June 16, 2009


hu*bris –noun ; excessive pride or self-confidence; arrogance.
Also, hybris.
Compare sophrosyne.
1880–85; h├Żbris insolence
On the same day I've accused the President of cowardice, I'm accusing him of hubris. If it weren't so linear in it's illogical madness, it would seem to be impossible. But the same President Obama who

  • who brought you $10 trillion in new debt AND $100 million in budget cuts
  • who campaigned on spreading the wealth but instead is spreading the debt
  • who promised fiscal restraint and delivered fiscal insanity
  • who promised to save jobs but is driving businesses under or out of America or onto the government payroll
  • who complained about off shoring wealth for foreign oil but won't drill in America
  • who promised green jobs but flew out of town for his date night
  • who promised a stimulus but delivered a package that should kick in around mid-2010
  • who promised transparency but delivered tax cheats and other stealth appointees
  • who promised bi-partisanship and delivered "I won."
  • who promised to close Gitmo and promises to have a plan to do just that, someday.
  • who promised to get rid of military tribunals and kept...military tribunals
...is more than capable of being both cowardly and full of hubris on the same day.

Of what hubris do I speak?

The Taking of ABC 123. The joint effort to push Obama's health care agenda really hard, between the White House and the supposedly independent press is a big slap in the face of the American public. That the President has the gall to try to control the entire spectrum of media with the resonance of his own voice is not the audacity of hope. It is the hubris of the arrogant.

As Drudge reports,
On the night of June 24, the media and government become one, when ABC turns its
programming over to President Obama and White House officials to push government run health care -- a move that has ignited an ethical firestorm!
That ABC would turn over it's supposedly independent news division to be a mouthpiece for the President is equally deserving of disdain. According to the article on Drudge,
ABCNEWS Senior Vice President Kerry Smith on Tuesday responded to the RNC complaint, saying it contained 'false premises':"ABCNEWS prides itself on covering all sides of important issues and asking direct questions of all newsmakers -- of all political persuasions -- even when others have taken a more partisan approach and even in the face of criticism from extremes on both ends of the political spectrum. ABCNEWS is looking for the most thoughtful and diverse voices on this issue. "

ABCNEWS alone will select those who will be in the audience asking questions of the president. Like any programs we broadcast, ABC News will have complete editorial control. To suggest otherwise is quite unfair to both our journalists and our audience."
[emphasis added]

Hello ABC? The fact that you will have complete editorial control IS THE PROBLEM, since you are turning it over to the President. It's no affront to your audience. They deserve to know the truth about what you are doing. It's an inconvenience to you because you just got caught with your pants down in a compromising position. It's another abrogation of responsibility, just like the President himself.

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