President Obama was speaking at a Democratic fundraiser in Chicago on Monday, and you know how he is when he goes off his teleprompter.
He was talking about returning home to Chicago, and said
“One of the nice things about being home is actually that it’s a little bit like a time capsule. Because Michelle and I and the kids, we left so quickly that there’s still junk on my desk, including some unpaid bills (laughter) — I think eventually they got paid — but they’re sort of stacked up. And messages, newspapers and all kinds of stuff.”
The White House, however, removed the “unpaid bills” part from the official transcript which was sent out after the event, so it now reads “there’s still junk on my desk, including some — newspapers and all kinds of stuff.” Associated Press reporter Josh Lederman noticed the deception and alerted another reporter who was at the event, who sent out an email alerting her colleagues and everyone else who receives reports from the White House press corps.
Trivial? Sure. Stupid? Paranoid? Absolutely. But this, remember, is the Administration that President Obama promised would be “the most transparent” ever. That pledge, like so many, many others, is “inoperable” as another corrupt administration liked to say, but this is signature significance. If the President’s staff will go to the trouble to misrepresent what Obama said, in public, for such minor, indeed, barely perceptible gain, why would anyone doubt the lengths it would go to to cover up really damning stuff, like the circumstances surrounding the death of an ambassador in Libya, or complicity in the IRS plot to suppress conservative campaign efforts, or a botched gun-running operation, or any of a long list of other fiascoes? If the White House thinks it has to falsify documents to cover-up a miniscule Presidential gaffe like this, what is it willing to do when transparency will cause real, substantial political problems?
I can’t wait to read the rationalizations about how this in nit-picking. This kind of official air-brushing of reality is what the U.S. used to mock Communists for during the Cold War. But hey, this is minor, right?
Anyone who trusts the Obama Administration to tell the truth at this point is a patsy, a victim, a fool, or a fan of Big Brother. Naturally, the mainstream media, whose reporters were the ones the White House tried to dupe, doesn’t think this story is worth reporting.
Which of those four description apply to them, I wonder?
Facts: Weekly Standard