If President Obama has difficulty coming up with appropriate resolutions for 2014, the Republican National Committee was only too happy to oblige him with a list of suggestions, in the form of e-cards.
The first resolution, “I resolve not to lie to the American people,” recognizes the multiple Pinocchios The Washington Post awarded the president throughout 2013 on everything from gun control to health care.
Obama’s oft-repeated phrase, “If you like your health plan, you can keep it,” won him PolitiFact’s “Liar of the Year Award.”
The second resolution, “I resolve to hold myself and Hillary accountable for Benghazi,” mocks the presidents resolve to get to the bottom of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya and hold accountable anyone responsible.
It only took months for Benghazi to become part of “an endless parade of distractions and political posturing and phony scandals,” according to the White House. If the scandal is so phony, why is it like pulling teeth to get any information from the administration? The American people deserve better — especially the families of four dead Americans.
The third resolution, “I resolve to pretend like I’m listening to Biden at our weekly lunches,” isn’t really asking for much, but it would give one of the president’s biggest cheerleaders and most loyal minions an emotional boost.
Sure, Biden seems as nutty as a fruitcake at times, but what the heck — he’s Obama’s fruitcake; he picked him. He’s also been around the block many more times than the president, so if he gave him a listen, maybe he’ll even learn something.
The fourth resolution, “I resolve to admit you won’t be able to keep your plan … or your doctor,” goes hand in hand with the first — that lying thing. It’s time the president fesses up. The apology he came up with — I’m sorry the American people misunderstood me — just doesn’t wash.
The American people are a forgiving lot, but only if the wrongdoer comes clean, and the president hasn’t done that. No more BS allowed.
The fifth resolution, “I resolve to spend less time on the golf course,” will probably be a tough one. The president loves his golf. The American people probably wouldn’t begrudge it half as much, except for the timing of his games.
It seems as though he always hits the links right after saying something like, “I will not rest until (fill in the blank) has been resolved.” He could learn something from his predecessor in this regard. George W. Bush gave up golf entirely after an August 2003 bombing in Baghdad. He thought it gave a poor visual to the mothers of sons fighting for us in the Middle East.
The sixth and final resolution, “I resolve to help HealthCare.gov lose the wait,” like the previous five, should have been understood from the start. Three-and-a-half years and a half-billion bucks should have bought the American public the fastest, snazziest website ever invented, especially for an administration as tech-savvy as this one. What we got instead was a big, fat zero.
“2013 was a terrible year for President Obama,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said on the GOP’s website. “His poll numbers are the worst of his presidency, and his signature legislation is having a devastating impact on millions of families. He’s been awarded ‘Lie of the Year,’ and a majority of the American public sees him as dishonest and untrustworthy. So I’m sure President Obama has many resolutions for 2014, but he can’t change the fact that Democrats’ agenda is wrong for the country. The American people, however, can send House and Senate Democrats packing next November, and that’s a resolution they can keep.”