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Letter: The quotable Mr. President

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Posted: Thursday, January 9, 2014 12:00 am

In response to the critics of some of my previous letters to the editor, let me reply with a reminder of some of those things that have been said by our president during the time he was running for office and while in office. Strong and resounding words that provided a solid platform for success. Armed with a high approval rating and an unequaled charisma, the future was in his hands.

Sadly, a squandered path taken. A partial list of utterances that have not proven to be credible:

“I will have the most transparent administration in history.”

“The stimulus will fund shovel-ready jobs.”

“The IRS is not targeting anyone.”

“It was a spontaneous attack due to a movie.”

“If I had a son.”

“I will put an end to the type of politics that breeds division, conflict and cynicism.”

“The public will have five days to look online at every bill that lands on my desk.”

“It was not my red line.”

“I will restore trust in government.”

“You can keep your family doctor, period.”

“If you like it, you can keep your current health plan.”

“I knew nothing about what happened in Benghazi.”

“I knew nothing about the IRS targeting conservative groups.”

“I knew nothing about Fast and Furious.”

“Premiums will be lowered by $2,500.”

“It’s just like shopping on Amazon.”

“I never met my uncle who is from Kenya and is in this country illegally.”

“I am not spying on Americans.”

“The Cambridge cops acted stupidly.”

“You didn’t build that.”

Americans want the truth and straight answers from their president. The above is a list of only 20 of the ways we have been subjected to untruths and misuse of power. Our ex-Secretary of State used the phrase “it just doesn’t matter” when attempting to avoid a serious question.

Well, that just doesn’t fly, as is reflected by Obama’s current slide in approval ratings. Things do matter to the public, and will continue to matter until we get it right!

Richard Viall


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