President Obama traveled all the way to China to praise the free flow of information. It’s the only safe place he could do so without getting heckled. With a straight face, Obama lauded political dissent and told Chinese students that he welcomed unfettered criticism in America. Fierce opposition, he said, made him “a better leader because it forces me to hear opinions that I don’t want to hear.” How do you say “You lie!” in Mandarin?The whole thing is at the link.
While the kowtower-in-chief’s press shop feeds paeans to free speech into Obama’s globe-trotting teleprompter, the White House is still waging war on vocal foes at home. Obama has lectured his critics in Washington stop talking and “get out of the way.” He has stacked his carefully-staged town halls with partisan stooges and campaign plants throughout the year. The president recently derided limited-government activists in the Tea Party movement with a vulgar sexual term used by left-wing cable hosts Anderson Cooper on CNN and the MSNBC smear merchants (just Google “teabagging” and you’ll see what they mean).
And there are now more muzzled watchdogs in the Obama administration than on the sidelines of the Westminster Kennel Club show.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Hypocrite-in-Chief: Obama Touts Wonders of 'Unfettered Criticism' in China While Stiffling Dissent at Home
I mentioned this as a theme of Michelle Malkin's event yesterday. From her syndicated column today, "Obama's Double-Talk on Political Dissent":