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.