- Posted June 19, 2012 by
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He Doth Protest Too Much
President Barack Obama isn't too happy with the campaign of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Well actually, it's one member of Romney's campaign.
The President expressed his displeasure this evening to the entire world with the backdrop of the G20 Summit in Mexico.
As I reported on June 10 as part of my Eye on Europe series, R. Glenn Hubbard, a senior economic adviser to Romney, wrote an op-ed piece for the German business journal, Handelsblatt. In that piece Hubbard advised the Germans and rest of Europe to not listen to the President on economic issues.
The President is not happy.
In his remarks today, the President had this to say, "I would point out that we have one president at a time and one administration at a time and I think traditionally the notion has been that America's political differences end at the water's edge."
The President went on to say, "I think sometimes back home there's a desire to superimpose whatever ideological arguments are taking place at home onto a very complicated situation in Europe."
Methinks the President doth protest too much.
How was this any different, actually even less an issue, than what he did in 2008 when he was Senator Obama from Illinois?
Remember how he traveled to Germany and hoped to speak in front of the historic Brandenburg Gate, but was rebuffed by Chancellor Angela Merkel?
He had to move his speech location to another part of Berlin.
So, it was OK, I take it for Candidate Obama to go beyond "the water's edge", but it is not OK for a world renown economist to write an op-ed piece for an economics magazine?
For the last 3 1/2 years, over and over we have seen similar incidents where it's OK for the President to do this or that or members of his Administration or Team Obama, but if anyone not a part of the "club" does the same, it is wrong.
From the Cornfield, the hypocrisy displayed during the G20 Summit news conference confirmed that the President holds firmly to his "audacity" moniker.
How does the saying go?
Do as I say, not as I do.