Friday, October 04, 2013

Obama Speaks

As we learned yesterday, tragically, Senator Obama's stirring words from 2006 against raising the debt ceiling ....
The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure.
If Washington were serious about honest tax relief in this country, we would see an effort to reduce our national debt by returning to responsible fiscal policies.
Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grand children. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.
.... were never actually spoken.  Despite their appearance in the Congressional record, Obama's words, which he now admits were entirely phony, were not part of an actual speech from the Senate floor, but rather just entered into the record after the fact.

The post on Ricochet yielded the following amusing characterizations of this absurd state of affairs.

James Lileks
James Lileks
So the one time he didn't vote "present," he wasn't. Present. 

Apr '11
Clare Day
Maybe Eastwood's chair could play him in the 'actual reinactment'.
Mark Reilly
Sep '12
Mark Reilly
He not only wrote about "composite" characters. He is one.

Tragic really that only rabid, regular readers of the Congressional Record (demented and sad, but social) ever had the chance to enjoy his inspiring and absolutely true words.  Obama's eloquent, and now entirely obsolete, defense of fiscal responsibility never proclaimed through the divine instrument of the vox humana.  It's unfair, atrocious, and outrageous.  And about to be remedied.

Through the magic of Voki for Web, we now bring you what might have been from seven years ago, when an idealistic young Senator gave voice to a country's deepest desires.  

Mister we could use a man like Cartoon Obama again.