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A tale of two Barack Obamas

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: June 3, 2013

CALL it a tale of two Obamas.

The first President Barack Obama appeared recently in Moore after the tornado. That Obama said Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Craig Fugate came to Moore “at my direction.” That Obama proclaimed, “We've helped to register more than 4,200 people for disaster assistance, and we've approved more than $3.4 million in direct aid.”

The same Obama was front and center on May 2, 2011, to announce the killing of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden. Obama declared, “I directed” the CIA to focus on bin Laden and that “I met repeatedly with my national security team” as the bin Laden hunt progressed. He stressed, “I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action ...” That attack, he repeated, occurred “at my direction.”

I did this. I did that. We provided. Action was taken at my direction. This President Obama would have Americans believe he oversees every major action of the federal government, particularly when a specific action is politically popular.

But then there's the Obama who appeared after it was revealed the IRS had targeted conservative and pro-Israel groups with audits and extreme scrutiny, that the Justice Department was investigating reporters for the crime of journalism, and that the government's response to the Benghazi embassy attack was misleading and lackluster, at best.

That Obama can barely tell you where the public restroom is located, let alone who's in charge.

On the IRS issue, Obama claimed, “I first learned about it from the same news reports that I think most people learned about this. I think it was on Friday.”

On Benghazi, Obama painted a picture of a White House with little direct knowledge or power. “Here's what we know: Americans died in Benghazi. What we also know is clearly they were not in a position where they were adequately protected.” Well, thanks for clearing that up!

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by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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