By DANIEL GARDNER
In a recent stump speech, President Obama declared, â€śYou know I mean what I say. You know Iâ€™ll do what I say Iâ€™ll do.â€ť Not only has President Obama not done what he said he would do, but heâ€™s oftentimes done the opposite of what he said he would do. Voters need to hold him accountable for what heâ€™s done, not what heâ€™s said heâ€™s going to do. Heâ€™s had four years to do what he said he would do and he hasnâ€™t kept his political promises.
Americaâ€™s expanding $16.2 trillion debt is arguably the biggest threat to our security, and weâ€™re passing this overwhelming burden to our children and grandchildren. In March 2006, then-Sen. Obama said, â€śLeadership means that the buck stops here ... I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase Americaâ€™s debt limit.â€ť In July 2011 President Obama said, â€śIt is not acceptable for us not to raise the debt ceiling and to allow the U.S. government to default.â€ť
In 2011 when Congress and the White House stalemated over budget cuts, Obamaâ€™s Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Jack Lew, proposed sequestration, a 50-cent word meaning signing into law drastic cuts in entitlement programs and Defense neither Congress nor the White House would support. In the third presidential debate President Obama said, â€śFirst of all, the sequester is not something that Iâ€™ve proposed. It is something that Congress has proposed.â€ť Not only did Obama propose it, he signed it into law!
In June 2008 then-Sen. Obama running for president said, â€śI will never question the patriotism of others in this campaign.â€ť Less than one month later Obama said, â€śThe way Bush has done it over the last eight years is ... (he) added $4 trillion by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back ... Thatâ€™s irresponsible. Itâ€™s unpatriotic.â€ť Ironically, Obama has added nearly $6 trillion of debt in fewer than four years.
On October 26, in an interview regarding the murder of four Americans in Benghazi, President Obama said, â€śI can tell you, as Iâ€™ve said over the last couple of months since this happened, the minute I found out what was happening, I gave three very clear directives. No. 1, make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to. No. 2, weâ€™re going to investigate exactly what happened so that it doesnâ€™t happen again. No. 3, find out who did this so we can bring them to justice.â€ť
President Obama learned about the attack within 20-minutes of the beginning of the attack that lasted nearly seven hours. â€śPersonnelâ€ť pleaded for military support three times as Washington watched the attack unfold real-time. No military support was sent, and orders from Washington to requests for help were to â€śstand down.â€ť Two former Navy SEALs fought valiantly to rescue consulate personnel and to defend the CIA safe house about a mile away from the consulate. They died in a mortar attack while fighting off Islamic terrorists.
For weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attack in Benghazi, the Obama administration blamed a YouTube video for stirring â€śspontaneousâ€ť demonstrations and riots in Benghazi that turned into multiple attacks over seven hours. Communication from Benghazi during the attack and testimony before a congressional committee refute this lame story.
Voters need to hold President Obama accountable for what heâ€™s done, not what heâ€™s said heâ€™s going to do. Heâ€™s had four years to do what he said he would do and he hasnâ€™t kept his promises.
Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville. Contact him at Daniel@DanLGardner.com.