By Carole on Oct 11, 2011
Imagine a third-rate magician with cards falling out of his sleeves and a tired old rabbit peeking out of his torn jacket pocket. He gestures wildly toward a once beautiful assistant in a tattered old costume, his eyes betraying his desperate hope that the audience won't notice the mirrors and wires. Ladies and Gentlemen, the Not-So-Amazing Obama!
On the day President Barack Obama's $447 billion American Jobs Act went down in flames in the Senate and in the week that may see subpoenas sent to the administration involving the gun trafficking operation known as 'Fast and Furious', Attorney General Eric Holder held a press conference to announce that US authorities had broken up a plot to assassinate a Saudi ambassador by two Iranians.
One of the men involved was arrested last month; the other is still at large. President Barack Obama was first briefed about the plot in June. Yet today the media was buzzing about this breaking news as Mr. Holder went before the camera to announce that "The US is committed to holding Iran accountable for its actions." He then dodged questions about 'Fast and Furious' and disappeared. Ta Da!
Of course the foiling of the assassination attempt is important and good news. But an arrest made weeks ago for participation in a plot uncovered months ago being announced on the day of a major and very expected legislative defeat for the president? And that announcement being made by an administration official having a very bad week of his own? Sure sounds like a third-rate attempt at misdirection.
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