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If a candidate for president should be an “open book”, shouldn’t a president running for reelection explain why he misrepresented his past in his own book?

At about the one-minute mark in the video embedded here, in response to a question about whether it’s “unpatriotic for someone to have a Swiss bank account,” President Barack Obama said that, “what’s important if you are running for president is that the American people know who you are, what you’ve done and that you’re an open book.”

Via Hot Air.

Amazing the softballs this reporter tossed at the president; it almost sounds like he’s working for the Democratic National Committee.  Wonder why he didn’t follow up by asking the candidate who believes his opponent should be an open book about the “38 instances in which [his] biographer [David Maraniss] convincingly disputes significant elements of Obama’s own story of his life and his family history.”

Seems a guy who believes a presidential candidate should be an “open book” would be forthcoming about misrepresentations in his own memoir.

UPDATE:  Listing some parts of Mr. Obama’s book which he has not opened to the American people, Greg quips that  “the guy who demands that his opponent be ‘an open book’ is clearly not one himself — and where he has been ‘an open book’ has apparently been been a work of fiction.

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  1. The reporter also could have asked Obama why he has refused to release his school records, spent millions to hide his birth records, and allowed his publicist to claim for 17 years that he had been born in Kenya.

    Comment by Observer — July 10, 2012 @ 7:58 am - July 10, 2012

  2. […] And then there is this observation on Barack Obama’s comment that was made by my fellow Watche… Amazing the softballs this reporter tossed at the president; it almost sounds like he’s working for the Democratic National Committee.  Wonder why he didn’t follow up by asking the candidate who believes his opponent should be an open book about the “38 instances in which [his] biographer [David Maraniss] convincingly disputes significant elements of Obama’s own story of his life and his family history.”Seems a guy who believes a presidential candidate should be an “open book” would be forthcoming about misrepresentations in his own memoir. […]

    Pingback by Obama Says Romney Should Be “An Open Book” – Hey, Speaking of Books… | Liberty News Network — July 10, 2012 @ 8:42 am - July 10, 2012

  3. Was it ‘unpatriotic’ for people to hide their money from certain genocidal dictators?

    Comment by BigJ — July 10, 2012 @ 9:07 am - July 10, 2012

  4. Provided that one follows the law, moving money out of the government’s reach is highly patriotic. When it comes time to rebuild from Obama’s ruins, we will desperately need someone to have capital.

    But I don’t expect Willard Mittens to have the (balls)moral clarity needed to make that argument.

    Nor enough to point out that for the government to identify the support of itself as a patriotic duty (thus identifying itself, rather than the People whom it is supposed to serve humbly, as “the country” or “the nation”) is a hallmark of fascism.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — July 10, 2012 @ 11:33 am - July 10, 2012

  5. No, no, no. You see, it’s just different with Barack Obama. It just is. There’s really no need to explain it — Cthulu knows, HE (Obama) certainly hasn’t bothered to.

    Basically, the media has no shame at all, and President Obama either has the long-term memory of a fruit fly, is completely devoid of morals, ethics, and is full to the gills with hypocrisy, or he really believes my first paragraph — that rules don’t apply to him.

    Believe me, I would love to see one of the reporters laugh, or giggle, or even snort in amustment when he says something like that. I know they’ll never actually CALL him on it, but it would be nice to know other people see the blatant double-standard the Composite President is using.

    Comment by Acethepug — July 10, 2012 @ 12:46 pm - July 10, 2012

  6. Obama just invited Romney to release his sealed medical & college records! Obama is a buffoon.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — July 10, 2012 @ 3:55 pm - July 10, 2012

  7. From commenter jem on Amazon who reviewed the book. Her remarks typify the majority of responses:

    However, this book is not for everyone. If you firmly believe Obama was not born in Hawaii, save yourself arguing with an author determined to discover truth. If you are an Obama loyalist who will be distressed to find that in “Dreams From My Father” he compressed chronology and assigned pseudonyms save yourself the disappointment.

    If you find yourself both amazed and frustrated by Obama’s abilites to function in interracial and international environments, his negotiating and compromising skills in problem-solving situations, his inspiring speeches and his aloof coolness, you will be rewarded with deeper understanding of a very complicated person.

    Surveying the responses, the reactions skew a little passed the halfway mark towards Obama, rather than away.

    Comment by Cinesnatch — July 11, 2012 @ 12:08 am - July 11, 2012

  8. Cinesnatch, don’t put too much faith in amazon reviews as the authors and their representatives often try to generate buzz by having friends write favorable reviews. And in this context, perhaps supporters of the president sought to counteract the stories about the misrepresentations by seeding the comments sections.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — July 11, 2012 @ 12:38 am - July 11, 2012

  9. Dan, the sentiment conveyed in Comment #7 were both from people that gave the book anywhere from two to fives stars on a five-star scale. The reviews were not all favorable as to the quality, but they were in agreement that the book is ultimately a slight net-plus in Obama’s direction.

    Comment by Cinesnatch — July 11, 2012 @ 4:13 am - July 11, 2012

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