Detroit – President Obama continues to take political cynicism to new heights, or new lows, with his now-habitual use of student graduation ceremonies to preach political pieties that he casually ignores.
A month ago, the president told University of Michigan graduates to embrace “a basic level of civility in our public debate.” This from a president who is a master of division, as he demonstrated that very same week when he sleazed Republican senator Mitch McConnell as “cynical and deceptive” for claiming the administration’s financial-regulation bill would allow more bailouts “when he knows that it would do just the opposite.”
Yesterday, Obama was at it again at another southeast Michigan school. In a speech to Kalamazoo High School graduates, the president advised the Class of ’10 not to “make excuses. Take responsibility not just for your successes, but for your failures as well. When you screw up…it’s the easiest thing in the world to start looking around for someone to blame. We see it every day out in Washington, with folks calling each other names and making all sorts of accusations on TV.”
Did the impressionable young men and women in the audience know that “those folks” included the man standing before them?
“Angry Obama Seeks to Deflect Blame for Gulf Oil Spill Crisis” was the headline on CBS News’s Chip Reid’s report last week about the president’s strategy of blaming George Bush for the BP oil spill.
Obama diverted responsibility to prior administrations, claiming “a decade or more” of “a cozy relationship between the oil companies and the federal agency that permits them to drill.”
“But,” Reid noted, “Mr. Obama’s been president for nearly 16 months. Does he get at least a little piece of the blame? Not a bit, he made clear.”
Do as I say, not as I do. Not a very inspiring message in this graduation season.