This is a big country. And people disagree a lot, but one thing I’ve never tried to do – and I think none of us can do in public office – is suggest that because someone doesn’t agree with me that they’re victims or they’re unpatriotic.
– President Barack Hussein Obama on the David Letterman Show, September 18th, 2012, via LA Times, Obama responds to Romney remarks in David Letterman interview
Give the president his due: It’s true that someone who disagrees with President Obama can’t be labeled “unpatriotic”—rather, anyone who disagrees with the president is almost certainly patriotic.
So there’s that.
But then, there’s this:
In an interview tonight with Manchester, N.H., ABC affiliate WMUR, Obama stressed the need for transparency when asked whether Romney’s offshore finances, including a Swiss bank account, disqualified him for office or made him unpatriotic.
– Devin Dwyer, ABC News, July 9th, 2012, President Obama Says Mitt Romney Needs to Be an ‘Open Book’
As I often say, the art of politics is saying one thing while communicating another. Note Obama didn’t say “Romney’s unpatriotic”—but, then, he didn’t refute the claim either when he had the chance. His admission that Romney needed to do more on his tax returns validated the presumption by the interviewer that not paying one’s “fair share” of taxes to Uncle Sam was, in fact, unpatriotic.
But that’s small potatoes. Remember this?
…[W]e’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us…and that’s why I think it’s so important that people focus on voting on November 2.
– President Barack Hussein Obama, interview on “Piolín por la Mañana” program on Univision Radio, via Spectator.org, Obama Urges Hispanics to Punish “Enemies,” Vote Democratic
Obama’s latest infographic in an attempt to capitalize on the exposed Romney gaffe truth-telling:
– President Barack Hussein Obama, in an exchange with Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) regarding the “stimulus” package, January 23rd, 2009, via Outside the Beltway, Obama: ‘I Won’
And so he did. Let’s just make sure it was a pyrrhic victory.