Obama's Flip Flops

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Obama doesn't flip-flop.


He just lies, and lies, and lies, and lies, and . . .



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Obama Do Flip Flop

The flip -- On Wednesday, June 4th, Obama, appearing in front of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, said Jerusalem should be Israel's undivided capital, saying, "Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided."

The flop -- Well, on Thursday, the 5th, Palestinian leaders reacted with anger and dismay to this statement, so Obama immediately flip-flopped on his support for Israel's stance on Jerusalem, saying Palestinians and Israelis had to negotiate the future of the holy city.

The flip -- Yesterday, June 18th, Obama said he would want to bring Osama ben Laden to justice "in a way that allows the entire world to understand the murderous acts that he's engaged in and not to make him into a martyr."

The flop -- Today, Obama implied that he would kill bin Laden without a trial, saying, "First of all, I think there is an executive order out on Osama bin Laden's head.  And if I'm president, and we have the opportunity to capture him, we may not be able to capture him alive."

Of course, there is no known Presidential Executive Order "out on Osama bin Laden's head."

If Obama is unwilling to say kill Osama bin Laden, he cannot hide behind an Executive Order that does not exist, mumbo jumbo about how he never threatens, or the need for diplomacy.

And, watch Obama flip-flop his way around free trade and the FISA bill.  He makes John Kerry look like the Rock of Gibraltar.


Obama has no position on anything he'll flip-flop all day long -- hell, he even makes stuff up as he goes along.  This guy will say absolutely anything he thinks people want to hear.

One More Flip-Flop, Or One More Lie?
Is it just one more flip-flop, or one more lie?  Either way, it is more proof that Obama's word isn't worth squat, and he and the truth are complete strangers.

When the Obamamessiah campaign started 17 months ago, Obama said he'd pursue public financing "aggressively."  He committed to it in a written questionnaire.  He even said, repeatedly, that he would meet personally with Senator John McCain to discuss a deal.

On February 8th, 2007, MSNBC reported that, ""Senator Obama has long been a proponent of public financing of campaigns and we are asking the FEC to take a step that could preserve the public financing option for the party's nominees," said Obama spokesman Bill Burton.

Yesterday, Obama abandoned his pledges to accept public financing for his presidential campaign.

This flip-flop, or lie, makes Obama the first presidential candidate to opt out of the current system since it was put in place after the Watergate scandal and a complete hypocrite.

Don't tell me words don't matter.  (00:48)

This is obviously "change we can believe in."

Obama is proving that he will say and do anything that will get him elected to office -- he makes the Clintons look positively trustworthy by comparison.

Here's a question to ponder -- how many of Obama's contributions, pouring in to his website, are coming in from outside of the country, in violation of the law?

There's Too Many
After using the radical left for his entire political career, Barack Obama is clumsily flip-flopping his way toward something resembling a "center."  His latest policy double-backflip caused so much rage among the Obots that he’s now trying to reassure them his plan to surrender hasn’t changed one bit

Obama has also flip-flopped on unwarranted wiretapping, Israel, free trade, gun control, the death penalty, faith based programs, welfare reform, abortion, the Patriot Act, campaign finance, and the Cuban embargo.

Your Assignment: Compile Obama’s Flip-Flops.

Obama is bamboozling, hoodwinking, and doing the okie dokie all the way to the White House.
Documenting Obama's Flip Flops
From Patterico's Pontifications

Your Assignment: Compile Obama’s Flip-Flops

[This post will remain bumped to the top through Monday. New posts will appear below. -- Patterico]

I want you to help me compile a full list of Obama’s flip-flops.

Leave a comment fully documenting one or more flip-flops.  Links are critical.  For maximum usefulness, I would like to see the following for each flip-flop:

1) Obama’s original quote, with a link.

2) His later flip-flopping quote, also with a link.

Here’s an example of what I’m looking for:

Flip: Obama says the health exception for late-term abortions has to be a serious physical issue:

I have repeatedly said that I think it’s entirely appropriate for states to restrict or even prohibit late-term abortions as long as there is a strict, well-defined exception for the health of the mother.  Now, I don’t think that 'mental distress' qualifies as the health of the mother.  I think it has to be a serious physical issue that arises in pregnancy, where there are real, significant problems to the mother carrying that child to term.

Flop: the health exception can include non-physical issues like mental diseases:

My only point is that in an area like partial birth abortion having a mental, having a health exception can be defined rigorously . . . It can be defined through physical health.  It can be defined by serious clinical mental health diseases.

Video proof of a flip-flop is even better.  Link that if you have it.  I know there are videos like that out there.  I want to know about all of them.

Maximum participation, people!  If you do this well, I can bring it all together in a single, massive post that documents all of Obama’s flip-flops.  In that post, I’ll credit each person who first documents a particular flip-flop to my satisfaction.

Now start documenting!

The last time I looked, there were 279 responses -- check 'em out.
Death To Osama
Three weeks ago, Barack Obama said that he would not make Osama bin Laden into a martyr if he was captured.  Today, Barack Obama suddenly thinks the death penalty would be just fine for OBL.  In a CNN interview, Obama said about Osama bin Laden, "If he was captured alive, then we would make a decision to bring the full weight of not only US justice but world justice down on him.  And, uh, I think that I’ve said this before, that I am not a cheerleader for the death penalty … I think it has to be reserved for only the most heinous crimes, but I certainly think that plotting and engineering the death of 3,000 Americans justifies such an approach."

This is what he said on June 18th:

“What would be important would be for us to do it in a way that allows the entire world to understand the murderous acts that he’s engaged in and not to make him into a martyr, and to assure that the United States government is abiding by basic conventions that would strengthen our hand in the broader battle against terrorism."
Our Country Is Being Governed By Bold-Faced Liars
Fred Lucas is reporting that the White House defended Obama’s use of a so-called "signing statement" for the fiscal year 2011 budget compromise even though candidate Obama said in 2008: "We’re not going to use signing statements as a way of doing an end-run around Congress."

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that back in 2008 Obama meant the president should not abuse signing statements -- not that he was against ever using signing statements.

"He never said he was opposed to all signing statements," Carney told reporters on Monday.  "We’ve pointed to numerous statements in the campaign where he made clear that every president must maintain the right, of course, must maintain the right, to have signing statements, to raise constitutional concerns or objections about the laws passed by Congress that he signs into law."


Questioner:  Do you promise not to use presidential signings to get your way?

Obama:  Yes.

A clear question.  A straightforward answer -- no equivocation.  I guess Carney means it depends on what the meaning of "yes" is.
Showing Clear Disdain For The War Powers Act
Trevor Loudon says that Barack Obama basically stomped on the War Powers Act last week in a hissy fit proclaiming that it did not apply to his Libyan War/Conflict kinetic military action.

Showing clear disdain for the Act and America in general, Obama claimed that it was not applicable since the Libyan debacle was not actually a full-blown war.  Under the War Powers Act, a president has 60 days to get authorization from Congress for any military involvement, and if he fails to get that authorization, he must end the involvement within 30 days.  The 60-day authorization period expired on Friday the 20th.  He penned a letter to Congress saying that the role of the US in the conflict was so limited that he does not need to seek congressional approval.
In a blatant act of Obama’s word-smithing, ABC News reported the following:

"Since April 4," the president wrote, "U.S. participation has consisted of: (1) non-kinetic support to the NATO-led operation, including intelligence, logistical support, and search and rescue assistance; (2) aircraft that have assisted in the suppression and destruction of air defenses in support of the no-fly zone; and (3) since April 23, precision strikes by unmanned aerial vehicles against a limited set of clearly defined targets in support of the NATO-led coalition’s efforts."

A senior administration official told ABC News that the letter is intended to describe "a narrow US effort that is intermittent and principally an effort to support the ongoing NATO-led and UN-authorized civilian support mission and no fly zone."

"The US role is one of support," the official said, "and the kinetic pieces of that are intermittent."

Bovine excrement.  From the beginning of Obama’s invoking the Responsibility to Protect Doctrine, the Obama administration has cited the 1973 War Powers Act as the legal basis of its ability to conduct military activities for 60 days without first seeking a declaration of war from Congress.  Now he disowns the Act and in typical forked tongue fashion, he utilizes the War Powers Act and then dismisses it when it is no longer pertinent to his agenda.  You know, sort of like the way he views our Constitution.

"In no part of the constitution is more wisdom to be found," James Madison wrote, "than in the clause which confides the question of war or peace to the legislature, and not to the executive department."

The Libyan debacle was never voted on because Obama knew it would never be passed.  Libya was not a current threat to the US.  I contend it was a dry run to see how Responsibility to Protect would play out if used in other actions. Such as, just being hypothetical here, Israel.
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