GIVAT SHMUEL, Israel March 25, 2015 — Barack Obama is very lucky the White House is not made of glass, because the stones he is throwing at Benjamin Netanyahu would shatter every load-bearing wall of the Pennsylvania Avenue mansion if it were lobbed back in the direction of its current occupants.
Last week, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters that Netanyahu’s Facebook plea to his base to get out the vote because Arabs are being bussed in to defeat him was a “cynical Election Day tactic.” Former Obama senior adviser and re-election strategist David Axelrod referred to Bibi’s post as “11th hour demagoguery” on Twitter.
That the likes of Obama, Earnest and Axelrod have the courage to accuse other of playing dirty politics directly speaks to the pathetic impotence of the media, as they know it will never point out the irony.
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In fact, left-wingers everywhere are lambasting Netanyahu for his “racist” post. Some have argued that because Netanyahu was the sitting prime minister at the time of his Facebook message, it was wrong for him to attack a group that was under his leadership.
These same liberals however did not flood the newspapers, social media and cable television when Barack Obama did the exact same thing.
Barack Obama has at least twice in his presidency referred to the tea party movement as “tea baggers.” In a letter to a 5th grade school teacher who had written to the president to express concerns over the Affordable Care Act, Obama penned, ““I… appreciate your concern about the toxic political environment right now. I do have to challenge you, though, on the notion that any citizen that disagrees with me has been ‘targeted and ridiculed’ or that I have ‘made fun’ of tea baggers.” Then, in an interview on November 30, 2009 Obama expressed his frustration with House Republicans’ opposing his stimulus bill, saying it “set the tenor for the whole year … That helped to create the tea-baggers and empowered that whole wing of the Republican Party to where it now controls the agenda for the Republicans.”
Obama, by name calling a group of people under his leadership, attempted to influence public opinion for his own political gain. Is that not exactly what he is punishing Netanyahu for doing now?
In fact, few politicians have been willing to campaign as far below the belt as Barack Obama.
Additionally, according to the New York Times, “the president also described a strongly worded lecture that he gave Mr. Netanyahu about an Election Day Facebook posting in which the Israeli leader warned that Arab voters were going to the polls ‘in droves,’ an assertion widely interpreted as an attempt to suppress the Arab vote.”
Once again, this is a tactic very familiar to Barack Obama. A 2012 article in The Daily Beast, Michael Medved wrote,
[Obama] and his supporters succeeded in discouraging and disillusioning the Republican and independent voters Romney needed for victory. In post-election comments, GOP strategist Karl Rove argued that the Obama campaign succeeded by deliberately “suppressing the vote,” a response to Democratic accusations of Republican “voter suppression” schemes. Although most opinion leaders dismissed Rove’s observation as the sour grapes whining of a notably sore loser, it’s impossible to argue with his numbers: Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan drew 1.3 million fewer votes than the allegedly hapless ticket of John McCain and Sarah Palin.
How exactly did Obama do this? He unleashed a relentless video campaign against Romney, blasting him for his, “wealth, offshore bank accounts, job-exporting background at Bain Capital, expensive Olympics horse, bad singing voice, mistreatment of his dog, unpublished tax returns, murder-by-cancer of a steelworker’s wife, and general heartlessness and cluelessness.”
So, Barack Obama and his campaign cronies, headed by David Axelrod, used “demagoguery” in order to “suppress” the Republican vote and win re-election. Is that not exactly what he is punishing Netanyahu for doing now?
In fact, few politicians have been willing to campaign as far below the belt as Barack Obama. A 2012 article in Red State chronicles Obama and Axelrods’ deluge of campaign chicanery, including twice leaking the divorce records of his opponent.
If liberals would like to have an honest discussion about the vicious nature of political discourse in the 21st century, then that is certainly a conversation that can be had, but pretending that Netanyahu is the only person to every employ these tactics is deception of the highest order.
If there was a living and breathing media in the United States, Obama, Axelrod and their ilk would think twice before making these outrageously hypocritical accusations. Alas, getting in line behind Obama and slamming the Jewish state no matter how inaccurate the accusations are two of the American media’s favorite pastimes; thus they feel free to launch their attacks without fear of reprisal and we find ourselves in the sad state of affairs we are now in.