McCain lies? Politicians Lie. Posted by: McQ
on Monday, September 15, 2008
All of them.
Obama's campaign has been calling McCain a liar for a few days thinking, one assumes, that doing so is going to strengthen their position and give them a rise in the polls. It ain't bean bag folks, but you at least ought to have clean skirts yourself if you're going to toss accusations.
Of course calling someone else a liar assumes that Obama or his surrogates don't lie and, being politicians and spin-doctors, that's not very likely, is it?
I mean there are some of us out here who think resume padding is lying. And we also think that making false claims about job responsibilities is, well,lying.
Eventually a consulting house to multinational corporations agreed to hire me as a research assistant. Like a spy behind enemy lines, I arrived every day at my mid-Manhattan office and sat at my computer terminal, checking the Reuters machine that blinked bright emerald messages from across the globe. As far as I could tell I was the only black man in the company, a source of shame for me but a source of considerable pride for the company’s secretarial pool. They treated me like a son, those black ladies; they told me how they expected me to run the company one day…
Nevertheless, as the months passed, I felt the idea of becoming an organizer slipping away from me. The company promoted me to the position of financial writer. I had my own office, my own secretary, money in the bank. Sometimes, coming out of an interview with Japanese financiers or German bond traders, I would catch my reflection in the elevator doors-see myself in a suit and tie, a briefcase in my hand-and for a split second I would imagine myself as a captain of industry, barking out orders, closing the deal, before I remembered who it was that I had told myself I wanted to be and felt pangs of guilt for my lack of resolve.
Then one day, as I sat down at my computer to write an article on interest-rate swaps, something unexpected happened. Auma called. I had never met this half sister; we had written only intermittently...
[A] few months after Auma called, I turned in my resignation at the consulting firm and began looking in earnest for an organizing job…
Sounds impressive, no? A research assistant to a consulting house for multinational companies. Promoted to "financial writer". Got his own office and his own secretary. Discussing interest rate swaps with Japanese financiers or German bond traders while viewing himself in the elevator doors all spit and polished in his suit and tie, briefcase firmly in hand.
Why, it's the beginnings of a modern day success story, isn't it? And he gave it all up just for you ...
Of course, that's not exactly how those who worked in the same office remember the job:
First, it wasn’t a consulting house; it was a small company that published newsletters on international business. Like most newsletter publishers, it was a bit of a sweatshop. I’m sure we all wished that we were high-priced consultants to multinational corporations. But we also enjoyed coming in at ten, wearing jeans to work, flirting with our co-workers, partying when we stayed late, and bonding over the low salaries and heavy workload.
Barack worked on one of the company’s reference publications. Each month customers got a new set of pages on business conditions in a particular country, punched to fit into a three-ring binder. Barack’s job was to get copy from the country correspondents and edit it so that it fit into a standard outline. There was probably some research involved as well, since correspondents usually don’t send exactly what you ask for, and you can’t always decipher their copy. But essentially the job was copyediting.
If Barack was promoted, his new job responsibilities were more of the same - rewriting other people’s copy. As far as I know, he always had a small office, and the idea that he had a secretary is laughable. Only the company president had a secretary. Barack never left the office, never wore a tie, and had neither reason nor opportunity to interview Japanese financiers or German bond traders.
What Barack means here is that he got copy from a correspondent who didn’t understand interest rate swaps, and he was trying to make sense out of it.
All of Barack’s embellishment serves a larger narrative purpose: to retell the story of the Christ’s temptation. The young, idealistic, would-be community organizer gets a nice suit, joins a consulting house, starts hanging out with investment bankers, and barely escapes moving into the big mansion with the white folks. Luckily, an angel calls, awakens his conscience, and helps him choose instead to fight for the people.
That from a self-described "fan" of Obama.
This from another who worked in the same office:
Cathy Lazere [another commentor] calls Barack self-assured? That’s putting a nice spin on it. I found him arrogant and condescending.
The thing is, I worked next to Barack nearly every day he was at Business International –- on many days angling for possession of the best Wang word processing terminal.
I had MANY discussions with Barack.
I can tell you this: even though I was an assistant editor (big doings at this “consulting firm”) and he was, well, he was doing something there, he certainly treated me like something less than an equal.
Funny thing ... A journalism/political science major… Writing about finance... Pretending in his book to be an expert on interest rate swaps.
I remember trying to explain the nuance of these instruments to him in the cramped three Wang terminal space we called the bull pen. In contrast to his his liberal arts background, I had a degree in finance and Wall Street experience, so I knew what I was talking about.
But rather than learn from a City College kid, the Ivy Leaguer (sic) just sort of rolled his eyes. Condescendingly. I’ll never forget it. God forbid he leave the impression that a mere editor like myself knew more about something than did Barack.
He was like that...
But know what? I can forgive him for being immature–which is probably all that was at the time. Don’t we all believe we know everything at just around that age?
That said...he was a lot older when he wrote his book. Mature enough by this time to realize that his account of his time at Business International could be described as embellishment...
Or much worse.
There's a lot of BS flying around out there from both sides and it seems rather arrogant, given what has been seen from both of them, to have either one suddenly become incensed over something they're both guilty of doing (remember the bill he claimed to have voted for when the record shows he didn't vote at all?). Most people call doing so "hypocrisy".
It’s only a lie if you get caught. Cynical but true.
The MSM will steadfastly ignore Obama’s lies while going into hysterics over any told by McCain (even if they have to make them up!), with the net result that McCain will be the liar while The Annointed One will keep his skirts clean.
Anyway, The Annointed One doesn’t have to say anything: he’s got the MSM to do his talking for him.
Running for office is a marketing problem, and marketing is all about some degree of lying, from harmless fibs to gigantic whoppers.
The question is, was anything of any true substance lied about?
In my experience, lefties expect righties to be "anti-lie" as a result of Clinton impeachment. The day we put our political candidates under oath for the duration of their run for office, I’ll see an equivalence.