Campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Charlotte on Tuesday, First Lady Michelle Obama said that Americans needed someone with character in the Oval Office.
“We need someone who is honest and plays by the rules, because not paying taxes for years and years while the rest of us pay our fair share doesn’t make you smarter than the rest of us,” she said. “No, we need a president who will choose to do what’s best for the country, even when it doesn’t personally benefit them.”
“Honest” like Barack Obama, one of the most deceptive men to ever tarnish the White House? The architect of what many in the political media have quietly denounced as the least transparent administration in modern history? The speaker of lies like “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor?” Was Obama choosing “what’s best for the country” when he sent our military into Libya? Was he operating under that motivation when he traded high-level Taliban terrorists for Bowe Bergdahl? Did he truly have America’s best interests at heart when he withdrew our troops from Iraq, or was he trying to earn his Nobel Peace Prize after the fact?
But if you think it’s silly to apply those attributes to Obama, it reaches the level of high comedy when you realize she’s talking about Hillary.
If you’ve been paying any attention at all this year, you hardly need a rundown of the many ways that Hillary has demonstrated her “honesty” and her affinity for “playing by the rules.” Suffice to say, it’s rather unusual to see someone with those traits come within a hair’s breadth of federal prison. And if we give her the overwhelming benefit of the doubt on the whole email thing, then she morphs from calculating and dishonest to dangerously incompetent. How can we trust her to choose what’s best for the United States if her judgement is so flawed?
“When she gets knocked down, she doesn’t complain,” Obama said, tapping on the mic to reference Donald Trump’s debate performance. “She doesn’t cry foul. No, she gets right back up, comes back stronger for the people who needs her most.”
Well, that’s easy to do when you are almost never knocked down. Hillary’s only real brush with personal failure came in 2008, when she lost to Michelle’s husband. And she was clever enough to realize that no one in the Democratic Party was going to back her if she decided to oppose the first black nominee. We’re supposed to give her “character” points for acting in her own self-interests?
But sure, Trump is the liar. Trump is the problem.