Selling The Sizzle Smirky (Obama) Style

Where's The Beef?

The question begs itself constantly in the world of Smirksalot. For those of us who actually paid attention during the 2008 presidential campaign, instead of staying glued to "Dancing With The Stars," we heard a lot about transparency, how the new administration was going to have "Government In The Sunshine," and the ushering in of a new political environment in Foggy Bottom was now imminent.

SO! WHERE'S THE BEEF?

Dealing with politicians of Smirksalot's bent can truly be a slippery slope. But you need to learn something if you haven't already. Watch what this snake does and not what it says. The latest example of the slippery slope has to do with his health care reform, and we all heard about how it was going to all be out in the open, televised, etc, etc, etc. The et ceteras need to be scrutinized in Smirksville folks. The tune now out of The Whine House is diametrically opposed to what he previously said, though this shouldn't be anything new to those of us who are following along.

The roadblocks have now been put up in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's request to obtain Whine House records of all the "behind the scenes" meeting held by the executive branch and all their favorite special interest groups (read: drug companies, insurance companies, hospitals, et al).

Robert Bauer, an attorney for "The People's House" wrote to the committee explaining that such disclosure would be a humongous and very expensive undertaking (suddenly they're worried about our money?) and could cause "implications on long standing executive branch confidentiality issues." Wait just a second here folks. Isn't this the very Presidential Candidate who promised the American tax payers "transparency" and an "open government?" Translated properly, Bauer's response should have been, "Better try next time."

I believe, and rightfully so, that those of us who elect, then pay these people to do our will, have the RIGHT to know what was said during these behind closed door meetings held by top Smirkster staffers and the myriad of lobbyists and health care officials who visited The White House even while the debate was raging on The Hill. If everything was above board why worry about releasing the details of what was said, and promised, to get them to board the USS Obamacare.

If memory serves me correctly, and it usually does, things were promised and deals were made early on, even before this thing got started good, with the drug companies and hospitals to the tune of billions of dollars in "savings" to get them to bite the hook. The word "bribery" seems to come to mind but that's been given a wink and a nod by the Foggy Bottom elite for decades. What we call "bribery," they call "political maneuvering."

But The Whine House did throw the committee the proverbial bone. What did they send them? They sent about 100 pages of already made public documents and the visitor logs for the period in question, which the AP had already obtained and made public in 2009. Congress can now expect continual stonewalling, rather than transparency, on this issue as they now try to decipher what is what with this monstrosity of a bill.

So let me briefly go "US Constitution" on you the reader. I'm a bit of an advocate of using that document to govern this Republic. The way the founding fathers set it up was that the other two branches of government, the legislative and judicial arms, would have oversight over the executive branch. See they were well in tune what a despot or tyrant could be capable of reigning down on the common man's heads. We have strayed so far away from Constitution being the guide for our politicians that if you aren't afraid, you should be. The alarm bells should be going off in your heads at this juncture in our short history.

The particular House committee in question is being stifled in performing its job of oversight of an executive branch fiasco. I don't believe we've seen the end of it though. Just more political fodder for insuring that The Smirky Onbe suffers the same fate as James Carter did. Eventually, enough becomes quite enough

Pelosi's statement of "We need to pass the bill so we can find out what is in it" should give new meaning to the Democrat's definition of Obama's "transparency. There won't be any on his watch either.




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kirstenblog 5 years ago from London UK

ROFL @ The Whine House! I do love a fine wine sometimes but their whine seems a bit off, perhaps it's corked?

I agree that this new definition for the world transparency is somewhat disappointing. My question is, did Obama whisper the sweet nothings in our collective voter ears because he really did think he could do it that way? Or was it simply a case that he knew what we wanted to hear and simply said what we wanted to hear? If it is the second option then I am totally gutted because I liked them sweet nothings he was whispering, kinda makes a person feel like a fool :/


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Kirsten - one of life's lessons is that the proof is in the pudding. Obama is just another political snake oil salesman who said what the American people were desperate to hear.

Just the thought that one person could possibly change the inner workings of Foggy Bottom should have given people cause to ask, "Really? Since when?"


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cjv123 5 years ago from Michigan

You are an EXCELLENT writer! SO glad you're here on Hubpages - and so glad I'm one of your first fans because I know I'm going to turn into a HUGE fan. Everything you wrote was absolutely SPOT ON! Voted up, and the other good things!

Carol


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

When have we ever seen an honest politician?

Obama is an egotistical fool, in way over his head but blissfully unaware of his own ineptness. We are on the edge of economic collapse and he announces he's looking into bullying in schools! Yeah, that's what the leader of the free world should concentrate on!

Yikes!


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Will, my theory is that Obama was bullied in school. Having spent 7 years in Hawaii, I can attest to the fact that the natives aren't tolerant toward eith whites or blacks, much less a mongrel.


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Marcuss 5 years ago

I am pleased that i can now come here to read your posts FROG. Once again you presented a article worthy of many raves.

There is no evidence of transparency with this Marxist in the WHINE HOUSE. There was never intended to be as we have witnessed. Hes a LYING POS he always was and will always be.

The song on election night 2012 will be,

All we are saying is goodbye Barack.


Stewart Engelman 5 years ago

With Obama the beef is always cooked differently than what it says on the menu. The man is an inveterate liar. He will make deals with anyone to get what he wants (remember how he got the NRA to cave on the Disclose Bill by offering them an exemption and a federally funded gun range?). As for separation of powers, we of course lost that a long time ago, but never has the loss been so deep as under Oblabber. The "Czars" have literally usurped the role of Congress, and the courts almost make up laws as they go along. Congress, when it does get to do anything, often violates enumerated powers anyway. So, it looks like everyone wants to be a fiat dictator, but what's so scary is that nobody in this nation has ever come so close to achieving it as Obama. As for transparancy, I wouldn't hold your breath. I recently sent an email to his royal highness about some topic (I forget what), and his reply did not address my topic at all, but merely pointed out his commitment to transparancy. I think what we have here is a rotten deal regarding transparancy; for oratory we get opacity, and for everything else we get INVISIBILITY.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Stu, you are an old friend who is as wise as an old bullfrog. Political deal making has been the norm for way too long. Young people, bless their naive political souls, were sucked in by pretty words by Obama. Nothing has changed, nor will it during his tenure because the real powers in his machine have sat in Foggy Bottom for decades. His inexperience in dealing with the political apparatus has become quite evident. Those who fail to see it need to WTF up so to speak. He's like a fish out of water.

If we don't wake up as citizens and retake the power that has been usurped from us over the decades, our Republic will be torn apart at the seams. Czars, schmars, that is a way to circumvent the US Constitution. My own representative, James Clyburn, is on video stating that most of what Congress does isn't IAW the Constitution. What does that say about our representation?

Oblabber is good at not answering direct questions. We saw it during the presidential debates, for those who were watching. Lets talk about something else seems to be the norm.


Stewart Engelman 5 years ago

Hi Frog,

Thanks so much for the reply and kind comments. I agree that with Obama you need to look behind the speech, because it is all lies. You need to look at policy and decsions. What's so horribly sad is that Rep. Bachmann from MN went on MSNBC to warn America about Obama's ties to left wing radicals BEFORE election day. But hardly anybody listened. And now the Constitution is being torn even further to shreds.


Texasbeta 5 years ago

It doesn't appear to bother you that the premise by which you are arguing is severely biased and ill-informed. The full scope of the information isn't being presented on this at all. I can tell this is going to be a longer debate, so let me start with this:

1-Did/does health care coverage and the laws involving said coverage, need to be changed?

2-Does the US have the "best" health care in the world?

3-Do you know the difference between a smirk and a smile? Part B of that question is, have you ever seen a picture of W Bush?


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

The 'premise' is that Obama promised a transparent administration but delivered an opaque one.

Deal with that.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Texasbeta, I think you completely missed the point. You wouldn't happen to be a fan of the Smirky One would you?


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cjv123 5 years ago from Michigan

Texasbeta - you always seem to miss the point of the piece as you have commented on my Hubs before and I recognize your style.

All of your questions are pointless. It's reading comprehension 101. Reread what he wrote and then ask questions that pertain to the point. You are throwing straw men into this by telling The Frog that he is ill informed, biased and not presenting the full scope of information. Then proceed to make baseless accusations that are ill informed, biased and worst of all, NOT AT ALL ON THE POINT. i.e.: The Frog is ill informed. Ill informed about just exactly what? That Mr. Obama promised transparency in his administration over and over and over - and took the oath of office then promptly led a very secretive, completely obtuse and opaque administration? I personally distinctly remember C-Span coverage promised by his very lips - then there were CLOSED DOOR sessions of the Congress without a PEEP from Mr. Obama.

And as an aside - the King of Ill Informed is Mr. Obama. He still thinks there are 57 states and that Austrians speak Austrian. How obtuse can YOU be? If you think for one minute that President Obama is so much smarter than President Bush - you truly are hopeless. At least President Bush knows how many U.S. States there are, and was smart enough to pick a VP with an I.Q. above a turnip.

Stick to the point. Stop rambling all over the place. You're rude, but worse, you're rude AND wrong at the same time.


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ReuVera 5 years ago from USA

Ha-ha, o, there IS a difference between a smirk and a smile, and it is not at all hard to tell one from another, just think with your own brain.

Great read, The Frog Prince! O, how we need royalties like you here!

Up and Awesome!


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ReuVera 5 years ago from USA

P.S. Interesting thought about Obama's being bullied when a kid. I had the same guessing. A happy kid from a happy childhood grows up to a happy man with a happy and open smile. Not a smirk that we see on our President's mug, hehe

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