouldn’t have lied to trick Americans in the first place, just so he could put his name on a massive socialist legacy.
“We hear them,” “everything we can,” “consequence of this” — they’re all weasel words meant to sound like Obama is being sincere while leaving the impression that he really didn’t do anything wrong.
It depends what the definition of “is” is, after all.