As a child I learned the story of Pinocchio and how his nose would grow every time he told a lie. The story is so well known that to be called a “Pinocchio” is to say that you are prone to fabricate, obfuscate, and exaggerate. The Adventures of Pinocchio is a story President Obama might do well to read. As he continues his self-serving attempts to fabricate ways in which he compares favorably with past presidents, Obama is beginning to resemble Carlo Colladi’s fictional fibbing puppet. In fact, if reality mimicked fiction, the President’s nose would make Pinocchio’s elongated snout look like a mere button.
Writing for The Washington Times, Donald Lambro made the following point: “This is a president who has an exalted view of himself, and he frequently reminds Americans of how truly great he sees himself. He’s fond of the pronoun ‘I’ when describing his exploits and isn’t shy about comparing himself to our greatest presidents.” In a 60 Minutes interview, the president said: “I would put our legislative and foreign policy accomplishments in our first two years against any president—with the possible exceptions of Johnson, FDR and Lincoln—just in terms of what we have gotten done in modern history.” Really? His legislative policies have run up almost insurmountable debt and his foreign policy has amounted to little more than bowing to our enemies. One can almost see the president’s nose growing as he speaks.
Perhaps the president’s most egregious nose-growing moments occur when he compares his tax policies to those of Ronald Reagan. About his plans to raise taxes, President Obama said: “Some years ago, one of my predecessors traveled across the country pushing for the same concept…That wild-eyed, socialist, tax-hiking class warrior was Ronald Reagan.” Really? Ronald Reagan pushed for the same tax-hiking policies as Barack Obama? Does this president think he can simply make it up as he goes and no one will notice? Reagan’s tax policy was characterized by across-the-board cuts in every income bracket. Then he followed up by getting rid of a number of questionable tax exemptions and loopholes in the tax code. Finally, he lowered the tax rate to 28 percent. Obama, of course, proposes to raise the tax rate. There goes his nose again.
Ronald Reagan was admired by military personnel for his unquestioned loyalty and support. All that Barack Obama has done for the military—perhaps I say to the military—is replace don’t-ask-don’t-tell with open homosexuality in the ranks. Undaunted by the scorn many in the military feel for him, President Obama likes to put himself on a Reagan-like pedestal when talking about the military. He recently told ABC News, “When I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf…” Fighting on his behalf? Fighting for Barack Obama? The president who proposes the most draconian cuts to military budgets in the history of our country? The president who made Osama bin Laden’s long-awaited elimination sound like his own personal triumph? There he goes again. The president’s nose grew at least a foot on that one.
The comment that more than any other qualified the President for the “Pinocchio Award” concerned the rate of spending in his administration. Recently press secretary Jay Carney was deputized to bash reporters for failing to acknowledge that the rate of government spending under Obama was lower than for any other president since the 1950s. There is a reason reporters have not acknowledged this claim. It is false. The widely-known truth is that spending has risen sharply under Obama: from 20.3 percent gross domestic product when he took over as president to the current 24.3 percent. And so the nose grows.