Hypocrisy Without Limits

I'd laugh if it wasn't so pathetic.

In the video at the link,when asked by the reporter if having a Swiss bank account is unpatriotic (yeah, no media bias there), Obama answers:

What's important when you are running for president is that the American people know who you are, what you've done and that you are an open book. That's been true of every presidential candidate dating back to Mr. Romney's father.

Which has been brilliantly parsed by the ever-effervescent and scathing Allahpundit at Hot Air:

Oh, I don’t know. I suspect America’s willing to elect a guy who takes liberties with his personal narrative; who refuses to disclose certain basic details of his education; who’s cultivated an image as a “blank screen” onto which people can project their own aspirations; and who as president has battled to keep documents secret that might reveal the inner workings of a scandal that resulted in a U.S. Border Patrol being killed.

In addition to the highlights called out above, I'll add a few more things to the list of what Obama doesn't let people see:

  • College transcripts
  • Birth Certificate
  • Jeremiah Wright
  • Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn

What we don't know about Obama is a far larger volume of material than what he has allowed us to know.  The ultimate hypocrite - calling for Romney to release more tax records when he himself won't even let the American people see his grades in college.

Remember the flap over former President Bush's Yale transcripts vs. John Kerry's?

...when Bush and Kerry were campaigning against each other, we only knew Bush's grades, revealed in 1999 during his first presidential campaign by the New Yorker magazine. Kerry's were widely assumed to be much higher, a notion his campaign did little to quell and much to promote. [emphasis mine]

Did you see that?  We only knew Bush's grades during the 2004 campaign.  Kerry's came out after the campaign was over.  Same with Al Gore in the 2000 presidential campaign - everyone assumed he was a choir boy at Harvard and, after the campaign, it was revealed that he definitely was not.

Three times a Democrat candidate for president has not revealed their college transcripts while their Republican challengers were required to talk about their toilet paper.

Sure, there are far more important things to talk about in this presidential election cycle than college transcripts and yes, tax returns.  But if Obama wants to put a spotlight on this to create a diversion, then he shouldn't be allowed to play it both ways.

But of course a compliant and biased media will ensure that he can and does.

Thankfully the American people aren't really as stupid as John Kerry accused them of being.