Bryan Fischer Award Nominee: Barack Obama

The Bryan Fischer Award is given to those who exhibit a staggering lack of self-awareness or who accuse their opponents of their own worst traits. I usually give these to other right wingers, but President Obama has definitely earned one for this incredible display of chutzpah in signing the bill to boost VA spending:

Obama and members of Congress said one of the most important provisions of the bill is free: It allows McDonald free reign to fire people who are not doing their jobs or have engaged in unethical behavior.

If an employee does not meet standards of conduct, “You should be fired, period,” Obama said. Whistleblowers, Obama said, should be protected.

“If you blow the whistle,” Obama said, “you should be thanked. You should be protected for doing the right thing. You shouldn’t be ignored and you certainly shouldn’t be punished.”

Wow. WOW. It’s one thing to say things like that when you’re running for office and then contradict yourself when you get power. It’s another thing to declare the principle again after flagrantly violating it time and time again. This is what distinguishes politicians (and salesmen, and communications directors) from everyone else, the ability to say things that are absolutely hypocritical or stupid with total confidence.

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  • bushrat

    Obama really has been the best Republican since Reagan.

  • busterggi

    I am tired of Dubya’s 4th term.

  • sh3baproject

    its alright to blow a whistle when your employees are doing something you dont like, but when exposing something dirty done by the gov its suddenly wrong.

  • eric

    Gotta love the doublespeak. “We’re allowing firing without cause in order to better protect whistleblowers.”

    Yeah. Um, hate to tell you this Prez, but putting those two thoughts right next to each other in your talk made it pretty obvious what you’re really doing.

  • Ibis3, Let’s burn some bridges

    Can I just say FREE REIN. As in the rein one uses in controlling a horse. Thank you.

  • Gregory in Seattle

    @bushrat #1 It is more than the Overton window has shifted so far to the right that today’s centrist Democrats hold positions indistinguishable from the conservative Republicans of 30 years ago. I remember the brouhaha that erupted late in 2013, when Obama made a speech touting what was, for all intents and purposes, Reagan’s trickle down economics and the Republicans screeching about socialism. It really has gotten that bad.

    And the only place you find positions identical to those of the Democrats of 30 years ago are in the Green Party and groups like Socialist Alternative. It is pretty heartbreaking.

  • Dave Maier

    Right with you, Ibis3, that one makes me crazy.

  • WMDKitty — Survivor

    Okay, so Obama said something stunningly stupid.

    I figure even he’s gonna stick his foot in his mouth from time to time.

    Other than that, I’m afraid I don’t know enough about the actual issue at hand to really say anything useful or relevant.

  • Raging Bee

    Funny how you seen to have absolutely nothing to say about the VA scandal itself, or what is now being done to fix it; but you’re running like hell with this barely-relevant remark. I smell a diversion here.

  • lorn

    I really think he feel that way.

    But he is also is a only nominal head of a huge tricameral machine that has ossified itself around defending the system that channels money and power to an oligarchy. An oligarchy that has worked the system to make disrupting the system unpalatable to middle mangers. They have manipulated the rules to make whistle blowing itself both legal and officially protected, but doing those things which might allow a person to observe or record the conflicts worthy of blowing the whistle on are all illegal.

    I think Obama really thinks whistle blowing should be praised and strongly protected. But it is an aspiration, not the reality.

  • lofgren

    A long overdue honor for Mr obama.